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Jimbaran, Bali

Located in southern Bali, this tiny fishing village is home to a strong sense of community and an idyllic crescent beach.

While this has resulted in Jimbaran Bay becoming a bit of a hotspot in recent years, we’re happy to say that a gentle pace and local touches still run strong throughout its veins. Also, in comparison to neighbouring beaches that attract partygoers from far and wide, this exclusive sweeping bay is relaxed and upmarket. Thanks to its exclusive feel, a handful of beautiful luxury hotels and high-end villas have sprung up along the shore recently - to such a degree that some even refer to it as the ‘Beverly Hills of Bali’ (but fear not, Jimbaran is far from overcrowded!).

Embrace Jimbaran’s tropical setting by relaxing on its soft golden sand and enjoying its calm sea, which makes for the perfect swimming conditions: a surprising rarity in Bali. We recommend rising early to watch the local fishermen reeling in their catch of the day and visiting the bustling fish market during your stay to get a taste of local Indonesian life. Another highlight of this bay is dining at the seafood stalls that line the beach; as you walk past their mouth-watering aromas billowing into the air around you, we guarantee you won’t be able to resist tasting the perfectly grilled fresh fish.

Also, you can gain other insights into local culture here, from visiting the renowned Uluwatu Temple and taking a guided ‘arts and crafts’ walk, to watching a traditional Balinese dance performance and admiring an authentic crafts shop. If you are after a buzzier atmosphere in the evening, the nightspots of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak are just a 30 minute taxi ride away.

In our opinion, the sleek Belmond Jimbaran Puri and the luxurious Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay are the places to stay here. Both provide spectacular locations and an array of indulgent amenities to ensure that your stay in this piece of paradise is as spoiling and memorable as possible.

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