AYANA Resort and Spa Hotel in Jimbaran, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 4, 2019

Review of AYANA Resort and Spa in Bali.

AYANA Resort and Spa, Bali – Luxury and elegance in an extraordinarily spacious setting.

The Ayana is about ten minutes’ drive from Jimbaran, with its seafood cafés along a perfectly curved beach. The resort boasts one of the largest grounds on Bali (the main entrance is over 1km from the lobby), so golf buggies are provided. The Deluxe Rooms in a four-level block facing the gardens and sea are packed with exquisite Balinese furnishings and carvings, and not modern and bland like other resorts. The lawns are vast enough for putting greens, while the lush gardens are comparable to some city botanical gardens. The clifftop infinity pool is connected to the renowned Rock Bar and tiny cove of white sand by an outdoor lift. Regular shuttle buses to Jimbaran and the mall at Nusa Dua help offset the isolation.

AYANA Resort and Spa, Bali – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Karang Mas road, about 6km south of central Jimbaran.
  • Area: In a secluded and isolated section of the northwest coast of Bukit Peninsula in southern Bali.
  • How to Get There: The way only to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car, which is best arranged through the resort – but guests at the AYANA and RIMBA villas (but not the resort) often receive free transfers. The trip should take about 25 minutes, depending on traffic. Easily accessible from anywhere in southern Bali by metered taxi; from elsewhere in Bali, charter a car with a driver.

AYANA Resort and Spa, Bali – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters exceptionally well for all – from couples on romantic getaways to families.
  • Kids’ Club: The recently-renovated kids’ club offers a wide range of toys, games, and activities (such as Indonesian dance and cooking). Guests can also access another kids’ club at the adjoining RIMBA Villas, which features a cinema, games room, and library.
  • Beach: The resort is perched on a cliff above a private cove of white sand called Kubu Beach, accessible along about 200 precarious steps or the more stable outdoor lift.
  • Views: All rooms face the gardens, while a few also overlook the sea, but ocean views from any room are mostly distant.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: In the separate area known as The Villas at AYANA Resort, Bali, each villa features a private pool.
  • Extras: Free shuttle services to Jimbaran (for the beach) (18-minute drive) and Nusa Dua (for shops) (28-minute drive).
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout the resort for guests, but may not be as reliable in sections of the extensive gardens.
  • Parking: Plenty of free and secure parking, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 702 222
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: ayana.com/bali

AYANA Resort and Spa, Bali – Amenities

  • Pool: Magnificent infinity-edged pool on the clifftop with some of the finest views on Bali and surrounded by gazebos. One of 12 pools among the grounds of this resort and the adjoining AYANA and RIMBA villas.
  • Spa: The Thermes Marins Bali Spa continually wins international awards and features an Aquatonic Seawater Therapy Pool, apparently the world’s largest.
  • Fitness Center: Large and fully-equipped.
  • For Families: Games room. Trampoline. Children’s playground.
  • Activities: The gardens are substantial enough for a putting green. Classes available in batik painting and cooking.
  • Other Facilities: Travel agency. Moneychanger. More than 10 boutiques in a delightfully shady outdoor arcade.

AYANA Resort and Spa, Bali – Food and Drink

  • Remarkably, within this resort and the adjoining AYANA and RIMBA villas, there are 19 restaurants and bars. The finest among the resort grounds are:
  • Restaurants: Spa Café – Elegant indoor dining within the spa, so focuses on healthy food and drinks. • Sami Sami – Facing the lawn, with wonderful breezes and views. Specializes in Italian cuisine. • Pesta Lobster – Perfect for a romantic dinner: candlelit with ocean views, traditional music, and sublime setting on a pier.
  • Bars: Rock Bar – Perhaps even more famous than the resort, it’s accessible by an outdoor lift. The cliff-side views are jaw-dropping. • Pool Deck AYANA – casual, for light meals, and um, ‘free sunglasses cleaning’.
  • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast is often included, depending on the type of room and how it’s booked – and is as amazing as expected.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

AYANA Resort and Spa, Bali – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Ocean View Rooms • Jimbaran Bay View • Resort View Rooms • Ocean View Suites • Terrace Suites • Villas with 1 or 2 bedrooms in the adjoining AYANA and RIMBA villa complexes.
  • Smoking Rooms: Not allowed in the rooms, but permitted elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The Ocean View Suites are the largest, and provide the finest ocean views from an extended balcony accessible from the bedroom and separate lounge room.
  • For Families: Many rooms have connecting doors (and some neighboring villas feature 2 bedrooms).

AYANA Resort and Spa, Bali – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: The massive grounds are best explored on foot and by 2 wheels, but not the general area outside the complex because the main gate is about 1km away and the terrain is hilly. Ask reception about renting a bike.
  • Public Transport & Shuttle Buses: Nothing ventures along this isolated part of the island.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Nowhere local to rent a motorbike or car (which is not recommended around Bali anyway). A chartered car with a driver or metered taxi can be arranged through the reception.

AYANA Resort and Spa, Bali – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Being so isolated, there is only 1 option nearby. Just opposite the main gate, about 1km from the lobby, Warung Breezes is simple but decent enough and certainly more affordable. Otherwise, hop on the free shuttle bus service to Jimbaran.
  • Oishii Tei – Authentic Japanese cuisine, including sushi bar. Charming décor, with shady outside seating. 10-minute drive.
  • Mamma Mia Café – For wood-fired pizzas and pasta. And popular for daily specials, spacious interior, and happy hours. 10-minute drive.
  • Akua Bali Tapas Bar & Restaurant – Delightful, modern, and airy for tapas and fine dining all day. Faces the beach. 17-minute drive.
  • Seafood cafés – These set up from 4pm at several places along the beach, but most are open all day. Menus overwhelmingly focus on seafood, but other meals are available.

Shops

AYANA Resort and Spa, Bali – The Hotel

The resort is located on a clifftop, and offers excellent views.

The resort is set back from the road, about 1km from the main gate. It is located on a cliff top, offering spectacular views of the Bukit Peninsula in southern Bali.

The resort architecture reminds guests of Bali.

The general layout is contemporary, but the modern structures still remind guests of Bali.

A decorative pool stretches between the lobby and the main swimming pool.

A pool (not for swimming) leads from the lobby towards the sea.

The huge resort gardens feature several ponds and lawns.

The gardens within the resort itself are extensive, and feature plenty of ponds and lawns.

The gardens also feature many waterfalls, statues, and ponds.

The gardens are packed with gorgeous waterfalls, statues, and ponds.

The grounds feature plenty of places to relax.

There are abundant places to relax among the extensive grounds.

The lawns feature putting greens.

The lawns among the resort are extensive enough for putting greens.

The shopping arcade is designed like a local village.

The shopping arcade with more than 10 boutiques resembles a village.

The complexes together feature 12 swimming pools.

There are 12 pools within the resort and the adjoining AYANA and RIMBA villa complexes.

The pools are rarely crowded.

With so many pools they are rarely crowded.

A large pool even has a waterfall feature.

One of the pools is vast enough to feature a ‘waterfall’.

The lawns are a fun place to enjoy the views and breezes.

The cliff top is smothered with immaculate lawns, ideal for enjoying the views and breezes.

The stylish room blocks offer partial sea views.

Rooms are in stylish blocks, with some facing the ocean, although most sea views are distant.

The elegant rooms have traditional-style furniture.

Rooms are elegant, with old-fashioned-style furniture.

The rooms balconies/verandas face the lush gardens.

Each room features a balcony/veranda, with most facing the lush gardens.

The rooms have plenty of practical furniture.

Rooms are overflowing with practical and graceful furniture.

The Rock Bar and beach below are accessible via an outdoor lift.

An outdoor lift links the cliff top (with the lobby and main pool) to the Rock Bar and beach below.

The Rock Bar halfway down the cliff is very famous.

Perhaps even more famous than the resort is the Rock Bar halfway down the cliff.

Sami Sami specializes in Italian food.

One of 19 restaurants and bars across the resort and adjoining AYANA and RIMBA villa complexes, Sami Sami specializes in Italian food.

The excellent Jimbaran beach is just 6km away.

The resort is about 6km from the magnificent beach at Jimbaran.

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