Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran Hotel in Jimbaran, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 17, 2019

Review of Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran in Bali.

Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran – Sparkling-new and super-functional featuring a chic design and ideal location.

Recently-built and squeezed into a compact space, this resort does not, however, feel cramped, but is remarkably breezy and welcoming. The design is quite uncommon – with nothing reminding guests of their location – but nonetheless appealing. Rooms are in a four-level motel-style block, while more luxurious and spacious suites are in a five-story column housing only 2 units per level. The main (saltwater) pool spreads out expansively, so ground-level rooms have direct access via a ladder on the veranda, and the rooftop pool offers striking views. The chic villas are secluded and split-level and feature unusual blue/green colors. No direct ocean frontage, but it’s only meters from a fine public beach at Muaya with its numerous seafood cafés, best enjoyed at sunset.

Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran – The Location

  • Address: Main entrance is along Jalan Bukit Permai, a side-street about 300m from the main road in the southern part of Jimbaran, a quiet region just south of the airport. A more convenient side entrance faces the carpark for the Muaya Beach cafés.
  • Area: About 100m from the beach, on a block between the side-street and carpark to the Muaya Beach cafés (2-minute walk). Many facilities – including the seafood cafés – are more accessible via the beach than the main road.
  • How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver. This takes about 16 minutes, depending on traffic.
  • Handy to: Village with temple and market. Cafés on the sand for seafood dinners at sunset.

Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran – The Basics

  • Guests: Most guests seem to be couples under 40 who appreciate the trendy layout and convenient location.
  • Kids Club: The J Kids Club is indoors and a bit dark but there’s very little space on the grounds for anything other than rooms anyway.
  • Beach: The beach is about 100m away, via the carpark to the Muaya Beach seafood cafes (2-minute walk). Open to the public (like all local beaches), it’s very crowded from 4 pm, but still one of Bali’s finest, with calm water and white sand.
  • Views: All rooms overlook the pool and/or gardens. The penthouses and villas on the top floor offer sea views which are somewhat obstructed by the beachside cafes.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Some rooms on the ground floor have direct access to an offshoot of the main pool. The Penthouses and Oceanic View Sky Villas have private pools, while the Grand Avant Garde Suites contain a jacuzzi.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Available free for all guests throughout.
  • Parking: Enough parking spots near the lobby but check when booking. However, think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 846 6888
  • Email: Send a message through the website: marriott.com/le-meridien
  • Website: marriott.com/le-meridien

Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran – Amenities

  • Pool: Dominating the resort is the main lagoon-shaped saltwater pool with its swim-up bar. Another much quieter pool is on the rooftop offering breezes and views not found at ground level. Also, a separate children’s pool.
  • Spa: The state-of-the-art Serenity Spa provides a broad range of massages, scrubs, facials, and other treatments.
  • Fitness Center: Compact but reasonable. Open 24/7.
  • For Families: Baby-sitting.
  • Other Facilities: Hairdressing salon. Florist. Gift shop. ATM. Laundry facilities.

Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Bamboo Chic – Open 24/7 for a tempting array of Asian and Western meals. Bright décor and mostly indoors. • Smoqee Lounge & Sky Bar – Revamped and ultra-chic twin-level cocktail lounge on the rooftop. Come for views and the latest DJs. • Wala Gelato Ice Cream – Adorable café at the side entrance (which faces the carpark for the seaside cafés). Tasty American-style treats such as banana splits.
  • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast costs extra but offers decent value and is substantial.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Rooms • Aqua Studio Suites • Avant Garde Suites • Aqua Pool Sky Penthouses • Ocean View Sky Villas • Grande Avant Garde Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms but permitted on the balconies/verandas and elsewhere in the resort.
  • Best Room: On the top floor for prime views and a greater distance from the noisy main pool, the Aqua Pool Sky Penthouses feature a private pool, king-sized bed, and broad balcony.
  • For Families: Many rooms and suites have 2 double beds. Otherwise, get 2 rooms with connecting doors. And the Avant Garde Suites feature 2 bedrooms.

Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: With flat roads and less traffic than other regions, walking is pleasant and often quicker via the beach than the road. Cycling is also easy. Ask reception about bike rentals.
  • Public Transport & Shuttle Buses: In lieu of any public transport, the Kura-Kura Bus company links Jimbaran with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes confusing. Shuttle bus companies (e.g. Perama) that service Kuta and Sanur don’t bother coming to Jimbaran.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Taxis ply the main road and are a cheap and comfortable way to reach anywhere in southern Bali. For longer distances, charter a car with a driver. Driving a car is not recommended anywhere in Bali, nor is hiring a motorbike for traveling around this part of the south. All transport options can be arranged at the hotel.

Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • About 15 seafood cafés are clustered in an area known as Muaya Beach, only 100m from the side entrance to the resort. 2-minute walk. (See Attractions below.)
  • La Brasserie by Melting Wok – French-flavored décor and menu, funky furnishings, and friendly staff. Virtually opposite the main vehicle entrance to the resort. 1-minute walk.
  • Bali Baliku – Adorable corner café with takeaway gelato and tasty meals inside. Less than 100m down the side-street towards the beach from the main entrance. 1-minute walk.
  • Mamma Mia Café – All-day breakfast, wood-fired pizzas, and pasta. Also popular for daily specials, spacious interiors, and happy hours. About 200m up the street away from the beach. 2-minute walk.
  • Oishii Tei – Authentic Japanese cuisine, including sushi bar. Charming décor and shady, outside seating. 50m past Mamma Mia’s. 3-minute walk.
  • Warung Musik MC – Likeable corner setting, wide range of Balinese and Western food, and music-themed décor. Almost opposite the Oishii Tei. 3-minute walk.

Shops & Markets

  • Enough minimarts along the main road, about 300m away, but few other shops of interest in the immediate area. Less than 100m south from where the side-street to the resort meets the main road, the quaint Jimbaran Corner shopping center is home to a few boutiques and bistros. 4-minute walk.
  • About 400m away, via the side-street and then north up the main road is an outlet of the sophisticated, international fashion boutique, Paul Ropp. 5-minute walk.

Attractions

  • A highlight of any trip to Bali is dinner at sunset on the sand in Jimbaran. With wandering musicians, fireworks, and traditional dances, this should not be missed. Cafés set up from 4 pm at several places along the beach (including Muaya Beach at the side entrance to the resort, 2-minute walk), but most are also open all day. Menus overwhelmingly focus on seafood but other meals are available.

Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran – The Hotel

The resort is located in a quiet area south of the airport.

Le Méridien faces a side-street in Jimbaran, a quiet region just south of the airport.

The main entrance is on a side street between the main road and the beach.

The main entrance is along the side street, about halfway between the main road and beach.

The resort's side entrance faces a car park.

A side entrance to the resort faces the carpark used for the cluster of seafood cafés at Muaya Beach.

The resort design is chic and nice.

The overall design of the resort is chic, with all facilities nicely squeezed into a limited space.

The resort lobby on the 3rd floor features a pond and a palm tree.

The lobby is at the 3rd level, with a pond and palm jutting out.

The rooftop pool offers great views and breezes.

A second pool on the rooftop provides views and breezes not found at ground level.

The small resort gardens feature comfortable lounge chairs.

Despite the limited space, there are some gardens with comfortable lounge chairs.

Bamboo Chic restaurant on-site is open 24/7.

The main restaurant at the resort, Bamboo Chic, is open 24/7.

Bamboo Chic patrons can also dine by the pool.

Patrons at Bamboo Chic can also eat outside, alongside the pool.

Wala Gelato Ice Cream by the side entrance also serves coffee and light meals.

At the side entrance to the resort, the delightful café, Wala Gelato Ice Cream, also serves coffee and light meals.

The main pool has a large swim-up bar.

Alongside the ground-level pool is a bar.

The resort gift shop also sells beach items.

Facilities at the resort include a gift shop that sells items for the beach.

The rooms and suites are located in curved blocks which overlook the main pool.

Most rooms and suites are in curved blocks overlooking the main pool.

Ground floor suites have a patio that is connected to the main pool.

Suites on the ground floor have a patio that leads directly to an offshoot of the main pool.

The suites are all very spacious.

All suites are spacious.

Suite sport an elegant but subtle decor.

Suites feature a likeable subtle décor.

Full-length windows open to a sunken lounge area.

A sunken lounge area is positioned alongside full-length windows in the suites.

The seafood cafes close by are a major attraction.

One attraction is the proximity to the beachside seafood cafés clustered only 50m from the side entrance to the resort.

The Muaya Beach cafes steps away specialize in seafood.

Cafés at Muaya Beach, about 50m from the side entrance of the resort, specialize in seafood, but other meals are also available.

The popular Muaya Beach cafes are most crowded around sunset.

The Muaya Beach cafés serve meals all day with tables on the beach, but are most popular around sunset.

The Bali Balku cafe steps away is delightful.

Less than 100m up from the main entrance of the hotel, the Bali Balku café is delightful.

The French-inspired La Brasserie is opposite the resort entrance.

Also very inviting is the French-inspired La Brasserie, almost opposite the main resort entrance.

Mamma Mia is very popular for its pizzas and pastas.

Only 200m up the street from the main entrance, Mamma Mia is the place for pizza and pasta.

Classy Oishi Tei is just past Mamma Mia's.

Just past Mamma Mia is this classy Japanese restaurant.

Warung Musik MC is a friendly eatery nearby.

On a corner, where the side-street joins the main road, is the likable Warung Musik MC.

The international fashion boutique Paul Ropp has an outlet within walking distance of the resort.

Paul Ropp is an international fashion boutique with an outlet only 400m from the resort.

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