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 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 two units per level. The main (saltwater) pool spreads out expansively, so ground-level rooms have direct access via ladders on their patios, 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 which are best enjoyed at sunset.
Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran – The Location
- Address: The 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. 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 15 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. 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 feature jacuzzis.
- Wi-Fi: Available free for all guests throughout.
- Parking: Enough parking spots near the lobby but check when booking. Also, 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 their website.
- 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 a pleasant breeze 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 Room • Aqua Studio Suite • Avant Garde Suite • Aqua Pool Sky Penthouse • Ocean View Sky Villa • Grande Avant Garde Suite
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms but permitted on the balconies/patios 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 private pools, king-sized beds, and broad balconies.
- 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 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?
Best 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. (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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Oishii Tei – Authentic Japanese cuisine, including sushi bar. Charming décor and shady, outside seating. 50m past Mamma Mia’s.
- Warung Musik MC – Likable corner setting, wide range of Balinese and Western food, and music-themed décor. Almost opposite the Oishii Tei.
Nearby 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.
- 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.
- 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), but most are also open all day. Menus overwhelmingly focus on seafood, though other meals are available.