Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar Hotel in Sanur, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 13, 2019

Review of Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar in Sanur, Bali.

Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar – Modern, luxurious, surrounded by pools, and close to the beach.

Although not facing the sea, it is in a prime location for shops and cafés, and only a 3-minute stroll to the beach. All precious space within this newish resort is occupied by buildings and the swimming pool, so there are no gardens. Deluxe rooms are so packed with furniture, appliances, and features (sometimes jacuzzis) that they might seem a little crowded. Those at ground-level are better, with patios leading to plunge pool areas that open out to the main shared pool. This pool is split-level, fringed by palm trees, and substantial enough to feature bridges to ‘islands’. And the lounge chairs that seem to float in the shallow end are particularly inviting.

Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Danau Tamblingan, the main road through Sanur, a more relaxed resort region in southern Bali. The entrance is about 50m back from the street and 400m from the beach.
  • Area: Pleasant area midway along Sanur, with plenty of facilities in all directions.
  • How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver. This takes about 25 minutes (15km), depending on traffic.

Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters well for all.
  • Beach: The beach is a 3-minute walk via an access road that starts opposite the resort entrance. The resort also has a sliver of beach where guests have access to lounge chairs and umbrellas.
  • Views: Most rooms face the pool, while some overlook the garden of a neighboring resort.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Rooms on the ground floor have patios with ladders leading to private plunge pools that open out to the main pool. Jacuzzi Grand Deluxe rooms and Penthouse Suites feature jacuzzis on the balconies.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Limited parking spots, so inform the management when booking. But think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 849 7000
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: swiss-belresortwatujimbar.com

Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar – Amenities

  • Pool: One long glorious pool connects all the room wings. Plenty of palms provide a wonderful tropical feel, despite the lack of gardens. Features a bar, spouts, bridges to ‘islands’, lounge chairs that seem to ‘float’, and shallow end for the young ones.
  • Spa: Limited services but decent enough. Classier options in neighboring resorts and cheaper treatments in many places along the main street.
  • Fitness Center: Decent size given the limited space overall.
  • Other Facilities: Minimart. Business Center.

Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Facing the pool, Swiss-Café Restaurant offers al fresco dining with an open-plan kitchen for watching chefs lovingly create buffet breakfast and meals all day. • The sunken Lagoon Pool Bar is fantastic for cocktails, juices, and snacks all day.
  • Breakfast: Not normally included, but this depends on the type of booking.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Pool View • Grand Deluxe Pool View • Grand Deluxe Plunge Pool • Jacuzzi Grand Deluxe • Family Rooms • Penthouse Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not permitted in the rooms, but allowed elsewhere.
  • Best Room: Penthouse Suites are 3 times larger than the standard rooms, with jacuzzis, separate living areas, and home theaters.
  • For Families: Most rooms have a sofa that converts to a single bed, and many have connecting doors.

Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Walking around Sanur is more pleasant than most places in southern Bali. With flat roads and minimal traffic, cycling is also popular, and bikes can be rented from the hotel. Walking and cycling are ideal along the beachside path that stretches over 6km, almost the entire length of Sanur.
  • Public Transport: Sanur is unique within southern Bali as local bemos (decrepit minivans with bench seats) ply the main street, but won’t go further north than the golf course. Fares are set, but invariably inflated for tourists.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Driving anywhere in Bali is not recommended, but renting a car is possible at agencies all over Sanur. Motorbikes are also easy to rent and useful for getting around Sanur – less so for elsewhere in southern Bali. Taxis are plentiful, cheap, and comfortable, and the best way to go anywhere in southern Bali. For longer trips, charter a car with a driver. This can be arranged at any travel agency or better, through the hotel.
  • Shuttle Bus: To reach any town outside of southern Bali and one that is popular with tourists (e.g. Ubud), buy a ticket at a travel agency for a shuttle bus. Some companies pick up guests from their hotels, but services for Perama, the only island-wide operator, leave from its inconvenient office on Jalan Hang Tuah on the other side of the golf course in northern Sanur (2.5km, 7-minute drive). The Kura-Kura Bus company links Sanur with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.

Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    All places listed below are along the main street.

  • The Porch Café (0)361 281 682 – Quasi-1920’s décor for coffee, pastries, healthy sandwiches, tapas, and several vegetarian options. The burgers are big and service, attentive. Just meters north of the resort entrance. 1-minute walk.
  • The Wicked Parrot – Opposite The Porch for nightly music (often Irish-themed), shady setting, and friendly service. 1-minute walk.
  • Three Monkeys – Attracts the same crowd night after night for wine, pizza, grills, salads, pasta, and funky live music. Only meters south of the resort entrance. 1-minute walk.
  • Retro Kitchen & Bar – Indonesian specials, desserts, pizza, and children’s menu in an attractive setting. 150m south. 2-minute walk.
  • Rasa Senang Restaurant & Bar – The best place for Indonesian food, with renowned chefs offering cooking classes. Also, Mexican meals, cocktails, and set-price seafood menus. 200m north of the resort. 2-minute walk.

Shops

  • Numerous minimarts are present in both directions. Less than 200m north of the resort entrance is the very elegant boutique, Uluwatu, which sells gorgeous things made from lace. 2-minute walk.
  • About 400m south down the main street, Hardy’s is a supermarket with a few other shops attached, but is very modest compared to Kuta. 5-minute walk.

Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar – The Hotel

The resort is located on the main street in the relaxed region of Sanur.

The resort is midway along the main street in Sanur, a comparatively relaxed region in southern Bali.

The pleasant area around the resort hosts several classy cafes and shops.

The area surrounding the resort is very pleasant and home to a number of classy places to eat, drink, and shop.

The resort is located on the opposite side of the road from the sea.

The resort is set back about 50m from the main street and so is shielded somewhat from traffic noise, but is located on the other side of the street from the sea.

The large pool offers plenty of natural shade.

The pool is very large and particularly shady, with plenty of space for all guests.

Swiss-Café features an open-plan kitchen and serves meals through the day.

Swiss-Café Restaurant serves breakfast and other meals all day, and features an open-plan kitchen.

The pool features a large sunken bar.

A magnificent sunken bar is alongside the pool.

The pool bar serves light meals by the pool.

The pool bar also serves light meals.

The attractive 4 and 5-story buildings housing the rooms do not offer sea views.

Rooms are in attractive buildings of 4 and 5 floors, but none provide sea views.

The compact rooms are nicely furnished.

Rooms are compact and nicely furnished.

Ground-level rooms have private plunge pools that are connected to the main pool.

Rooms at ground level contain patios facing private plunge pool areas that open out to the main pool.

The Porch Café by the resort entrance has a 1920s-style decor.

Almost at the resort entrance, The Porch Café features a likeable 1920s-style décor.

Three Monkeys by the resort entrance is very popular.

Also adjacent to the resort entrance, the Three Monkeys is a popular and shady café.

The Wicked Parrot close-by is renowned for its live music.

Only a 2-minute stroll north of the resort entrance, The Wicked Parrot is renowned across Bali for its live music.

Rasa Senang nearby is popular for its Indonesian menu.

Rasa Senang is the place in the area for Indonesian food. About 200m north of the resort entrance.

The vibrantly-decorated The Retro nearby offers a children's menu.

Another terrific place within a short stroll, the Retro Kitchen & Bar provides a children’s menu and vibrant décor.

The beach is within walking distance across the street.

The beach is about 400m away, via a lane that starts opposite the resort entrance.

Hardy's Supermarket is within walking distance.

About 400m south of the resort entrance is Hardy’s, the only supermarket in Sanur.

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