Ba­li­nese El­e­gance in Jim­baran

Bali’s fas­ci­nat­ing cul­ture, steeped in tra­di­tion, awaits you at Bel­mond Jim­baran Puri Bali.

Maxx-M - - COVER STORY - Text by Grace So­larbe­sain | Photo cour­tesy by Bel­mond Jim­baran Puri Bali

When I ar­rived at Bel­mond Jim­baran Puri Bali I could feel the Ba­li­nese at­mos­phere. The statue, the paint­ing around the wall in the lobby, and the tra­di­tional villa caught the essence of the is­land. There were many high trees, palm trees, and some flow­ers in the mid­dle of villa, in front of the beach and, all the way to my room, I could feel the cool air, even though the weather was hot. Jim­baran Bay is one Bali’s top des­ti­na­tions, renowned for its pris­tine sand and calm, invit­ing wa­ters. Bel­mond Jim­baran Puri sits at the heart of this wide bay, whose western out­look af­fords spec­tac­u­lar sun­set views. This villa is a con­ve­nient 10 min­utes’ drive from Ngu­rah Rai In­ter­na­tional Air­port. For those fa­mil­iar with the Bel­mond, the men­tion of this travel brand­name will bring heart­warm­ing mem­o­ries of nos­tal­gic va­ca­tions. Fea­tur­ing a col­lec­tion of ho­tels, rail jour­neys and river cruise ad­ven­tures across six con­ti­nents, the Bel­mond is renowned for of­fer­ing trav­el­ers au­then­tic travel ex­pe­ri­ences no mat­ter where they are. “The Bel­mond ex­pe­ri­ence gen­er­ally cov­ers four val­ues: de­light, dis­cov­ery, authenticity & character”, ex­plains I Kadek Bu­di­artha, As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor of Sales. “In Bel­mond Jim­baran Puri Bali, th­ese are trans­lated into unique lux­ury re­sort ac­com­mo­da­tions, re­ju­ve­nat­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, ex­cel­lent ser­vices and qual­ity of­fer­ings. We want our guests to have the best au­then­tic lo­cal ex­pe­ri­ence of Bali while mak­ing sure they are well-cared for dur­ing their stay here”. While I was sit­ting in the lobby await­ing check-in, I saw the in­fin­ity-edge pool was an emer­ald oa­sis in the heart of the re­sort. Ter­raced into the land­scape with blue-green nat­u­ral stone tiles, fresh wa­ter cas­cades from foun­tains. Palm trees rus­tled over­head and fra­grant flow­ers fringed the edges, mak­ing me plan to swim after I checked in. A two-bed­room deluxe pool villa was my ac­com­mo­da­tion. It was spa­cious, there were three ar­eas, two were bed­rooms and one was a gar­den with pool. There were two bale (gaze­bos) in the cor­ner of the gar­den, four sun beds and a co­conut palm in the mid­dle. I re­ally liked my villa – it of­fered the ul­ti­mate sanc­tu­ary, the master bed­room had a king-sized bed and the sec­ond bed­room of­fered a twin set-up. Cool mar­ble floors and teak fur­nish­ings graced the spa­cious liv­ing area. A high-tech en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem blended sub­tly with tra­di­tional Ba­li­nese art. You could re­cline on the over­sized day-bed and look out onto the azure pool. Each

bed­room en­joyed ex­quis­ite en-suite fa­cil­i­ties. Guests could soak in the black­stone tub filled with fra­grant salts or re­fresh them­selves in the pow­er­ful in­door rain­head show­ers. Over­look­ing lush lily ponds and across the sweep­ing shore, Tun­jung Restau­rant has an idyl­lic set­ting. I be­gan my day here with a choice of spec­tac­u­lar buf­fet break­fast or à la carte menu. Tun­jung restau­rant of­fered ex­otic fruits, del­i­cate pas­tries, fresh juices and mouth-wa­ter­ing cheeses and cured meats. When night comes the café trans­forms into an in­ti­mate can­dlelit venue where I could dis­cover the best In­done­sian cui­sine. Tun­jung Restau­rant opens daily for break­fast and din­ner. When stayed here, I tried to pam­per my­self at The Beach SPA. A treat­ment at the beach­side spa de­lights all the senses: Lie down at the tra­di­tional open-air ter­races, or bale un­der cool­ing shade, and yield to the ther­a­pist’s touch for the 60-minute Ba­li­nese mas­sage and con­tinue with Ba­li­nese cof­fee scrub. While lis­ten­ing to the gen­tle lap­ping of the waves, I felt the warm sea breeze and in­haled the fresh aroma of ther­a­peu­tic oils. I com­pleted my spa ses­sion with a dip in the dou­ble whirlpool bath while I gazed across the sparkling sea. I liked to spend some time in the li­brary. It was a cool, calm sanc­tu­ary, ideal for a re­lax­ing read. One could pe­ruse at leisure the books, mag­a­zines, news­pa­pers and DVDs in mul­ti­ple lan­guages. The li­brary is deca­dently fur­nished with plush arm­chairs, cush­ions and teak book­shelves. Floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows let the light in and al­lowed views of the lily-pond and the ocean beyond. There was also an Imac com­puter for in­ter­net ac­cess. I could eas­ily spend all day here. Be­side the li­brary there was a bou­tique. This fea­tured ex­quis­ite items that re­flect the is­land’s ar­ti­sanal her­itage. I could find del­i­cate scarves in vi­brant batik de­signs, sculp­tures based on in­tri­cate de­tail­ing from Hindu tem­ples or wooden eggs painted in tra­di­tional Ba­li­nese style. There was jew­ellery carved from pre­cious jade, in­cense sticks, can­dles and oils that cap­ture the heady scents of Bali. Also avail­able were spa in­gre­di­ents like oils, soaps and lo­tions cre­ated from nour­ish­ing, in­dige­nous in­gre­di­ents, an au­then­tic stone statue, din­ing set with a green china teapot, etc. and if you stay at a Deluxe Pool Villa you can shop from the com­fort of your suite. Sim­ply se­lect from the in-room cat­a­logue and the item will be beau­ti­fully wrapped and pre­sented to you in 24 hours.

Bel­mond Jim­baran Puri Bali

Jalan Uluwatu, Jim­baran, Bali - In­done­sia

Phone. +62 361 701605 www.bel­mond.com/jim­baran-puri-bali/

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