RIMBA JIMBARAN BALI BY AYANA
ne of the most idyllic locations in Bali, it’s little wonder Ayana Resort & Spa hosts an average of 300 weddings a year. Here, eight picturesque wedding venues have seen numerous couples exchanging vows against magnificent views of the azure Indian Ocean, be it in a modern glass chapel, a 350-year-old joglo (a ceremonial pavilion found in the royal palaces of Java) or newest venue Sky, a spectacular cliff-edge cantilever. Popular with honeymooners, there’s something about this beautiful destination that always leaves one wanting more.
“Some people stay for weeks,” says Marian Carroll, director of public relations and marketing communications, as we explore the 90 hectares of tropical bliss – think swaying casuarinas, fragrant white plumerias, and vibrant bougainvilleas of purple and pink. “And still feel they haven’t had enough.” Since the award-winning hotel first opened in 1996 (formerly The Ritz-Carlton up till 2009), two more have been launched, The Villas and Rimba Jimbaran, making this Bali’s only integrated luxury resort.
THE VILLAS AT AYANA RESORT
Journey to the past by way of 78 exclusive, freestanding cliff-top villas, set in traditional Balinese gardens with private plunge pools. Lounge on a day bed with a book or just take in the stunning scenery, including that of sacred Mount Agung. Come evening, enjoy a sumptuous candle-lit dinner served by your 24-hour butler. Let your nights be long and sleep in; there’s a gorgeous floating champagne brunch to wake up to. More contemporary in design, Rimba draws from rich Balinese heritage – evident in the cascading swimming pools reminiscent of rice terraces. Launched in 2013, it is situated slightly further inland, surrounded by lush forest. (Beachlovers may still take a shuttle to the tranquil Kubu Beach for sun, powdery sands, and sea.) Dramatic paintings and sculptures abound, incredible artwork created by Kyoto-born artist Seiki Torige, with rustic driftwood and mosaic tiles prominent in the décor.
With 282 stylish rooms and suites, consider a grand view of the greenest treetops or go for direct pool access. Ayana has 11 pools of sparkling waters (six at Rimba), complete with intimate cabanas, “birdcage” seats, and waterslides. There’s even a pool at the Unique Rooftop Bar & Restaurant, which offers 360-degree views of the stunning Uluwatu Hills.
Arguably the sexiest dip has to be the dazzling infinity pool near the Rock Bar, back at Ayana Resort. Designed by architect Yasuhiro Koichi, the glamorous Rock Bar is a perfect 14 metres above sea level – high enough for breathtaking sunsets overlooking the coral reef, yet close enough to hear waves crashing below. Sip on signature cocktails in the ocean breeze on a starry, starry night. Was there ever a holiday of greater bliss? www.ayanaresort.com The suite life at Rimba Jimbaran Bali by Ayana
Dive into the infinity pool at Ayana Resort & Spa
The famous Rock Bar at Ayana Resort & Spa
Private pool at The Villas at Ayana Resort