Balinese boutique resort at Jimbaran Beach

Jimbaran Beach

Our first stay in Bali was at this exquisite little Balinese boutique resort hotel at Jimbaran Beach ‘Open House’.  On arrival in Bali at ‘stupid o’clock’ (4:30 am) we took a taxi to the ‘Open House’ Hotel.

Jimbaran Beach is close to the airport and due to the ridiculous flight times, one of the reasons we selected this hotel.

The doorman was welcoming to a couple of Aussies (with no sense of humour) in the wee small hours of the morning and checked us in quickly and quietly.

We were pleasantly surprised with the modern boutique style rooms with everything you need opening up onto the pool and shared courtyard.  The traditional and western open-style restaurant was a great option for guests with a good selection of dining choices.

A great choice for our first couple of nights in Bali

Holidays I have found are something we need to do better!

Our intentions are great.. we always intend to relax, chill and regain our mojo but often the reality is we don’t do enough of the relaxing!  This holiday was designed to change that!

Holidaying in Bali in early February is the middle of the monsoon season and often too humid for most.  Having traveled to Bali from Darwin we had the advantage!  Same same!  It’s perfect weather for swimming and lounging around the pool and that’s just what we needed!

After a couple of hours catch-up sleep we wandered down to the beachfront to look around.  Jimbaran Beach is a beautiful white sandy beach renowned for it’s selection of open-air seafood restaurants on the high side of the long sandy beach.

Traditional Indonesian fishing canoes were pulled up high and dry waiting for the tide to come in and fisherman waded deep into the waters in the hope of catching dinner.

A number of resorts back onto Jimbaran Beach.  Beach chairs under thatched umbrellas overlooking the beach and the warm humid February morning lured us into the Belmond Jimbaran Puri Hotel for a cold drink.

The service in Indonesia is always great and coupled with the perfect beachfront view, a glass of ice cold sparkling water and a delicious snack of kumara & peanut crisps, we decided to return later that night for dinner.

A beautiful way to start our holiday.

We spent the afternoon at the “Open House”.   The question was: Do we spend the afternoon in the poolside pavilion lounging on the bean bags with a good book, swim in the pool or take a relaxing open air massage?

Trevor booked himself in for a relaxing massage while I lazed in the pool .. and made a note to myself that I could easily get used to this lifestyle.

On dusk, we strolled down the beach with our shoes in hand to the ‘Belmond’ and enjoyed a beautiful dinner at the ocean front Nelayan restaurant for our first night in Bali.

We were seated on outdoor pavilion on the edge of the sandy beach surrounded decorated with candles, paper lights and floating streamers.  Perfect!

Seafoodaholics

We chose the seafood signature dish “Rijsttafel”  (literal translation is ‘rice table’) and were totally impressed with the selection of dishes served in this banquet.

Accompanied by a Chilean rose (next time I will note the name of the wine), our evening out by the beach was was the most perfect way to start our holiday.

I would recommend the Jimbaran experience to all.

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