Balinese boutique resort at Jimbaran Beach

Jimbaran Beach

This Jimbaran Beach Balinese boutique resort is one of my favourite places to stay in Bali!

Our first few nights in Bali was at this exquisite little Balinese boutique resort hotel at Jimbaran Beach ‘Open House’.

On arrival in Bali in the early hours of the morning we took a taxi to the ‘Open House’ Hotel.  Jimbaran Beach is close to the airport and due to the unfriendly flight arrival times, one of the reasons we selected this hotel.Open House Boutique Hotel

The doorman was welcoming to a couple of Aussies 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 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.

Let the holiday begin

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

Our intentions are always great.  We always plann to relax, chill out and regain our mojo but often the reality is we get busy being a tourist and don’t do enough of the relaxing!  This holiday was planned 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 monsoon time in Darwin as well!  For us it was the 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 beach to look around.

Jimbaran Beach

Jimbaran Beach

Jimbaran Beach is a beautiful white sandy beach gently sloping towards the ocean, renowned for it’s selection of open-air seafood restaurants on the high side of the beach.

Traditional Indonesian fishing canoes were pulled up high and dry waiting for the tide to come in.  Fisherman waded deep into the waters trying their luck at catching dinner.

A number of resorts were located along the beachfront of 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.  A beautiful spot to laze away our morning!

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 returned to our hotel to 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.

Open House pool

Jimbaran Beach has great choices for Seafoodaholics

On dusk, we strolled along the beach with our shoes in hand to the ‘Belmond’ and enjoyed a beautiful dinner at the oceanfront 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!

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

Rijsttafel is a Dutch word that translates to ‘rice table’.   Rijsttafel is an elaborate selection dishes including a number of small side dishes such as egg rolls, sambals, satay, fish, fruit, vegetables, pickles and nuts.  Usually featuring an array of colours, flavours of varying degrees of spiciness and texture.  For us, it was a perfect way to enjoy our first night in Bali.

We wandered back to ‘Open House’ along the beach.  I would recommend this Jimbaran experience to all.

Have you ever stayed in Jimbaran?  Where do you stay when visiting Bali?
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