It literally offers something for everyone, but as some travellers claim, Bali has lost its soul in the process, piece by piece, to the endless throngs of tourists, both domestic and international, that flock to the island. Yet Bali’s long-lost charm still exists – if you are looking in the right places.
Located at a calm and sandy bay, the Belmond Jimbaran Puri first opened its doors some thirty years ago. Back then, it was a humble resort with a handful of cottages; nowadays, the number of cottages and villas has grown considerably but the resort still exudes a sense of serenity that has become rare in other areas of the island, without lacking any comfort or luxury.
More than 60 villas in different categories provide travellers with their own sanctuary during their stay, some complete with a private pool. It would be easy to spend the whole day within the comfort of one’s own room or to laze about at the beach, but Belmond Jimbaran Puri also has other activities on offer, from meditation and yoga classes in the morning to water sports and mountain bike rides around the Jimbaran area. If that sounds too exhausting, a massage in one of the traditional open-air bales by the beach, listening only to the sound of the waves, might be a better option.
Many guests favour the 2-hour cruise in the Dedari (Balinese for “Angel”) Boat, that takes them along the shoreline – past surfers, fishing boats and picturesque beaches and cliffs – all the way to Uluwatu Temple, where they can place an offering to the Gods into the water and later enjoy a snack and refreshing drinks on their way back. The boat tour is available the whole day, but especially popular during sunset hour.
Executive Chef I Kadek Adi Wijaya oversees the resort’s two restaurants Nelayan and Tunjung, as well as the beach-side Puri Bar. The Bali native who spent several years in the US to refine his culinary skills creates a wide range of unique dishes that highlight Bali’s authentic flavours and add a Western twist here and there. Romantic dinners under the stars as well as barbecues at the beach can be booked for a more special dining experience.
When wandering through the resort and taking in the lush scenery and peaceful atmosphere, one almost feels as if here at Belmond Jimbaran Puri, time has stood still – in the best possible way.