BALI: Where do I start? Last school holidays we ventured to Bali with the kids. We have been a couple of times before I wanted to avoid the chaos of the main Touristy areas. Enter Rimba Jimbaran at AYANA. As soon as you arrive at Rimba you feel as if you’ve been transported to your own balinese haven. We were greeted in the impressive foyer with flower leis, cool towels and a refreshing ginger iced tea.
The view from the main foyer
Rimba is the sister property to AYANA and is a little more secluded whilst still having all the benefits of staying at the larger AYANA resort. You can jump on the free trolley bus that comes every 15 minutes and a quick 5 min trip later through the tropical grounds you are at AYANA. This suited us really well as we got to experience the restaurants and facilities at both resorts and the kids loved riding on the trolley.
We stayed in a Jimbaran Room with King bed and fold out sofa bed. The sofa bed size is single however there was enough room on the sofa bed for both our kids as they are little (3 and 7yrs old) but any older and you would need another rollaway. Our king sized bed was HUGE so the kids mostly slept between our bed and the sofa bed. The bathroom was compact but functional.
We were spoilt for choice when it came to meal time! Between the 2 resorts there are a total of 18 bars and restaurants. Here are some of our favourties:
You HAVE to visit this iconic Balinese bar at least once. If you are staying in house then you get priority access to the bar which is great because it can get very busy. We headed down for sunset drinks and snacks – even the kids were mesmerized by the sunset! Sitting on a big comfy lounge, sipping on a cocktail is not a bad way to end the day. The food was lovely and they had a good range of bar type food for the kids such as chicken sticks and chips.
Unique Rooftop Bar and Restaurant
We ate here at so many times, it was so good we kept coming back for more!! It’s a hip pool club by day and a delicious Mexican restaurant by night. This by far was my favorite place to relax with a cocktail and take in the view. The cocktails were unbelieavle, my go to was the Gummy Bear Martini. Yep you read that right – Gummy Bear! And it was delicious!
This is an open air restaurant at AYANA with trattoria-style Italian cuisine. It has a nice relaxed vibe and lovely views for a casual meal with the kids. A great place to take in the sunset and enjoy some tapas.
We had the most amazing buffet breakfast here each morning. What a selection! To’ge is an all day dining destination that promises to satisfy your craving for global comfort food. Surrounded by koi ponds the kids were never bored and they also really enjoyed the kids menu.
Pools for days. We didn’t even get around to swimming in all 12 pools between the two resorts! We mostly hung out in the pools at Rimba and they were amazing! The adults only pool was lovely to relax in once we’d dropped the boys at kids club. There is also the cabana pool, lower pool, three monkeys pool, and unique pool. We enjoyed relaxing in a private cabana and ordering lunch by the pool most days. The Rimba lower pool features a waterslide and swim up bar – all bases covered!
I was lucky enough to indulge in a couple of massages during our stay and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a bit of a hike to get to the spa area but once you find it, you realise why it was built there. The views and the ambience make up for the hike up the stairs – I floated down the stairs on the way out.
This is a private white sand beach set up with bamboo cabanas for the use of hotel guests only. The resort offers a free shuttle down the the beach and you can order some light snacks and refreshments.
Every morning we were there, the kids would wake up and ask “when can we go to kids club?” As a parent it was so nice to know that the kids loved going so much and were well taken care of. Often on a family holiday it can be hard for parents to get even a little time out. Using the kids club, I felt like we all got a little bit of a break. We usually put the kids in after breakfast and picked them up just before lunch, then we had the whole afternoon to spend time together as a family. Having a routine like this also helped the kids to know and anticipate what would be happening for the day.
Rimba was a fantastic place for us stay as a family and we will definitely be back again soon!