Once an unknown fishing village on Bali’s southern coast, Jimbaran (just south of the airport) now reels in the visitors at night. They come to eat at the simple seafood restaurants, with tables and chairs in the sand, strung along Jimbaran Beach.
One evening at sunset, we too plonk ourselves down at a restaurant. We don’t have far to go – just a short walk down the beach from our hotel, the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay.
The restaurant’s setting is undeniably romantic. Lamps and tiki torches light up the tables. And it’s lovely to kick off our sandals and squish the sand between our toes.
But the “wow” place to be on Jimbaran Beach is the Four Season’s hip Sundara beach club.
Chill out at Sundara on Jimbaran Beach
By day, guests stake out double daybeds by the 190-foot infinity pool and sip on hand-crafted cocktails (there’s an admission fee to use the club).
At night, Sundara transforms into a sexy seafood eatery, where DJs spin tunes into the wee hours – and the food is really, really good (though admittedly more expensive than the seafood eateries on Jimbaran Beach).
Ingredients are local and organic where possible. And you can order dishes in small, medium and large sizes. Maybe crispy quail with coriander, or steamed spotted grouper?
Speaking of Jimbaran Beach, which is two miles long… It’s one of Bali’s best (not like Kuta Beach, which is too crowded for our tastes). The water is calm for swimming, and the sand is fine and almost white.
Yes, we could spend another day (or more!) at the Four Seasons, reading our books on Jimbaran Beach…