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Jimbaran Beach is One of Bali’s Best – and it has Sundara

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.

Fishing boats bring in fresh seafood to the Jimbaran Bay restaurants
Fishing boats bring in fresh seafood to the Jimbaran Bay restaurants

Jimbaran Beach

Jimbaran Bay is two miles long.

It boasts one of the best beaches in Bali (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 in the blinding sunshine.

If you’re looking for a great Bali beach, you could do far worse that Jimbaran Beach!

One evening at sunset, we too plonk ourselves down at a Jimbaran Beach 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.

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Sundara Beach Club on Jimbaran Bay

Wow! There's a great view of the beach from the infinity pool at Sundara, Bali.
Check out the beach view from Sundara’s infinity pool!

But the “wow” place to be on Jimbaran Beach is the Four Season’s hip Sundara Beach Club.

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).

Dining at Sundara, Four Seasons Bali

Dining at Sundara Beach Club
Sundara is the best place to eat 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? Or go local and order a selection of Indonesian tapas.

Trendy Indonesian tapas are the specialty at Sundara Beach Club
Trendy Indonesian tapas are the specialty at Sundara

Sundara, Bali


Anyone can rent daybeds and umbrellas at the the beach club. See here for the cost.


Reservations aren’t accept for use of the daybeds; it’s first-come, first-served.

Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay

And what about the hotel itself?

The Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay is built like a traditional Balinese village.

The Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay is one of the best Bali hotels
The Four Seasons villas are among the best places to stay at Jimbaran Bay

Clinging to a hillside overlooking the sea, groups of about 20 villas are clustered around seven squares.

There are 147 villas, each with private pools.

One-bedroom villas are made up of three thatched-roof pavilions – an outdoor living area, an indoor air-conditioned bedroom and a bathing pavilion, with an outdoor shower in a small private garden.

Our Four Seasons villa on Jimbaran Beach had a splendid sea view and its own private pool
Our Four Seasons villa had a splendid sea view and its own private pool

Yes, we could spend another day (or more!) at this Four Seasons resort, reading our books on Jimbaran Beach and chilling out at Sundara…

Four Seasons at Jimbaran Beach

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Photo credits: 2 and 3 are © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Remaining photos courtesy Four Seasons Resorts.

About the authors

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George Mucalov are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents. See About.

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Neha Singh

Friday 8th of January 2016

Jimbaran Beach, that sounds very cool. I guess I need to experience this one of a kind beach.


Monday 28th of December 2015

Love the sound of a spicy Mai Tai - especially after a hard day at the beach!


Sunday 27th of December 2015

This is so my kind of place!!! That pool! Kuta drove me crazy. This is bliss.

Janice and George

Monday 28th of December 2015

Yes, Kuta wasn't our cup of tea :-). Jimbaran Bay fit the bill though! And we loved Ubud too...


Thursday 24th of December 2015

Beautiful property set on one of the most picturesque beaches of Bali...

Janice and George

Monday 28th of December 2015

Totally agree!


Wednesday 23rd of December 2015

That Mai Tai looks fantastic. The hotel too....You guys really have the life with all these luxury retreats.

Frank (bbqboy)

Janice and George

Monday 28th of December 2015

We sometimes have to pinch ourselves - like: are we really here?