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.
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.
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.
Sundara Beach Club on Jimbaran Bay
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
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.
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. 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.
Yes, we could spend another day (or more!) at this Four Seasons resort, reading our books on Jimbaran Beach and chilling out at Sundara…
Photos 2 and 3 are © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Remaining photos are courtesy Four Seasons Resorts.