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

There are many great things for couples to do on Bali.

One of them is to hit Jimbaran Beach for a seafood dinner.

Once an unknown fishing village on Bali’s southern coast, Jimbaran (just south of the airport) is now a buzzing destination at night – where the simple charm of seafood restaurants spills onto the sands.

Here, tables and chairs are set under a canopy of stars, lining the two-mile stretch of Jimbaran Bay.

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

Jimbaran Beach by day

Jimbaran Bay 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!

Jimbaran Beach restaurants

One evening at sunset, we 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.

More great beaches? Then check out the prettiest beaches in the world!

Sundara Beach Club on Jimbaran Bay

Ocean view from Sundara Beach Club
Check out the views from Sundara!

The “wow” place to be on Jimbaran Beach is the Four Seasons hotel’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.

Dining at Sundara Beach Club
Sundara is the best place to eat on Jimbaran Beach

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.

Sundara, Bali cost

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

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

Four Seasons Resort Bali, Jimbaran Bay

And what about the hotel itself?

Well, we’re fans of the Four Seasons brand. And we loved its sister property in Ubud. (See our Four Seasons Sayan review.) So it’s no surprise we loved the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay too.

Like the Sayan hotel, it’s one of Bali’s most romantic hotels.

It’s built like a traditional Balinese village.

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

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: Check rates and availability

Experience more of Bali!

Another beautiful Bali hotel: Mix it up and stay at another fab place too. See our Alila Villas Uluwatu review. (It’s possibly the most luxurious hotel in Bali.)

Monkey sanctuary: There’s a lot of monkey business going on at the Ubud Monkey Forest. But the babies sure are cute!

Seminyak: Seminyak is Bali’s trendiest district, and pool villas in Seminyak are all the rage.

Our top travel tips and resources

Hotels: Booking.com is great for scoring a “wow” hotel – or at least a decent one. (We especially like their flexible cancellation policy!)

Vacation homes, condos and rentals: We prefer and use Vrbo (Vacation Rentals by Owner).

Tours: For the best local food, walking and other guided tours, plus skip-the-line tickets to attractions, check out Viator (a TripAdvisor company) and GetYourGuide.

Car rental: Renting a car is often one of the best ways to explore off the beaten path. Discover Cars searches car rental companies so you get the best rates.

Travel insurance: SafetyWing is designed for frequent travelers, long-term adventurers and digital nomads. It covers medical expenses, lost checked luggage, trip interruption and more. We also have and recommend Medjet for global air medical transportation and travel security.

Travel gear: See our travel shop to find the best luggage, accessories and other travel gear. (We suggest these comfy travel sandals for city walking, the beach and kicking about.)

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Photo credits: 2, 4, 11 © 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.

Suzanne

Monday 28th of December 2015

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

Carol

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...

Lucy

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!

Frank

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?