We are regulars to Bali and always stay at the Padma in Legian but decided to try to the Ayana for a change of scenery! We are a family of 2 adults & 2 small children under 3.
Was a bit hesitant to book this hotel as many people advised it wasn't suitable for kids, but to my surprise the kids were wonderfully catered for.
We booked a suite room which consists of a large king size bedroom with two large doors leading into an even bigger family room. We set the family room up with a single bed, plus a cot and there was still plenty of room to move about. Each room had a large bathroom.
The rooms were beautlfully decorated and extremely comfortable.The master bedroom had a large walk in wardrobe and lots of storage.
The grounds of the Ayana are spectacular and beautfifully manicured. The frangapani trees are some of the best I have ever seen.
The swimming pools are great and never seem to have more than a handful of people in them at any one time.
All of the staff were very freindly and most remember our names. All of them remembered the kids names and loved chatting to them.
We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel as there is nothing surrounding the hotel. As much as we LOVE the hotel, the price for food and drinks is quite ridiculous.
A couple of things to note if you are travelling with kids:
* The hotel is a taxi ride away from a Circle-K or mini mart. Take kids snacks, drinks, etc as the hotel prices are very high. We needed some milk for our baby on the first day and the hotel charged us $17 for 1 litre of milk!
*There are quite a few stairs, so only take a light stroller if you need one.
*Prior to arrival, ask for a room on the ground floor. This will mean easy access to breakfast and pools - without having to deals with flights of stairs/elevators. We had a large area of grass in front of our room, which meant we could sit on the balcony in the evening with a cold drink and watch the kids play
*If you are cleaning kids milk/drink bottles, ask housekeeping for extra water - they very happliy oblige
Overall, the Ayana is a wonderful hotel if you are looking to relax & unwind. I am not sure if we will visit again as the price to eat there for a week was a tad too expensive for us. We also do like to venture out now and again to try new restaurants. If we did return, it would be for 2 or 3 nights without the kids.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the Indian Ocean, AYANA Resort and Spa embraces the mystique of Bali, natural beauty, and the grace of its people. With 368 guest rooms and villas, varieties of facilities and services to satisfy the guests, the Resort, set in 77 ha of tropical gardens, invites self-indulgence on the southwestern tip of Bali in Jimbaran bay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ayana Hotel Jimbaran
- AYANA Resort And Spa Bali/Jimbaran