We had a fantastic stay at Ayana. The room was stunning and perfectly set up for us and our 1yr old daughter with a cot and bottle sterilizer! The cot had lovely bedding, which is sometimes is a rare in Asia for baby cots! It was soft and comfortable unlike some of the rock hard baby mattresses we have been given at some other hotels and resorts. The room was a beautiful blend of Asian and classical pieces! The day bed in the balcony is perfect for afternoon drinks. We had a ocean view room, but after walking the hotel and viewing the scene from my mums room that looked onto the main middle of the hotel Gardens and water features we decided that any room would be amazing, especially the rooms that open out to grassed areas once our daughter is slightly older. The grounds are immaculate, and constantly tended by staff cleaning and looking after the beautiful flowerbeds, water features and pools. the pools are sensational and we have seen some stunning pools throughout Asia! From the the top main infinty pool with the water staircase to the lower pool with waterfalls and tropical fish tank hidden behind, to the private ocean view pool that has amazing view over the hotels own private beach, to the childrens fun pool with slides and fountains, and also the gorgeous villa pool where you can lounge on the second story of the pool sun baking while gazing at the frangipanis and waterfalls! The water was a perfect refreshing temperature for the hot humid days! There is nothing worse than getting to a pool that is luke warm or hot pool in a already hot country! The frangipanis, plants and the trees throughout the grounds are so stunning! You can wander around the resort all day admiring and taking pictures of the architecture and the gardens!
The aquatonic pool was one of the amazing experiences of our holiday! The two hours moving through the stations of the outdoor pool complex helped every ache and pain by massaging every inch of us! It was well worth the time and the money! The changing rooms alone are amazing!
Breakfast buffet is one of the best we have had! The range of food was huge, from fruit and cereal, to Japanese, pastries, Indonesian and asian delicacies, fresh baby coconuts and the usual hearty big breakfast fare! The view looking over the water features and koi ponds makes a perfect setting for the perfect start of the day!
We loved and enjoyed the rock bar, being guests of the hotel we never had to wait for the fenuncular down to the bar, and you are gifted with a long stemmed red rose. we sipped delicious cocktails and listened to a wonderful chilled out band perched on the cliff while waves crashed below! What a view and what a atmosphere!
There are enough dining and bar options to keep you busy for breakfast lunch and dinner a whole week!
Our little daughter loved the puppies, dwarf rabbits and other lovely little critters that arrived to entertain the children at the kids club on the Sunday morning. The kids club comes highly recommended although we did not use it and it's many activities available for children because of our daughter being so young, we did however use the hotels baby-sitting service and found it to be fantastic and our daughter really enjoyed her time being doted on ( she adored her sitter!) and cruising around the resort at her leisure saying hello to everyone that passed! I will definitely be utilizing the services of both babysitting and kids club next time we return to stay at the Ayana! Perfect excuse for parents to get away and do amazing romantic and fun things while still being in the same resort complex as your child so you can always be contacted if need be while you use the spa, or golf course, visit the rock bar or martini bar! The options within the resort are endless but you are still only five minutes maximum away from your child incase of emergencies! So one less thing to worry about!
Last but not least, special mention must go to the amazing, fantastic staff of the hotel. Words cannot express how kind, courteous, friendly and helpful all staff members were during our stay no matter what the request, from the smiles and hello's from the gardeners, to the front desk and staff greeting guests in the lobby remembering all our names from day one! They were so very loving and kind to our daughter. Everyone from the young men serving breakfast to the beautiful ladies at the front desk took the time to enquire and heap affection on our daughter who loved every minute of the attention! The Balinese are truly amazing and gentle with children and babies, and I can think of no better place to enjoy a relaxing time with my child. The managers on each day were always there, working next to their staff making sure that everything ran so smoothly and seamlessly, and made sure to brief the next manages on duty on current matters to be attended too. I make a note of this especially because I thought I had lost my wedding and engagement at the spa or walking the grounds, which is hectares and hectares! I was hysterical and beside myself and my insurance company was not help, the staff on the other hand were fantastic, kind supportive and caring. They all walked and looked everywhere, in the dark! Everyone knew and was helping and so concerned. My husband found them, one in the camera case, the other in the track of the sliding door where my daughter had flung it. I felt so terrible but everyone was so good about it, how embarrassing and stupid of me, but I just wanted to express such gratitude at the help and kindness we received from the managers and all the staff. The staff are a true asset and made a 5 star resort easily a 6 star resort! Other hotels and resorts should send staff to be trained at Ayana because it is how true hospitality should be and the owner('s?) of Ayana should be truly proud of their staff!
Planting a tree on the resort property is also a lovely and touching way to leave a little bit of your heart at Ayana, ours are green apple trees and have our names and the date of our stay attached to the trunk. We will also be getting updates on "our trees" and we are looking forward to visiting them with our daughter and watching them grow over the years as she does! Just another way Ayana is staying green and ahead of the game. Also Ayana is also the only resort on the island that is tsunami certified and also the security makes you feel so safe at the entry while at the same time being totally non invasive within the resort walls! The two Labradors that take turns at the front entry, one black one white were so cute and were a big hit with our girl who was missing her own two big dogs!
We can't wait to return. The sooner the better! We will return and bring lots of family in tow and maybe try a stunning villa! I can not praise Ayana enough and recommend it to everyone from friends to couples to families! Big hugs to Jun at Sami Sami who made many meals pleasure by taking care of not only our needs and everyone elses but also entertained our daughter on numerous occasions! She loved the time she spent with you! Thank you!
Thank you all so much!
- 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