I went to Ayana some time back (earlier than the earliest date in this review, which is only until May 2012), but really only got around to reviewing it now, since I'm hoping to go back.
The main purpose of being there was for my friends wedding, but arrived early enough to go around Bali and tuck in a (Scuba) dive or so.
Ayana is a luxury resort in Bali, but in my opinion is well worth it, with excellent service, facilities, food I really liked and peerless spa (and packages, such as the travelers special, available even after checkout).
The location is unmatched, and sunset at the Rock Bar is postcard perfect. Swimming at the cliff side pool to chill then drinks by the sunset before heading out for nightlife was truly an experience worth remembering & reliving. The villas are amazing, with their own separate facilities. The spa was really very good, and even after a long drive to Tulamben and back for diving perked me enough for a relaxing nightcap at the restaurant pavilion.
If you want to splurge, I highly recommend a stay. Or even just queuing up for admission to Rock Bar -> drinks by moonlight at high tide with the surf showering you is surreal. There will be / are other cliff side resorts with a view, but the first cut is always the deepest...
- 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