Rimba is the new kid on the block and the younger sibling to the 5 Star Ayana (the old Ritz Carlton) in Jimbaran.
When we visited the hotel had only just been opened and in fact some areas such as the Spa and Roof Top Bar were still under construction. With that in mind the small teething problems experienced are to be expected. Small things such as some of the glassware at breakfast had chips (see photograph) and the room stayed in still had a distinct smell of concrete dust.
There was also some layout issues not well thought out - within the bathroom, it was certainly funky and unusual but it came at some important functional costs. The tub/shower combination itself is very high and with no extra step getting in is not so much a concern but getting out on to potentially slippery marbled floors is. The use of the tap controls in tub/shower are also not clear. The lighting in the bathroom - specifically around the little high basin is poor. Hopefully this will be addressed. But all these things will pass and be improved upon as the hotel gets up and running.
The pool area, the lobby entrance and the breakfast restaurant are all very well appointed and nicely done.
Pleasingly the thing that really sets a fabulous hotel from the rest of the pack - Rimba has nailed - and that is a culture of service. The staff throughout the resort were exceptional. Perhaps a little slow for anyone not Balinese but very genuine in their desire to please.
Recommended? Yes with caveats. Future Recommendation? Yes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience 8 lush hectares within the 90-hectare grounds of RIMBA JImbaran Bali overlooking Jimbaran Bay. RIMBA’s 5-star facilities include 403 stylish rooms matched by stunning sunset views and legendary hospitality. RIMBA’s luxurious accommodation includes Pool Access Rooms and Suites with magnificent views of the ocean. Families will love the interconnecting rooms, Kid’s Club, and children’s pool with waterslide. Guests enjoy the most extensive on-site facilities of any resort in Bali, with complimentary access to sister-resort AYANA, including 19 restaurants and bars such as the Rock Bar and Ah Yat Abalone Seafood Restaurant. Relax with a private white sand beach; 12 pools across AYANA and RIMBA; a world-class Spa with Aquatonic Seawater Therapy Pool, Spa on the Rocks treatment villas amidst the ocean; and manicured golf putting course. RIMBA's Kampoeng Bali is a stand-alone restaurant with outdoor amphitheater that welcomes guests into an authentic Balinese village experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- RIMBA Jimbaran BALI By AYANA