Can't recommend this enough.
Royal Bali Beach Club is a wonderful oasis of comfort and relaxation. Having travelled fairly extensively over Bali, the wife and I were nicely surprised at how relaxed Jimbaran is. There is no pressure to purchase, no hawking on the streets, and a very casual attitude toward tourists. It feels as if you’re a part of the area, not jut a visitor.
We are members of the Royal Bali Beach Club, having joined in 2008. This is our first stay, in fact, our firt visit to Jimbaran, since we joind. The place hasn’t changed. It is still spotellessly clean, the grass kept mown, the paths swept, the pool sparkling and the rooms pristine. Marble everywhere, two airconditioners, a lovely balcony overlooking the tranquil gardens, a king bed and a brilliantly appointed ensuite. The kitchenette has a microwave, toaster, jug, coffee maker and a bar fridge stocked with the basics: beer, soft drink, choclate and water (for a charge).
The staff are all spectatcualrly polite. They all speak English, albeit to varying degrees but those with whom you need to have regular contact are quite fluent. The driver is also fluent in French and German!
The staff were excellent upon arrival, the checkin smooth, the room ready and the place spotless.
My wife and I stayed here for a week 7-15 October 2011. We had had a bad experience with a Royal Resort in Thailand and we entered with some trepidation. However, upon arrival, our fears were allayed. Komang from front-of-house was exceptional; he showed us to our room, had the porters organise our bags, showed us the air-con controls, the use of the safe and the various appointments of our room. He also explained about the weekly meeting held on Sundays to welcome new guests to discuss activities and he also explained the hours for meals and room service. He was, coincidentally, the chap who checked us out and drove us to our next hotel. What an asset he and all the staff there are to the Royal Bali Beach Resort.
The meals were presented well and well cooked. The breakfast menu heavily relied on serving hot meals with, or comprised of, eggs although the banana pancakes and the nasi goreng were spectacular!
Pool-side snack and drink service was available from 9am to 7pm. The pool itself is only 1.3m deep and is small by many standards by, seeing as there are only 16 rooms, it wasn't crowded at any time. And, while there are only 12 loungers, there were always a couple free for me and The Boss to settle into and soak up some sun and read books from the small library in reception.
The beach is not accessible through the Intercontinental Hotel across the road anymore as the security seem a bit more strict. We wanted to enter the grounds to check out the dinner menu and were turned away. Why is anyone's guess.
However, for those wishing to go to Jimbaran Beach, the walk takes about 10-12 minutes along the road. This road also accesses the multitude of cafes and seafood restaurants which line the upper portion of the bay between the Intercontinental's beach frontage and the Four Seasons' beach frontage (which is currently being demolished and rebuilt).
The Menega Cafe is the pick of the bunch. Go the Jumbo Prawns (four to a kilogram!)
The KSpa (the inhouse spa) is very expensive. They ask IDR250,000 for an hour Bali massage while next door (to the right as you exit) you can get the same massage for IDR70,000. Admnittedly, we didn't even enter the KSpa but the place next door was clean and, although the women's English was okay at best, the quality of the massages (The Minister for War went there daily, I went twice) was great.
One other thing, Jimbaran isn't a hard-hitting all-night party town (thanfully) and the majority of the people you see are in the 30-50 age bracket, strolling around, enjoying the hassle-free walking. If you want late night partying and high-intensity shopping, go to Kuta or Legian.
It was, without a doubt, the most relaxing holiday week I have ever spent.
Are we going back next year? Well, The Boss brought up the idea, so I guess that's a definite "Yes" .
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Resorts: Royal Bali Beach Club at Jimbaran Bay, located adjacent to the beautiful beach of Jimbaran Bay, offers an exclusive private holiday experience to always remember. The resort is truly first class with sixteen luxury one bedroom apartments, each fully air conditioned with private balconies or courtyards. The pool area is breathtaking and offers the perfect place to relax after a day at the beach, a shopping trip to nearby Kuta or a day excursion around the island. A short walk along the beach will lead you to Karma Jimbaran with the famous di Mare Restaurant. So if it is high quality cuisine you are looking for or the budget priced fresh seafood served by the beach shack restaurants, then Jimbaran Bay offers the best of what’s available right across the spectrum leaving you spoiled for choice night after night. The Royal Bali Beach Club is only fifteen minutes from Denpasar airport and central to most tourist attractions on Bali. The beaches and golf courses of Nusa Dua and the shopping mecca of Kuta are fifteen minutes away in a taxi, and the boat harbour and Waterbom Park are 25 minutes away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Bali Beach Club At Jimbaran Bay Hotel Jimbaran
- Karma Royal Jimbaran Bali