Jimbaran Travel Guide
Have you ever been to the Four Seasons Bali Jimbaran? If yes, then you're likely smirking at the memory of an over-the-top stay at one of the best hotels in the world. If no, add it to your hotel bucket list tout de suite. Or don't…since right across the street there's a new construction site which, in October of this year (yeah we'll see about that), will become the new Le Méridien Jimbaran Bay.
We did a little spying on the property recently while on our way to the excellent fresh seafood warungs (casual beachside eateries) of this south end of Jimbaran Beach, and though the hotel's newest, largest buildings are still very much in the concrete-and-rebar stage, it's quite obvious that the resort's proximity to these restaurants and the wide, calm beach itself will be the top selling point.
In total, the property should total 139 suites in the renovated Ristia Resort. There's not much other information available, not even photos on the official Starwood site, but we do know that the property will feature a lagoon-style pool and a 3-story restaurant and bar with a top terrace specifically designed for taking in the famous Bali sunsets.
We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our newest series, What is This? is devoted to odd-looking items in hotel rooms that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.
So there's this bar, right? And it's down at the bottom of some cliffs, and it's in Bali. And from this bar, drinkers can have one of the coolest views of the legendary Bali sunset. The only downside is that you've got to get down...that...side.
The cliff drop-off between The Ayana Resort and the resort's Rock Bar is actually not an issue after all, since there's a mini funicular that takes load of about 5 people at a time down to imbibe only a few feet above the waves. That's what this white-roofed box is: the funicular at The Ayana.
The Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay reported all staff and guests accounted for after a bomb explodes near the property.
This attack took place Saturday night outside a crowded restaurant near the Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran beach, and at shopping plaza in Kuta. As of Saturday night, hundreds may be injured and 36 are reported dead--a number which is expected to escalate.
Bali's tourism industry has been slowly recuperating after the horrific bombing in October 2002 that killed 202 people at a crowded nightclub. Radical Indonesian Islamic terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah, which took responsibility for 2002's attack, is suspected to be behind Saturday's bombings.
The resort issued this statement on their the web page.
We are deeply saddened by the bombings that have occurred in Bali. We are grateful to report that all of our guests and employees are safe and accounted for, and Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay was not directly affected. Resort staff are in the process of assisting guests with their travel plans. Anyone seeking information about family or friends can contact the Resort at 62 (361) 701010. We will update this site with further details, as they become available.
As of May 10, 2005, the the US State Department maintained warnings to all US citizens to defer non-essential travel to Indonesia. This warning was reiterated on Friday by the US Embassy in Jakarta, who maintained that terrorist cells were still operating and could strike at any time targeting tourists and foreigners.