We felt instantly welcomed and relaxed from the moment we were collected at the airport by our Belmond Jimbaran Puri driver (with cold water and cold towels) and were whisked away to the oasis that is Belmond in less than 15 minutes, where we were then presented with little bunches of flowers for Mummy and the girls, more cold scented towels and delicious welcome drinks, followed by home-made sweet chocolate treats and fresh fruit in our room.
This elegant “old Bali’ style resort is so convenient and close to the airport yet is a quiet, peaceful haven. There are many thoughtful little touches that set this resort apart from the rest and give it that unique and truly boutique feeling.
There are no water slides or kids clubs here... instead there are sprawling, spacious, green lawns to run, play and cartwheel on, and tropical gardens to explore with squirrels in the trees, lizards, birds and butterflies. The hammocks attached to the palm trees gently sway in the wind like giant swings and were well-loved by my girls.
The entire grounds are very flat making it perfect for prams, strollers and little legs.
Although there is no actual Kids Club, activities and classes are run each week for the little guests. Our girls enjoyed the Balinese temple experience where they prepared the canang sari (offerings to the Gods), dressed in traditional sarongs and visited the multiple onsite temples earning more about this lovely Balinese Hindu tradition.
The younger guests can also take part in a Balinese cooking class, enjoy a special childrens massage in the Spa or participate in one of the free art and craft activities that include kite-making and traditional egg painting.
The main pool is huge and has a spacious shallow kids area at one end. We were lucky enough to be staying in a villa, so we also had the option of swimming in our own private pool too.
The stunning white sand beach is right there, and it was lovely to hear the the sounds of the waves crashing in the morning, then enjoy a morning walk and splash in the sea after breakfast.
Free hosted activities for kids include dodgeball in the pool, and sandcastle competitions on the beach. Once a week they also hold SUP and Kayak lessons in the pool for little guests too.
Jimbaran beach is known to be a perfect and safe beach on the island for learning to surf and to boogie board. Further up the sand there are many options for surf lessons or board hire.
The breakfast buffet offers a small yet quality selection of all the regular items including fresh pastries and tropical fruit. There is also an la carte option with cooked breakfast dishes including eggs and strawberry pancakes which were a daily staple for our girls. It was just a delight to have breakfast looking out at the ocean with the lovely sound of the gamelan being played by smiling musicians in the background.
The kids menu here is quite extensive with options for snacks, mains and desserts, and can be ordered at the restaurant or as room service. The chefs are very happy to tailor menu items to suit little tastebuds too.
The main restaurant on the sand was just beautiful and a perfect spot for casual lunches and fresh coconuts with sandy feet and also to enjoy a special sunset dinner on the sand with candles, cocktails, mocktails and live music.
There are a variety of cottages, as well as private pool villas with either one or two bedrooms.
We stayed in a two bedroom, two bathroom pool villa which is probably more suited to families with older kids, as the staircase between the two rooms is external - unfortunately a common design flaw in a lot of Bali villas we visit. Still it was a lovely space for our family getaway, and having a private pool is such a bonus and so much fun for early morning or after-dinner swims.
We love having a break and being away from the hustle and bustle, so for us Jimbaran is actually one of our favourite areas to relax and enjoy family time. It is also very close to the airport so is a convenient option for families to either start or end their holiday without being stuck in the dreaded Bali traffic for too long.
For places to eat, there are two upmarket options (yet still both very welcoming to kids) literally right next door - Kayumanis and Cuca which has a sweet wooden playground in their garden. Or you can walk down the beach to the famous seafood warungs for dinner, or enjoy sunset drinks and snacks on the beanbags at Beekini Bowl.
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