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Hotel Highlights

  • Private pool villas shaded by frangipani
  • Personal butler on hand 24 hours a day
  • Spacious rustic villas with thatched roofs and full kitchens

Overview

Set back from a traditional fishermen’s beach beneath a canopy of coconut palms, Kayumanis Jimbaran’s 19 thatched villas typify the Balinese tradition of balanced indoor-outdoor living. Sliding glass doors open your warm, wood-lined bedroom up to the balmy sea air, and you can step from the comfort of your tiger-swingingly spacious lounge into the private glassy-blue pool.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Kayumanis Jimbaran with us:

A one-hour Relaxing Massage for two and a romantic flower bath on arrival

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Kayumanis Jimbaran

Flexible rate

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

19 standalone pool villas, including Two-bedroom Private Estates.

Check–out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $373.00, excluding tax at 21 per cent.

More details

Rates include à la carte breakfast, welcome cocktail or mocktail, a 30-minute back and shoulder massage, in-room soft drinks (restocked daily), cookies, fruit, daily high tea, 24-hour private butler, local shuttle service and return airport transfers.

Also

Sharpen your seafood chef skills with a market tour and cooking lesson. Jimbaran is one of Bali’s great fishing villages and Kayumanis’ chef will be delighted to guide you around the market, then help you prepare a delectable Balinese meal.

Hotel closed

No check-ins or check-outs are allowed on 30 and 31 December, or 31 March 2014, when Bali observes Nyepi Day, although stays are still possible.

At the hotel

Spa, meditation garden, restaurant, butler service, concierge, DVD/CD selection, library, free WiFi throughout, public beach (five minutes' walk away). In rooms: plasma TV, CD/DVD player, Bose sound system, full kitchen, minibar, espresso maker, own-label toiletries, pool, terrace.

Our favourite rooms

All villas are spacious with open-plan living/dining areas, a kitchen, private pool and deck. Of the two styles of One-bedroom Private Estates, the Lemmy villas offer the most romantic appeal as their design grants them more shade and privacy, with the L-shaped pool cradled between the rustic, thatched bedroom and the semi-alfresco living area. Andra villas feature a more open bathroom, a connected master bedroom and living room, and a long pool. For more boudoirs, bag a Two-bedroom Private Estate.

Poolside

Each villa has its own sizeable pool, either in the villa compound itself or running beside the bedroom and living area. Rectangular and tiled in dark grey stone, each private pool is surrounded by green lawns and frangipani, with loungers alongside.

Packing tips

Floaty, airy yoga clothes and a wide-brimmed hat to tug down over your eyes while you doze by the pool.

Also

All of Kayumanis Jimbaran’s common areas are pram or wheelchair accessible, as are some of the rooms.

Children

Junior Smiths are more than welcome here. Baby cots can be added to rooms, extra beds for children up to age 11 are US$121 a child a night, and a kids' menu is available.

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

An open kitchen, a thatched pavilion and a collection of garden gazebos make up Tapis Restaurant, the resort’s inventive Indonesian eaterie. Enjoy an authentic rijstaffel banquet beneath the towering coconut palms, or order a sumptous seafood barbecue platter. Western dishes are also available. Breakfast spans Balinese, Indonesian, American and Continental menus. Afternoon tea, served at Tapis from 2.30pm to 5.30pm, is included in room rates and makes for a relaxing daily ritual.

Hotel Bar

Kayumanis Jimbaran has no main bar area, but drinks are available from your in-room bar at all times, or linger with a cocktail at Tapis.

Last orders

Open from 7am, all-day restaurant Tapis closes its kitchens at 11pm.

Room service

Your personal butler is on call 24 hours a day, to provide whatever you might need. You can have Indonesian and western dishes, as well as juices, tea and coffee, delivered to your room at any time.

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Dress code

Floral wraps for her; lazy linens for him.

Top table

Try to secure one of the few spots alongside the infinity-edge pond. You can also enjoy in-villa dinners at extra cost, from romantic, candlelit affairs to garden, floating and trad Balinese experiences, or a private barbecue.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Wander down to the local beach at Jimbaran Bay for a gentle ocean dip or to check out the seafood market, Balinese fishing boats and rustic restaurants on the sand. Kayumanis doesn’t have its own dedicated bit of beachfront here, though, but never fear. A shuttle bus takes guests to the hotel’s private beach at Balangan Bay, 25 minutes’ drive away. You can also chill out at the Beach Club at sister stay Kayumanis Nusa Dua, where there’s snorkelling, swimming and the possibility of a beach picnic (also around a 25-minute journey). For dry-land action, commandeer the hotel’s bicycles and explore Jimbaran. For a spot of pampering, book a session at the resort's small spa or in your villa – we recommend the three-hour, zero-calorie Chocolate Indulgence experience.

Local restaurants

Take your pick from the shoreside fish restaurants on Jimbaran Bay, informal affairs that allow you to dine with your feet in the sand; they're open for sun-kissed lunches as well as star-lit suppers. Not far from Kayumanis at the Karma Jimbaran resort, Karma Lounge (+62 (0)361 708848; www.karmajimbaran.com/cuisine) serves up Asia-Pacific-inspired small plates and main courses for sociable all-day dining, set poolside amid frangipani and peaceful palms. On the Bukit Peninsula, Di Mare, at Smith stay Karma Kandara (+62 (0)361 848 2200), offers marvellous Mediterranean meals in a clifftop design den with dramatic ocean views. Contemporary cool Alila Villas Uluwatu also has two options: contemporary Euro-style Cire and the more relaxed Warung, whipping up authentic Indonesian fare.

Local bars

Smith hotels Alila Villas Uluwatu and Karma Kandara nearby both have wow-worthy bars; a clifftop cabana at the former and waterside Karma Beach Bali at the latter, known for its DJ-fuelled parties.

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South Bali coconut groves

Kayumanis Jimbaran

Jalan Yoga Perkanthi, Bali, Indonesia, 80364

Set back from Jimbaran Bay, on the south-western side of Bali, Kayumanis Jimbaran is poised between the sleepy southern Bukit Peninsula and chic Seminyak and Legian to the north, within easy reach of many of the island’s best beaches and hot spots.

Planes

The hotel is 10–20 minutes' drive south of Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport (www.baliairport.com) serving capital Denpasar, and offers free return transfers. The airport receives a host of global carriers including Garuda Indonesia, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Jetstar and JAL. You can buy a visa on arrival, if required, which costs US$25 for 30 days (ideally bring cash).

Automobiles

Hotel transfers are included in rates, but if you want to explore the island by car, you can pick up a tourist driving licence and rent wheels easily enough, although given the fairly hectic traffic and bumpy roads it’s not for the faint-hearted. There's free onsite parking and a valet service at the hotel. You're within a five-minute walk of Jimbaran, a traditional fishing village with a lively marketplace, bay and beach. It’s about 20–30 minutes' drive to Kuta, Legian and Seminyak, depending on traffic.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Jack Kennedy , Talented TV producer

‘I’ve never seen a less intimidating security guard,’ says Mrs Smith, nodding towards the uniformed man at the entrance to Kayumanis Jimbaran. As he lifts the barrier his round face beams with a radiant smile, ushering us in with a warmth that we’re already accustomed to from the people of Bali. We pass two gigantic clay pots cascading water and arrive in the huge, open ga…
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Kayumanis Jimbaran

Anonymous review by Jack Kennedy, Talented TV producer

‘I’ve never seen a less intimidating security guard,’ says Mrs Smith, nodding towards the uniformed man at the entrance to Kayumanis Jimbaran. As he lifts the barrier his round face beams with a radiant smile, ushering us in with a warmth that we’re already accustomed to from the people of Bali.

We pass two gigantic clay pots cascading water and arrive in the huge, open garden, filled with swaying coconut palms. Although mere metres from bustling Jimbaran beach, this space offers complete sanctuary. Stepping across lily pads we reach reception, where we’re greeted by the petite concierge and offered an iced drink.

‘Let me show you where you’re staying,’ says our personable host. We follow as she glides down a footpath, pointing out the communal dining area, bar and spa. ‘We have 19 estates in total.’ I look at Mrs Smith – individual estates?

Tantalisingly, one of the gates opens a crack, revealing a vast private pool. Now we’ve seen that, anything less will be met with a pinch of disappointment. Finally, we stop at a broad teak gate and our host fiddles with a set of keys. Come on! I almost roar with childish impatience. The doors swing back and we spy an expansive plot of manicured land fluttering with birds dipping their beaks into frangipani, and a swimming pool as oceanic as the one we had glimpsed. Phew!

Lending a Balinese soundtrack is a slate water feature, tipping a tinkling stream into the pool. The timber terrace of our One-bedroom Private Estate leads into an impressive living area with a vaulted ceiling, segregated into a lounge, study and slick kitchen space. Being a caffeine fiend, I’m reassured to spot a gleaming De’Longhi espresso machine – and a copy of The New York Times international edition is a nice touch. The bedroom and open-air bathroom are in a separate building; never mind swinging a cat, you could raise a pack of tigers in this place.

After a shower we’re ready to explore. We turn down the free bikes and meander on foot to the beach. As the sun dips, silhouetted fishermen drag their full nets to shore. In the evening the bay comes alive, buzzing with informal shoreside restaurants offering the day’s catch. The seafood is sold by weight, so you just pick your bright-eyed fish from the selection laid out on beds of ice. As darkness descends, oil lamps studding the sand illuminate our late-night stroll.

At the end of the night we visit the Rock Bar, a 15-minute drive away in the hotel’s complimentary limousine service. Described as ‘the place to be seen’ by our concierge, this glamorous bar is set deep into the side of a rock face overlooking the crashing Indian Ocean. As you approach by cable car, the crescent-shaped drinks counter glitters like a diamond-encrusted ring. The prices are as breathtaking as the location.

Slightly heavy headed the next morning, we stroll down to the hotel’s Tapis Restaurant, a thatched pavilion where meals are served day-long. Mrs Smith has a more exotic palate first thing and opts for the truffle eggs with a traditional Balinese breakfast of spicy nasi tepeng. I go for the delicious sweet cinnamon pancakes with fresh fruit and yoghurt. Our waiter reminds us to return in the evening for a free cocktail in the stylish bar alcove. ‘You have to try the Hazelnut Martini, he suggests. I look at Mrs Smith. Hair of the dog?

Some home-baked cookies are waiting for us when we return to our lodgings, as is an envelope containing an invitation for an on-the-house massage. Mrs Smith is thrilled. Most people would be thrilled. I am not thrilled. Since a hair-whitening ayurvedic massage in Goa – an experience that involved being smothered in my own body weight of scalding hot oil and left me with back pain for a fortnight – I have had a phobia of being massaged, a fear that has become an issue on more than one holiday. Mrs Smith gently encourages me – ‘We are going to have massages together before we go out tonight – so man up!’ – but I can feel sweat beading on my upper lip, although the air-conditioning is an Icelandic 12 degrees.

Later in the day, we find two masseuses patiently waiting for us. They are armed with an array of oils and fluffy white towels… instruments of torture. We are instructed to lie down on the loungers on the decking. The innocuous sunbeds now look to me like a pair of dentist chairs. Prostrate, with eyes clamped shut in preparation for the worst, I feel two sets of tiny digits bury themselves deep into the tissue of my back. But they are not met with searing pain; instead, there is a professional dexterity that replaces my anxiety with exquisite relaxation. The stresses of daily life that had calcified into lozenges of knotted muscle dissolve like Alka-Seltzer. Plink-plonk. I blink myself back to the present. ‘How do you feel?’ asks Mrs Smith anxiously. ‘I… am… converted,’ I dribble back. The problem is that I want more. For the next three days I work my way through the comprehensive list of spa treatments, including the heavenly chocolate wrap. Mrs Smith has created a monster, albeit a blissed-out one.

At the end of our stay we are sad to leave Kayumanis Jimbaran. I will remember it for the solitude it offers. The self-sufficient estates provide refuge from the sardine can of urban life. As we drive away, I flick through my travel guide and find a chapter on Bali’s first Western settlers; in February 1597, days after landing, commodore Cornelis de Houtman, accompanied by three sailors, decided never to return to their native land and made the small island their home. To sever all ties with your life is a big decision but, after a visit to Kayumanis Jimbaran, I wonder whether it would be a hard one.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Kayumanis Jimbaran's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The personal service is second to none. The private villa space is amazing. The free mini bar and cookies were a very nice touch. The staff was brilliant.

Don’t expect

We have had better spa treatments but otherwise nothing could be better; it was a perfect honeymoon destination.

Rating: 10/10 stars