A trip to Bali should always finish with a night of luxury. For this I chose Rimba the sister hotel to the famed Ayana Resort in Jimbaran. Guests have access to all the Ayana facilities as well as Rimba’s incredible pools.
After a week in moderately priced hotels Rimba seemed like an unbelievable extravagance. We were greeted with floral leis, which we promptly ditched on a table when no one was looking. We did however quickly finish our welcome drinks.
Our room wasn’t ready when we arrived, so we were given a drink card and made our way up to Unique Rooftop Bar. The combination of rooftop bar + infinity pool + giant couches that were more like beds totally won me over. The cocktails were fresh and fruity, and the food was delicious and healthy – although not particularly Indonesian!
We stayed in a Hill Side Room which was the most basic room on offer. I applied a lot of discounts before paying the final rate. But after spending three nights listening to a gecko growling at us we couldn’t have been happier with the gigantic bed, waterfall shower and cable TV. There was also an array of toiletries which we immediately packed into our suitcases. It’s probably worth staying here just for that.
The swimming pools are what really attracted me to this hotel. Rimba has an enormous multi level swimming pool complex with about seven pools to choose from. Each one is rimmed by lounges, with attendants only too happy to give you bottles of water and lay out towels for you. Apart from one family and a few quiet couples we pretty much had the pools to ourselves. Sadly the waterslide is only for children, a fact that another pool attendee was happy to yell out at us when we swam slightly to close to the waterslide.
Before dinner we headed over to the famous Rock Bar at Ayana for a cocktail. This bar is built on a cliff above the water, and you’ll see it featured in every must-see Bali guide. The setting is great but unless you’re staying in the area I wouldn’t really make this a priority. The drinks are expensive and the wait is long, even if you’re a hotel guest. Once the sun goes down most people head up to one of the restaurants or go back to their hotels.
For our last night in Bali we decided to eat… Italian! Of course. Although in all honesty, the gnocchi I had from Sami Sami was as good or better than the food I had in Italy at the start of the year.
Rimba was quiet when we arrived, but there appeared to be a couple of weddings taking place over the weekend. One couple had a wedding website which I spent hours stalking. They were from Dubai and met on MSN Messenger. I hoped for a invitation to their nuptials, but sadly we had to fly home.
Would I stay at Rimba again? Definitely.