Although we normally avoid large resort hotels, we really loved the Ayana. Granted, we did stay in a villa, which made all the difference; had we booked into the general hotel, the visit would not have been as special. The villas are in their own area of the resort, and in addition to being very spacious, quiet, having a private plunge pool, and butler service, the delicious breakfast is served in a restaurant reserved for villa guests, so the long buffet lines that other reviewers complained about did not affect us. The service was uniformly friendly; I often find that at many hotels there is an underlying current of resentment towards guests, and I did not feel this here.
Years ago I stayed at the Four Seasons Jimbaran, and believe that the Ayana villas are a much better value than those of the FS, and I vastly prefer the Ayana's location, views, and amenities. We were perfectly happy spending a few days and nights in seclusion, away from the rest of Jimbaran (exploration of the island occurred both on previous trips to Bali and later on in this trip), and found the excellent service and setting to be deeply restorative, despite the resort's large size.
The primary complaint I have about the Ayana is the laughably, ludicrously, overpriced wine list. If management would lower prices I posit that they would quickly generate much greater overall beverage profits on higher volume; it takes a lot for my husband and me to not order wine with a nice dinner, but even we could not stomach $80US ++ for Yellow Tail. I vastly prefer wine to cocktails when dining, so I just went without, and my husband ordered the fantastic Storm beer (of course at 6x ++ the retail price).
In retrospect, I wish that we stayed at the Ayana for our entire 10-day trip, for much to our dismay, the rest of Bali has become far too crowded and overpriced, and I do not intend to return to the island for years. (Over the years I have spent many months on Bali and am friends with both expats and locals, so have a somewhat informed perspective.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The award-winning AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI is a world-class destination resort located on 90 hectares of cliff-top land perched above Jimbaran Bay, just 10 kilometers from Bali airport. AYANA’s majestic sunsets and ocean-front views are complemented by white-sand beach and shared facilities as Bali’s only integrated resort with RIMBA Jimbaran BALI. With full access to all dining and recreation at both AYANA and RIMBA and complimentary resort shuttle, guests enjoy the most extensive on-site facilities of any resort in Bali. There are 19 restaurants and bars including the famous Rock Bar; exclusive private beach; 12 swimming pools; world-class Spa with Aquatonic Seawater Therapy Pool and Spa on the Rocks treatment; golf-putting and fitness center; and complimentary WiFi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ayana Hotel Jimbaran
- AYANA Resort And Spa Bali/Jimbaran