Rimba has its pros & cons, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons.
I've stayed in a number of hotels, but Rimba inspired me to get on tripadvisor and make an account - so that itself should say enough. And if I express the cons, it's because I love the resort/hotel so much that I'm vouching for it's improvements.
noise: took me a while to get the right room, away from the construction. wasn't even notified about construction. that would've helped me jumping rooms. loud people around the lobby level rooms at 1:45am. Might've been a one off, but very disturbing.
jogging track: I don't know how many people use this. But I got lost. And there was construction. So as a woman running around in shorts, I wasn't particularly at ease. I understand if things are being built, but surely little jogging signs along the path would help - and I don't think it'd cost much. Most resorts have that, a signposted jogging track. Just so you know you're going in the right direction.
breakfast: sometimes fantastic, sometimes lack of variety and oily and way too salty. some fresher, organic options would be great.
location: far, which is fine. but a shuttle bus every now and then to ubud or seminyak would do wonders for guests.
now to the fantastic stuff.
the room: wow. comfortable bed, after spending a whole day in the resort, i could just sink into the bed and drift into a deep sleep. the tv: perfect size. the bathtub: massive. (they could also provide some bubble bath amentities, i didn't realize how much i'd want to utilize the tub!). the interior design of the room is fantastic.
the pools: so much fun, lovely cabanas. no shortage of sun beds. attentive pool staff. sunset swims literally took my breath away.
the dinner: i had a wonderful dinner at TOGE. more vegetarian options would be fantastic, but it was definitely better than the breakfast. I had things like the gado gado and vegetable tagine.
ayana facilities: the ocean beach pool gets ridiculously full, but if u go before breakfast its ideal. the shuttle bus is very convenient.
the beach: is gorgeous, but it's very sandy and a bit rough. and the 200 steps up and down to it in the heat can feel quite intense. but a gorgeous beach nonetheless.
the staff: majority very sweet and friendly
the interior design: gorgeous. especially at night the way the lobby twinkles. my photos should say it all
Overall, I didn't want to come back home. I felt at home as soon as I checked in. What a gorgeous property. And for the price it's amazing, (please don't change the nightly rates :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience 8 lush hectares within the 90-hectare grounds of RIMBA JImbaran Bali overlooking Jimbaran Bay. RIMBA’s 5-star facilities include 403 stylish rooms matched by stunning sunset views and legendary hospitality. RIMBA’s luxurious accommodation includes Pool Access Rooms and Suites with magnificent views of the ocean. Families will love the interconnecting rooms, Kid’s Club, and children’s pool with waterslide. Guests enjoy the most extensive on-site facilities of any resort in Bali, with complimentary access to sister-resort AYANA, including 18 restaurants and bars such as the Rock Bar and Ah Yat Abalone Seafood Restaurant. Relax with a private white sand beach; 12 pools across AYANA and RIMBA; a world-class Spa with Aquatonic Seawater Therapy Pool, Spa on the Rocks treatment villas amidst the ocean; and manicured golf putting course. RIMBA's Kampoeng Bali is a stand-alone restaurant with outdoor amphitheater that welcomes guests into an authentic Balinese village experience. ... more less
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