We stayed at the Jayakarta from 16 – 28 November 2009. We were initially booked into a Standard Room, but I contacted the resort 2 months prior to arrival to try and upgrade our room. November is still low season and we were upgraded to a Deluxe Ocean Viewing room free of charge (room 210).
At first glance we were slightly disappointed with our room. We had no musty smells or mildew that previous guests have described, but the room was fairly small, dark, and the wicker furniture have seen much better days. However We we noticed instantly that the bathroom had been redone within the past year or so, the bath was still old but had nothing we could complain about.
Once settled we got used to the place and started liking it a bit better. The bed was comfortable; the pillows were a bit too hard though. Sheets always clean and laundered. TV was in good working condition, coffee and creamer sachets were provided daily. Aircon in perfect condition.
We never used anything from the mini-bar, so I can’t comment on prices.
The breakfast was served daily between 06:30 –10:00. The main restaurant and adjacent coffee shop is used to serve breakfast, but this venue gets incredibly busy after 08:30. You often have to eat and leave, as a queue will be forming of people waiting to be seated. A good option is to eat breakfast before 08:00 but this does not always suit all people. The best alternative is to use the Benoa Restaurant/Jimbaran Seafood Restaurant at the back of the resort, where the same breakfast is served and where you are guaranteed to get a table. We only discovered this about a week into our stay, else we would have had breakfast there from the start. On the subject of breakfast, it consists out of typical bacon, eggs and toast, fresh fruit, Balinese dishes, pancakes, yogurt and cereals. You’re bound to find something you like. Nothing extraordinarily delicious, the bacon was unusually oily and overdone.
The resort itself is beautiful. 3 large pools, all with nice, warm water. The main pool has fountains and a swim-up bar, and is consequently busy at all times. The adjacent pool is larger and quieter, also deeper than the main pool. There’s a third pool at the back of the resort (next to the Benoa restaurant) and we preferred this because it’s usually quiet and we had no problems to get available loungers. It’s away from the bar and the guests tend to be a bit older and laid back.
Location is a huge advantage to this resort. There’s only a small footpath dividing the resort grounds and the beach. The beach is lovely, not too crowded and beautiful at sunset. Shopping and dining is no problem either, lots of places to go within walking distance. Spas are plentiful, we found Briella Spa (turn left as you exit the resort) to be our favourite. For dvds we preferred Multi Disk (turn right outside the resort) and walk straight, it’s in the corner next to Circle K. The quality of the dvds is above average.
Changing money is also hassle free. We exchanged most of our money at the resort, they offered us IDR9,100 per USD1. The resort acharges no commission. It’s easy and eliminates the odds of being ripped off elsewhere.
The staff is very friendly and if you visit them often enough in reception they’ll be on a first-name basis within a day or three.
All things considered we really loved the Jayakarta. Although the rooms are slightly tired the outward appearance is fantastic, lush and inviting. We returned on more than one daytrip with other tourists who commented that they wished that they also stayed at the Jayakarta.
At the end they offer excellent value for money, there’s no reason why we wouldn’t recommend it or stay there again.
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