Rimba Jimbaran Bali has debuted next to its sister property, Ayana Resort and Spa, on eight hectares of leafy grounds
A fixture in the Jimbaran Bay hotel scene since 2009, Ayana Resort and Spa emerges from the limestone cliffs above Kubu Beach replete with famed Rock Bar in the precipice below. Now, another property from Capella Hotel Group has moved into the neighborhood: Rimba Jimbaran Bali is set amid eight hectares of landscaped eucalyptus trees, coconut palms, and banyans on the same sprawling 77-hectare property as the Ayana. Rimba, meaning forest in Bahasa Indonesia, reflects the resort’s green initiatives including the planting of 50,000 albesia trees to offset the carbon footprint of the hotel. While Rimba has no direct beach access (it’s about one kilometer to the Ayana by footpath or shuttle), guests can relish in unobstructed panoramas of gentle rolling hills filled with fruit trees, tropical flowers, and distant ocean views.
The Look: WATG architects are behind the dramatic, double-height ceilings of the open-air lobby, modeled after the hull of a ship, that give way to sunken lounges set within an infinity pool. One hundred-and-eighty degree views of the grounds are as much a feature of the lobby as the iridescent wall panels made of wood from old fishing boats sourced from Sulawesi. From above, hundreds of bamboo shafts speckled with tiny lights dangle from the ceiling above marble floors. Drawing on its namesake’s earthy influences, the hotel abundantly employs recycled driftwood and upcycled finds in its decor. In each of the 297 rooms and suites find handcrafted driftwood artworks sourced from Bali’s Pantai Selatan.
The Rooms: The hotel’s natural ambience continues in guest rooms with banana-paper artworks, abstract recessed headboards, and airy balcony lounges. Metallic gold and brown tiles shaped in the form of tree branches add a touch of glamour to bathrooms. The hotel’s conservation efforts are noticeable here, with a reverse osmosis system in place to recycle rainwater and salt water for showers. Aromatherapy & Associates products make up the bath amenities while local Balinese linen maker Wonderful supplies the cushy 300-thread-count cotton bedding. Jimbaran Bay Rooms start from 38 square meters, jumping to a spacious 70 square meters in Jimbaran Bay Suites. Book a pool access room on the hotel’s ground floor for swim-up thrills and private plunges off of the main one hectare pool.
The Appeal: Expect service excellence when staying at Rimba—about one third of the hotel’s staff have been vetted from the Ayana’s crew, sidestepping typical opening hiccups. Without beach access, the main outdoor appeal is Rimba’s pool: the multitiered structure brims with lazy lounge chairs, submerged chaises, and sleek sunbeds. The swim-up bar gives parents a view of the snaking children’s slide that lands in a shallow pool nearby. Dining is a bit more forgettable: To’ge, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, serves up a palatable mix of Eastern and Western fare, but it’s nothing to write home about. For a drink with a view, visit UNIQUE rooftop bar for unobstructed panoramas of the surrounding hills and Kubu beach in the distance.
The Surrounds: While Jimbaran Bay is a haven for local seafood and stunning sunsets, venture outside of the secluded section of Bali for more happening nightlife and dining. Ayana management is well aware of the drawbacks of their location and have a dedicated team of metered taxis to whisk guests the hour ride to Seminyak’s streets, 20 minutes to Ngurah Rai Airport, or anywhere else on the island.
For those in the know: Want to experience the Rock Bar’s idyllic sundowners without the hassle of queuing for prime seating? Guests at Rimba can enjoy the same benefits as Ayana patrons, including priority access privileges at Rock Bar and billing straight to their room tab.
Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, Bali; 62-21/570-8787; Rimba Jimbaran Bali; doubles from US$230