Checking In: AYANA Resort and Spa, Bali

Home to the stunning Rock Bar and an Aquatonic pool, the acclaimed luxury resort makes a wonderful wellness retreat for spa lovers and sun seekers.

The sprawling resort is located on 90 hectares of oceanfront cliff perched above Jimbaran Bay.

The Look

Fiery sunsets at the iconic Rock Bar, luxurious spa treatments, and lazy pool dips are just some of the fondest memories we’ve had at AYANA Resort and Spa in Bali. Sister property to the modern-looking RIMBA, which shares its facilities, the sprawling resort is located on 90 hectares of oceanfront cliff perched above Jimbaran Bay. Nestled within tropical greenery and colorful blooms, AYANA is a picture of elegance — think traditional Balinese bales co-existing in harmony with spacious European-style lawns. Vast is an understatement, as you’ll find 19 restaurants and bars, 12 swimming pools, wedding chapels, spas, and more within the resort. That said, it’s easy to luxuriate in peaceful privacy as there are plenty of quiet and cozy nooks to be found here; either overlooking the crashing waves or the white-sand beach.

A beautiful four-poster canopy bed stood out as its centerpiece.

The Rooms

At AYANA Resort and Spa, accommodation options include 294 cozy rooms and well-appointed suites, alongside 78 majestic villas that can fit larger groups. The design philosophy is guided by a sense of locality, with carved wood furnishings and Balinese batik accents that create a grand yet inviting space. The 98-square-meter Ocean View Suite in which I stayed had a living area, master bedroom, and its own private balcony overlooking the Indian Ocean. A beautiful four-poster canopy bed stood out as its centerpiece, only second to the free-standing soaking tub in the marble bathroom. Amenities are thoughtful and well-designed, including flower patterned kimonos in place of bathrobes, as well as aromatic oil burners to accompany a well-deserved soak in the tub.

The freshly grilled meat and seafood satay at Damar Terrace is a must-try.

The Food

The resort’s extensive collection of dining experiences span cuisines like the Mediterranean, Mexican, Balinese, Italian, Chinese, and more. Should special occasions call for it, there are intimate and romantic destinations like Ayana’s private pier restaurant Pesta Lobster or the famous Rock Bar. The latter is accessible via the resort’s dramatic cliff side inclinator and boasts a seductive after-dark ambient. Delightful cocktails and great sunset views are par for the course. If you fancy trattoria-style Italian food, Sami Sami will not disappoint with dishes like the perfectly al dente lobster tagliatelle and wood-fired Margherita pizza. Meanwhile, Indonesian and Asian cuisine can be had at Damar Terrace, which is surrounded by terraced lily ponds. The freshly grilled meat and seafood satay here is a must-try. For dessert, try the array of matcha(green tea) desserts from 155-year-old Japanese dessert house Tsujiri.

Spa on the Rocks.

Don’t Miss

With a steely focus on holistic wellness, AYANA is home to a slew of spa facilities, with the most well-loved being two spa villas set on natural rocks amid the Indian Ocean called Spa on the Rocks. Designed to blend right with the environment, each spa villa features Indonesian merbau wood, with interiors enhanced by the natural contours of the rocks. Equally popular is the Aquatonic Pool at the Thermes Marins Spa, which features 12 hydromassage stations combining 60 therapeutic jet streams and micro-bubbles. There were also exercise stations where one had to swim against jet currents — a great way to improve endurance and muscle tone. At the same spa, I also tried the Ayana Fusion treatment, which combines deep tissue strokes, acupressure, and steamed herbal pouches to relieve muscle tension and ease me into a state of deep relaxation.

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