Rimba Jimbaran BaliFirst Look – Rimba Bali: Take the Plunge
Olympic. Infinity. Saline. If it’s got water in it and we can get into that water, we want it. If you share this aquaphile sensibility, you’ll relish the opportunity to add “multi-tiered” to your list of swimming holes. That’s right, multi-tiered swimming pools – two and a half cliff-top acres of them – surrounded by tree plantations, tropical flowers, and organic fruit and vegetable gardens. Where is this pool Eden you ask? In Eden itself, at the Rimba Jimbaran Bali, a new sister property to the tony Ayana Resort.
The luxe hillside hideaway’s 297 contemporary rooms are heavy on sustainable design – driftwood art on the walls and furniture made from recycled materials. They look out over the Indian Ocean to the east and west, so take your pick of sunrise or sunset views. You’ll also get an eyeful of the surrounding tropical gardens and lush forest (Rimba is Indonesian for “forest”) from your private furnished balcony. If you want to max out your pool time, book one of the Pool Access rooms and you’ll be able to literally swim out of your suite and to the swim-up bar if you’d like. Really, there’s no need to ever leave the water if you choose not to.
But when you aren’t splashing around, there’s plenty else to enjoy. Catch live preparations of every type of seafood imaginable at the Chinese restaurant, Ah Yat Abalone, where you can watch your dinner go straight from the built-in tanks to your plate. Or try your hand at your own preparations, like Balinese nasi campur, at the resort’s state-of-the-art cooking school.
Book a hot shell – not to be confused with hot stone – massage in a rooftop treatment room at the world-class Thermes Marins Bali Spa. Or head to the main spa at Ayana Resort, open to Rimba guests as well, which has the world’s largest Aquatonic Seawater Therapy Pool. If thalassotherapy is more your speed, you can work your way through 12 hydromassage stations with over 60 therapeutic jet streams, micro-bubbles, and geysers that’ll knead your muscles into jelly. And speaking of jelly, top it all off with a jellied gin and tonic (we love alcohol we can eat) and Asian tapas by sunset at Unique, the resort’s rooftop lounge centered around a – you guessed it – swimming pool.
So all you really need for a stay at Rimba is a bathing suit and a plane ticket. And call it a lucky guess, but we’re pretty sure you have access to both.
(All photos courtesy of Rimba Jimbaran Bali)