We are back in Bali after a few long Winter months in Melbourne and wow it is good to be back! The weather is perfect at this time of year. Not too hot with a slight breeze and hardly any clouds in the sky, which means virtually no rain! We generally come to Bali at least once a year, so we like to visit new areas. Earlier this year, we stayed in Ubud and Uluwatu. So we decided it would be fun to stay in Jimbaran on this trip. Having had such an amazing experience at Karma Kandara in April, we were keen to experience Karma Jimbaran Bali.
The Jimbaran area of Bali is known as the fisherman’s village. It’s where you go to eat the best seafood and experience some of Bali’s most beautiful beaches.
KARMA JIMBARAN BALI
Karma Jimbaran Bali was opened several years before Karma Kandara, so a slightly older model. However, the luxe balinese styling is present in both. Karma Jimbaran consists of 40 Pool Villas in total. The villa sizes range from 1-bed to 4-bed villas, each with their own private pool and lush garden setting.
Public facilities at Karma Jimbaran include a gym, main pool area, the ‘Karma Lounge’ restaurant (where breakfast is served) and the ‘Veritas Duo’ wine bar. They offer a fantastic, complimentary shuttle service to take you anywhere you like within Jimbaran. It’s always these seemingly small, but meaningful touches that elevate your overall service experience with a brand.
KARMA KANDARA SHUTTLE
Another fantastic feature Karma Jimbaran offer their guests is a complimentary shuttle to their sister resort, Karma Kandara. So, for those wanting to experience the Karma Kandara beach club, Di Mare Restaurant or even a superior Spa service in Uluwatu, it’s as simple as a quick phone call to reception to organise the Karma shuttle there.
BALINESE COOKING CLASSES
For guests wanting to stay and experience the local Jimbaran area, Karma Jimbaran offers Balinese Cooking Classes with one of their chefs. The Cooking Class includes a trip to the Jimbaran Fish & Vegetable Markets at 8 o’clock in the morning. This gives you a small glimpse into local life in Jimbaran and the chance to meet some local fisherman.
Back at the resort, the chef prepares the food whilst you enjoy your daily breakfast. All the ingredients are then brought to your villa, prepped and ready to cook. The Balinese Cooking Class was definitely our favourite activity offered at Karma Jimbaran. Enjoying a Balinese feast that you help cook alongside a Karma chef, is an amazing experience. The flavours were absolutely incredible!
During your stay, you might like to visit the Karma Jimbaran Spa. It is directly upstairs from the reception desk. The Spa has prime viewing seats over the main pool area. Here, you can relax and hydrate with their luxe mint and cucumber water, whilst choosing your spa treatment.
Guests can enjoy a short walk accross the road to the beautiful Jimbaran beachfront. The sand is a natural sandy colour, not the dark sand you will see in Seminyak. Way too inviting not to kick off your shoes for a leisurely stroll along the beach. How good is the feeling of soft sand between your toes and cool sea water lapping at your legs?
Overall, we found the customer service level at Karma Jimbaran excellent. Not quite as premium as the level of service we received at Karma Kandara, but good nonetheless. We noticed that some of the villa appliances need a bit of maintenance. For example, the shower head in our villa sprayed in different directions and didn’t provide a luxurious stream of water. The tap was dripping in the bathroom and the settings on the oven and microwave were faded off, making it hard to use. Another service that would help improve the overall experience at Karma Jimbaran, would be a turn down service. There’s something reassuring in a luxury resort that rids the villa of mosquitoes and releases the mosquito net on the bed each night.
Other than that, we absolutely adored our stay at Karma Jimbaran Bali. We got a glimpse into local Jimbaran life; Enjoyed the luxe Karma spa and enticing beachfront; Took advantage of the complimentary shuttle service to experience a seafood sunset dinner on the beach; Learnt how to cook a traditional Balinese feast! Jimbaran is one of Bali’s more peaceful areas to escape to. Its biggest drawcard being the beachfront and fresh seafood. If you want nightlife and shopping, then Jimbaran is probably not your cup of tea. This quiet fishing village is all about unwinding, enjoying luxury resort facilities, walks on the beach and spectacular sunsets.