06 Jan 2019
Affectionately nicknamed the ‘Beverly Hills of Bali’, Jimbaran successfully aligns its stylish resorts with authentic local Balinese life. The laid-back coastal region is all sleepy villages and talcum-powder sands, framed by rugged limestone cliffs. From its best beaches and surf spots to what to eat, get the most out this beautiful Balinese enclave with our Jimbaran guide.
Where is it?
Occupying a curve of Bukit Peninsula, south of capital Denpasar, Jimbaran is a 20-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport.
What’s the atmosphere?
Barefoot beach vibes topped with a pinch of glamour, Jimbaran radiates Indonesian tradition with added luxury. The main village is a cluster of shops and stylish resorts, with bustling fish and fruit markets to explore. The beautiful 18th-century Pura Ulun Siwi temple at its centre is a highlight.
A 4km stretch of honey-hued sand, Jimbaran Beach is considered one of Bali’s best. Dotted with sun loungers to laze on and lined with cafés and fish restaurants, the ocean’s vivid cerulean waters invite a refreshing dip. Western-facing, Jimbaran Beach is a sunset paradise. Settle in at one of its laid-back bars, cocktail in hand, to watch the sun glistening on the Indian Ocean as it dips below the horizon.
A little further south, surf’s up at Dreamland Beach. With daredevil reef breaks, it’s a magnet for intrepid surfers keen to ride some waves. Framed by steep cliffs and carpeted with dazzling white sand, Dreamland Beach certainly lives up to its name.
Aside from enjoying its shores and absorbing Balinese culture and local life, there’s plenty more to do in Jimbaran.
Close to Dreamland Beach and overlooking the ocean, New Kuta Golf is a championship-standard green in lush, scenic surroundings. Visitors can play a round of nine or 18 holes. Top tip: Tee off at its sunset golf sessions for an even more stunning vista.
Any Jimbaran guide will highlight the verdant oasis of Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, home to ancient architectural sites, pretty gardens and an outdoor street theatre. Star of the show is the park’s towering statue of Hindu god Vishnu.
Create an aromatic souvenir that captures the essences of Indonesia at L'Atelier Parfums et Créations. It facilitates a selection of guided workshops in Jimbaran where you’ll create your own Balinese fragrance using local ingredients.
Leisurely seafood dinners enjoyed right on the beach are what Jimbaran is about. Nothing beats watching the catch of the day being hauled to shore on colourfully painted fishing boats, then dining on it shortly after. Pick what you fancy and it’ll be cooked to order at one of the many warungs (cafés and stalls) that line the beach. Don’t miss their signature ‘thousand spice’ dipping sauce.
Pay a visit to Jimbaran Bay Fish Market to peruse freshly caught prawns, lobsters and snapper. Get there early to select the most succulent. For artisanal Indonesian produce such as Balinese coffee, as well as smoked meats and cheeses, Sereh Gourmet Supermarket in Jimbaran is well-stocked.