Stumble Into Indonesia's Unseen Places
Submitted by indohoyindohoy on 6 April 2011 • Itinerary
This was my 3rd time in this part of Bali, but it was the first time I saw daylight Jimbaran. Before, this area to me was only a place to have seafood dinner on the beach. This time I had the chance to spend two nights at the Karma Jimbaran, indulge in its culinary treats and the spa, relax on the beach just across the street, and hang out at the happening Rock Bar while watching the sun set. Oh life, I heart you!
– jog, read, surf, massage, people-watch
Being an early riser, I could hardly wait for a sunny morning in the rainy season early in February. And when that happened, I grabbed my “Secrets of Bali” book, a bottled water, a towel, my wallet, then slipped into my sandals and woosh… was off to the beach just across my villa in Karma Jimbaran.
I chose a spot and read, and had a little chat with a local security officer about nothing. The waves were crashing pretty hard for swimming, though the bay has a reputation of being the safest water to swim in Bali, but it’s probably because it was quite a windy morning, still I saw a man fishing just a few meters off shore.
Turns out, I wasn’t the only early-riser. People were jogging along the bay, some were even being ‘accompanied’ by stray dogs. They didn’t do any harm, but it could be a little intimidating for some who are afraid of dogs or very concerned about rabies.
Seafood restaurants line up along the bay and you can see many “surfboard rental” and “massage” boards in between restaurants. Hm, I didn’t get the prices info though, sowwy.
Not unlike the spa in Karma Kandara , the spa in Karma Jimbaran pampers you well. The place was being renovated at the time I was there, so they temporarily moved the spa to one of the villas.
The treatment I had was called “Rejuvenate Oxygen Infusion”. Sophisticated, huh?
They used this thingy, sort of like a portable little machine, from which an attached hose discharged oxygen, which was then applied on my face to remove blackheads and stuff. My description might sound a little complicated there, but the treatment application was the opposite. And I almost dozed off from the coolness of the oxygen being “blown” to my face.
I felt soooo relaxed! And not to mention the massaging! Ooohh, I love spa.. If only they weren’t so expensive! *hint: the 60 minutes treatment I had actually cost IDR 700,000, I’m so glad I didn’t have to pay a cent. Click here for the rates *
Karma Spa is open for anyone who needs the service. You don’t have to stay at the resorts. The lady who treated me said that they have quite many regular customers from the area. And by regular she means bi-weekly visits. My mind immediately calculated how much minimum they’d spend a month to maintain or enhance beauty. And the result is.. well, a lot! Phewh…
Okay, this is bad. I’m starting to feel hungry as I’m writing this, and it’s almost midnight, not a good time to eat when you’re on a (failing) diet. But okay, fine, I’m writing about the scrumptious food anyway.. *long exhale*getting out watermelon slices from the fridge*
Karma Lounge is the restaurant at Karma Jimbaran. Washed white walled, broken white marble and wooden floored, it welcomes you to a homey ambience with friendly staff.
At some nights you’d be dining with live piano or jazz music playing. At least that’s the program they had last January and February. And then the resort’s main swimming pool is at the side of the restaurant. It’s surely nicer to swim there than at smaller ones in the villas.
These are some of the menus we had. Get your drool-wiper ready, guys.
The Comple Breakfast, consisted of eggs, roast tomato, baked beans, wholegrain toast, hash brown, sautéed mushroom, braised spinach, and it’s originally with bacon or pork sausage but we eliminated that.
The ‘European’ Platter of assorted breads, croissants, and butter. Welcome, yummy carbo!
The ‘Power’ Breakfast of eggwhite omelette filled with sautéed zucchini, roasted pepper s on spinach, mushroom salad, and freshly pressed cucumber. Healthy AND yummy!
And then there were also some dinner dishes, but I left my camera in my room and.. was too hungry to go back and get it. Tee hee… * bad me! * But I’m telling you, almost everything looks good in the menu. And I was satisfied with the steak and some desserts we had.
There was a dinner menu that my friend had, which we didn’t find so good, but I forgot what it’s called and I don’t have a clear photo of it. Eugh.. sorry.. again.. * bad me * again.. But don’t worry, that was only one out of about 10-ish dishes we had. A very small percentage of unsatisfactory 🙂
This is one of the things that Jimbaran is famous for – the others being 5-star resorts and the beach. We’ve covered about it some time ago here, under the Eat section. You just pick in which restaurant you wanna eat, pick the sea creatures you want fried/grilled/others, and then wait at the table and be ready for a great seafood experience.
For me, almost all seafood dishes are yummo, as long as it’s not too fishy. But here at the Panda Sari Café I first discovered the Balinese chili condiment (which later I also had in Ubud’s I Made Joni Restaurant to eat duck with), called sambel matah.
And that wasn’t our only Balinese menu. We also had Kerang Bumbu Bali (Balinese spice scallop) and Balinese spiced grilled fish, as well as Plecing Kangkung (boiled water spinach with terasi/dried shrimp based chilli condiment known for its hotness), which is more known to be originated from neighboring island, Lombok.
Hm, what’s Balinese spice, you might wonder? Yeah, same here, I’m wondering also. I mean, it was yummy n’ all, but I’d have to eat s’more before I can describe it to you in details. * yay, more reason to go to Bali! *
A lot of Jakartans that I know of have spoken of wonderful things about this hip and happening bar, including my sister who doesn’t even drink. What’s so special about it? Well, they said it’s the location, on which the bar is built: rocks, and protruding to the Indian Ocean.
The moment I arrived and queued (yes, everybody goes there for the sunset) I could see what people were talking about! Frakking hell, it’s beautiful! It’s stunning!
I felt like it took ages to get down there with all the queue and only one inclinator (or should I say declinator?).
Finally a couple of minutes later we sat at a regular table. There were some tables, at which you have to pay IDR 500,000.. I forgot was it the minimum purchasing or was it an extra charge. We found the drinks and meals were expensive compared to other bars we’ve been to. Good thing I had a late lunch before going there, so all I needed was just a drink.
An example: a lychee margarita here costs about IDR 150,000 while it’s usually about IDR 100,000 in Jakarta’s bars and restaurants.
Rock Bar, besides the foundation uniqueness, is famous for its killer sunset view (well, isn’t the whole island is?). And that is exactly why we headed out there at 4-ish PM. To get a good seat to view the sunset which happened at 6-ish.
In the 10 days I stayed in Bali, rain fell probably 40% of the time. Lucky us, that day the rain didn’t fall until it was already dark, so… check out the setting sun..
Opening Hours: 4.30pm to 1am daily; Phone: +62 361 702222
AYANA Resort and Spa
Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, Bali 80364
KARMA JIMBARAN RESORT
Located on Bukit Permai street, Karma Jimbaran is one of many luxurious resorts in the area. It doesn’t have a private beach like its sister resort, Karma Kandara, but the Jimbaran bay is only across the narrow street. The ambience is more laid-back and homey with the garden concept and wooden brownish nuance dominating the buildings.
We checked in at a 3-bedroom villa. Two bedroom on the first floor, the main bedroom on the 2nd, and the living room plus dining table plus kitchen on a separated building. These buildings and a swimming pool area are fenced by high walls.
The resort’s facilities include a spa (check out the Ventures tab), a kids playing room, and a library with internet connection, among others.
I once used the internet at the library, which was only 2 minutes walk from our villa, until almost midnight. It was quite a trip to go back to my villa since I find realistic statues eerie, and there were lots of them in the gardens and on the sides of the pathways. And so I ran my way back to the villa.. Phew!
If you’re interested to know more and how much you have to pay for the luxuries they offer, just go to their official website
Jimbaran is south of Kuta, less than 30 minutes drive from the airport at Tuban. From the bay you can see planes flying off and landing on the airport. To southwest is Uluwatu, and southeast is Nusa Dua areas.
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