Travel Story Cure winter blues in Bali

Circle pool at Komune.
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While Perth shivers through winter, there are tantalising tropical resort stays just a few hours to our north.

Winter is a bit of a novelty at first but we West Aussies are a sun- loving bunch and by this time in the season we’re ready for some warmth.

And there is Bali, on our doorstep. 

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Movenpick Resort & Spa, Jimbaran

Already well known for its upscale hotels and resorts around the globe, the Movenpick combines Swiss-born hospitality with Balinese design to become the brand’s latest offering in Asia, at Jimbaran Bay in southern Bali.

Opening in January this year, the five-star resort instantly impresses with its stunning open-style lobby. Contemporary art and design blend easily with more traditional features; light streams through slats in wooden screens, casting patterns on marble floors. 

At check-in freshly scented face towels and a jamu, or Indonesian health tonic, is offered. Guests are welcomed by 297 elegantly furnished rooms and suites, including the luxurious Jimbaran Pool Suite which features its own private swimming pool and balcony with spectacular views over the bay. This suite is a great option for families, with separate rooms and spaces spanning 108sqm.

It’s certainly easy to relax around the pool area, with a selection of five swimming sections amid the resort’s lush tropical gardens. The exotic pool features giant, colourful floating beanbags you can laze on, as well as swim-up hammocks. Or you may prefer to just swim up to the JeJaLa pool bar for refreshments.

While not due for completion until next month or so, the resort’s spa will be inspired by Indonesian wellness culture and will offer a selection of ancient healing arts and treatments using organic products. 

Meanwhile, traditional Balinese massage sessions are available at one of the private poolside cabanas, which are particularly good after a yoga class at the outdoor shala.

Dining options are numerous in and around the resort.

Movenpick’s signature restaurant, Anarasa, features live cooking stations and internationally influenced a la carte options while the rooftop restaurant and bar, Above Eleven, offers a Peruvian- Japanese-inspired menu. After 10pm, Above Eleven turns into more of a stylish local nightclub, with DJs turning up the volume as people dance away under the stars.

And while it sounds like it’s all about the grown-ups, the Movenpick Jimbaran’s main focus is families and the hotel is perfectly suited to those with young children. 

Babysitting services and the Meera Kids Club provide a full list of daily activities, play spaces and even a cinema. Back outside, kids have their own pool complete with fun slides while every afternoon in the lobby things get a bit “Willy Wonka” when there is the chance to sample complimentary treats from the chocolate fondue fountain during “chocolate hour”.

Directly outside the resort, you will find the Samasata village which includes a selection of boutique shopping experiences and excellent seafood restaurants — Jimbaran being close to the home of Bali’s main fish markets. 

Jimbaran’s pristine coastline is accessible from the hotel, a 100m walk away. Do as the locals do and gather here in the early evening to stroll and watch the sun sink into the water as kids play soccer. 

The Movenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran is best for families and those wanting an all-in-one, high-end resort-style experience that’s close to the airport. 

A firm favourite...

Komune Resort and Beach Club, Gianyar

The founders of Hotel Komune on the Gold Coast opened their beach club resort in Gianyar on Bali’s east coast in 2012. Since then it has established itself as one of the most popular surf hotels on the island, with its Beach Club voted one of the top five5 in Asia.

Australian visitors comprise a big percentage of guests. Positioned on the world-famous Keramas surf break, this place is all about the ocean and its associated lifestyle and as such is perfectly suited to those wanting a surf adventure or beach getaway with friends or partners.

Set apart in lush surrounds, Komune Resort and Beach Club offers 66 impressive rooms and family suites as well as one, two and three-bedroom villas. 

The resort is in the process of building a total of 38, five-star beachfront rooms, 22 of which are complete. As soon as you step inside one of these rooms you know you’ve entered a world of luxury. 

There’s tasteful artwork on the walls, a king-sized bed with high thread-count linen and a deep marble bath. Out on the terrace a bucket of champagne waits by the double-sized day bed that overlooks the private infinity edge plunge pool with a view of the surf.

Although providing the opportunity for guests to indulge, Komune is an eco-friendly resort very much focused on health and it caters particularly well to those wanting an active escape.

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