If you need to recharge your batteries, a stay at Kayumanis Jimbaran Private Estate & Spa is the perfect solution. These luxurious private villas each come with their own swimming pool and the friendly staff will make you feel right at home.
First Impressions of Kayumanis Jimbaran
Before our stay, the Kayumanis team sent us a guest profile form so that they could tailor our stay according to our preference. You can choose everything from a free newspaper and fruit in your villa, to the type of music you would like played – we opted for traditional Balinese. They also ask the purpose of your visit, whether for leisure, a honeymoon, birthday or wedding anniversary and the reason would later become apparent. Not only that, they also offer a free pickup service from the airport. It was great to be welcomed with an air conditioned car, complete with pillows, refreshing hand towels and bottled water. We were visiting Bali for the first time as media partners of the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards, and Jimbaran was the ideal place to start our exploration of the island.
Checking In at Kayumanis Jimbaran
Arriving at the estate we were warmly welcomed by the staff. It’s always nice to be offered a welcoming drink upon check in but Kayumanis take this to the next level by giving you a menu to choose between two mocktails and three cocktails. Check in itself was a very relaxed and speedy affair. Once during our stay, we were at reception whilst a Chinese lady with a very young baby arrived. I noticed that her check in was arranged by a Chinese speaking member of staff who was herself pregnant – they seem to tailor everything they do to each individual guest.
The villas at Kayumanis Jimbaran are amongst the most luxurious that I have come across. You enter via your own front door, into a huge space with walls on all sides for complete privacy – around 500 square metres.
Each one is individually named and ours was christened Klungah, the inside skin of a young coconut. The name Kayumanis means cinnamon and they’d provided cinnamon sticks inside the villa for dipping into your tea or coffee. Check out our guided tour of the villa here.
The private swimming pool is full-sized, has a water feature and is surrounded by lush vegetation and flowers. I couldn’t wait to take a dip! There are also comfy sunbeds by the side so you can top up your tan.
The outdoor living space is very well designed with a high roof to give shade and a fully equipped kitchen should you wish to prepare something to eat yourself. Having said that, each villa has its own private butler and you can request 24 hour room service, so it may not get much use 😉
At Kayumanis Jimbaran you can book a one or two bedroom villa, and ours was a two bedroom with a spacious master bedroom. Featuring a king-size canopied bed, there were also cotton kimonos to relax in and a plasma TV. You can close the curtains completely if you want extra protection from mosquitoes, although staff also light mosquito coils to ensure that you get no bites in the night.
The second bedroom is conveniently located in a separate building within the villa. It can be set up with twin beds or as an office or space to practice yoga. The black and white checked fabric is highly symbolic in Balinese Hinduism. You’ll see it in all the temples and it signifies the spiritual balance of the physical and unseen worlds.
Both of the bedrooms have open-air bathrooms, and the master bathroom has somewhat of a spa atmosphere…especially with the little surprise that the staff had in store for us! I felt like I was in the rose petal scene from American Beauty.
The outdoor shower was also great fun and stocked with fluffy towels and toiletries in little ceramic pots.
There were so many thoughtful touches, from the rose petal bath to the complimentary fruit upon arrival. There’s also a complimentary fully stocked mini bar, fresh flowers and free wifi.
However my favourite has to be this cake awaiting us upon arrival – now I know why they had asked us whether we were celebrating anything! Younger guests are not forgotten either, with children’s size bathrobes and slippers, a children’s spa menu and children’s dining menu to name but a few.
Kayumanis Jimbaran is well known for its award-winning spa, located within the estate grounds in its own private villa. We were booked in for a ninety minute couples’ massage, a welcome treatment after two flights to Bali from London via Doha. The spa has a very serene atmosphere and the therapists will talk you through all the treatment options. Whilst sipping a refreshing drink, you are asked to select one of three essential oils and to specify whether you want a soft, medium or firm massage. Next you’ll go through to the treatment room where you’ll enjoy an aromatherapy foot bath, although if you prefer a massage in your villa that is also easily arranged. Finally our therapists began our body treatment, combining Balinese, “lomi lomi” or Hawaiian and therapeutic massage techniques. Never one to do things by halves, I had selected the firm version and it was very effective in relieving tension in my shoulders and back. Mr Luxe perhaps more sensibly opted for the medium pressure version and pronounced it extremely relaxing.
What to see near Kayumanis Jimbaran
This particular side of the island is very laid back and the beach, located right behind the property, is virtually deserted in the daytime. When it cools down in the early evening, you’ll come across fishermen and local families.
The sunsets in Jimbaran are definitely not to be missed, and this is the perfect vantage point.
As a guest of Kayumanis, you will also have access to the beach club at the neighbouring hotel. There’s also a free shuttle service from the estate to Nusa Dua where Kayumanis have another stunning property. Less than 30 minutes away you’ll find the famous Uluwatu temple. Right opposite the estate there’s actually a disused hotel in a former temple. When visiting a working temple it’s advisable to wear a sarong to cover your legs.
Tapis is a wonderful place to experience local Indonesian cuisine and has the advantage of being located right inside the property. With a traditional thatched dining pavilion, you can eat in the shade or inside the air-conditioned restaurant. We chose to dine in our villa since we were tired from the flights, opting for the Indonesian set menu. Using only the freshest market produce, teamed with exotic spices, it’s a real treat for your tastebuds.
We feasted on crispy appetizers before tucking into our starter, sop sari laut, a warming turmeric soup with sweetcorn and seafood. The spice gave it a welcome kick and the seafood was delicious. The main course was opor ayam bakar, a substantial grilled chicken leg in a tasty coriander and coconut sauce, served with Indonesian vegetables and steamed rice.
To finish, we tasted lapis asam manis, a cinnamon layer cake filled with coconut ice cream and candied tamarind with salak compote. I hadn’t tried salak or snake fruit before, it has a juicy citrusy taste that I really liked.
Breakfast at Kayumanis Jimbaran
For breakfast, you can also choose to take it in your room although we preferred to visit Tapis restaurant. The best thing is that there is no time limit so you can have it whenever you wish. There are lots of options on the menu including European croissants however we wanted to experience the Balinese breakfast, you soon get used to eating curry three times a day! We loved the nasi goreng and other specialties.
Afternoon tea at Kayumanis Jimbaran
Another nice touch at Kayumanis Jimbaran is their complimentary afternoon tea, that you can take in Tapis or your villa. It’s a lovely mix of club sandwiches, fruit tartlets and jellies.
Kayumanis pride themselves on three things – the genuine warmth of their staff, the privacy of their villas and the sense of space that you feel in their properties. We certainly felt that they excelled in all three areas and I’d love to return to visit another of their properties in Nusa Dua, Sanur or Ubud!
Book your stay at Kayumanis Jimbaran Private Estate & Spa, Jalan Yoga Perkanthi, Jimbaran 80364, Bali,Indonesia
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