Drive all the way up to the cliffs edge of Jimbaran Bay and you will reach the high-end heavenly Ayana Resort and Spa.
I have been holidaying in the touristy Bali for one week to attend my son’s wedding. During that time, I was set up by a friend of mine to check into the award-winning five-star Ayana Resort and Spa. Close to many main attractions such as Kuta and Seminyak, the hotel with Balinese influences had my first visit brimming with great experience, hospitality and interesting culinary adventure.
There are different types of rooms and villas in this 77-hectare property and each offer luxury trappings. All the villas have spacious living areas and come with butler service, L’Occitane toiletries and courtyard garden, private plunge pool with swim-up gazebo and sun-beds. Villa guests can choose to be treated to a delightful breakfast experience, with a Floating Champagne Brunch in the private plunge pool.
The Ayana Villa is a stunning three-bedroom, two-storey residence. It is an excellent place for an exclusive escape, honeymoon, or wedding celebration. Wedding couple can take their vows in a stunning Wedding Pavilion, set on the towering cliffs of Jimbaran Bay, with a majestic view of the Indian Ocean.
Exclusive luxurious Ayana Villa
Besides the villas, Ayana offers resort rooms, club rooms and suites. I was booked into the Club Suite and had my check-in done in the Club Lounge. I spend most afternoon sipping freshly brewed coffee in the Club Lounge which offers complimentary cuisine and beverages for its Club Room guests.
Club Suite with separate living area and master bedroom
Relax with a cup of coffee at Club Lounge
The next morning I arose to an excellent breakfast. I was fortunate enough to have the Floating Champagne Brunch (which is available exclusively for villa guests), served at the gorgeous Cliff Villa! The three-course gourmet breakfast ‘set sail’ by the butler includes plunger coffee, tea, juice and a bottle of Champagne.
Personalized friendly service at Cliff Villa
Butler preparing the Floating Champagne Brunch
This is an all-time unforgettable ‘bubbly’ breakfast experience for me, spending two hours enjoying the brunch and sipping champagne in the cool morning breeze!
Breakfast in the pool or from the gazebo with a glass of champagne
There are other readily range of activities to cater for everyone, including golfing, tennis, other water sports and specific programs for little ones by The Ayana Kids Club. Computer facilities are available with WIFI connection but few are using it since everyone is so pre-occupied with the many activities.
One of my favorite experiences of this trip has been at the Thermes Marins Bali Spa, which offer a selection of both modern Thalasso treatments and traditional Eastern therapies. Treatments can be done at the rooms in the Spa complex or at the award-winning Spa on the Rocks that perched on rocks with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.
Spa on the Rocks with two luxurious Spa Villas
The first part of my spa treatment began with a Balinese massage with body scrub and flower bath. Soon after, I went through 12 hydro-massage stations with therapeutic jet streams, micro-bubbles and geysers in the unique Aquatonic Seawater Therapy Pool. The rejuvenating two hour therapeutic session in warmed seawater directly from the Indian Ocean was an interesting experience and is a not-to-be-missed for visitors to Ayana.
Full body massage in the Aquatonic Seawater Therapy Pool
The range of Ayana’s restaurant is astounding, and I dined at a different restaurant every time. I started off at Sami Sami, an Italian restaurant located at the cliff edge. Nothing beats enjoying views of the ocean accompanied with a glass of Virgin Lavendar which was packed with apple, soursop and blueberry lemon. A starter of Insalata Caprese came shortly, followed by the Pollo allo Spiedo with a hearty side of potato wedges.
Sami Sami offers ocean-front views
The evening had me sipping refreshing Lychee Martini at the Martini Club, followed by dinner at the adjacent Dava, Ayana’s signature restaurant. The meal was set by an amuse bouche, followed by seafood soup accompanied with black truffle bread.
The main was Tasmanian stuffed Lamb Loin with eggplant puree and eggplant chips, and sides of purple potato dumplings topped with onion bacon foam. The dessert of Peanut mousse and a rich, earthy cup of Indonesia well known Kopi Luwak was a delightful end to the meal.
Interior of Dava
The high-end Kopi Luwak & the dessert
On another night, my dinner was at Kisik Bar and Grill, an ocean front sand-floored restaurant with casual and relaxing atmosphere. I nourished my appetite with perfectly grilled seafood, served with an array of condiments.
Leaving Kisik Bar and Grill, the path led me by the Ocean Beach Pool before reaching Rock Bar.
The Ocean Beach Pool is a salt-water pool
A visit to Ayana is not complete without the Rock Bar experience. Those who have been to Rock Bar will agree that this brilliantly engineered bar by Japan’s Yasuhiro Koichi is exceptionally different. Located 14 meters above the Indian Ocean, just by the edge of the cliff, this stylish bar with breathtaking sunset view is accessed via an inclinator.
Rock Bar is accessed via an inclinator
Rock Bar has a comprehensive list of classic and contemporary cocktails and a delectable selection of tapas and desserts. This Bali nightspot is a sought after venue for social gathering, events and private cocktail parties.
Rock Bar looks afloat with the incoming high tide
I was extremely privileged to be invited to Ayana. My trip was very memorable and I am planning to return to experience more of the resort, maybe before the end of the year!
I was a guest of Ayana Resort and Spa
If you choose to experience luxury and comfortable hotel with Balinese influences in Bali, then head over to this award-wining five-star resort.
Ayana’s Family Holiday Package with room rates starting at US299++ per night and villas at US668++, is valid until 22nd December 2011.
Ayana’s Eat Pray Love Bali’s Package, with room rates starting at US298++ per night and villas at US580++ is valid until 30th June 2011.
AYANA Resort and Spa
Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera
- Phone: +62-361-702222
- Fax: +62-361-701555
- Website : http://www.ayanaresort.com/