Relax in beautiful Bali Image credit: RIMBA Jimbaran Bali

Bali is the land of wonderful resorts. For more than 30 years, the little island has been developing an internationally acclaimed resort culture and almost always getting it right.

The latest and greatest resort to come to town is 5-star RIMBA Jimbaran Bali, a little sister to the renowned Ayana, right next door. RIMBA (which means forest in Indonesia) sits in an old forest, surrounded by 77 hectares of land, and set on a hill. It’s not close to the beach but you can see the sea from any of the suites and there’s more than enough water in the amazing multilayered swimming pools to hydrate your body and mind.

More than 800h of tree plantations are taking effect for a beautiful green future. Tropical flower gardens say it all in Bali and organic fruit and vegetables are flourishing for the kitchens here.

As we were driven to the entrance there was the gasp effect – we had swept up a drive and the port cochere was a sweeping arch that is the entrance to a grand breezeway through the stunning foyer. The amazing foyer is a show of space that gives up all the elements of recycling and sustainable product that the beautiful hotel is offering.

The lobby has walls that beg you to look closely – as they are horizontal placements of recycled wooden pieces of wood from three old fishing boats that were personally sourced by RIMBA’s engineers in Sulawesi. Other walls here and around the property are of handmade bricks and much of the furniture is made from recycled packing crates and other materials.

Settling in the spacious and sleek rooms is a joy as I knew it was going to be difficult to pry myself away... the bed is superb, linens crisp and thread count numerous; there’s a huge walkin wardrobe and a long bathroom with double basins, shower and bath tub enclosed behind a glass door.
Decor is modern and clean and behind my bed was a wild patterned motif cut-out that looked wonderful when backlit.

There’s a gym with on-site trainers for the fit and fabulous and scenic jogging trails (and for the less jogging inclined – there is a free shuttle bus between RIMBA and big sis, the famous Ayana Resort).

The six treatment rooms on the roof top are for the spa bunnies and you’ll be looked after by Thermes Marins Bali Spa who will be pampering you.

Spa treatments are an essential on a holiday – especially in Bali. Because RIMBA guests can use the facilities at Ayana, there’s a host of treatments to be had ‘down the road’ too – my favourite being the world’s largest Aquatonic pool. There are 12 hydro massage stations that you have to pass (like the Stations of the Cross without the genuflecting), to be pummelled by water supplied from the underlying Indian Ocean. This is fantastic – and be prepared to be a walking jelly after the 12 steps are completed.

A tradition that has begun at RIMBA is for guests to plant a tree, and as the tree grows, you will get an update by email. The commitment to ‘greening of Bali being extended for guests’ involvement’ will help to preserve RIMBA’s natural surroundings.

After a splendid dinner at To’ge I strolled to the vast lobby for another look before turning in for the night. It really is spectacular and is reminiscent of the bow of a ship. I walk under a thousand lights that drip like falling stars and walk to the ‘stern’ of the foyer and see the infinity pool reflecting the almost full moon.

As I said, it is gasp-worthy and a credit to all who sail in her.

Fact File:

  • RIMBA is 12km from Bali's airport
  • The fruit garden at RIMBA has 1500 fruit trees planted
  • The 2km jogging path between RIMBA and Ayana is made from crushed recycled glass
  • Eco amenitites in guest rooms include banana paper artworks, vanity sets made from recycled glass and beach bags from recycled materials
  • Guest room have LED lighting and energy-saving air-con units
  • WiFi is free in guest rooms
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This story first appeared in Get Up & Go and has been edited.

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