Room 2248 was at the very end of the complex, adjacent to a slip road used by motor-cycles. No pool view from the Classic Room but the treetop outlook was restful.
First Impressions: Less than three years old, Mövenpick Jimbaran still has a freshness about it. Front desk staff clearly know just how much first impressions count and a swift and gracious check-in ticked that particular box.
In a nod to current sustainability trends, there is a water station in the expansive foyer, allowing guests to refill their own water bottles and save on plastic.
The Location: The Mövenpick Resort is not on the beach, but a short walk along a laneway takes you to one end of Jimbaran beach, populated by surf schools and restaurants. Next door to the hotel is the Samasta Lifestyle Village with several restaurants and a gourmet grocer.
The Room: Is it just me or does everyone have trouble finding all the lights switches to turn off before going to sleep? Invariably there’s one that defeats your stumbling search of the room in semi darkness.
Having said that, a large comfortable bed, work desk, a one-time complimentary minibar (soft drinks only), coffee and tea making - and air conditioning so efficient I had to turn it down, added up to a pleasant stay.
The Service: There was no men’s razor blade in the bathroom amenity kit, but a call to housekeeping produced one within minutes.
The freshly baked bread section at Mövenpick Jimbaran Bali Resort.
Memorable Moment: Mövenpick’s Swiss pedigree is to the fore in the restaurant at breakfast where the bircher muesli was right up there with the best. The freshly baked bread corner is another winner.
Final word: This is very much a resort targeting families. Activities include father and child culinary competitions, family cultural journeys and Balinese cooking classes.
For wellness, there’s both aquayoga and acroyoga, the latter combining yoga, acrobatics and Thai massage. Plus, a huge 2,900 sqm swimming pool, including a 45-metre lap pool, beach area, swim up bar, water slide area, and children’s playground.