AYANA Resort and Spa, Bali Review
AYANA Resort and Spa, Bali is a luxury 5 star resort on the southern part of the island, above Jimbaran Bay with relatively easy access to the airport. We were excited to be there for three nights to celebrate our cousin’s wedding.
Our spacious room was located on the ground floor with doors opening out onto the landscaped gardens. The king size bed was perfectly sleep-inducing, complemented by air conditioning and black out blinds, as well the usual minibar, coffee & tea making facilities, writing table and flat screen TV. Our marble bathroom had a separate rain shower and bath tub and big enough for both of us to use at the same time. A really great place to retreat after a hard day of relaxing!
Each morning, we were so happy to wake up and start the day with a gourmet buffet breakfast at Padi. It was hard not to over-indulge from the wide variety of sumptuous cuisines on offer there – European, American, Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Indonesia. All of this is surrounded by relaxing terraced lotus ponds, making any tension just drain away.
The grounds are spectacular. It has a main pool, a lower pool, children’s, Ocean Beach and river pool.
AYANA Resort and Spa also has a private beach called Kubu Beach which you can reach down cliff top stairs onto this beach. Or be lazy like us and take a complimentary shuttle to get to the top of the stairs – the view from the clifftop was beautiful. This complimentary shuttle will also take you to its sister hotel, RIMBA Jimbaran Bali. As a guest of either hotel, you have access to all their facilities.
There are three wedding venues on the grounds of AYANA: (i) SKY (ii) AYANA Villa and (iii) Tresna Chapel. The ceremony was held in Tresna Chapel as the sunlight streamed inside. The bride wore a Vera Wang white chiffon Ghillian wedding gown and the groom, a black tuxedo. As a destination wedding, it was hard to beat!
After the ceremony, we had canapés and drinks outside the Tresna Chapel as the sun set and many, many family photos were taken (top tip if you are coming to Bali from cooler, less humid climates for a wedding – you may need to get a thinner material tux!)
After drinks and canapés, we moved to have dinner underneath the stars.
You must also go and have a drink at the Rock Bar. Take the funicular and watch the sunset. We were out and about so missed this but went for a drink later at night. Listening and seeing the waves crashing into the side of the bar while the music was pumping was very cool (the waves can crash quite high on the rocks). Do go there at least once while in Bali.
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