A Beachside Temple to Romance and Pampering
It doesn’t get any more romantic than this award-winning resort, disguised as a traditional Balinese banjar, or village. Breezy, bougainvillea-covered guest pavilions are strewn like so many frangipani petals across the resort’s terraced hillside, leading down to a private 4-mile crescent of white-sand beach and turquoise waters.
Privacy is paramount in these sprawling three-roomed pavilions, despite their open-air showers and sliding partitions that broach the boundaries between indoor and outdoor. Each has a secluded, garden-surrounded plunge pool, and if you arrange a lulur treatment – an exotic combination of Javanese beauty ritual and age-old Balinese ceremonial preparations – sarong-wrapped goddesses will come to your pavilion to massage and exfoliate you with sandalwood and spices from head to toe, splash you with cold yogurt, and soak you in masses of fragrant rose petals.
With an introduction like that, you’ll likely not resist any of the other intoxicating spa treatments, which – along with the resort’s myriad water sports and nightly moonlit banquet – will be your rationale for never leaving this enchanting 35-acre oasis, your own little Balinese village.
The Jimbaran’s younger sister, the Four Seasons Resort at Sayan, is located about 22 miles north in the lush hills near Ubud, on 18 lovely acres on the banks of the sacred Ayung River.