Movenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali Review
The One Bag Traveler recommends Gear, Destinations and Adventures. Movenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali is a new five-star resort that opened at the beginning of 2017 a few minutes walk from Jimbaran beach. It has quickly become popular for its huge pool, extensive breakfast buffet, and pirate themed kids club. In recent years we’ve
The One Bag Traveler recommends Gear, Destinations and Adventures.
Movenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali is a new five-star resort that opened at the beginning of 2017 a few minutes walk from Jimbaran beach. It has quickly become popular for its huge pool, extensive breakfast buffet, and pirate themed kids club.
In recent years we’ve come to appreciate resorts for when we’re in need of a total relaxing break. After five months of solid working in Ubud, the Movenpick was just what we needed before a busy few weeks travelling around Japan. We chose to stay in Jimbaran because it’s close to the airport but not super crowded like Kuta and our favourite Ubud restaurant Melting Wok recently opened a branch there.
The Movenpick Bali invited us to stay for the weekend to review their new resort. Here are our impressions.
The view from reception at the Movenpick
Our Classic Pool View room at the Movenpick
There are 297 elegantly furnished rooms at the Movenpick all with free WiFi, flatscreen TVs, and a balcony. We stayed in a Classic Pool View room, which is the same size as the Classic Room but with a view of the swimming pool. Our view was just of the kiddie section of the pool so I’m not sure it’s worth the extra money. Family suites and luxurious pool suites are also available.
Our pool view from the balcony
Our room was modern, bright, and well-equipped with a huge and very comfortable bed, sofa, large desk, and plenty of storage space. There was a complimentary minibar (soft drinks only), coffee and tea making facilities, safe, and good air conditioning. Room service is available 24 hours.
The WiFi wasn’t super fast but it worked well enough. It’s a bit annoying that you have to sign up to their email list on every device to get access to it.
The bathroom had a large rain shower, bath, all the amenities you’d expect, and a large window onto the bedroom (there are blinds if you are shy).
As with most large hotels I think they could do more for the environment. I’d like to see refillable toiletry bottles rather than small plastic bottles, filling stations for water rather than lots of small plastic bottles, and no changing towels twice a day (even when we hung them up as instructed). The housekeeping staff would also leave all the lights and air conditioning on.
Overall we found our room a comfortable place to relax and we slept very well.
The highlight of the Movenpick Bali is the enormous 2,900 sqm swimming pool. There are multiple areas including a 45-metre lap pool, large free-form pool, beach area, swim up bar, water slide area, and children’s playground. The pool is cleaned naturally with salt so there are no chemicals to irritate your skin.
The lap pool
The pool is very impressive and it’s easy to spend hours in it lounging on one of the floatable bean bags (we loved these!) or drinking frozen cocktails at the bar. Light meals are also available by the pool and in the morning the staff bring around complimentary fruit skewers.
Cocktails in the pool!
The pool is surrounded by comfortable sun loungers and a few gazebos. The problem is that there aren’t enough for all guests, so if you don’t reserve a spot with a towel by around 8 am (and claim it within an hour) you won’t be able to sit by the pool until late afternoon when some guests may leave. It’s an issue the hotel is aware of and is working on, but unfortunately space is limited.
The new spa had just opened during our visit. It’s a beautiful, calming space with professional staff. We enjoyed a relaxing 50-minute Balinese oil massage.
There’s a small but well-equipped gym to burn off the breakfast buffet. I preferred to run on the beach as it’s so close and is long with flat hard sand that’s ideal for running.
You can also rent bikes to explore the area.
Meeting and Function Rooms
If you’d like to have a wedding, event or meeting at the Movenpick, you can choose from the Akasa Ballroom, which can host up to 300 guests, and the three smaller Baga rooms.
There’s a programme of classes including yoga, pilates, water volleyball, and aqua aerobics. Some are free (including the Sunday vinyasa yoga class) and some are charged.
The Movenpick is perfect for families due to its impressive pirate-themed Meera Kids Club, which is free for up to four hours a day. It features a slide, ball pit, trampoline, toys, cinema, game consoles, and lots of free daily activities such as Balinese dance lessons, kite flying, Indonesian language lessons, tai chi, balloon crafting and lots more. Many families say it’s the best kids club they’ve ever experienced.
Despite not having kids, we joined the cooking class and made four different Balinese dishes (vegetarian for us) including sambal (Balinese salsa), tempeh satay, mushrooms cooked in banana leaf, and a Balinese bean salad. It was a fairly short and simple class that would work well for kids. I definitely recommend it as it’s good value for families as…