The Le Meridien Bali is centrally located on the doorstep of Jimbaran Beach, Bali’s Millionaires Row. It is a 5* luxury hotel at a fraction of the price, in contrast to some of the big-name properties nearby. Throw into the mix an enormous saltwater lagoon pool, lavish rooms and a great family friendly atmosphere – it’s an easy choice for your next family holiday.
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Le Meridien Bali – Jimbaran
The Le Meridien Bali is located in the extra family-friendly beachside suburb of Jimbaran. A once sleepy fishing village that is now full of luxury hotel offerings and great dining. A short drive from the international airport makes the Le Meridien Bali very easily accessible, even for the shortest trips to Bali, although we encourage you to stay as long as you possibly can! Jimbaran is all about relaxation and ideal for families, with very little to no nightlife around, however thriving Seminyak is just 40 minutes away if you seek some action. You are also right on the doorstep of Uluwatu and a huge number of attractions such as clifftop Uluwatu Temple.
The property is located just behind the beachfront seafood BBQ restaurants that Jimbaran Bay is known for. However, you would be forgiven for spending all of your time in the large 1,300 square metre lagoon pool that each of the 118 room’s and suites in the property has either view of or direct access in to.
Despite not staying in one, the Le Meridien also features dramatic rooftop villas that offer their own private pools and beach views.
Inside Our Lagoon Access Room
If you’re a water lover, the lagoon access room offered at Le Meridien Bali is the room type for you. With dramatic floor to ceiling sliding door windows opening up to your own private balcony with steps down directly into the lagoon pool. Being part of the lagoon, you feel as if you have your own private pool, and often nobody else is in sight. To be honest this is where we spent most of our time and we didn’t feel the need to swim into the main part of the lagoon.
The room itself is quite large at 62 sqm and is split levelled, separating the ‘lounge’ from the ‘bedroom’. It all feels very luxe – with a beachy twist, a large blue art piece wrapping above the bed with fisherman net inspired bedside lights adds to the modern resorts coastal appeal. Of course theirs all the Le Meridien staples you would expect, such as a super comfortable bed, flat screen tv and stocked minibar.
What surprised us most was the bathroom, it was genuinely enormous – as big as some hotel rooms! Complete with a bathtub big enough for the 3 of us, a separate rainfall shower and so many mirrors you won’t know where to look. Something slightly odd is that the toilet is in the same room simply behind a clear glass door, must be that new age modernity!
Arriving at the Le Meridien you undergo a quick security check and are subsequently whisked away in a large golf buggy to the 3rd-floor lobby. The lobby is dramatic, to say the least, a large decorative infinity pool overlooking the entirety of the complex, ultra-modern furnishing and displays, obscure shaped and angled fans. Whilst it doesn’t represent Balinese design, that’s clearly not what this hotel is aimed at, they want guests to feel as if they are in a chic, sleek and modern tropical oasis. Check-in was quick and after we downed our welcome drinks, we were whisked down to our room and our bags followed suit not long after.
The Lagoon Pool
Clearly, the showstopper of this hotel is the saltwater lagoon pool, directly fed from the ocean and then cleaned. The unique design of the hotel means many rooms can enjoy direct pool access, and if not, they all have at least a view of it. It’s pretty neat that if swimming end to end you would cover quite some distance! This enormous lagoon snakes around to the main lagoon portion that features a prominent sunken pool bar and is surrounded by a multitude of pool chairs and unique lounges. There are no restrictions on swim times either as it is 24/7.
The Serenity Spa is the in-house specialist centre for all your usual spa relaxation needs. The Serenity Spa feels calming as soon as you walk in and the dim lighting and pleasant music put you right at ease. We were lucky enough to both enjoy a 60-minute massage whilst Ollie was babysat. It was bliss, seriously felt like it was over way too quickly (it wasn’t, we even double-checked the time when it finished)!
So often you go to a hotel’s fitness centre and are severely let down. We were actually pleasantly surprised that Le Meridien Bali had quite a range of equipment and it operated 24/7. There were numerous cardio machines as well as a variety of good quality cable-based strength training machines.
Next door you will find a large yoga space, complete with a few yoga balls and mats. You can also book one-on-one lessons. Both rooms have floor to ceiling windows giving great views out over the gardens and lagoon.
As bloggers, a big part of our diet is floating breakfasts. As such we know what floats our boat in regard to floating dining. As Le Meridien features a lagoon-style pool, our meal was brought directly to our balcony from across the lagoon elsewhere. No spillage, and everything looking delicious. There were all your staple brekky items, even with quite a range to choose from! Even our morning coffees were brought along in the floating vessel.
For us, one of our favourite things about luxury hotels is their buffet breakfasts, and at Le Meridien Jimbaran, we were spoilt for choice. There were all the usual staples, plus carefully well-presented goods such as eggs benedict, eggs, pancakes and waffles cooked to order, mango smoothies and an insane amount of delicious baked treats for breakfast time! For a fussy eater like Ollie, you’ll definitely find a few things suitable to eat!
We were treated to the extravagance of daily afternoon tea, of which you can request to have wherever you want on the property. Of course, we chose to take it in our favourite spot, our balcony! We were seriously stoked with the literal pyramid of food that arrived that we almost forgot that there was tea to be drunk. Spring rolls, sandwiches, chicken cutlets and lots of deserts were amongst the thoroughfare.
Smoquee Sky Bar
The piece de la resistance of our dining at Le Meridien Jimbaran was definitely dinner at Smoquee Sky Bar. The name aptly coming from the smoke blowing from the bbq beachfront restaurants below. The Sky Bar gives such a unique perspective of Jimbaran that we had no idea existed. There are dramatic views of the ocean and along the coastline. Upon request, you can have a table set up here and enjoy a dining experience like no other. We had a three course meal and left struggling to move we were that full! The only slight negative was a steel pole in the way of a portion of view.
How Kid-Friendly is Le Meridien Bali?
There’s a reason Le Meridien Jimbaran is a staple hotel amongst families travelling to Bali. It’s not only super child friendly but also luxurious.
You know as soon as you set foot in the lobby that this hotel has a fun side to it. From the colourful decor to the dinosaur sculpture and obscure artwork. Additionally, the staff will all run-up to your youngster to acquaint themselves and get your child grinning.
J Kids Club is a purpose built part of the hotel aimed at kids having fun and learning through a range of activities and classes. This colourful room was adorned with childish characters and full of toys, and even newer age toys such as a Nintendo Switch and a big movie projector screen. Best of all J Kids club is free for the children of in-house guests.
Right by the lagoon pool, there is also a kiddies pool that is on its own and super shallow. It was ideal for Ollie to get more familiar with the water. Although his favourite thing was playing on one of the massive inflatables from the hotel store!
Of course, being a family friendly resort, cots are available and you will find kettles, fridges and plenty of bottled water in all rooms.
Address: Jalan Bukit Permai, Jimbaran, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: (62)(361) 8466888
Room rates start at approximately $175 per room, per night. Book the cheapest available rate online at Le Meridien Jimbaran
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If you are considering staying in Jimbaran you should definitely read our ultimate itinerary for Uluwatu.
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Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Le Meridien Bali. As always, all the reviews and opinions expressed are based on our personal view and experience.