Le Meridien Jimbaran hotel sets itself up to look very impressive. A very modern design inside and out could render you anywhere in the world. I stayed here for 2 nights.
Le Meridien Jimbaran is very clean, but housekeeping is a bit slow, so my room was still not made up at 3pm, but at least the job is thoroughly done. The TV pulls out from the wall so you can watch from bed. The balcony’s have a table and chair, plus a drying rack for your swimsuit etc, which was convenient.
The beds and pillows are quite hard, so I didn’t sleep particularly well. Perhaps it has more to do with possibly the worst positioned in room wifi router imaginable – on the bulk head directly above the bed. Those 3 flashing blue lights caused quite a bit of grief! And, as wifi is only free in public areas, for those choosing to not pay, it’s a double slap in the face! I received free premium wifi with inroom access due to some errors with our booking, however this 75,000rp ($7AUD) should be included as in any other 5 star resort. It would certainly help avoid uncomfortable scenarios of guests basically screaming into their laptops on Skype by the pool in order to use the free wifi – free in room makes everyone more comfortable.
The location is good, located exactly behind the popular Jimbaran seafood cafés, meaning a unique dining experience is just meters away. The smokey smell does make it over to the resort, however I did not find it bothersome. There is public beach access just a short stroll away from Le Meridien Jimbaran where there are excellent beginner surfing lessons available from the guy user the umbrella – Rezha surf schook (ask for Blackie!).
The grounds are mostly covered by the swimming pool, which makes walking around the resort rather annoying if it’s raining. The pool also isn’t very deep (1.4m), so it warms up somewhat. There are also lots of statues of naked babies in the gardens, which seemed quite strange in Bali.
The breakfast was good. No real complaints: salmon, croissants, sweet treats; but overall, not a huge selection, just enough to cater for everyone. If you want a lavish breakfast with unbelievable choice, stay elsewhere. Unlike other resorts, if you would like a cappuccino, this is paid for additionally, as with fresh breakfast juices (not the concentrate, that’s free), which is a real shame as these things really help bring home that 5 star feeling.
The staff made us feel welcome. Perhaps not as many staff are present as in other hotels, but this hotel isn’t anywhere near as busy! That said, things took a while to be done. Next time, I’d stay at the Intercontinental Jimbaran. Nothing overly wrong with this hotel, but nothing really drawing me back to stay again.