Tucked away a little further up into the hills of Jimbaran, almost bordering on the Uluwatu area, this gem of a private luxury resort reveals itself to be a peaceful and secluded hideout. Even though it’s only located 15 minutes away from Jimbaran beach, we chose this location more so because of the easy access towards the South, where the Uluwatu cliffs and beaches would be the last sights to tick off our Bali to-do list.
With the theme of the resort encompassing a health and wellness orientation, all of the accommodation types and facilities are named after traditional herbs and the art works and signage throughout the resort convey inspiring messages with regard to general health knowledge and natural health improvement remedies. We were granted the luxury to be residents of the ‘spearmint’ one-bedroom private pool villa, one of the 34 beautiful villa’s that offer a true sense of privacy due to the tall surrounding walls which are covered in botanical splendor.
With the pool located in the middle, the different architectural compartments of the villa such as the kitchen, main room and bathroom surround it, some of them partially or completely open to the outside terrace. This clever positioning ensures the view from each side is pleasant, definitely not seeming like one is surrounded by walls at all. The spacious main house offers a lounging area and sleeping area with king size bed, with the fully equipped rotating (!) entertainment center in the middle of the two.
Having our morning coffee and breakfast in the open air at the kitchen table overlooking the private pool was a sweet start to our day, as was the relaxing bath session in the open bathroom while we were watching Indonesian music channels on the flat screen tv above the tub. As most luxury resorts in Bali, the bathroom is equipped with an inside and outside shower, just for the convenience of having options.
The Leaf Resort
In accordance with the ‘health’ theme of the resort, the interior design throughout the buildings consists of a palette of neutral colors, pastels and vivid tints of turquoise and green, creating a visual atmosphere which breathes calmness and rejuvenation. In contrast to most hotels in the area, the design aesthetic and furniture are very modern, with only some subtle hints to Balinese heritage.
The property of The Leaf Jimbaran boasts many facilities, such as a general pool area, various dining rooms and the lovely Cilantro roof sundeck. Breakfast is served in the Sattvic restaurant but you can also opt to order breakfast within the privacy of your accommodation, as well as a treatment from one of specialists from the Thyme Spa. In the Gym you can find all the relevant equipment to maintain your daily work out, busting some sweat on the tread mill or lifting weights, but there are also many group activities available. In order to get the kinks out of our body, we decided to get up early for the 7.00 yoga session by the pool area, which was quite an enriching experience in its traditional Hindu form.
While you enjoy the comfort of everything The Leaf Jimbaran has to offer, don’t forget to visit all the neighboring attractions! The hidden beaches and caves in Uluwatu such as Suluban are truly magical, just be prepared to get wet and climb a little in order to wonder on to the next beach.
Relaxing at one of the cliff terraces while looking out over Blue point break is also great fun, this is where the most experienced surfers come to ride the highest waves and it looks very impressive!