Having headed out to Seminyak the day before (phew!) we spent another day in Jimbaran just messing about in the pool and taking advantage of happy hour at the bar.
In the evening we made our way to Jimbaran beach again (love this place for the atmosphere, food and the fact that it’s walkable from our hotel). This time we tried out the Jimbaran Beach Club.
This is a small but pleasant beach club where you can hire loungers in the day and get drinks or dinner. The real pull of the place is the sunset view so make sure you visit between 6pm and 8pm to take advantage of the sundown. The food was OK and quite good value but if you're after fresh fish there are better restaurants lining the beach, just head for the most crowded!
Then back to the hotel for night caps at the Smoquee Sports Bar. We love this bar, from the pool table and the giant jenga to the table ice hockey there’s so much to keep the kids and adults entertained.
The next day we felt up to exploring again so piled into our little hire car to visit Uluwatu Sea Temple. Said to be one of Bali’s 6 spiritual pillars and believed to date back to the 10th century this is a beautiful temple that seems as if it’s almost falling into the sea. You can hire cover ups before you enter if you have knees on show and the walk through the woods past the monkeys is lovely but pretty uneven. The monkeys are fine as long as you keep water and food hidden and don’t approach them.
As seems to happen all around Asia, Piper was treated like a mini celebrity and had her photo taken a few times which always makes her giggle!
The walk up to the actual temple is steep and tough going in the heat but worth the view from the top (probably don’t attempt this with a stroller!)
After the amazing sea views from the temple we were craving the beach and drove around for a while before we found somewhere to park up and walk down the (many) steps down to Uluwatu beach.
We stopped off for a refreshing drink on the way down and watched the many surfers enjoying the waves.
On our way back to Jimbaran we decided to try out the Bulgari hotel for lunch having heard great things about the resort but got completely lost and ended up driving along a beautiful coastal road, well worth the hungry tummies for the views out to sea.
We randomly found the Banyan Tree resort so tried our luck there instead. This hotel is simply beautiful but seemed very quiet when we visited.
We had a gorgeous lunch at their pool bar which was tasty but pretty expensive and started back to Jimbaran for what we thought was our last night.
On arrival at the hotel at about 5pm we found that our key card didn’t work so went to ask reception for a new one, only to be told we should have checked out that day! Aaaggghhh! Le Meridien were very understanding but had to charge us an extra $100 for our mistake. Can’t believe we did this! We decided to quickly pack up and make our way to our next stop in Ubud feeling pretty stupid. So our time in Jimbaran ended fairly stressfully, instead of a slow steady daylight drive to Ubud with some fun stop offs on the way, we booted it all the way trying to get there before it was too dark. Things like this happen when you’re travelling with kids and it always amazes me how well Piper seems to handle our hiccups, it’s as if it adds to the adventure for her.
I’m so glad we made the move, we totally fell in love with Ubud over the next few days. Check back soon for what we got up to in Bali’s most cultural district. Or read all about our first three days in Jimbaran here.
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