Jimbaran is one of the few places in Bali that provides that perfect island experience while being surrounded by vibrant culture, incredible food, and amazing people. Since you’ve already settled on this wonderful beach town for your next family destination, now it is time to choose the perfect accommodation for you and your family.
It can be challenging to choose between a rental and a resort, especially when it comes to your kid’s comfort and deciding what kind of beach experience you get to enjoy. Airbnb’s can provide a homey feeling which a lot of kids will find familiar to their own homes, while resorts and hotels have additional services that take some of the pressure off of you as parents.
In order to help you make this decision, I have put together my favorite rentals and resorts in Jimbaran which will hopefully make your choice easier as you move forward with your plans.
Best Luxury Resorts in Jimbaran for Families
Rimba by AYANA
If you are looking for the most luxurious experience on your upcoming family trip to Bali, then you absolutely should consider Rimba by Ayana Bali. This breathtaking resort has been designed to reflect the natural beauty of Bali’s forests and gardens but is also an incredible wellness centre.
The Rimba is so extra, but in a good way. It’s one of my favourites because it’s just so fun to explore. During your stay, you’ll have access to 12 pools (yes, 12!), some of which have direct beach access, an 18-hole golf course, as well as a full gym and spa. This family resort also has the Rimba Kids Club in case the adults have some activities or adventures that aren’t as kid-friendly as the rest of your holiday. Make sure you check out the private jogging trails during your stay!
We stayed in a Pool Access room, and the rooms are incredibly spacious. We found the food to be particularly good here as well, and the staff were so lovely. Also, you’ll get priority bookings to Rock Bar, which is an incredible experience.
If you’re looking to explore the rest of Jimbaran, then you will have to hop in a car for approximately ten minutes to get to the town center and Jimbaran Bay Beach. The Rimba resort (and the surrounding AYANA complex) also has impeccable restaurants and bars for you to choose from, whether you are looking for a romantic dinner or a meal with the whole family.
Movenpick Resort and Spa Jimbaran Bali
One of the best family resorts that is just a five minute walk from Jimbaran Bay Beach is the Movenpick. This beautiful resort truly is a family’s paradise. Offering several family packages, you will have countless opportunities to create unique memories with your family. Even if you don’t end up going with one of Movenpick’s family packages, you will have access to the Meera Kids Club throughout your stay. When we last visited the Movenpick Jimbaran, we were SO impressed with the pirate-themed kids club!
Movenpick not only has breathtaking pools and views, this resort also has several five-star restaurants where they serve both local and international cuisines. You will have access to their wellness center where they offer signature spa treatments leaving you feeling fully rejuvenated and relaxed.
Once you’re ready to explore the rest of Jimbaran, all you have to do is walk five minutes outside of the resort and you will be back at Jimbaran Bay Beach, which is also where you will find all of the popular restaurants, bars and cafes.
Intercontinental Bali Resort Jimbaran
Known for immense luxury, the Intercontinental Bali Resort Jimbaran is the perfect choice for you and your family if you are looking to splurge for some extra comfort. Though it may be a bit more pricey than the other resorts on this list, this resort’s location, amenities, suites, and overall ambiance make the price absolutely worth it.
As the Intercontinental Bali Resort is located in the heart of Jimbaran, you can easily adventure into town for the afternoon and be back in your suite after just a short walk. The Intercontinental Bali Resort has direct beach access, three pools available to all guests, as well as several suites with a private pool. Enjoy the fitness center, tennis courts, countless spa treatments, and endless five-star cuisine served throughout the resort.
As this resort doesn’t have a kids club or specific family services, this is most likely the best fit for families with older children.
Cross Bali Breakers
Last but not least, I have to highlight a really cool all-villa boutique resort: the Cross Bali Breakers. We were lucky enough to stay at this incredible resort during our most recent trip to Bali (post COVID) and couldn’t have been more pleased.
Cross Bali Breakers is smaller than other options on the list, which we thought was lovely actually – we got to know a lot of the other guests as well as the staff during our week-long stay. The children were welcomed with open arms and thoroughly looked after. However, as a small resort, there’s no kids club or dedicated kids area – just something to be aware of.
Luxuriate in your private pool villa or hang out by the lagoon pool. Or, take the free shuttle down to Balangan Beach to take in the incredible sunset.
Check out my full Cross Bali Breakers review of this awesome resort!
Best Airbnbs in Jimbaran for Families
4 Bed Villa in Jimbaran
If you are struggling to choose between a resort and a rental for your upcoming trip to Jimbaran, then this Airbnb may be the perfect fit for you and your family. This four bedroom villa actually sleeps eight, has a beautiful, open floor plan, and is just a few minutes from the beach. Enjoy the fully stocked kitchen, your own private pool, a relaxing garden and multiple living spaces where your family can spread out and unwind.
One of the best things about this villa is something that those of you who are interested in the resort experience will love: This property is actually a part of a five star compound. With this, you will have access to the compound’s pool, spa, gym, children’s play area as well as a bar and restaurant. Take note that some of the compound features may still be closed due to Covid, so be sure to ask the host about it’s potential openings in the near future!
For those of you interested in seeing more of Jimbaran, then this property is in the perfect location for you. Located just a short five minute walk from restaurants (outside of the compound), are cafes, bars, as well as the beach, making this villa a great spot for taking the family on some adventures during the day. The best part? Once you’re ready to unwind and relax by your private pool, you’ll always be just a short walk away from this property.
Seaside Luxury Villa in Jimbaran
Our next rental option for your upcoming family trip to Jimbaran is a two bedroom seaside luxury villa. Though it is a bit smaller than other Airbnbs, this rental is one of my favorites in Jimbaran because of the design and atmosphere of the property itself. Designed to be a tranquil environment, you may find that your kids can relax a bit more easily while in this space.
The private pool is safe for kids, the kitchen is fully equipped for whatever meal you may want to whip up, and the outdoor living space is simply breathtaking. On top of these wonderful aspects of this property, this villa is also loacated within a gated community and is just a short walk from many restaurants, cafes, and bars.
One of the favorite aspects of this rental inis the accommodating hosts. Not only do they offer a free airport pick up and drop off for guests staying longer than five days, but they also personally greet you to ensure your safe arrival and satisfaction from the moment you set foot on this property. This Airbnb is a great choice for you and your family’s next trip to Jimbaran if you are looking for a peaceful, smooth, and beautiful vacation.
Jimbaran Bay Beach Duplex
Located 50 meters from the beach, the Jimbaran Bay Beach Duplex is by far the cutest rental we have on this list. A two bedroom duplex, both with air conditioning, this property has everything you need for your relaxing vacation in Jimbaran. Enjoy the outdoor shower, private garden, breathtaking views, and fully equipped kitchen. Your kids will love how much this Airbnb feels like home!
One of my favorite things about this property is that it connects you with the local services for all adventures and experiences you could want to have while in Jimbaran. From hiring a local outrigger to going surfing or snorkeling, the hosts have all the tips you could need to get started. You also have the option to choose a light housekeeping add on if you really want to go on vacation.
This beach duplex is also in a great location and is close to the city center of Jimbaran as well as being just a few steps away from the beach. So even though it doesn’t have a private pool, you’re always close enough to cool off in the Jimbaran Bay.
I hope this helped you narrow down your options for your upcoming trip to Jimbaran! If you’re looking for more tips for accommodations or traveling with kids, take a look at my guide to a holiday in Bali, my breakdown as to why Bali is perfect for traveling with kids, and my complete Bali cost breakdown for 2022.