Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar Jl Danau Tamblingan 99a, Sanur, +62 361 8497 000. 4 stars. 338 rooms. Pool; children’s pool; beach club passes; fitness room; poolside massage. Restaurant; swim-up pool bar, lobby bar.
Located in the heart of the popular Sanur beach area, with plenty of shops and restaurants located just outside the property, this stylish hotel has a Balinese touch. A large open-air lobby is a comfortable place to gather and to people watch. A large free-form pool with wonderful lukewarm water dominates the interior courtyard.
There are plenty of lounge chairs, and many of them are sitting right in the shallow water—the way I like it, and perfect for toe-dangling.
More lounge chairs await on the nearby beach, reachable by a 10-minute walk or free shuttle ride. I think the best guest rooms are those on the bottom floor with their own little shallow plunge pool right off the deck.
But I did like my third-floor room with a private whirlpool tub for four on my outside deck. And I liked that it looked out to the roofs of village homes, and I could hear the roosters and other animals in an adjacent barnyard in the morning.
Room decor is contemporary, with soothing earth tones and wood trim. White cotton sheets and duvet cover keeps things comfortable.
Bathrooms have a Toto toilet with all the bells and whistles. Shower and toilet stalls are separated by opaque glass, and the counter is extra-large. All rooms have a balcony, and the A.C. is gentle, quiet, and efficient. Breakfast in the morning is in an open-air restaurant by the pool. I favored an area in the back that fronts a quiet residential road, and I adored the French toast with papaya jam.
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