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Ayana Resort Bali Review: A Luxurious Haven for Australian Travellers

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Ayana Resort Bali Review; This is one of the island’s largest luxury 5 star resorts.

Ayana resort in Bali is one of Bali’s largest luxury resorts and has quickly become one of my favourites. There are 4 different five star hotels, all connected by train as well as 9 restaurants and even a spectacular Balinese museum of a global standard.

There is certainly something for everyone at Ayana resort in Bali. From a train to ferry guests from one restaurant or activity to the next, to a cluster of tourist shops, as well as two world class spa and fitness facilities, to excellent food and some of the best cliff top views in Bali – and amazing cocktails to boot.

Service is exceptional, especially within the food and beverage outlets, and there are room styles to suit everyone from traditional Balinese, to modern adult only hotel rooms, adjoining modern suites and even water view villas. Families are very well catered for on all levels.

Ayana Resort Bali

Sitting at Kisik restaurant and bar, with the sand between your toes looking out over the Indian Ocean, you could be forgiven for thinking you are in Italy. The views are absolutely flawless, and the sunsets are magical, the cocktails are photogenic and fresh, and the food exceptional.

One of the huge bonuses of a stay here is you do not have to leave the resort as there is so much on offer, and that means you can stay here and completely avoid the chaotic bali traffic.

I stayed in a standard room with ocean views within the main building of Ayana. This is the OG hotel, and has a relaxed, Balinese holiday feel but there are many more to choose from depending on your taste, style and who is travelling.

The feel of the rooms is typically Balinese, with a lot of exposed wood, a balcony with day bed, and gold hued Balinese fabrics and designs.

Renae enjoying the views at Ayana Resort Bali
The cliff top bars and restaurants are a highlight at Ayana Bali.

At its core, this is a luxurious retreat offering something for everyone. From its stunning cliffside location and opulent accommodations to its diverse dining options and commitment to sustainability, Ayana is the perfect destination for luxury Australian travellers. Although I saw plenty of Europeans enjoying an island holiday during my stay at Ayana Resort Baliin 2024.

Bali is changing, and is becoming more international in feel, food and service as well as visitors by the day.

Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or a bit of both, Ayana promises an unforgettable experience in one of Bali’s most beautiful settings.

A two bedroom ocean view suite at Rumba, Ayana

Overall Rating: 9.5/10

Location: 8.5/10

Ayana Resort Bali is strategically located on the cliffs of Jimbaran Bay, offering unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean and spectacular sunsets.

The resort provides access to a small, semi-private beach via a cliffside elevator. Its prime location is just 15 minutes by car from the famous beachfront seafood restaurants in Jimbaran and approximately 30 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport, depending on traffic.

Balinese style deluxe Rooms in the main building at Ayana, where Renae stayed.

Rooms: 9.5/10

Set on the breathtaking cliffs of Jimbaran Bay, Ayana Resort Bali sprawls across 220 acres of lush, meticulously manicured grounds. The resort offers a range of luxurious accommodations, each designed to provide the ultimate comfort and style for discerning travelers. Guests can choose from four distinct types of accommodations: Ayana Resort, Ayana Villas, Ayana Sahara and RIMBA Jimbaran Bali.

The standout option for luxury-seeking Australians is the Ocean View Pool Villas. Recently redesigned, these villas celebrate Bali’s indoor-outdoor living style, showcasing stunning ocean and sunset views.

Each villa features warm color palettes, handcrafted artwork, and dreamy four-poster beds adorned with indigenous textiles and plush cushions.

The opulent marble bathrooms boast hand-carved Roman-style baths, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring.

Personal butlers are available to cater to every whim, from arranging floating brunches in the private plunge pools to drawing rose petal baths before bedtime.

Ayana Segara

Food and Beverage 9.5/10:

Ayana Resort Bali is a culinary paradise with 19 restaurants and bars offering diverse dining experiences. The iconic Rock Bar, perched on the rocks between the cliffs and the sea, is a must-visit for sunset cocktails accompanied by a DJ spinning vibrant beats. Open from 4 pm, this trendy spot offers breathtaking views and a lively atmosphere and is usually packed with holidayers from every part of the globe.

For a taste of local and international cuisine, guests can explore the various dining venues. Kisik is on the edge of a cliff with a sand floor, and serves fresh Balinese seafood, while Sami Sami offers Italian favourites.

Ayana Segara – there is so much to see at Ayana resort Bali

Breakfast is served in multiple locations, and ay Ayana it is in a traditional Balinese style building surrounded by water features willed with live fish.

Padi presents a delightful mix of Indonesian and Asian dishes, Damar Terrace features Asian cuisine, and HonZen specializes in Japanese fare.

Though prices are on the higher side by Bali standards, the dining experiences are well worth it and service is outstanding.

Style and Character 9/10:

Despite its vast size, Ayana Resort Bali exudes a distinct Balinese charming is an intimate place to stay in many ways . The resort features thatched bales scattered around the property, providing plush shaded spaces beside the pools and cool studio spaces for morning yoga classes.

Manicured gardens and shallow pools create intimate areas within the sprawling estate, while marble floors and lion fountains add a touch of grandeur.

The property includes four hotels, offering guests access to 19 restaurants and bars, 14 swimming pools, two spas, and two gyms.

Scusa Restaurant at Ayana Resort Bali

Sustainability 8/10:

Ayana Resort Bali is committed to sustainable practices, integrating eco-friendly initiatives throughout the property. The resort emphasizes environmental conservation and sustainability, from waste management programs to energy-efficient systems. Guests can feel good about their stay, knowing that Ayana prioritizes responsible tourism and the preservation of Bali’s natural beauty.

Spa Exterior at Ayana Resort Bali

Wellness 9.5/10:

For those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, Ayana offers an array of wellness facilities. The resort boasts a luxurious spa with a hydrotherapy pool, providing a serene environment for unwinding. Guests can enjoy a variety of treatments designed to soothe the body and mind. Additionally, Ayana features a well-equipped gym, an 18-hole putting course, and a tennis court, ensuring ample opportunities for physical activity and wellness.

Damar Terrace where breakfast is served at Ayana Bali

Family-Friendly 9/10

Ayana Resort Bali is an excellent choice for families, with interconnecting rooms and a fantastic kids’ club. The shallow children’s pools are equipped with waterslides, and child-sized sun loungers are available, ensuring that younger guests have a fun and safe experience. The resort’s expansive grounds and variety of activities make it an ideal destination for families seeking both adventure and relaxation.

Click here for a fabulous podcast with Ayana General Manager Giordano Faggioli

Kisik at Ayana Bali.

What Renae says about Ayana Resort Bali:

Who should Stay Here: Anyone who loves indulging in an upscale resort – including children.

Who shouldn’t Stay Here: Everyone will find something they love at Ayana Resort Bali

Location: On the beautiful Indonesian island of Bali.

Best Culinary Delight: I loved the steak at Kisik.

The Highlight:  A cocktail at Kisik overlooking the sunset – so romantic.

The lowlight: It is a huge resort, so that can take some adjusting to.

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Renae is a luxury hotel consultant travels the world looking for the ultimate travel experiences for her audience of women over 35. She has more than 25 years experience as a degree qualified journalist writing for many magazines, newspapers and digital platforms. Renae spends her time professionally speaking, coaching CEO's and GM's and eating dark chocolate.

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