Ah, Bali. Such a place to spend a week in solitude and searching the crevices of my soul for an awakening? Lush greenery, a blazing sun, and countless pools to dip my chipped toenails into – I knew I had to visit Bali to experience my own version of Eat, Love, Pray.
I was determined to answer the heart-stopping inquiry of “can I?” As I planned out my five days, I was less concerned with planning out an itinerary and more with the aesthetics of my lodging. As I would be splitting my time between different areas, I had specific requirements on how I would spend the first 3 days of my creative-cation. I tasked myself with finding a hotel that exuded stylish comfort, a bed I’d refuse to leave, and a rooftop pool for those Instagram selfies. I found that and a bit more with the 4-star Watermark Hotel and Spa in Jimbaran, Bali.
Location // With an exhausting post-midnight arrival to Bali, via AirAsia, I knew I didn’t want to travel far for my hotel. Luckily the Watermark Hotel is literally a hop and a skip from the airport. However, having to haggle over prices and switching taxi drivers in the middle of the night, made for an annoying introduction to Bali. In retrospect, I should have inquired about an airport pick-up due to my late arrival and would encourage other travelers to request it. Insider Tip: Arrivals after midnight should expect to pay between IDR 100.000 – 150.000 (mind you the drive was less than 5 mins).
Aesthetics // Night and day I was repeatedly charmed with the interior and exterior design of the Watermark Hotel. This is a contemporary hotel that culls décor inspiration from the traditional Balinese woodworking and the clean lines of Japanese modernity. The hotel is extravagant with their lack of doors in the common areas, all the while maintaining a sense of privacy as you walk the hallways.
The Room //
Plush textures, whimsy draperies, teak parquet flooring, and such beautiful stone & marble pieces. The suite is massive at 64 square meters, which also includes a balcony – equipped with a mini daybed, a view of the main pool AND glimpses of Jimbaran.
As a bed aficionado I was pleasantly surprised and have no complaints – it was perfect and I love the platform design. There was also a tv (which I didn’t use) and a water dispenser (which I personally find ingenious and reduces the need to use plastic bottles).
And ya’ll this bathroom… This tub, this rainfall shower, and the in-wall shelf. Sigh. I need all of this! I was and still am obsessed with the beautiful design of the suite. #tubluv
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Hotel Facilities //
The Watermark Hotel has a plethora of facilities like a kids club and a departure lounge, but I’ll only touch on those I had the chance to explore:
◊ Main Pool // My suite overlooked the main pool and while I didn’t spend much time there, it is not without its charms – it’s deeper and one can do laps (if you like that sort of thing) or sit prettily underneath the miniature waterfall. Also, they have the cutest floaties.
◊ Infinity rooftop pool with a splash bar // As my room was located on the top floor, more often than not I was lounging near the infinity rooftop pool. Often times I was the only guest wading in the infinity pool with a plethora of cabanas to choose from. I had no issue with ordering food or drinks while relaxing. In fact, the bartenders were nice enough to play photographer for me a few times.
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◊ LiANG Spa // Don’t ever turn down a foot massage from their in-house spa service. I was offered a 20-minuted foot reflexology treatment and girl! #Heaven Treat yo self to the LiANG Spa, it’s so worth it.
◊ Club Lounge // I had the chance to check out the Club Lounge and despite the canapes, I was underwhelmed by the entire experience. The only perk to the club lounge was the huge bay windows overlooking the hustle & the bustle of Jimbaran city. If you need a quiet place to get work done, sure check out the lounge, but there are better places to spend your time in the hotel.
◊ Beach Club // The hotel offers transport to their private beach club at Kedonganan beach which is about a 5-minute tuk-tuk drive away. The beach club is attached to a local restaurant and it is customary to order something to sit on the day beds. From the entrance, there is an insta-worthy view of the white sandy Kedonganan beach. However walking towards the ocean, all I saw was litter. Talk about a major disappointment. Further down the beach, I saw less litter but I was less inclined to make the trek, so I ordered a beer and took in the view.
The Watermark Hotel boasts two restaurants– the W Senses & the Nishi-Azabu Imadoki.
◊ The W Senses was my go-to for western cravings like chicken burgers & mojitos. Located across from the main pool, there is also the option of alfresco dining throughout the day. I tried to be healthy and ordered a salad (it was meh) but I made the point to sample the menu throughout my trip (which were delicious). I also enjoyed the buffet styled breakfast which was a fusion of International cuisine (Chinese/Italian/Indonesian). The only thing, I needed were stronger alcoholic beverages & the option for alcohol & meat for brekkie. However, the mushroom benedict egg over French toast was positively the best nom ever.
◊ Admittedly, I am not a connoisseur of Japanese food, but what I can say is that the Nishi-Azabu Imadoki is my number one dinner choice for a night at the Watermark Hotel. I ordered the grilled salmon and shrimp fried in a mayonnaise sauce, simply delicious. I love that the restaurant is a bit detached from the main hotel, as it was a peaceful evening from the hustle & bustle near the main pool.
Before You Go // There are 140+ rooms at the Watermark Hotel and I had the chance to peek into a few of the other room types. If you’re on a budget than the Superior room will suit you, but if you have the chance to splurge definitely go for a Suite, Club Suite, or the ultra-exclusive Club Suite with a private pool (I mean you’re in Bali, so why not!)
Final Impressions //
My stay at the Watermark Hotel was exactly what I needed for the start of my creative-cation. I loved the aesthetic details of my suite, it was so inspiring as I drafted out my seasonal master plans. Additionally, the hospitality was impeccable, the staff were super friendly and assisted with translations (like when I let myself be swindled into an adventure but that’s another story, for another day). As with all hotels, there are definite quirks that could be ironed out, but luckily they didn’t detract from my relaxation, so I have no major complaints. The Watermark Hotel is kid/family friendly, perfect for couples, or for a girlfriend’s getaway. So if you’re in Jimbaran, definitely give the Watermark Hotel & Spa a chance, because, with their A+ service and beautiful aesthetic, I’ll definitely be back!
FTC: The Watermark Hotel & Spa was kind enough to offer me a 2-night complimentary stay in exchange for a review. As always, all opinions are my own. Feel free to use my Hotels.com code to make your reservation (and let them know I sent ya!)! Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links”. If you click on the link and/or purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission (which helps with running this site). Cheers!
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