Roam+Board :: RIMBA

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[trip style = luxe + sun + beach]

What
Set back from Bali's verdant cliffs towering over the Indian Ocean, RIMBA Jimbaran Bali is a 282-room excuse to call your boss and tell her you're extending your vacation. If she protests, you might want to quit and stay awhile.

Completed in late-2013, the gleaming-white high-rise hotel struts a sleek aesthetic mingling clean lines, modern Balinese touches, and wow-factor like a crescent-shaped infinity-edge water feature jetting out beyond the lobby. Fronting the structure, six outdoor swimming pools—many with sunken sunbeds—cascade as if they were terraced rice paddies to create a styled stay that won’t leave you indebted to your credit card.

Starting at $159 a night, the luxe-for-less price tag is a mega-steal because this five-star stunner is 10x the architectural muse as hotels in the $300-$500 range.

Trip Styler approved.

Where
Jimbaran, Bali: An upscale hotel area perched over cliffs rising up from the Indian Ocean. RIMBA is 10 kilometers/7.4 miles from Ngurah Rai International Airport {DPS}, and is a 20-minute drive by cab or private driver.   

When
Cozied up near the equator, the weather in Bali is consistently hot 'n heavy year-round hovering around 30ºC/85ºF.  The major "when-do-I-go?" consideration relates to precipitation levels. Rainy season lasts from October to March covering the region in humidity and short-lived torrential storms. Bali's dry season—aka the best time to visit—runs from April to September and drenches the island in its signature vitamin D.

Who/Why
Modern hotels amuse your art and architecture leanings, and you feel right at home when other guests are sporting Karen Walker sunglasses and reading Contemporist dispatches on their tablets.        

Cost
Rates start around $159/night and include hotel-wide WiFi, bottled water, a free shuttle service within 190-acre AYANA Resort including its beach, pools, restaurants, and priority access to the famous Rock Bar.

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Photos

 Infinity pool extending the lobby's reach.

Infinity pool extending the lobby's reach.

 Submerged lounge.

Submerged lounge.

 One of six pools.

One of six pools.

 Not your average pool chairs.

Not your average pool chairs.

 High design details at every turn.

High design details at every turn.

 More pool.

More pool.

 Where I spent my time {because of the rocking chair-style lounges}.

Where I spent my time {because of the rocking chair-style lounges}.

 Rooms, each with their own unique driftwood sourced from nearby shores and carved by local artisans.

Rooms, each with their own unique driftwood sourced from nearby shores and carved by local artisans.