Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
Nested on a hill in Jimbaran, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali is a newer 5-star resort that melds luxury Swiss hospitality with Balinese culture. Only 15 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport, you would never know it as Mövenpick felt as though it was in its own quiet, little world. With five dining options on-resort, a massive pool, spa and impressive kids club there’s lots to offer at Mövenpick, but if you’re looking for more without having to hire a driver or drive yourself guests can walk a few short steps to adjacent Samasta Lifestyle Village for additional dining and shopping.
We had the opportunity, while staying at Mövenpick, to check out a couple of the many family-friendly activities they offer—which you probably saw if you follow us on Instagram. Scroll down to read more about our experience with their Balinese cooking class and Balinese culture class.
In our opinions, Mövenpick is a perfect family-friendly stay for those looking for a safe, luxurious Bali holiday with all the options and amenities a large resort is capable of offering. Keep in mind, despite its luxury resort status, Mövenpick offers a great value cost-wise to American travelers due to the current exchange rate (based on what we’ve seen over the years at other comparable luxury resort). You guys have to remember when traveling overseas, conversion rate is everything!
Family Type Recommendation
We’d recommend the Family Room Suite at Mövenpick for any family looking for a child-friendly resort that knows they have a child that cannot or will not climb the 3.5 to 4 ft (this is our guesstimate) partial wall in the loft that overlooked the floor below. Should you have a serious monkey on your hands (our oldest was like that) we’d recommend considering other room styles as they have plenty!
Water & Ice Note
We only used bottled water during our trip for drinking, brushing our teeth and washing our faces, which is a precaution recommended for American travelers. We only drank drinks with ice that was brought in (neat to see it being delivered!) and not made with tap water as per American travel recommendations. Mövenpick provided 4-6 bottles of water each day when our room was turned over, which was nice! We always travel with water whenever possible (more on this in a future post!) and buy at a local grocery store upon arrival.
Security at Mövenpick was extremely tight with a security stop upon arrival (guards, car-check, gate, etc.), extremely tall wall around the resort perimeter, etc. It is quite typical at safe resorts and businesses to have your car inspected with vehicle inspection mirrors and a visual check inside and out before being allowed to enter (you will often be asked to open car doors and your rear hatch). Mövenpick security did this at the front gate. This is done for your safety and the safety of other guests, it’s nothing to be concerned over.
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali at a Glance:
- Located 15-20 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport (depending on traffic from our experience)
- 12 minutes from Uluwatu Temple
- 100 meters from Jimbaran Beach
- A little over 1 hour from Ubud
- Adjacent to Samasta Lifestyle Village
- 297 total rooms and suites ranging from classic rooms (accommodates up to 3 people) to suites (some accommodate up to 2 adults and 2 children or 3 adults)
- Complimentary mini bar (we believe additional refills for mini bar were at a charge)
- 5 dining options
- On-site spa
- Impressive breakfast buffet with cuisine from all over the world
- Chocolate buffet each evening from 4-5 pm for an hour (complimentary at the time of our stay)
- Massive pool with many places to lounge and pool-side food service
- Many immersive classes for families including cooking and Balinese culture
- Impressive Meera kids club
- Valet parking
Location of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
Whether driving yourself (like we did) or hiring a driver or taxi, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali was only 18 minutes for us from the airport in heavy traffic on a weekday afternoon. It was easy to navigate to Mövenpick using Google maps for GPS, which we’ll discuss in general in a later post. As we mentioned above, it was conveniently connected to Samasta Lifestyle Village and close to the beach, a well-known temple and more.
Samasta Lifestyle Village
We explored Samasta Lifestyle Village at the end of our stay and when we say it was adjacent, we really do mean adjacent! If you walked out the main lobby of Mövenpick and turned to your left the entrance to Samasta Lifestyle Village was right there! There were a number of restaurants (cafes, gelato and heartier meal options) and some shopping as well. The parking garage for Samasta Lifestyle Village was directly underneath the village and guests could have their parking slips validated to avoid paying to park (though to be honest parking would seem silly if you’re staying at Mövenpick since it was only a few steps away).
Layout of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
The layout of Mövenpick was intuitive and similar to what you’d expect at any comparable, large-scale resort. The main lobby, which was elevated, was in the center of the resort; rooms/suites on multiple levels framed the expansive pool area and perimeter and the largest restaurant, fitness room and kids club were all located on the same level as the pool with quick access from that main pool area. We had no trouble navigating around the resort even in our post-34-hour-travel state upon arrival!
Family Room (Suite) at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
The “Family Room” was a loft-style suite that we found to be absolutely perfect for our family of 4. Hands up if you love space when you travel with your kiddos!
With the master bed and bath on the bottom level and sofa bed and second bathroom in the loft, it gave our family plenty of room to rest, relax and stretch! If you read “loft” and raised an eyebrow as to whether or not this setup could work for your family safety-wise, you should know that I was curious as to how this setup would work for our family prior to staying as well. I’m the type of parent (with the type of kids) that has to assess danger at every turn, but I can assure you that my mind was put completely at ease the moment we went through our suite!
It was clear to us that Mövenpick had taken a great deal of time to consider safety when designing the Family Room suite—which was fantastic given the fact it was meant for families with children. Not only was the transparent half-wall overlooking the bottom floor from the suite reasonably tall (meaning it would take some effort to try to climb over–doable for larger climber kiddos like our oldest), but there was a thick, protective plastic sheet up the entire length of the open-side of the stairs so that little ones (or curious big ones–yes I have one of those) couldn’t shove their heads or bodies through and get stuck. There was also a child gate at the top of the stairs and grippy strips along the edge of each wooden step to prevent tripping.
There was a flat screen TV both downstairs and in the loft, which played both local and international channels (including some kids programs–nice touch!). There was a decent-sized closet in the entryway to our suite, which held all of our suitcases–so convenient.
We spent two nights in the Family Room and had zero issues with safety, though I will say one of the boys gave me a little startle when I woke up early one morning to a little face crouched down, peering at me through the loft’s see-through half-wall! They didn’t want to wake us up if it wasn’t time to get up (we were adjusting to a 12 hour time difference), so they thought it best to check before calling down to ask. We appreciated the consideration, but that was a little creepy to wake up to bleary-eyed after 34 hours of travel! Kids… 😉
We’d also like to point out that the temperature in our suite was perfect and environmental control was a breeze. Is that punny? No? Blaming it on jet lag and moving on. The AC worked well and responded to the temperature we set it at quickly.
All of the toilets in our suite were western-style toilets. They did, like most western toilets in Indonesia, have sprayers so make sure you explain to your kiddos in advance not to touch the levers on the side of the toilet near the seat to avoid a mess. Just … trust us.
Noise Transference at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
We had very little noise transference from the hallway outside, which was fantastic, and only a small amount from the room next to us once or twice. Very peaceful overall!
The King Bed at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
I don’t know what heaven-sent manufacturer Mövenpick used for their beds but they were absolutely some of the best beds we’ve ever slept on—bar none! And the pillows (you guys know I love a good set of pillows) … the pillows were perfection. Needless to say, both the king bed on the bottom floor and sofa bed in the loft were extremely comfortable and provided perfect crash pads for our exhausted bodies at the end of each day. Mövenpick, if you want to know what to get me for Christmas it’s one of your beds! 😉
The Loft Sofa Bed at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
The bed in the loft was a sofa bed, but unlike many springy, narrow sofa beds the kids have slept on over the years, this one was not only large (about the size of a queen) and incredibly comfortable. It was soft, plush and not a single spring poked up through the super thick mattress. Honestly it was one of the best sofa beds we’ve ever seen.
The Master Bath at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
The master bath was half-enclosed by glass walls and then enclosed completely on the other side, but if you’re not a fan of an audience, privacy could easily be accomplished with the curtains that came down along each glass wall. The vanity had a single sink, but was super wide and the shower and tub were both great sizes. While the rain shower fixture was nice, we actually preferred the hand-held shower head to make showering without getting a ton of water in our faces a cinch!
The Second Bath at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
The boys had their own bathroom (this always earns extra points with our family), which was nearly as large as our master bath downstairs. We actually really liked the open setup of theirs, which included a closet in addition to sink, shower and vanity.
The Balcony at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
Safety first! The massive sliding door that lead out onto the balcony definitely required a little strength to open and close so while we’d obviously recommend keeping an eye on younger kiddos, it would definitely take some effort to open on their parts. The balcony was a good size with a little sitting area. It felt very private and we really enjoyed our view of the treetops and building nearby! Our oldest and I probably spent the most time out there, which included filming one particularly impressive rain storm.
Housekeeping at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
Housekeeping was consistently great and turn-down service was provided automatically. The room was left very tidy, toiletries were always replenished and they were in and out fast enough that we never crossed paths despite being in and out of our room throughout our stay.
The Pool at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
We’ve been to a lot of resorts and hotels over the years and several stick out in our minds for having the most impressive pools worth writing home about. The types of pools that deserve a little extra recognition because they are fabulous enough to entice you to spend your day there rather than off exploring elsewhere. Mövenpick definitely joined that list! We almost feel bad referring to it as a “pool area” because it feels like it minimizes the sheer size of that massive part of the resort. That was no ordinary pool! There were large rectangular pool sections, channels connecting them, a large big kids area, bridges over some of the channels, etc. It was equivalent to a small water park (without all of the crowds and questionable health issues–germaphobe here) overall and even included a separate little kids splash zone.
In addition to having one of the most impressive resort pool layouts we’ve seen in a while, there were so many places to lounge that we found ourselves spending time exploring them before taking a dip. There were traditional loungers, cabanas (which were free for the taking) and larger structures with mats and bean bag chairs. There was plenty of shade for those hoping to escape the strong Balinese sun and poolside food service was very attentive. We ordered a few bottles of water (brought in straight from Switzerland) and parked ourselves at a cabana before the boys and Patrick took a float around the pool on giant marshmallow-like cushions and I took some videos and did an IG Live.
If you stay at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali we highly recommend you set aside a day to spend at the pool because it is fantastic!
The Breakfast Buffet Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
The breakfast buffet at Mövenpick was included with our stay, which you’ll find is typical of most Balinese hotels and resorts. However, Mövenpick’s breakfast buffet was by far one of the largest and most eclectic breakfast buffets we’ve ever seen. The buffet included foods from all over Asian and Europe. Some dishes were ready-made and plenty were made-to-order. There were stations for just about everything—egg dishes, traditional European/American breakfast foods, soups, noodles, rice, Balinese dishes, European pastries, drinks, fruits, sandwiches, etc. While there was some consistency from day to day, many of the stations changed the dishes they served to provide even more variety.
While there weren’t too many gluten-free bread options, there were plenty of dishes that didn’t include wheat and I had plenty of options to choose from (if you’re incredibly sensitive it would be best to inquire directly as to which dishes were specifically gluten-free). The boys and Patrick were in absolute heaven as they had no food restrictions to work around.
The coffee station at the buffet made all kinds of coffee drinks and as serious coffee lovers (third-wave coffee all the way, baby) we were in heaven!
Savory, spicy, sweet … this buffet had it all and then some!
We didn’t take many pics, just a couple from our table so we didn’t disturb other guests, but we got some video so stay tuned for that.
Balinese Cooking Class Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
If you’ve followed us for a while then you may already know our oldest hopes to be a chef someday, so when we were offered the opportunity to attend a private Balinese cooking class we jumped at the chance to learn how to cook some Balinese dishes—including chicken satay, which was one of Patrick’s favorites growing up!
The class was instructed by Mövenpick Executive Chef Aditya, who was a very pleasant teacher. Patrick and the boys did the cooking while I snapped pics and took videos. They cooked in an outdoor kitchen area with a large open grill, which was really neat to watch! As you can see below, the boys definitely enjoyed themselves.
Once the dishes that had to be cooked were prepped, Chef Aditya showed the boys how to cook them on the grill.
Once everything was done, we were served the dishes they had prepared and we feasted! Everything was so good! It was such an awesome experience and one the boys have talked about since and would definitely repeat.
We highly recommend giving it a whirl if you visit Mövenpick!
Balinese Culture Class – Meera Kids Club Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
One of the best things about visiting different countries is being immersed in different cultures. There’s no better way, in our opinions, to learn about how other people live and what they believe than by seeing it for yourself, which is why we thought it was really neat that Mövenpick offered Balinese culture class, which we were invited to experience!
As you probably already know, Patrick grew up in Indonesia and visited Bali for vacation, but the culture varies from island to island in Indonesia, so while Patrick had exposure to Balinese culture, he grew up on Lombok where the primary religion and culture was different than Bali, so the Balinese culture class ended up being an educational experience for the entire family. The primary religion in Bali is Balinese Hinduism, which is a mix of Shivaism and Buddhism.
The first thing we learned how to do was to make canang sari, which was part of the daily offerings made 3 times each day at Balinese shrines and temples. We made ours from coconut leaves and then we filled them with a number of different colored flowers (in a specific order) and a moss-like (lemon grass maybe?) material in the center—each color represented a different Hindu god.
Once we completed our offerings, we were dressed in traditional Balinese clothes worn to visit temples during ceremonies. We’ll be focusing another post specifically on what to wear when visiting Balinese temples, so watch for that!
Patrick wore a sarong, white shirt, saput (over-sarong) and headdress. I wore a sarong, kebaya (lacy shirt), sash and then my hair was put up and decorated with gold leaves and flowers.
The boys were dressed in white shirts, headdresses, decorative sarongs and then a wide sash at the top of their sarongs. The sarongs the boys were dressed in were absolutely beautiful! I meant to pick up a couple with that specific pattern before we left, but didn’t have a chance. Next time for sure because they were so beautiful!
We walked out to the shrine cared for by the Mövenpick and made our offerings, during which we were told we could each make a wish. There were so many offerings left it was interesting to see each person’s handiwork. In addition to flowers sometimes those making their offering left cigarettes and candy in theirs.
The walk back and forth from the shrine took us past the pool area and we attracted quite a few glances from guests lounging nearby, probably wondering what we were up to! It was pretty amusing, but it’d be interesting to see if any of them chose to take the Balinese culture class after seeing us all dressed up.
Once we returned from making our offerings, we were taught Balinese dance. Oh. My. Gosh. I don’t know how the Balinese move the way they do, but it takes talent! The style of dance was different for men and women, so I was instructed by one lovely girl while the boys and Patrick were instructed by a male instructor. It was super fun to watch the boys try and I was pretty surprised to see them actually give it a go as they both tend to freeze up when asked to dance in front of other people!
Overall, it was a great experience and we got a better understanding of some aspects of Balinese culture, which is beautiful. We definitely recommend it, especially if you’re traveling with kids and like to educate along the way!
Meera Kids Club Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
Our time at Mövenpick was filled with so many activities and plenty of exploring, so we didn’t have a chance to send the kids to the Meera Kids Club (but we definitely will when we return in the future!), but we did get to see it during our Balinese Culture Class. The kids club was definitely one of the nicest and largest we’ve ever seen—very impressive. It was quite big with multiple rooms, super cute and had so many different areas. Kids could play games, watch movies, partake in different activities, rest, etc. It was also very secure, there was no way in without going past reception first!
Families that stayed in Family Rooms (the style suite we stayed in) got access to the Meera Kids Club as part of their stay, which was a really fabulous amenity! Many of the resorts we’ve stayed at over the years charged per hour or for a full or half-day for their kids clubs, with only a few offering complimentary kids club access, so that was definitely a nice perk to note.
In-Room Dining Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
We ordered dinner to our room both nights we stayed at Mövenpick as we were quite tired by the end of the day—we did well with the 12 hour time change, but found that by 8 or 9 each night we had to sleep. Dinner was absolutely delicious and actually quite reasonable for a resort price-wise. The average meal we ordered cost about 90-110k rupiah, so roughly $6.75-$8.25 as of the time of this post. That was a great value for in-room dining when compared to the costs at resorts in the U.S.
Final Thoughts on Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
We had an amazing experience at Movenpick and would absolutely stay there again–hopefully in the near future! We feel completely confident in recommending it as a safe, clean and luxurious stay for families visiting Bali. If your family prefers resort accommodations over smaller villas and hotels, then this would definitely be at the top of our list for recommendations.
The grounds were extremely well cared for, our suite was absolutely fantastic and the amenities were everything you’d hope for in a 5-star resort. We came in contact with a lot of staff, including many that didn’t know we were there to check out the resort. Everyone was so kind and welcoming. We had a really great experience overall!
We want to highlight again that while this is a true luxury resort that with the exchange rate in our favor it is quite affordable in price for American visitors. You want to choose your resort or hotel wisely when traveling to Bali and make sure that cleanliness and safety are both priorities. There was no doubt in our mind based on our experience at Mövenpick that it is well worth a stay if ever in Bali!
As of right now Mövenpick is running a number of serious money-saving promotions due to their recent opening, so we highly recommend checking them out.
Just for good measure, here’s a shot of the boys thumb wrestling while waiting for us to check out because this is how they occupy themselves when they’re supposed to stay in one spot. If your upper body contorts all over the place, but your lower body doesn’t get out of your seat, that doesn’t count as moving, right? Kid logic… 😉
Note: Our stay was hosted by the resort. All opinions are our own based on our personal experiences.