Taking a leaf from the success of Rock Bar at AYANA Resort and Spa Bali, the sister property Rimba Jimbaran Bali created a chic lookout with commanding views of the surrounds and beyond. Opened since late 2013, Rimba Jimbaran Bali has been wooing travellers with its world-class service and curated blend of luxury accommodations and modern amenities inspired by nature and touched by art.
An epitome of the Resort's design theme is the UNIQUE Rooftop Bar & Restaurant. This monolith of wood and glass looks out across tropical canopies and landscaped gardens to the Indian ocean beyond. Nestled within is a chic pool bar with stylish cocktails and stellar dining experiences that have planted the venue firmly in Bali's upmarket bar and restaurant scene. Here are the top reasons to head over to Rimba Jimbaran Bali by AYANA for an UNIQUE experience.
Standing tall in Rimba Jimbaran Bali, UNIQUE Rooftop Bar & Restaurant is at home with the surrounding native forest landscape of Uluwatu Hills. This two-storey treehouse-like structure of weathered wood, stone and glass complements the green landscape while offering modern styling and comforts that attract guests to drink, eat and lounge the day away.
While it is designed to accommodate 300 standing and 150 seating guests, the expansive space is divided into zones that allow for day-to-night experiences, private time and intimate moments. The lower level oozes a daytime pool club vibe with its open-air deck, daybeds, indoor seating and a raised infinity-edged pool.
The upper level features timber counters and table seating ideal for private and group dining with views of the surrounds and sunset. The tall ceilings open up the space further and encourage additional airflow that keeps the space cool in the day. UNIQUE Rooftop Bar & Restaurant sets the stage for a day of panoramic lounging and dining in Bali.
While the Rock Bar serves up postcard perfect coastal scenery from Bali's southern cliff-fringed peninsula, UNIQUE Rooftop Bar & Restaurant is the venue for views across the Uluwatu Hills to the south-east and the Indian Ocean to the west. Whether you're looking out from the pool deck or upper level, the field of canopy green and band of ocean blue beyond provide a rare imagery of Bali's natural landscape, untouched by development and cultivation.
The experience is made more unique by the use of nature-inspired materials in the venue's design. The recycled timbers and stone flooring creates a sense of closeness to the surrounding rainforest. As dusk approaches, the sun reaches out to paint the horizon with myriad colours. The green forest canopy of the surrounding Uluwatu Hills shimmers with fingers of yellow, gold and emerald that gradually withdraw to deep shades of myrtle.
If you're searching for magical sunsets over verdant canopies, you will be naturally drawn to the UNIQUE Rooftop Bar and Restaurant at Rimba Jimbaran Bali by AYANA.
What better way to chill and enjoy the verdant or sunset views than with a cold beverage in hand. Whether you decide to lounge on the day bed, hang out in the cool of the pool or take refuge from the sun, UNIQUE Rooftop Bar and Restaurant prides itself on a menu of stylish cocktails to suit your mood.
Examples of innovative Asian-inspired drinks include the 'Watermelon Tap' where a concoction of vodka, grand marnier, watermelon juice, vanilla syrup and mint leaves are served in a whole watermelon. The 'Jimbaran Bitter' adds the spice of fresh ginger to vodka, angostura bitter and passion fruit. If you're game for more bite, the Wasabi Caipirinha combines cachaša, fresh lime juice, white and brown sugar with wasabi and peppered with sesame seeds.
For those who prefer a non-alcoholic option, the 'Frozen Lemon Mint' is a tangy blend of mint syrup with fresh lemon juice, while the 'Tropical Berry' marries blueberries and raspberries with pineapple and lemon juice. There's also strawberry, peach, orange and lime juice in a large sharing serve for four.
While the menu is Mexican inspired, Chef Liliana Angelica Ojeda Martinez serves up some delicious "AutÚntico Mexicano" flavours for lunch and dinner. The cuisine is as colourful as the venue's mood board. Forget about supermarket guacamole and flaky tortillas. The menu features a range of house-made dishes like tacos, enchiladas, burritos, fajitas, nachos and churros that encourage guests to share and have fun digging into with their hands. Here are some of the standout dishes:
Don't expect any smashed avocados in the Guacamole Salad. The diced tomatoes, onions, chilies and avocados folded together and served with crispy and sweet plantain chips had texture, spice and fresh flavours.
The star ingredient of the Ceviche de huachinango was the bright and fresh chucks of snapper, lemon cured to perfection with a firm overcoat and tender centre. The accompaniments of onions, tomatoes, cilantro and jalapeno gave the entire dish a tart complexity that opened the palate.
If you love roasted pork back ribs paired with burnt corn, the Costilla ala Parilo rubbed in Mexican spice was fall-off-the-bone tasty and finger-licking-good.
The dining atmosphere is unhurried, the service is friendly and the natural flavours from Chef Liliana's kitchen blend with the laid-back surrounds to serve up an UNIQUE experience for couples, friends and families.