Epitome of Swiss Hospitality
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali not only has scrumptious, Swiss-inspired culinary offerings, it also offers plenty of warm and internationally-renowned hospitality.
From the trendy yet classy F&B venues to the well-designed rooms and suites, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali offers the warmth and welcome usually found in a family-run property, with the slick style of an international resort chain and exquisite finishing touches – from the fluffy poolside towels to the uniform gloss on the homemade macaroons at afternoon tea.
As soon as you step onto the vast, marble-floored lobby, super-friendly staffs clad in traditional batik stand to greet you, bringing Balinese grace to bear. Modern sculptures and abstract paintings filling the corridors immediately soothe your aesthetic sense, while the contemporary design touches like floor-to-ceiling wooden screens give a nod to Bali’s famous historical penchant for brutalism without going overboard. The vibe is beautiful, raw, and unpretentious.
Merely a 15-minutes drive south from Bali’s airport, Jimbaran Beach is only a couple of minutes’ walk away, offering a long strip of white sandy beaches sheltered from rip currents, making for some of the safest swimming spots in Bali, which is perfect for families looking to enjoy a day out in the sun and on the water. Uluwatu, with its postcard perfect beaches and breathtaking clifftops, is a mere 20-minutes drive.
The staffs are consistently warm, genuine and helpful, which gives this resort its laid-back luxury feel: nothing is too much trouble, and everyone is catered for. The vast pool area has it all – a toddle pool for tots, a flume and playground for bigger kids, and a sprawling main pool complete with swim-up bar for adults to float in lazily. There’s a gym, and daily activities like yoga and family bike rides. The Samasta centre, adjacent to the hotel, has a selection of restaurants and a few shops, plus a stop on the bus network that can take guests to popular spots on the island.
There are 297 guest rooms, all with chic modern design and sumptuously comfortable beds. Classic rooms are a good size, with space for a child’s cot on request. There are some interconnecting rooms for families. TVs have a wide selection of English language channels, including HBO and movie channels. As well as being a little larger, the suites have some extra luxury touches like Nespresso-style coffee machines.
General Manager Horst Walther-Jones, experienced German hotelier with extremely solid culinary background, stated that families are clearly the main market Mӧvenpick is going for. Horst added, “Our property offers something unique for the family not available at any other ultra-luxury properties out there. Children have their own buffet section at breakfast; staff are family-oriented; the kids’ club is excellent, offering daily activities like kid’s cooking classes; we also have a babysitting service, and many other services and a lot of other details tailored specifically to help families have a wonderful time. And I do believe that, given our long track record in Europe and beyond, our team here has done an exceptional job in creating the unique identity that is Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran.”
Within the tranquil sanctuary that is Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran sits Anarasa, a stylish Swiss-inspired all-day restaurant that carries the theme of an urban marche or marketplace, serving a wide array of international favorites, artisanal Balinese specialties, Robata grill, as well as signature Swiss delicacies. Led by Executive Chef Ian Lovie, the kitchen crew at Anarasa constantly strives to create perfection in every dish in what the chef described as “inspiring work with lots of freedom to create.”
The Scottish chef gained international recognition in 1993, where he was appointed personal chef to the Head of State during the EC that year. “Years later, I joined the ‘Zampelli Group’ at Melbourne’s finest seafood restaurant at Crown Casino, where I made my mark catering for up to 6,000 people per week in a restaurant that never closed its doors,” Ian continued.
His next major achievement was when he voyaged to the Indian Ocean and took the helm of all facets of food and beverage at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi as Culinary Director in charge of service. “I redefined all nine F&B venues where each venue offers a unique dining experience, including Thai, Vietnam, Japan ,Maldives , Italy, contemporary French dishes, Sri Lanka and India showcased in the venues.”
With many more similar major achievements, Ian eventually ended up in the Island of the Gods, bringing his global experience and masterful cooking techniques to define the Anarasa dining experience, which can be described as a “calm, unobtrusive service complemented by honest cuisines made from the finest of produce to delight every single guest.”
As property’s main port of call for diners staying at the hotel as well as culinary enthusiasts visiting the island, Anarasa restaurant has a huge indoor dining space connected to a terrace leading out on to the pool area. Catering to any meals at any time from breakfast through to dinner, Anarasa offers themed buffet nights throughout the week, and an á la carte menu combining Western classic grills and pasta with local favourites. One such dish is the lovely Bebek Betutu, a dish that puts together marinated free range duck with Balinese spices – shallots, garlic, turmeric, wild ginger, hand-ground chili pepper – slow-roasted in banana leaf wrappings.
Other signature dishes include the Veal Strips Zurich Style, plating sautéed veal tenderloin with mushrooms, shallots, garlic, flambé with brandy, double cream reduced, and finished with finely chopped parsley. The Beef Black Pepper also warrants a try. The plate serves masterfully cut and stripped beef tenderloin sprinkled with peppercorn, marinated in oyster sauce for one hour, sprinkled with corn starch soy sauce and sesame oil seared in a hot wok with peanut oil, chopped red and green pepper and shallots.
Moreover, you can’t go wrong starting your day with a satisfying, healthy breakfast at Anarasa. Think freshly baked breads and patisserie, hot Asian and Western options, healthy cereals and muesli, and succulent tropical fruits, even a Swiss raclette. Uber healthy, vegetable shot fresh from the press are offered by a friendly floor attendant around the restaurant to rejuvenate your metabolism.
Elsewhere, the Katha Lobby Lounge serves patisserie and coffee all day, plus an elegant afternoon tea, and the Mövenpick Café serves artisan Swiss chocolates and treats brought in directly from Mövenpick farms and chocolatier in Europe.
This is clearly another unique offering that you can only find at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali thanks to their strong relation to the European holding group. “Of course we try to emphasize on using local products when applicable, but we also have a range of signature products from Movenpick that you won’t find anywhere else, such as our jams, coffee, wine and chocolate. Working with top quality products and passionate supplier both local and international makes creating dishes so much easier and enjoyable,” Ian Lovie explained regarding Mӧvenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran’s pecial products and ingredients.
MӦVENPICK RESORT & SPA JIMBARAN BALI
Jalan Wanagiri No. 1
T: +62 361 472 5777