What’s so special about Jimbaran?

Just south of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport and a short drive from limestone cliffs and some of the world’s most infamous surf breaks on Bali’s southwestern coast is the once sleepy fishing village of Jimbaran.

It still feels sleepy at times with a strong sense of community that’s more interested in ceremony and tradition than the Kuta tourist trap just north of the airport. That’s not to say it isn’t busy, because it can be and for good reason.

Temple-lined roads take you to stunning sunsets across the bay, possibly Bali’s best fish market at Kedonganan, beachfront seafood restaurants galore and amazing award winning international hotels and resorts including The Four Seasons, Le Meridien, Intercontinental and Ayana.

surfing uluwatu

The Bukit and its world-class surf breaks at Uluwatu, Padang-Padang and Impossibles are close by. So are two golf courses (one in Nusa Dua, the other at Dreamland) and for the adventurer in you all points north of the airport are easy to get to.

The big magnet for both visitors and residents however, is definitely the beach and its views. Four kilometers of golden sand in a safe-for-kids bay is a big plus for any family as is the proximity and access to the Taman Rama School in Puri Gading and the Kasih Ibu hospital in Kedonganan.

Getting to and from Jimbaran couldn’t be easier. Access to the new toll road to Sanur is right there and getting to the airport, Kuta and Seminyak is an easy jaunt via dual carriageways.

If you’re hooked on shopping Bali can be an amazing high, but you won’t get your fix in Jimbaran. It’s not such a good place for designer boutiques and the eclectic wining and dining options of Seminyak. That’s not say there aren’t any world-class venues because this is where you’ll find Cuca and the talented team of Michelin-trained Chef Kevin Cherkas as well as the Rock Bar at the Ayana Resort and Sundara at the Four Seasons.

For some that’s not such a deal-breaker, especially when you’re having sunset cocktails overlooking the Indian Ocean with your toes in the sand trying to remember what day it is.

sunset from ayana jimbaran
In terms of real estate and property investments, Jimbaran is a very popular destination for the domestic market. In this sense it’s more in-line with Sanur and Nusa Dua than Canggu and Seminyak. Freehold land currently ranges between IDR 500 million (approx. USD 37,250) per are (away from the beach) and 1.2 billion (approx. USD 89,400) per are (close to the beach). Property sits comfortably in the IDR 2.5 billion – 4 billion range (approx. USD 186,300 – 298,000)

And if you’re interested in getting a healthy return on that investment, Pondok Wisata short-term rental permits are easily available in tourism zones.

Andy writes on a variety of topics related to property, real estate, the customer experience, mindset training and local/international trends for Seven Stones Indonesia. You can read some of his blogs here.

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