Indonesian hotel chain Jambuluwuk Hotels and Resorts has rolled out its first outpost on the Island of the Gods. Mimi Hudoyo checks the homegrown brand out
The six-storey, 138-key hotel is located on Jalan Petitenget, an area lined with some of Bali’s most famous restaurants and bars, spas and chic boutiques.
There are six room categories. I stayed in a 40m2 Deluxe Premier room, which was one of the few in its category with direct pool access. The full-length glass windows and doors leading to the swimming pool area afforded a full view of the hotel’s garden and waterfall as well.
The room’s layout – with a mini living room and working corner – made me feel at home. There are also two TV sets, and guests can enjoy screentime from the sofa or in bed. The artistic décor offer guests a sense of place that they are in Bali.
The Clubhouse is located on the hotel’s rooftop, and offers both a breakfast buffet, and a la carte menu for lunch and dinner. The Clubhouse also serves artisan coffee featuring local brews from Aceh, Toraja, Bali and Sumatra.
The breakfast spread has a good mix of Indonesian and international dishes. The beef soto – flavourful beef vermicelli soup served piping hot – was my favourite among the Indonesian dishes.
During lunch, I tried Jambuluwuk’s signature Sego Luwuk, a set dish comprising coconut rice, beef rendang, and sautéed papaya leaves and clams in sambal sauce. Small in package but big in taste, this scrumptious dish filled me up.
Besides The Clubhouse, the hotel has two other F&B venues. In the lobby is the Croustille Artisan Bakery selling cupcakes, croissants and Danish pastries.
Next door is Frestro & Bar. The restaurant’s menu is international, and focuses on organic products from local farms. My dinner of coffee wood smoked quail was delicious. I could taste the smoky flavour at first bite, and the stuffing was so savoury and juicy at the same time.
Besides the swimming pool on the ground floor, the hotel has another pool on the rooftop with a deck and sunbathing area. Also on the rooftop is a gym and spa. Other facilities include a lounge, kid’s club, and two meeting spaces which can hold up to 120 pax theatre-style.
Generally great. My check-in process was speedy, and the hotel staff are friendly and efficient.
When I had a problem with my TV set, the technician came very quickly to fix the remote. When I needed to dress a small cut, housekeeping brought me a band aid, Betadine, and cotton in a blitz.
I also enjoyed the spa service, where I indulged in a head and shoulder massage, as well as a manicure and pedicure.
A cosy and well designed hotel, with a great location and facilities to boot.
No. of rooms 138
Rates From US$90
Tel: (62) 877 800 40080 or (62) 812 399 9969