On the last night of any trip we take we always book somewhere a little bit special. The Rock Bar was recommended to us by the owner of our villa who had visited himself a few times and couldn’t speak highly enough of the place. So with that I put my research cap on, grabbed my smart phone and googled away. The Rock Bar is situated in the luxury 5* Ayana resort in Jimbaran in South Bali and is considered to be one of, if not the best bar on the island. The Rock Bar itself is an open top bar built into the side of the rocks 14 metres above the sea. The bar opens at 4.00pm and it was recommended that we get there early as sunset is the bar’s busiest time. We therefore ensured we booked our driver to get there for 3.45pm.
The Ayana Resort is the epitome of luxury and to ensure the security of all their guests and visitors all cars are checked inside, outside and under before they are allowed through the barrier. We were dropped off at the reception and made our way down to the entrance to the Rock Bar. The signposts were easy to follow but still allow yourself 10 minutes due to the size of the grounds. By the time we got to the inclinatior which is a carriage that takes you down to the bar there was already a queue around 50 people long. If you are a guest at the Ayana Resort you get VIP access and you have your own much shorter queue. My competitive side came out as I was adamant we had to get down there as soon as possible to get a prime table. So we hotfooted it down the stairs instead.
Once at the bottom we were greeted by a waitress who allowed us to pick our own table. I therefore picked one on one of the balconies jutting out over the sea giving us a great view. The sun is extremely hot and extremely strong on this side of the island so each table has a parasol umbrella which you could put up to shield yourself from the powerful rays. The bar itself is beautiful, popular and very modern. Menus delivered, there was only one type of drink that was fitting for such surroundings – cocktails! Mr ESLT is not that much of a cocktail guy but, when in Rome as they say, even he opted for one (well three actually).
All the cocktails on the menu sounded amazing however….
Mr ESLT chose a refreshing ‘Rock My World’ – grand marnier, vodka, pineapple juice, lemon juice, fresh organ and kaffir leaves served over ice cubes.
I chose a fruity ‘Rockito’ – grand marnier, vodka, mint spring, fresh orange, fresh lemon and passion fruit syrup served over crushed ice.
Both were delicious and priced at 190,000IDR (approximately £9.25) each which of course is super expensive for Bali but in reality no more than you would pay for a cocktail in a bar in London, New York or Sydney. I would have paid the money simply for the view! One was simply not enough to quench our thirst whilst we chatted away as the sun slowly set in front of us. So two more rounds were ordered each came with a bowl of kettle chips which of course probably made us more thirsty, but they tasted so good and as dinner time was approaching and the alcohol kicked in our tummys were beginning to rumble. As the waves crashed against the rocks below us and the sky became darker it was the perfect place to spend the last night of our trip.
If you want to make a night of it at the Ayana once the sun has set there are a number of restaurants in the resort that you can grab dinner at. The on site seafood restaurant Kismi had been recommended to us as it is right next to the Rock Bar. Unfortunately, when I e-mailed to book, one week before our visit, all the tables, throughout the night were already reserved. Mr ESLT was a little bit gutted as he absolutely adores sea food. I on the other hand am not a massive fan so it didn’t bother me too much. We did however manage to book a table at the Sami Sami Italian restaurant on site. A quick trip back on the inclinator took us back up to the top of the rocks to our waiting table and gave us a great last view of the sun as it hit the horizon.