Jimbaran Puri, A Belmond Hotel, Bali invites guests to a rare experience to discover the rich heritage of the 9 Kingdoms of Bali, offering guests exclusive and private access to Royal Palaces in Bali and to learn the heritage and cultural values of Bali directly from members of the royal family while immersing in the stunning scenery of the island. Jimbaran Puri celebrates the history of the island and is delighted to truly connect guests to the rich culture of Bali.
Celebrating Balinese Heritage
The Kingdom of Bali (914 – 1908) was an empire seated in Klungkung. In 1686 the rulers of Klungkung, known by the title Dewa Agung were unable to maintain the influence and control across the island, which resulted in the division of the Kingdom of Bali into nine Kingdoms: Klungkung, Buleleng, Karangasem, Mengwi, Badung, Tabanan, Gianyar, Bangli and Jembrana.
These minor kingdoms developed their own dynasty, built their own Puri (Balinese palace compound) and established their own government. The high-caste descendants and heads of these royal families still reign to this day in a ceremonial capacity.
Historical and Cultural Immersion
Guests at Jimbaran Puri are invited to learn more about the rich history of the Balinese Kingdoms and gain exclusive insights into the life of the Balinese Royals – nine families descended from the ancient Klungkung and Karangasem Kingdoms – and enjoy a once in a lifetime experience to have lunch and interact together with a member of the royal family amongst the serene setting of Bali.
On the first day, guests are able to explore Klungkung from early in the morning by visiting the old palace compound, where members of the royal family resided before the puputan war, located across from the current royal palace. Afterwards, meet the King of Klungkung or one of the royal family members in a special lunch and to get a better understanding of the history of Bali.
Rise early on the second day to visit the royal palace of Karangasem, whose design is a blend of Balinese, Chinese and European architecture. Continue the historical journey to Taman Ujung, a water palace built by the King of Karangasem in 1901 together with a Dutch architect, Van den Hentz, and a Chinese architect, Loto Ang, before having an insightful lunch with a member of the Karangasem royal family.
After a day of exploration, toast the sunset at Puri Bar with refreshing cocktails while preparing for a memorable dinner at Nelayan restaurant. Piquant Indonesian spices are woven into dishes that use classic French techniques. Seasonal tropical ingredients – coconut, lobster, lemongrass – combine for a culinary immersion that celebrates the best of both worlds.