Classic Bali, modern comforts
On peaceful beachfront at Jasri, Aashaya Jasri Resort is one the loveliest midrange village-like hotels in East Bali. Aashaya Jasri oozes classical understated elegance with a relaxed atmosphere and style. A range of rooms in five traditional buildings, all with modern comforts, are well spread out around a gorgeous manicured lawn that leads to the sea.
At the rear of the property, a two-storey thatched teak lumbung is the largest of the traditional houses. Downstairs two twin rooms have separate access, and upstairs, accessed through a communal lounge, a twin and a triple room. Alongside the swimming pool, the second largest building has two separate rooms — a triple and a single. The triple room has a screened area for one of the beds, making it ideal for a family. The three other rooms are doubles, our favourite being the one closest to the ocean where you can lay in bed and listen to the waves — yes please!
The rocky beach is located directly across a small, quiet road and as in most of this area, too rough for swimming — perhaps a paddle for the more adventurous at the right tide. The hotel staff should be able to advise you.
Rooms throughout the hotel have private hot-water ensuite bathrooms, ceiling fans, air-con and mosquito nets. Classic Bali styling varies from room to room, but all feature traditional textures and textiles — think rattan, bamboo, batik and teakwood. Every detail is considered and done well — it feels very authentic. Beds are mostly four-poster and are super comfortable, with beautiful quality linens. Our only criticism is that the single beds seem narrow. Rooms are bright and breezy and spotlessly clean with a wonderful sense of space, even in the smaller rooms.
The small clean swimming pool is fine for idling about in — who wants to do laps anyway? Sun-lounges, umbrellas and a small bale provide shade and a place to unwind. The spa is positioned right at the oceanfront so you can breathe the sea air while being pampered. A large open bale houses the popular restaurant, which is open to the public. WiFi and breakfast is included. The hotel has a no-smoking policy.
Aashaya Jasri Resort is a real treat for those looking for a tranquil escape to real Bali from the more frenzied tourist areas. It’s great for families with several mix-and-match room options, a romantic escape for couples and the one single room means solo travellers who are after a bit of luxury don’t have to pay for two.
Aashaya Jasri Resort was formally Irene’s Homestay; plenty of signposts all over East Bali will lead you there.
By Sally Arnold
Last updated on 22nd February, 2016.
The Travelfish newsletter is sent out every Monday and is jammed full of free advice for travel in Southeast Asia. You can see past issues here.