If a luxury tropical holiday to Indonesia is on your ‘to do’ list, then look no further than the W Bali – Seminyak Resort & Spa. This immaculately presented beachfront property surpassed all of my 5 star expectations with flying colours – which really isn’t surprising given that the W Hotel group is famed for its global portfolio of dazzlingly stylish and always on-trend designer hotels.
W BALI ROOMS AND SUITES
The hotel arrival is a dreamy affair complimented by the golden glow of afternoon light filtering though the grand tree lined drive. Yes, you’re in located central Seminyak. No, there’s no hint of the typical Bali hustle and bustle once you’re within the sprawling W grounds.
For the duration of my stay I chose the aptly named ‘spectacular’ ocean front suite. The in-house W music playlist lured me around the room as I inspected the sleek interior furnishings before standing proud on the balcony and admiring the amazing Bali sunsets that visitors to the island have come to expect. Bonus points for the DIY mixology bar station, plush lounges on the sundeck, the glamorous bathroom zone and the heavenly king bed.
Guests keen to up the celebration ante in privacy should seriously look at booking the W’s ‘WOW’ pool villa – this place is totally made for entertaining. The villa’s secluded oasis is hidden by flawless verdant gardens and features a 55 square metre pool, gourmet bbq grill, super stylish outdoor lounge zone and a dreamy rainforest shower.
Inside you will find state of the art media offerings such as a 40-inch LED flat screen TV with AV output, DVD/CD player an iPod docking station and the epic BOSE® surround sound system. Of course, the signature W bed is an outstanding example of luxury incarnate with its goose down duvet and ultra soft Egyptian cotton sheets.
W BALI BARS AND DINING
There’s no shortage of impressive dining options at the W Bali. Personally, I adore Fire Restaurant for its exotically cool ambience and its extraordinary array of Indo meets South American char grill meat dishes. Steak lovers take note – ‘Fire’ is assured to deliver a supreme cut of tender beef with flawless sauces and a slew of bold sides. Delightful!
Our vegetarian friends aren’t ever overlooked either with a tempting evening menu offering up a fine mix of herbivorous entree treats and hearty vego asian feasts for mains. Hint: Fire Restaurant hosts the W Bali’s always impeccable breakfast buffet. It was impossible to graze each aromatic food station without a roaming eye and a compulsive penchant for adding the most tempting (all) food items to my clearly undisciplined plate.
Thankfully by the second morning I had (mindfully) overcome the urge to buffet splurge on the 1st course and artfully created myself a drawn out (nigh two hours) five star east meets west ‘Fire’ combination breakfast banquet. You see everybody has a talent!
Starfish Bloo is the W Bali – Seminyak’s extravagant seaside seafood dining venue. The pan-Asian flavours filter perfectly throughout the establishments lunch & dinner menu’s and include sizzling seafood platters, zesty tasting plates and world class a la carte dishes.
Tip: ‘Sunday Brunch’ (12 – 3:30pm) at Starfish Bloo has inspired a cult like following and the ocean facing deck packs out weekly very quickly. With its lovely beach view, pulsing tunes and entertaining open kitchen space combined with divine brunch dining it’s no wonder the local Bali foodie hype set and clued on international guests frequent here.
Stay on and step it up a notch for a poolside afternoon Sunday session at the W’s Woobar if you’re that way inclined. Here the vibe merges from laid back yet vibrant times in the sunshine to an energetic club site after twilight. Be sure to order a round of cocktails for your traveling amigos from the suave onsite mixologists and share in a selection of tapas by the plush pool lounges.
REFRESH // RELAX // RECHARGE
The W Bali – Seminyak features a luxurious tranquility enclave by way of the AWAY Spa. It’s fantastic to have a five star spa centre open for 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Yep, get fully pampered no matter what time you check in. The detailed AWAY spa menu offers both guests and Bali locals signature treatments around-the-clock, including massages, therapeutic body treatments & nourishing facials.
These exceptional 24-7 spa offerings align the W Hotels’ worldwide signature Whatever/Whenever® service philosophy – whereby guests can expect to get whatever they want, whenever they want it (as long as it’s legal).
W BALI – SEMINYAK HIGHLIGHTS
Travelers seeking a high dose of glamour boosted by a trendy Balinese beachfront scene will inevitably be thrilled when choosing to stay at the W Bali. You truly can’t go past its primo Seminyak vacation location, excellent eateries, opulent suites, attractive bars and alluring pool side settings. I for one will file this designer hotel under my ‘automatically returning as soon as I’m back in Bali’ list.
By Roxanne Williams