On our recent trip to Bali we simply had to check out the sizzling hot new W Seminyak Retreat & Spa! As long time fans of the signature W lifestyle approach - design, music and a good dose of tongue-in-cheek cool - we had heard great things about the new kid on the block, and weren't disappointed!
This place is like nothing Bali has ever seen before, and it's taken it's rightful place as THE place to stay and play if you want something totally unique, stylish and trendy. W Seminyak is an enclave that embraces a "forever young" philosophy, and you know it as soon as you arrive in the avant garde hotel lobby ... beautiful and sophisticated, it's also cheeky and playful too. Case in point? Take the landscaped tropical WET pool, where huge round canary yellow sun lounges let you kick back in style and tune out to the blissful beats that wash over the terraced rice-field style swimming zones, beachside. The 'Beach Amabassadors' make sure your every whim is catered for and the Sweet Spot will have you in comfy robes and slippers as you enjoy its hands-on deck service, from bringing you sun care amenities, fresh towels, snacks, cocktails frozen treats, games to, yes, help cleaning your sunglasses!
And we got a real giggle riding the elevators, with the quirky welcome mats personally changed by the hotels' 'Talent' (a W title for the exemplary staff) from "Good Morning" to "Good Afternoon" and "Good Evening" as the day glides by - and don't worry when the lights go out as you land on your floor, and the interior turns to neon blue. It's all a part of the living art that is W Hotels. There's even an art gallery, a selection of high fashion retails spaces, and a 24 hour spa, which we hear is popular with late night revelers who come here to wind down in the early hours of the morning.
Dining here is a decadent affair, with a choice of restaurants and bars - devour the finest of Asian flavours at the Starfish Bloo, or get your heat on at the open kitchen and wood fired grill of Fire, cooling down with Artisan cheeses, imported and house-made charcuterie and frozen cocktail confections at ICE.
The WooBar is cocktail heaven, right by the WET zone and the scene of the weekend parties where international DJs come to play their sets and appease the dance floor crowd on the Sky Deck overlooking the beach before everyone heads downstairs to chill in to the early hours with ambient beats at the W Lounge.
In testimony to the W Hotels love of music, every suite is completely sound proofed with in built super styling stereo systems that let you turn the music up without ever annoying your neighbours ... and with an urban interior design that is the complete anti-establishment of the modern exotic Bali style, W Seminyak offers something completely different and exciting to the Seminyak scene.
We were extremely impressed. And already planning a longer stay on our return to Bali in the New Year!