If you think that this is just like any other beach resort, think again! Our stay at W Bali - Seminyak was not only a much-needed respite, it was something more, something simply quite extraordinary. The best part? This little slice of paradise is located less than 3 hours flight from Singapore!
Escaping to W Bali - Seminyak felt like jumping through a rabbit-hole to another planet. A planet where fiery sunsets abound, where the air perpetually smells of salt, and the wind buzzes with a thinly-veiled electricity that carries a hint of promise and anticipation. Somehow here the sun seems to shine brighter, the sea just seems more reflective, and everything seems covered in a sheen of gold dust.
We’ve heard so much about the signature W bed, and we simply couldn’t wait to try it! We sank into the – can you believe it – 250-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheet, and felt like we were enveloped in a marshmallow. A soft, incredibly fluffy marshmallow we just couldn’t get enough of!
Surrounding us were a LED flat screen TV, iPod® docking station and a kickass BOSE® surround system – perfect for lounging away in comfort. P.S. The room is soundproof, so go ahead and crank up those tunes! There’s nothing quite like watching the sky light up with a dazzling array of colours, and we could do just that from the comforts of our room.
We emptied a bottle of bath salts into the oversized (read: oversized) bathtub, poured ourselves a glass of champagne and felt the knots in our shoulders magically dissolve.
We also couldn’t resist trying the rainforest shower; those wrinkly pruny fingers are well worth it!
Don’t forget to try all the Bliss® spa bath amenities that come with the room as well.
We opened the doors to our suite and literally stopped in our tracks – there were two floors complete with a giant balcony offering panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. We couldn't drag ourselves away from the spa massage beds; in fact, we hardly needed to leave the room at all! We had a dedicated kitchen and dining room, and even a treatment room for 2 where we could enjoy all the offerings of AWAY® Spa without stepping one foot outside our comfy little haven.
Don’t you just love the ocean? We absolutely adored how we could fall asleep to the sound of lapping waves. Feast your eyes on spectacular views from your bed, the sleeper sofa or the chaise lounge and let the hours wash over you. Throw your watches aside; why bother to keep track of time when you’re on holiday?
The WET® Pool is indeed a feast for the eyes. Modelled after rolling Balinese rice fields and spanning over a whopping 1,790 sq metres, the pool is an inviting shade of blue, enveloped by swaying palm trees and set against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean. In fact, the pool is enough to make anyone want to book a stay here! It’s open 24-hours, and is perfect for a midnight dip.
The FIT gym is open round the clock as well should any restless insomniacs like us feel like a run in the quiet of night!
Indulge in luxurious treatments, vitality baths, a hot stone bath or even a simple mani/pedi should you so desire. Pamper yourself at the Escape Cabana, a stunning beachfront spa cabana experience that offers a large variety of treatments, private meditation and stretching. For something a little more active, take on the morning/sunset yoga at WOOSKY. Breathe in the fresh morning air, or be witness to day giving way to dusk as the sun sets below the horizon.
WOOBAR is THE place to be, both in the day and in the night. In the day, it’s a glorious paradise of sprawling cushioned lounges framed by palm trees and the ocean, and transforms by night to an eclectic scene of neon fairy lights and sultry overtones.
Sip on light refreshing daytime cocktails in the day, and perhaps choose something from their extensive shisha menu when night falls.
Break out your moves to a rotation of international DJs spinning the latest beats – WOOBAR is the place to see and be seen.
FIRE caters to all the meat-lovers out there, and features prime selections of meat and seafood. If you’re feeling exclusive, step into Cellar, a secret dining room for six located within FIRE and snuggled amidst stone walls.
Take it one step further with 1 Below, where you can have a private event, party, dinner or soiree all to yourself for up to 16 people in your inner circle.
The hotel is home to a wide range of dining options – Starfish Bloo, FIRE, Ice Bar, Chill Bar, Cellar, 1 Below as well as their very own W Lounge. Our favourite was the Starfish Bloo, in part due to its adorable name, in part due to its beach-side dining concept.
If you wish to have your meal on the go, check out FUEL bar, a takeaway bar available at W Lounge from 9am-5pm that boasts a DIY juice section, power bars and a fridge with healthy food choices.
If you’ve always wanted to experience what it’s like being a rock star – here’s your chance! The W Hotels Sound Suite is a private recording studio and creative space that is all yours for the taking. Sing your hearts out in complete privacy, and take a recording home for a souvenir like no other!
Isn’t the pool a feast for the eyes? A true ode to Balinese culture, the pool is modelled after rolling Balinese rice fields. If this isn’t the pool that will make all those wrinkly fingers worth it, then we don’t know what is!
In line with the hotel’s “Whatever/Whenever®” theme, the AWAY® spa is open 24/7 – the first of its kind! You never know when you’ll need a space to unwind and relax, and AWAY® is there for you to escape the crowd and to cater to your every need.
Fly into Bali via Denpasar International Airport, and the hotel is a short 25-45 minute ride away. Contact the hotel in advance to arrange transfers, or engage their Fast Track service to assist you with all immigration details, including securing an entry visa on arrival.
Should you wish to explore the island, you can choose to hire a private car/driver, or even a private jet/helicopter/boat for some indulgent island hopping.
For travelling around Bali itself, taxis are undoubtedly the most convenient, while public buses offer a unique local experience. Simply shout out your every whim, and the staff at W Bali - Seminyak will do their best to accommodate your every need.
What can we say? Whatever, whenever as long as it’s legal, very much indeed!
The hotel is located in the Seminyak area, one of Bali’s most vibrant districts. The beach is literally at your doorstep, so you can indulge in lots of breathtaking sports – paragliding, kayaking or even bungee-jumping and skydiving.
If you’re up for it, take on whitewater rafting, diving or even a trek across terraced paddy fields.
Hit up the Superhero Factory Bali for an afternoon of exhilarating fun, a gym with facilities for adults and kids alike. Think: navigating a glow-in-the-dark obstacle course in a dark room, or jumping into a sponge pool. To top it off, sip a cocktail at the Rock Bar, a spectacular bar located on the edge of a cliff.