With a conceal and reveal design ethos inspired by the mysticism of Bali, this distinctive beachfront hotel offers delicious food, friendly service and luxurious living all against a backdrop of contemporary cool.
Passing through a side street lined with overhanging bamboo trees forming an arch leading up to the uber-trendy W Bali Seminyak is akin to participating in a forest bath or what the Japanese call shinrin-yoku.
Engaging all five senses, the soft movement of the bamboo shoots against the breeze and the cast of light tinting the entire passage somehow unlocks your sense of joy and wonder, almost preparing you to enter another dimension.
By the time you reach the driveway of the W Bali Seminyak, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d landed on another planet. The spaceship looking entrance lobby looks modern even for today’s standard.
With artwork – both two and three dimensional – littered around the lobby, be prepared to be wowed by specially commissioned pieces from world-renowned artists.
Bang in the centre of the lobby sits a bar where its columns of opaque resin change colours come night time. Oversized day-beds and comfy chairs beckon you just to kick back and order a refreshing cocktail, and the nearby W Store sells a well-selected array of local handicrafts, beachwear and jewellery exclusive to the resort.
Walking into my ocean-facing room in the main building (image on next page), I spy a welcome card with a photo of myself taken from my Instagram account, welcoming me to the W Bali- Seminyak. With a message asking me to “Live it Up and Own the Moment” my attention was quickly diverted to the Welcome Scrabble amenity consisting of a plate of chocolate truffles placed on the coffee table.
With a spacious balcony, overlooking the pool area and the Indian Ocean everything in my room reeked of comfort and style, even the music pouring out of the Bose surround sound system had a cool beat to it.
Dinner at the W’s casual grill restaurant Fire was something to look forward to. The dramatic décor is inspired by the Balinese Kecak Dance where male dancers clad in checked sarongs form a ring around a fire to act out a traditional scene from the Hindu Ramayana.
Elements from this ancient epic Sanskrit story can be seen throughout the restaurant – from the eye-catching fireball chandelier taking pride of place in the centre of the restaurant to the black and white checked marble buffet countertop.