Escape hectic philosophies and lose yourself in the sophisticated splendor of W Bali - Seminyak
When Bali comes to mind, how can you not think of white sandy beaches, poolside cocktails, and late starry nights dining under open-air terraced rooftops?
In Bali, you’ll find that there are several different destinations across the island, each offering a unique perspective of the island’s charm. You might be swayed by the cultural charm of Ubud, the white sandy beaches of Nusa Dua, or be amazed by the clifftop sunsets of Uluwatu.
For me, it’s Seminyak: chic beach-side cocktail bars, the fabulous fine-dining restaurants, and the funky little boutiques makes this little town seriously stylish.
It’s no wonder the vibrant and modern led brand W Hotel Bali is located here. Since we were in Bali for a friend’s Destination wedding, naturally, it became a vacation in between.We spent a nigh here and never did we want to leave.
Here's my experience staying at the W Bali Hotel
The W is set right on the beach away from the main road, which means you are escorted to the hotel on a shuttle buggie. The entrance to the hotel is a long bamboo archway which has you thinking you’re entering a deep forest.
It's all about the Vibe
Upon arrival at the W, excitement quickly took over and we couldn’t wait to explore the grounds and check in one of the super stylish rooms. I have always loved the fun, quirky atmosphere at W Hotels, but this had an outdoor playground!
The luxuriously chic and fun vibe can be felt as soon as you make it to the lobby. As we checked we felt we walked in a whirlwind swirl of high-energy interiors, vivid design, cutting-edge technology, and uniquely modern amenities.
A stroll through the resort’s different zones you’ll encounter a series of energetic shades, from the deep pinks and purples of the lobby and living room to the aquatic greens of guestrooms, all inspired by the hues of Bali’s sunsets and seascapes. This certainly is a vibrant hotel: an invigorating place that’ll leave you feeling both revived and relaxed.
Funky, cool and delightfully surprising at every corner. Everything starts with one word - Ouch for the clinic, Away for spa area, Welcome for the reception area and on it goes.
The Big W stands as the landmark of the hotel by the beach front. At night it becomes part of a dramatic silhouette.
Spoilt for choice
With more than 200 retreats, suites, and villas, it’s recommended to book the Ocean Facing rooms, but you might hear the loud soundtracks rattling your windows in the evenings. With a great view of the ocean, you might be able to see the sunset!
Whether you choose a Retreat or Villa, you can rest assured you’re going to be spoiled with the super stylish surroundings in which to slumber at the W Hotel Bali.
Brimming with young, trendy vacationers, this place has both a party edge and fancy restaurants as well as lots of private space to chillax.
The four swimming pools – terraced in design, inspired by Bali’s rice paddies – are central to the layout of the hotel, which wraps around the palm-edged pools. The weather was perfect during our day and with the view of the ocean, it was really hard to tear away from the pool.
Star Fish Bloo Restuarant
Ice bar and sea-inspired Starfish Bloo restaurant are also chic day-into-evening areas, with an offering of champagnes and cocktails as well as indulgent brunches and Pan Asian cuisine. Inspired by traditional lobster cages, the restaurant embodies a true seaside experience with oversized “cages” for cozy seating. From here, you can see the ocean view while enjoying your meal. Mariano, our waiter was incredibly attentive.
The ice bar outdoor lounge
From the Ice bar, the outdoor wedding venue can be seen in the most picturque surroundings.
Mad Hatter's Tea party
Who wouldn’t want to have tea with the Mad hatter in Alice in Wonderland? Well, what you can have is a Mad T-Party set: with 14 varieties of yummy snacks served in an actual bird cage at the W lounge. The cool thing about the whole experience are the Alice in Wonderland themed cakes curated by MasterChef Australia’s Adriano Zumbo, aka “the Sweet Assassin.” Mad T-Party is available daily between 2.30 – 5.00pm. The treats were lovely, but I wasn’t able to finish it all and besides dinner was only a few hours away by the time we ordered.
Our room was beautifully appointed where we were immediately drawn to the contemporary luxury design matched with W signature chic and innovative touches.
Palettes of green hues inspired by the jungle forests and paddy fields, shades of red with references to the blazing sunsets to golden browns and yellows invoking wood and the earth, and vibrant Balinese scenes and colors are artistically felt in the room.
The signature W bed with 350-thread-count linen and goose duvet is beyond comfortable. Not to the mention the hotel room snacks and drinks were tempting!
The coolest and trendiest place at the W Bali, the Woo bar is perfected located by the pool and facing the waterfront. Catering to a young and hip demographic the ambience is felt with the changing colored lights on the big “W”. DJ’s played for a beach party until the early hours of the morning with music so loud, it rattled the windows of my room. Woo Bar is open throughout the day, and is quite a sight in the evenings; we couldn’t help but indulge in the cocktails, tapas, wines, and cheeses.
The warmly lit restaurant, ambient vibes, and the carefully allocated seating arrangements give you an intimate dining experience.
FIRE Restaurant design is inspired after famous Balinese Traditional Kecak Dance. The lamp in the center represents the fire itself while the tube-shaped lamps surrounding it represents the dancers. With both indoor and outdoor seating, we chose to sit inside for a cozy meal.
There was so much variety on the menu to indulge in: playful takes on bistro classics including roasts, tartars, salads and raw bar classics. The main attraction was clearly the tableside meat board showcasing a variety of 12 signature cuts such as dry-aged Irish ribeye, Australian kiwami wagyu with a marble score of 9 and grain-fed Black Angus prime beef, Argentinian beef and much more.
Get yourself pampered at the Getaway Spa after a workout at the W gym.
Signature W coffee
The W is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion in Bali. Whether you’re on a honeymoon, on a getaway, rest assured you’ll have a lasting impression that’ll leave you feeling pampered and invigorated.