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REVIEWED: W RETREAT & SPA SEMINYAK BALI – INDONESIA

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Reviewed : Asia landed on the captivating island of Bali, and more specifically, on the shores of Seminyak Beach, to indulge in a stay at the W Retreat & Spa Seminyak. Our detailed experience review awaits you below.

getting there

Nestled along the famed coastline of Seminyak, on one of Indonesia’s most renowned beaches, lies the W Retreat & Spa Bali. A mere 20-30 minutes (or 45 minutes during peak traffic) from the brand-new Bali Denpasar airport, this haven awaits.

After a seamless landing and airport exit, our hosts graciously welcomed us, chauffeuring us to the hotel in a luxurious German SUV—our first glimpse into a realm of impeccable refinement.

The onboard vehicle, complete with Wi-Fi for those needing to catch up on emails or social networks, provided refreshments and fresh fruits, elevating our transfer to a pleasurable experience.

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The setting

W Hotels stands as one of the epitomes of style within the hospitality sector, and W Retreat & Spa Bali is no exception. Enveloped by water features and verdant foliage, the property masterfully harmonizes traditional Balinese mythology with the vibrant energy emblematic of W Hotels.

Throughout our stay, we encountered distinctly different atmospheres during the day and night within the hotel, without ever changing accommodations. The lobby, bars, ceilings, elevators, and light panels dynamically shifted their ambiance, creating a fusion of stylish funkiness and upscale sophistication, influenced by the time of day.

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"W Hotel's signature service, Whatever/Whenever, encapsulates their philosophy—whatever you want, whenever you want.”

THE ROOMS

W Retreat & Spa Bali, a beachfront sanctuary, stands directly facing the ocean. The resort showcases a striking tiered pool complex, artfully inspired by the island’s terrace fields. Tucked amidst the villa section, and distanced from the resort’s lively hubs, lie two reflective ponds embraced by a lush tropical garden, accompanied by a Wantilan—a secluded oasis for in-house guests.

Comprising 237 retreats, suites, and villas, each designed with W’s signature chic and innovative touch, the accommodations offer stunning ocean or garden vistas. Our generously sized room, from the sleeping quarters to the bathroom, offered breathtaking views of both the resort and the coastal expanse.

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Rooms boast a lavish and comfortable environment adorned with cutting-edge modern amenities. Features such as high-speed wireless internet, a BOSE® sound system, flat-screen LED TV, W signature beds, Bliss Spa amenities, plush bathrobes, soaking tubs, and rainforest showers ensured our utmost comfort during our stay. Villas, nestled amidst tropical gardens and water ponds in a distinct area of the resort, provided a highly appealing option for families, offering independent living spaces and private pools.

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Leisure & Well-being

Inspired by the design of Balinese rice fields, spanning over 1,790 square meters, the landscaped tropical pool area stands as a focal point of W Retreat & Spa Bali’s outdoor features. Ideal for both leisurely swims and relaxation on inflatable mattresses or sunbeds, the pool area is a favored hangout, accompanied by trendy beats played by a DJ during afternoons and evenings.

The beachfront area also boasts lounge beds for your relaxation. However, the sea’s high waves throughout the day discourage swimming.

A 24/7 resort gym and morning yoga sessions provide fitness options. Outdoor enthusiasts can borrow bicycles and explore the island. The gym’s changing room features hot and cold plunge pools and a spacious steam room, offering an ideal post-workout relaxation.

For those seeking a more serene ambiance, the resort houses a splendid library and lounge furnished with an extensive collection of books and DVDs. A complimentary coffee machine completes the inviting atmosphere.

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The Spa Experience:

A visit to Bali wouldn’t be complete without indulging in the renowned Balinese massage. At W Retreat & Spa Bali, you can choose from a variety of body treatments and massages, available 24 hours a day. This exemplifies the hotel’s “whatever/whenever” philosophy. The spa features plunge pools, floating and meditative chambers, experience suites, a pedicure bar, wet and dry treatment areas, and a detox/oxygen room for holistic therapy, along with salon services.

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The “Whatever/Whenever” Service:

W Hotel’s signature service, Whatever/Whenever, encapsulates their philosophy—whatever you want, whenever you want. The 24-hour concierge ensures your every desire is fulfilled, whether it’s securing nightclub tickets or procuring a sought-after accessory.

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CULINARY EXPERIENCES

From breakfast to dinner, W Retreat & Spa Bali leaves an indelible impression. The culinary journey begins at some of Seminyak’s finest restaurants.

FIRE: 

This venue, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, offers a unique experience. Guests choose a cup or mug from an impressive wall display upon entering—a small but delightful touch. The breakfast offerings feature an extensive array of fresh and organic products, blending international breakfast classics with Balinese cuisine.

STARFISH BLOO:

 Positioned by the Indian Ocean waves, STARFISH BLOO specializes in Pan-Asian cuisine, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A lunch experience stands out, featuring a selection of seafood and meat bites with local flavors. A highlight includes a set of raw salmon and Wagyu beef for guests to grill on a mini barbecue filled with hot lava stones, creating an interactive and memorable dining experience.

FINAL VERDICT

For those seeking a trendy, contemporary hotel without compromising on comfort and amenities, W Retreat & Spa Bali is a perfect choice. Visit when exploring Seminyak, and you’ll undoubtedly be captivated. A return to this retreat is already in our plans for our next visit to Bali.

CONTACT INFO

Address: Kerobokan, Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Phone: +62 361 3000106

Website: https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/dpswh-w-bali-seminyak/overview/

 
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