For me one of my quests here in Bali is to find new and innovative concepts when it comes to luxury lifestyle. I grew up in Australia and the ocean was my best friend. It has been a very long time since I have slept near such a force of nature. At the W Retreat & Spa Bali Seminyak, a secluded modern resort allows both the experience of serenity and the roaring might of the dazzling Indian Ocean which is just a stones throw away. On entering the W Retreat Bali, the drive way is a fabulous introduction to the world of relaxation. This modern masterpiece of architecture show cases the best of materials that Bali has to offer. The contrast between bamboo, raw Indonesian materials teaches you about the natural resources this nation has to offer.
The W Retreat Bali has 229 Retreats, suites, and villas, all designed with W signature chic and innovative touches, offering spectacular ocean or garden views. There were so many places throughout the resort I could retreat and enjoy stunning views. The reception area is a place where you can remove yourself from the massive swimming pool area and enjoy a nice Bailey’s coffee. I loved the music in the elevators when I headed to my room. The W hotel concept is all about getting you into holiday party mode, to get that feel good factor. This resorts was all about you choosing to enter this modern day paradise anyway you like.
This swimming pool is huge and children friendly and was a great place to just relax. I noticed during my stay that security was to a very high level. They were communicating at all times to each other. They were watching your personal items so when outside guests who are allowed in under strict rules and are seated in a separate area, you won’t have a chance of theft happening. This was really impressive to watch and the best I have ever experienced when it comes to resort security, without being overwhelming. During the day the staff came out with healthy bite size treats to just complete my stay.
Spectacular Ocean facing Retreat
The quirky room number concept, carved out of pebbles which formed a string, took me a little while to figure out. That was what I liked about the W Hotel concept, the playful concepts throughout your stay. Pushing boundaries when it comes down to what I am used too. When I entered the room that incredible view and roaring sound of the Indian Ocean just hit me. The spacious balcony, complete with chaise lounge is why I was up already at 3 am writing my review, I just could not get enough of that ocean. I loved the green chair it was really comfortable.
This room is what I call functional luxury. Every gadget served a purpose and the stereo system was another modern tool to get that party feel right in your bedroom. I have a lot of electronics so it was great to have some many options to charge everything. The different charger concepts, was such a de-stress in itself, nothing is worse running to reception to ask for adapters. The bed was very comfortable and I liked the petal linen cover. It made sense as a luxury retreat experience considering Bali has many gorgeous flowers. The tea and coffee cupboard was really clever. I get all flustered when my room becomes a mess due to dirty cups and drink bottles. When I stay, my room is also my office so I need clean creative space. This room offered all of that functional purposes, both inside the room and outside on the balcony.
The bathroom was just beautiful, the option to open and close the roof shutter for natural light was an unusual touch. The bath was huge and very comfortable to lie in. I am a big fan of stone baths out here in Bali, they give that Spa luxury feel. The double sink really matters to me because I like to have my private zone. The pull out drawers were another nifty idea offering functional experiences. The option to use three showers was also a perfect example of modern luxury. One of my favourite bath products that are on offer through all of the W hotels was the mild facial scrub, once again not common in hotel stays.
This has to be the best breakfast when it comes to choice that I have ever had. The massive open eating space already got my creative juices in overdrive. The bamboo huts as I called them, were a beautiful example of modern day tropical living. I never appreciated bamboo architecture until I came out to Indonesia. When staying here make sure you take the time and look up to see the very many different ways, bamboo is now used to create a luxury stay.
For breakfast the W Retreat really spoiled me regarding the juices. I had been drinking papaya and mango juice for over two weeks, it was great to experience other options. So make to top up on some unique juices here. I have never had ice- cream for breakfast so this was the first for me and once again the W Hotel concept for breaking tradition when it comes to breakfast. The scramble eggs were the best I have had in Asia. I would recommend you give breakfast a lot of time and then pop down to the swimming area to burn it off. Also make sure you try a cupcake, they are yummy. For me breakfast is about healthy options combined with naughty delights.
W Sound Suite
It is the first ever in the world at this retreat, a recording studio and it is called the W Sound Suite. I had the pleasure in interviewing W Bali’s music curator Damian Saint, who is responsible for developing Woobar’s musical lineup across an international portfolio of underground house, techno and disco. His message was very simple, if you want to be a DJ, then you have to be a lover of music and be prepared to slog it out for years. The studio is where up and coming and also established musicians can come and recharge their batteries, whilst tapping into Damian skills. Damian, is not a believer in fashion, a very simple black t-shirt, jeans and trainers will do. It is ironic to see considering his wife is a fashion designer. The W Sound Suite is a unique concept for a hotel or resort and I would certainly take up the opportunity for those that have the time and the musical skills.
I am a huge fan of south sea pearls out here in Bali. Guys trust me when I say you will not get any better designs than in Indonesia. This boutique which was housed in the W Retreat Bali offered many options. For me pearls are the new diamond and they cater for both young and old. My favourite was the yellow pearl, set in diamonds. If you have big fingers then don’t worry I have too and most of the rings slipped on my finger, like duck to water.
I am very familiar with W Hotels around the world and I have to say the stunning areas where comfort and modern architecture meet was why I loved this place so much. For me it was a modern day fashion shoot, a place where I saw lovely swimming costumes and during the evening both women and men dressing well. The variety of eating options was also why I liked staying here. The fire ball light, made out of glass what just stunning and set such a luxury feel to the place. Throughout my stay, I was saturated in both mother nature views combined with man made objects. At the bar, it was the largest open air fan I had ever seen, once again another talking point whilst staying here. If you want a super modern stay with the latest technology regarding a resort on the beach, then this is your place.
- Room reviewed: Spectacular Ocean Facing Retreat (64 m2) – From £290
- Website: www.wretreatbali.com
- Address: Jl. Petitenget, Kerobokan, Seminyak, IDB, 80361, Indonesia
- Phone: +62 361 3000 106