If WOOBAR or a Sunday brunch [any meal, actually] at Starfish Bloo isn't enough to entice you to love the W Retreat and Spa Bali, wait until you see inside their legendary accommodation options to stay a while. And keep coming back!
The struggle is real! Coming to Bali and needing to stay in one of the most fabulous Seminyak hotels or villas around? Uh-huh, we hear you! With so many choices for fabulous private villa complexes and designer hotel rooms with five-star service and divine locations, where does one start!? Aaah, here. Everyone knows the W Retreat and Spa is one of Seminayk’s best addresses to stay, dine, drink, pool, party, or be pampered. Most especially, to have [too much] fun, flirt, play and be seen at! Not only just within Bali – it’s one of the best W’s within their international network of all W properties. Not biased at all, obvs. Even their W Fit ambassador, yoga guru Tara Stiles says so! But when you’re weighing up where to stay, eat or drink in Seminyak, here’s our lowdown on why the W is worth investing in, or upgrading, the holiday budget splurge. You won’t regret checking in!
THE DESIGNER DIGS – STAY IN STYLE
OK, so forget all the hot pink splashes of gorgeous style [how good are those couches!] and uber-cool bar [afternoon-tea anyone?] greeting you for the lobby arrival, or the gorgeous Spa products waiting patiently in your bathrooms. All that too-stylish decor aside, let alone the pool scene!, you want space and style in your own little holiday abode right … so here’s the low-down on room options to love. The ‘standard’ Retreat Rooms here of course have W-aligned, higher standards of size and designer touches than anywhere else. It’s just their way. Whether garden or ocean facing, you feel a lot special with the wow-bathrooms, W-playlists and extra touches that only the W provide – giant-sized honeycomb, anyone? Top floor rooms have the option of making your bathroom open air! Or upgrade to the Suite and, just like flying business from economy, how can you ever go back after this. Double the Retreat room size with the worlds biggest couch [begging for some sort of social soiree to show it all off] and you’ll actually wish you’d properly moved in – like, forever. Or the uber-fortunate in life can spend their time in the Extreme Wow Suite which is more like a private jet – double storied, beyond chic and stylishly decked out into its two bedrooms and the worlds biggest, round bath-tub – along with private massage terrace compete with outdoor bath, naturally. Or get intimate with the gorgeous Villas [one to three bedrooms] which give your own personal piece of paradise with private pool and bale area – all wired for fabulous-sound and fancy living facilities and design – whilst always enjoying the five-star facilities of the resort. You. Will. Never. Leave.
THE PARTY PAD – WOOBAR
Stay and Play! Says it all, really. Even if you’re too cool to Insta a photo of your crew against the iconic W-DJ-sunset combination, bet you can’t resist some form of sunset-cocktails-iconic round white ball lamps of WOOBAR in some form. One of the coolest places to both chill and party on the island, hands-down, WOOBAR is just where you want to be for drinks, tunes, catch ups, parties, DJs or sunsets. Happy Hour – Monday-Thursday 4-6pm, with 2-for-1 cocktails etc – is always a winner but it’s their Friday-Sunday nights and bigger music events with Resident and International DJs which are the big Must-Do’s. The Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita might be our fave! Jose Cuervo tequila, freshly pressed cucumber, Jalapeno, Cointreau, fresh lime juice served on the rocks and a chili, salt rim. Make a day or night of it via the daily pool packages.
DINING DELICIOUSNESS – STARFISH BLOO & FIRE
Once again, these restaurants need little introduction of their own but here’s why they’re special. They each offer some of the best breakfast options in all of Bali [we’ve tried quite a few], and this same, epicurean standard only continues into: lunch, dinner and the all-famous Sunday brunches. Starfish Bloo shows off the best views, seafood and sea breezes on the island whilst FIRE offers great Asian-inspired food in more moody surrounds and a private dining room with its own private water feature as a main wall. Like its name, FIRE also offers Western grill menu with no less than eight different cuts of best-in-class prime meats from Australia, Ireland and Holland. Niice.
PAMPER PALACE – AWAY SPA AND THE ESCAPE CABANA
Retox and Detox, or just get pampered. Stepping into the Away Spa is like an Oxygen blast of goodness straight into your pores – whether recovering or recharging from life and its pleasures. Bali, like life, is all about balance so book in here after your night at WOOBAR, to tackle the jet lag or just because it feels great! Or, if the struggle is real to pull yourself too far from the pool [grab the big pool bean-bags & you’ll be waterlogged for hours] or sun loungers, don’t fret. You can easily make it to the new Escape Cabana in between the pool and the beach to enjoy private massages and sea breezes in one hit.
Ask the W Insiders for their insider tips for Bali’s best experiences, on or off the beaten track. Grab that decadent afternoon tea session. Get married with some of the best music, style, chic, party, recovery, and more wedding options in Bali. Do the WOOBAR by Day package [pool hangs all day, mocktail on arrival and happily swan around like you’re staying there]. Or just hang, chill, enjoy, repeat. Guaranteed, it won’t be your first visit. W Retreat and Spa Bali, Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak p. +62 (0)361 3000 106. Starfish Bloo, Open daily 6.30am-11pm; FIRE Restaurant, Open daily 6.30am-11pm. WOOBAR, Open daily 10am-Late.