A fun tropical island getaway for everyone

Check in

Right on Seminyak Beach, the W sits at the end of a super-long driveway that makes for a pretty spectacular introduction. An arched bamboo corridor, followed by tropical gardens and water features, leads to its large, modern lobby with white columns, where your luggage will be taken to your room and a welcome drink will be served upon check-in.

The look

Welcome to the W, where there is eye candy everywhere, music blares from dawn ’til late and a multitude of attentive staff waiting to fulfill your every need from every corner of the property, no matter how remote. Here, it feels like the whole place was designed by Matt Blatt (RIP) – with funky, playful touches like baby-head potted plants on each table. Color plays a big part — while the central building is white, all the chairs have pink cushions inside, and there are large, brightly painted murals; Outside are lush green palm trees with blue terraced pools and lounge chairs or beanbags in yellow, pink, and red. Much to my surprise, half the pools outside aren’t even for swimming. But whether you swim or not, this is where you want to be at sunset – take a seat and watch the sun dip into the ocean. Pink lips are set up on the stairs to lure visitors from the beach to the pool bar. In the lobby, fluorescent lights change color from the central bar, and a multitude of candles adorn its flanks. The spa also feels like a club, with the same alternating neon lights allowing guests to soak in the pools 24 hours a day. Attention to detail is strict — there are even rotating welcome mats that are rolled out in the morning, afternoon, and evening elevators.

The room

While outside our doors the mood is high; In our serene suite, serenity beckons with neutral tones on everything but the pale green sinks, pillows, throws, and rugs. It’s one of the many suites in the multi-story building that overlook the ocean and bend around the tropical pools below for a few dollars more. The balcony is spacious and furnished with patio chairs and a daybed. Inside, the bedroom and bathroom are separated by wooden sliding doors. Our suite has two single beds, an L-shaped lounge and a Pluma floor lamp. and a very cool fold-out minibar with cocktail-making facilities. Inside the remarkable bathroom are his and hers sinks with ample towels and an oversized vanity area with rain shower and bathtub.

food + drink

There are three restaurants; Poolside Woobar, serving standard pool club fare and drinks that can be delivered to you wherever you can find a spot within the resort’s large pool complex — hail a member of staff from the bell next to your daybed. Seaside Starfish Bloo serves Pan-Asian cuisine, and Fire Grill, named for the traditional Balinese Kecak dance, has a spectacular flame-inspired chandelier at the center of the fire-themed dining room. At Fire you’ll find excellent seafood and steaks, starting with fresh bread and sambal butter.

The breakfast buffet is served in both restaurants, though their offerings are similar. Exaggerated? They have a tonic for that. Get everything from fried chicken to lively donuts, sushi and DIY Bloody Marys. There are staff at stations serving Balinese dishes or themed treats, and on the floor they refill guests’ plates with samples, refill coffee and fresh juices. The resort also hosts “Bali’s Biggest Brunch” on Sundays, and during my stay, celebrity pastry chef and chocolatier Janice Wong hosted a fun event called “Choco-Splash” where guests painted surfboards with edible chocolate before an afternoon tea with edible chocolate. flavored baked goods.

Off + Over

Seminyak is a tourist hub for shopping, restaurants, bars and clubs, and transportation is easy to find. Guests are taken by golf carts to the main road from which the area is available to them. Brightly colored bicycles or electric scooters from the W brand can be rented at the hotel. Next door, Desa Potato Head is accessible from the beach, and Canggu is an easy 30-minute drive away.

The judgment

This is a fun tropical island getaway for everyone from couples to girls getaways and families.

rating of five



J L. Petitenget, Kerobokan, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, 80361, Tel. +62-361-3000106; marriott.com. Rooms start at $765 per night.

To mark

The rooms were comfortable, but being waited on at a daybed between the pool and the sea as the sun went down was definitely a highlight.

Little light

Those front-row seats to Seminyak sunsets can be a bit pricey — a happy hour or two would be welcome.


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