The Ultimate Destination Guide to Bali – Part Three: Tropical Shoreline Luxury Anantara Seminyak
Nestled amid Seminyak beach and offering sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort boasts a gorgeous designer, beachfront style, a secluded haven amongst Bali’s liveliest beach town. Of all the 59 spacious suites, we stayed in one of the ocean view rooms, complete with an outdoor jacuzzi on the balcony, (which was delightfully romantic during the rainy season in Bali). Once we entered the beautiful building to the sound of a gong (signifying a new arrival), the bustling of the busy streets of Seminyak was no more. Whimsical water elements play a major part in the hotel’s six-floor design, with water pools and steppingstones decorated across the floor. Everything here is open-air, for example, the chic lobby area looks out to an infinity pool and views of Seminyak’s beach.
These beautifully refurbished suites redefine luxury with bright colours, cultural statement pieces and contemporary Balinese furniture. From the living area to the mirrored dressing room, to the spacious bath, each detail is meticulously designed for comfort after a day of exploring or surfing, only to retire into plush, premium bedding. Here, traditional Balinese culture is deeply engraved within contemporary interior design; smooth marble, delicately carved wood with indoor plants are featured prominently throughout the communal and private spaces. Each guest room is an oversized suite with a walk-in closet that doubles as a dressing room, a generously sized bathroom with separate soaking tub, rainforest shower, a double vanity, desk space, lounge area and balcony or an outdoor space.
There are two contemporary dining options at the resort; Sunset on Seminyak and Moonlite Kitchen and Bar, both of which celebrate the flavours of the region. Sunset on Seminyak, on the ground floor, serves up modern Asian cuisine whilst overlooking the ocean, this beach-club vibe restaurant is great for sunset cocktails and taking lunch on the daybed. While the Moonlight Kitchen & Bar is one of the most stunning open-air venues in Seminyak, with live music, an alfresco deck and potent cocktails, it’s become a trendy hot spot for sunset viewing. The kitchen serves up delectable Asian cuisine like a barbecue platter with grilled duck and pork belly, accompanied by a tangy soy sauce and crisp lettuce and a slow-cooked butter chicken with potato masala.
Each morning begins with a breakfast buffet of freshly baked pastries, tropical fruits, hot dishes, and live cooking stations with eggs and breakfast burritos. The extensive menu features light and healthy dishes, steaks from the grill, pasta and pizza, as well as Indonesian favourites. The Anantara Seminyak hotel also has a ‘dining by design’ program and can plan a private beachside meal, complete with romantic candlelight and rose petals. Other leisure activities include yoga on the beach, take an Indonesian cooking class, or learn how to make a traditional Balinese offering – the latter probably being the most challenging and rewarding. While the open-air rooftop spa has four treatment rooms, but its luxe services should be taken advantage of during your stay.
Jl. Abimanyu, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
+62 361 737773