The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa is one of Bali’s most brilliant luxury destinations, an honorific affirmed by its recent win at the World Luxury Hotel Awards.
Bali is practically bursting at the seams with beautiful villas and luxury accommodations for travellers to choose from. Consequently, it takes a very special kind of resort to distinguish itself in this crowded field. Distinguished is certainly a word you could use to describe The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa. Since its opening in 2011, the boutique resort has earned rave reviews from travellers for its bespoke beauty and magnificent beachfront location. Recently, it earned one of the travel industry’s most prestigious prizes with its win at the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013, in which it took the trophy in the Luxury Beach Resort Category.
The voters of the World Luxury Hotel Awards are made up entirely of international tour operators, travel agents and select hotel guests who have stayed at many of the world’s finest resorts. Thus, a win at the awards is seen as a particularly high honour for any luxury accommodation.
The result brought Mr. Sebastien Marteau, the General Manager and Ms. Cintha Mardanus, the Owner of the resort, to Thailand for the annual Gala Dinner of World Luxury Hotel Awards to receive the award.
“We are thrilled to receive this award and thankful for all the supports that has brought us to this stage. We work very hard to create an unrivalled experience for our guests and to be rewarded this way gives a massive amount of motivation to our entire team, to strive continuously to extend our service philosophy,” said Mr. Sebastien Marteau, the General Manager.
“I am incredibly proud! In such a short period since the hotel’s openings, this is a validation of The Seminyaks goal to establish the brand as the luxury resort in Bali and even in Indonesia,” commented Ms. Cintha Mardanus, the Owner.
So what is it about The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa that helped it rise above its competition in the voting? Certainly its unmatched setting had something to do with it. Set within a charming landscape that encompasses native greenery, lily ponds and traditional thatched pavilions, The Seminyak exudes tropical sophistication in all 37 of its suites and villas. Custom, large scale wood carvings frame each bed, doors are accented with hand-hammered bronze handles, sunken Jacuzzi bathtubs form the centrepiece of the open air spa-inspired bathrooms, and built-in suar wood dining tables and writing desks offer just the right touch of modern artisan craftsmanship.
The sophisticated touches go from the largest to the smallest details, like the slender vases holding elegant white lilies. Ikat upholstered furnishings, raw silk curtains, double flat screen televisions and waffled cotton bathrobes, each help to create an idyllic experience.
The impeccable interiors are matched by the magnificent public areas. Running the beachfront stretch of the resort, a gorgeous infinity edge swimming pool provides a lively focal point for socialising. Sleek sunbeds, an inviting sunken bar and an awe-inspiring beachfront wedding chapel make this area one of the most happening hotspots in Seminyak; a private beach club off limits to outside guests.
An essential aspect of any luxury hotel experience is the pampering, and few if any do it better than the spa at The Seminyak. Aptly named The Kahyangan, meaning ‘place of the Gods’, it offers a truly heavenly experience. The spa foyer’s grand ceiling complements the hand-painted walls with an embellishment of sumptuous reds and lavish golds. As you drift through a celestial entryway, the sweet yet refreshing scent of green tea oils tickle your nose, dancing with the sensual aromas of jasmine and nutmeg. Soothing sounds of lapping waves play throughout the spa, punctuated by a soft harmony of chirruping tropical birds and traditional Balinese chimes.
The spa consists of seven spacious treatments rooms, each embracing their paradisiacal surroundings. Two of the Couple Massage Rooms overlook the pristine seascape of the Indian Ocean, while the third admires the impossibly green gardens sprinkled with frangipani and palm trees. Throughout your treatment, you and your loved one may choose to unwind alfresco-style within the privacy of your own open-air bathtub, or take a dip in the spa’s hot and cold plunge pools for the ultimate muscle recovery experience.
Anybody who has been fortunate enough to experience the world-class charms of The Seminyak are sure to agree that its award is well-deserved. If you have not had the chance yet, then make the time to check out one of the Island of the Gods’ most gorgeous retreats.