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“W Retreat made me cry - in a good way”
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W Bali - Seminyak
Ranked #19 of 145 Hotels in Seminyak
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
“W Retreat made me cry - in a good way”
Reviewed August 18, 2011

THE W RETREAT MADE ME CRY – IN A GOOD WAY

This place is the Maserati of resorts. It is relatively new so word of mouth is still catching up. From my point of view is great, because it makes bookings more available. Though the retreat is certainly no ghost town.

This place is a slice of Heaven on Earth. I have a twisted view of Heaven and in no way politically correct.

My view of Heaven is a brand new state-of-the-art resort beside a beach in the tropics, where young beautiful people attend to my every wish, bringing me little "treaties", by a beautiful swimming pool, surrounded by palm trees, while bathing in the warm ocean air. My twisted view of heaven is that this place transforms onto a fantastic (night) club at night with great music surrounding me, I have new and old friends around me and the warmth and sounds of the nearby waves wash over me.

My twisted view of Heaven is that at anytime I wish to step into an alternate part of Heaven, I can. I can step into a place where healing hands rub oil over almost all my being while I drift along to the sounds of soothing groovy music in a beautiful space. In this view of heaven, I can also step into a beautiful space and experience solitude and the quietness of my own company.

This is the W Bali.

I believe that at at least one point in life everyone should experience having anything and everything they want and a lot of beautiful things their imaginations hadn't even dreamed of.

This is breakfast at the W Bali.

We found that the best approach to breakfast was treat it like an important layered event. Starting off with fresh coffee. Any choice: Latte, short black, long black, whatever the heart desires. Freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh papaya, or fresh pineapple juice. Next a favourite of ours, a small selection of fresh fruits with a slice of lime for dressing along with a small side of bircher muesli topped with fresh strawberries, a light side of crunchy granola and a light drizzle of local honey still dripping from honeycomb as it is warmed by a candle. Next choice may likely have been two small fresh pancakes, topped with small slices of banana, fresh strawberries, dashes of whipped King Island cream, berry compote and more honey drizzle.

The technique for breakfast definitely requires requesting small portions. You need to pace yourself. This is a process requiring concentration and a strong sense of indulgence. A few small breaths are needed at this point. While breathing gently, you will probably have a "Talent" (thats what they call their staff) come with a small "treaty". These are gently offered throughout breakfast. Favourites of ours included a pair wheat grass shots in small glass tubes resting in a bowl of crushed ice with a sliver of orange resting in the top. The idea being that you quickly drink the wheat grass and then cleans the palate with the sliver of orange. Another favourite treaty was the small wrapped steamed banana leaf packets containing chicken pieces, rice and Balinese spices.

A long breath in and slowly release. Time for eggs, and they are prepared to your liking. I liked mine scrambled with butter, cream and milk, seasoned and topped with slivers of salmon. A bit of a small discreet stretch is recommended at this point. Remember this is something you are going to want to remember. Ok, time for the finishing, a classic croissant and fresh hot coffee.

What I have just described to you is one of my breakfasts. This constitutes less than 2 % of the choices that were available to me. It does not describe the beautiful cold meat selection, the cheese selection, the buffet selection the sushi and sashimi selection, the pastry selection, the cake selection, the condiment selection or the “treaty” selection. I am talking serious options and the quality of every item is the best of its kind. This is not the time to consider a starvation diet. Forget it, it is just going to insult one of the best experiences you are going to ever be presented with, so you might as well go with the flow. And yes...remember to breath.

After breakfast it was time for the pool or the Spa. Both very very beautiful. But I don't want to tell you all of it...it may ruin it for you.

What do you say to people about a slice of Heaven that you have found, in terms that they may believe, where the entire experience has been a fantastic transforming and rein-vitalising one? One which was nurturing and re-inspiring of a belief that Heaven can exist on earth.

Think about some of the good breakfasts you have had in your life. Imagine you are sitting with a friend at one of your favourite restaurants enjoying breakfast together. Now imagine that this restaurant and this breakfast are like hand coloured black and white photographs. You have never seen anything other than black and white photographs and hand painted versions of these. You are explaining at lengths to the person next to you how great these images are. Finally you pause to take a breath and a bite from the breakfast you are enjoying. The person next to you takes the pause and says "I have seen far better pictures, ones full of colour and imagination, depth and clarity". You quaff at them and in so doing, choke a bit on your "good breakfast". A moment passes and your friend reaches into their pocket and pulls out a photo, they carefully turn it over and you see, for the first time in your life, a photo full of colour, depth, imagination and inspiration.

At first you experience an obvious sense of awe and amazement. But in the second moment, you are filled with the strangest sense of conflicting emotions. You strangely want to cry – you realise you have found something you have long been looking for.

I could talk and talk, but I would like to say to you, in my pocket I have a photo I would like to show you. But i have to warn you........it is going to make you cry...It is a photo of my breakfast and my time at the W.

Kind Regards,

Bruce

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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W_Bali_Seminyak, General Manager at W Bali - Seminyak, responded to this review, August 29, 2011
Hello BruceD,

That may be the most eloquent description of W Bali yet! Thank you for putting such a vivid image in everyone’s mind. It is certainly one thing to see a photo and quite another to actually experience it. I’m glad that W Bali is that twist of heaven you’ve been dreaming of and now keep in your pocket. I can’t really say too much more, except we cannot wait to have you back.

Please email me directly when you are ready to return: gm.craig.seaward@whotels.com.

Warm Wishes,
Craig Seaward
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Reviewed August 17, 2011

After deciding last minute to embark on an oversea's adventure with my housemate, we were challenged with the decision of where to go and where to stay (cheap and cheerful or luxurious and easy). We sifted through the options and landed on the WBali - this was in part because of the Reputation of the W LA and in part because we'd decided to go with luxurious and easy.
So when we rocked up to the hotel (after a plane ride were we were jumping out of our skin to finally have our first Bali experience) we were blown away but the setting / facilities and straight up WOW factor. I've stayed at upmarket boutique hotels around the world (i.e versace ) and this is easily up there and more.
Loved the Whatever / Whenever button on my phone - and certainly enjoyed the poolside cocktails and cruisy beats. The international DJ and high season event were awesome and the venue's location, close to some of Bali's other nightspots - Ku De Ta / Potato head were very handy (although most of the time it was hard to leave the hotel)
Amazing Service - friendly staff and an all round good time

Thanks for my memorable maiden bali experience.

This hotel will be recommended to everyone i know travelling to Bali and I'll certainly be back for more.

Justin and Jules

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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W_Bali_Seminyak, General Manager at W Bali - Seminyak, responded to this review, September 26, 2011
Hello Justin m,

We are delighted that you chose W as part of your first experience in Bali. The team works hard to maintain the WOW factor, so thank you for noticing. High season is definitely a great time to be in Bali, and as you mentioned, our location provides access to some of the best venues in Seminyak, but also allows you to just relax and feel as if you have escaped from the hustle and bustle. We do hope you spread the word as this is the best advertising we could ask for.

Keep your eye on our Special Offers Page as we update our packages all the time.


We look forward to welcoming you back.

Warm wishes,
Craig Seaward
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed August 17, 2011

The W Retreat-I would give it 50 stars if I could. I've stayed at ALOT of great hotels around the world ( Four Seasons Maldives, Bellagio Vegas...) and the W is my absolute favorite. It's young, hip, happening, groovy, relaxed and above all very beautiful. I felt like a movie star on a fabulous film set. You NEED to stay here.

Ok, so about the resort- The lobby, oh my, is superb, especially at night. It consists of reception and a bar that lights up magically with ever changing colors reflected through white marble. They have thought of everything here-it's got so many personal, special little touches, it's just beyond delightful. The rooms rock! Beautifully designed and fitted out it made me feel instantly relaxed and yes, I wanted to move in permanently! The staff are waaaay too cute for words....and they kept on getting cuter and sweeter as time went by. Or as the W calls staff 'Talent' With a business of my own, I know how important it is to have great talent, and the W has totally nailed it.

Breakfast...goodness me, you've never seen anything like it. Ian (the head chef) is fantastic! They have a selection of hundreds of different coffee cups you can choose to suit your mood on the day. The Fire Restaurant is spectacular. The immense choice takes at least an hour or two to get through. Whatever you ask for gets done, and gets done perfectly. Chefs also bring around little treaties for you to try. My favorite was a mini pastrami burger-yuuuuum! Lunches were great, dinners were delicious!

After breakfast I wobbled off to the huge day beds by the pool. The pool staff set you up for the day with a selection of very comfy cushions and pillows to bliss out on. I highly recommend a at 11 am a Strawberry Honey Mojito with a fat straw so you can drink all the chunky plump strawberries-see they think of everything!

We had a 5 day stay booked, then 5 days at the Intercontinal booked. The day we had to leave was sad, we seriously didn't want to go. The treament by the W was 50 stars, the intercon was 1 star-DO NOT STAY THERE. After 3 days at the Intercon we ditched and went back to the W. Four hours before the flight home we couldn't bear to go back to Sydney so we stayed for another 5 days, and it was worth every cent.

This is a stylish and sophisticated place without being snobby. Yes, it is expensive- but as I say pay peanuts and you get monkeys! This is a place to recharge your batteries, get spoilt and have a fabulous time. It's not for everyone-if you are a loud mouthed, Bintang T-shirt wearing, southern cross tattood aussie please find another resort. The W will be getting very popular, with a great reputation, so book in as soon as possible, I hope you have a perfect time just as I did.

W Retreat, I love you , and I'll be back very soon :)

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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W_Bali_Seminyak, General Manager at W Bali - Seminyak, responded to this review, August 29, 2011
Hello HeidiZ,

If you’re handing out a 50-star rating, then I’ll take it! Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m sure InterCon was disappointed you left, but we were very happy to have you back! You’ve pointed out a few of my favorite things about the Retreat: the Talents, breakfast at Fire, and the Strawberry Honey mojitos. But it really is the Talent that makes the difference and I appreciate you taking the time to comment on them.

Let me know when you are ready to come back, we would love to have you.

Warm Wishes,
Craig Seaward
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

We stayed at the W after a week in Phuket. We booked a WOW suite for the first night and used spg promotion free nights for the next two in a standard garden view room. You can imagine that we were delighted when the SPG ambassador for the hotel informed us that we had been upgraded for the last two nights and we could stay in our suite for the entire trip, aWesome! The view was spectacular and the pool was Wonderful. The General Manager, Craig Seaward, checked-in with us every day to make sure we were completely satisfied with our experience, which we were. What the W lacks in original Balinese architecture in makes up for in true Balinese hospitality. The food was great and I hand selected my own Australian Waygu filet with the hotel's meat sommelier, a very neat concept. We even had fun at the disco where what counted was your attitude, not your age. Well done W!

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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W_Bali_Seminyak, General Manager at W Bali - Seminyak, responded to this review, August 29, 2011
Hello Dwhite726,

We’re glad you were surprised with your upgrade and thanks for your wonderful review! Three days is definitely not long enough, especially when you are in the WOW Suite. But it sounds like you made the most of it. I definitely encourage everyone to become an SPG member if they aren’t already. As you have experienced, it does have its benefits. I appreciate you noticing the little touches around the Retreat, such as our meat sommelier…it is the details that make the difference.

Hope to see you back at W Bali real soon.

Warm Wishes,
Craig Seaward
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

my wife and myself have just spent 23 nights here and it has been the best hotel we have stayed at in all our many years of travelling , the hotel is funky in its design , the rooms are generous and very well appointed , the food is to die for under the direction of IAN LOVIE director of cuisine ,we dined at the hotel everyday for all meals and the food was just sensational at the fire restaurant with great flavours and tastes and very stylish presentations the food was excellent , we had many spa treatments at their away spa which has to be one of the best spa's we have been to , the staff were just great and friendly and the treatments were carried out by well trained professional staff , we spent many a night at the resorts trendy woo bar enjoying cool drinks with just the best staff you could imagine they were friendly happy and really made the effort to ensure that you were having a good time it was a highlight of our stay , if you want someware to stay and like to have a good time surrounded by staff that are happy to have you there then this is the place to go WOW they really look after you

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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W_Bali_Seminyak, General Manager at W Bali - Seminyak, responded to this review, August 29, 2011
Hello bapakibuosullivan!

I love your Tripadvisor handle almost as much as I love your review. It was such a pleasure meeting you and I believe I can count you to be a loyal W Ambassador. Thank you for your kind words and you’re right, Chef Ian’s food is to die for…this is motivation for anyone to go to SWEAT, just so you can eat more! To stay in W Bali for 23 days means you’ve become part of the family. We hope we get the chance to welcome you back soon.

Warm wishes,
Craig Seaward
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Reviewed August 12, 2011

The new W is grand, magnificent but unfortunately not Bali in any way. Rooms are good, restaurants are sort of average (prices are simply outrageous eg nasi goreng for well over Rp200.000 - 15 times the price of the real good stuff just outside the front entrance), and service is okay but all in all it could be a hotel anywhere in the world. If you are coming to Bali for anything approaching a Bali/Indonesian experience then the W is not for you. Next time we will head for a hotel that is real. It was out mistake cos we fell into the trap og being over impressed by he website. By the way the beach in front of the hotel is renowned as quite dangerous - be careful.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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W_Bali_Seminyak, General Manager at W Bali - Seminyak, responded to this review, August 15, 2011
Hello denpasar52,

I appreciate you taking the time to post your review. We are glad that you appreciated the facilities. In regards to design - we have taken the inspiration from traditional Balinese mythology and juxtaposed with W Hotels energy and dynamic aesthetics. We have put our own twist to the Bali W Experience.

You are right, we do advise guests not to swim in front of our Retreat as the rip is quite strong. However, our WET area is an ideal alternative.

Please contact me if you like to share more input. gm.craig.seaward@whotels.com

Warm wishes,
Craig Seaward
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

A holiday, is a holiday is a holiday...unless you stay at The W Seminyak, and then it's a WOW experience that leaves you wanting to move in for good and relax in the lap of luxury..I wish...sadly I'm still working to earn a living! My husband and I spent nine days in this glorious hotel and it lived up to the W brand expectation, plus more. The staff were nothing short of fabulous, friendly and fashionable....and I mean each and every one we met. The facility is nothing short of the type of fabulous that makes you really feel like you are on the set of some glamorous movie. The background (low volume) music just adds to the atmosphere, as do the sunset drinks and DJs at night, the beautiful restaurants, the golf buggies to the front gate, the fully equipped gym and the out of this world spa. I cannot fault this hotel, and am ready to book our next adventure. This makes Bali seriously good fun - as relaxing and glam as you want it to be - and seriously, a WOW WOW WOW experience! Try it for yourself! Julie and James xoxo

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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W_Bali_Seminyak, General Manager at W Bali - Seminyak, responded to this review, August 15, 2011
Hello Julie & James,

My day gets better reading reviews like this – thank you! The team will be happy to hear these comments. I’m trying to decipher what was your favourite part, but I will just have to ask you and James next time you are back! Hopefully this is sooner rather than later. Thanks again for the WOW review!

Warm Wishes,
Craig Seaward
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Property: W Bali - Seminyak
Address: Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak 80361, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Seminyak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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#2 Business Hotel in Seminyak
#9 Family Hotel in Seminyak
#10 Romantic Hotel in Seminyak
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Seminyak
#17 Spa Hotel in Seminyak
#19 Luxury Hotel in Seminyak
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Hotel Class:5 star — W Bali - Seminyak 5*
Number of rooms: 229
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