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.
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- Escape hectic philosophies, and why not plunge into vibrant glitz amidst natural splendors? We're a new found playground along the shores of Seminyak, where trendsetting chic restaurants, clubs, fashions and eclectic galleries await discovery. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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