This place is quite simply the most visually amazing resort I've every seen. You will say "wow" every 30 seconds when you arrive! The designers are very talented people!
But what no one else mentioned was -
The beach is ugly. Not even nice to walk on. The sand is black and there is so much rubbish on it that you need to have a Tetanus injection after walking on it! Within 2 minutes we passed a used "rubber thingy", dog poop and broken beer bottle. And the waves are dangerous so don't even think about swimming here. Unfortunately, we really like a beach holiday - so this disappointed us. Why hasn't anyone mentioned this?
Secondly, the resort is located on the outskirts of town (restaurants, shopping). You can't just pop out to have a cheap pedicure or a quick shop. You have to get a cab and sit in traffic so it's a bit of a pain. But keep in mind, the cabs are plentiful and embarrassingly cheap.
We had one week here.
We started in a ocean front room. There is absolutely no difference between a Ocean View room and Ocean Front room so don't pay the difference. The rooms are quite small and although funky decor, are not that exciting. You MUST request 4th or 5th floor. 3rd floor have timber ballustrading which affects your view. The higher floors have glass ballustrading on the balcony, the views are obviously better, and I think most of them have the famous skylight window above the shower.
We got room 337 - right next to the lift and right next to the housekeeping pantry/area. What a nightmare! Request a room far from this area!! Once the party crowd had finished walking passed every night "woohooing", the housekeeping would start with their noisy trolleys etc. After 2 nights we moved to a pool villa (to get some peace & quiet!).
In my opinion, Seminyak is the home of the huge, gorgeous, romantic pool villa! They are plentiful and cheap in town!
The W pool villas are nothing exciting. They are not huge, and have you seen the price?!!!!! Yes, service is magnificent, and they are private. BUT - our plan of getting some sleep didn't happen! The aircon is noisy - like a jet taking off noisy! In the dead of the night, it's really loud. And it's just too hot to sleep without it on. Apparently the units were custom made and there is not enough space in the ceiling for them.??? All villa's have the same problem. Some people complain - some are fine with it. We weren't.
If you are happy to just plonk yourself at the resort, this is the place for you. If you like to pop out once or twice a day - book one of the many villas in town - this will make for a easier holiday.
Breakfast is one of the best I've seen in the world - we travel heaps - 5/6 star funky resorts are our specialty! And this brekky is the best! We loved the trays of treats being constantly offered. Nice.
Beware the noisy children by the pool. We have children and would never bring them to a place like this. Whats up with these people? It is such a romantic/funky/crazy/fun/swanky/sexy type of resort - soooo not a family resort. Anyway, if your child does have a temper tantrum by the pool - perhaps take him/her away for a walk. And if your kids are squealing with excitement in the pool whilst jumping in - perhaps ask them to quieten down a bit. It's just nice manners. Wow I sound like a grump now!
Perhaps the W could allocate an adults only area.??
The day spa - WOW! Stunning to look at. Had a great massage, but my pedicure was ridiculous. The foot massage lasted for 90seconds. Not good enough.
The service at W Hotel is wonderful. Every staff member is smiley and beautiful and we found their English to be quite good.
I feel awful saying this - but we won't be back. We've learnt that Seminyak is not a beach destination - but we still loved the shops & restaurants. So next time we'll grab one of those US$200/300 per night pool villa's in the middle of town (C151 looked amazing!) - and then we'll head to Nusa Dua for some beach time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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