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“Luxury family resort, quirky touches, kids, busy & crowded”
Review of W Bali - Seminyak

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W Bali - Seminyak
Ranked #19 of 146 Hotels in Seminyak
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Luxury family resort, quirky touches, kids, busy & crowded”
Reviewed July 3, 2014

There's no kids club and beach not swimable. This resort had lots of kids staying during our time. We didn't know the W brand was so family friendly. Fine with us as we had a child too! The resort does cater for kids 1) there's daily kids activities at set times eg sand castle making, giant Jenga / connect 4 to name a few 2) they have kids menu 3) I felt the pool was more suited to kids than adults as most parts weren't that deep. Although a tiered pool, no one really swam in the top 2 tiers since pebbles lined the base - looked more like a pond or maybe it was a pond, so bottom tier or biggest pool was busy with kids (and adults trying to relax in a tranquil? environment ) 4) the pool counter had swim noodles, sand castle equipment, and big floating bean bags were in the pool, 5) the resort had many quirky scultpures/ displays around that was a novelty for all ages. 6) lots of shaded areas and canopy (no charge unlike some resorts)

If are looking for an inside and outside setting that wows, a place that can still offer fun to your kids without a kids club or Waterslides, has good food and service, then this is probably it. We've tried a few luxury resorts in Bali but the quirkiness of small touches around the resort, bold colours around the pool, and tasteful contemporary style makes this resort a memorable experience compared to other highend resorts. This is what makes the W unique to other resorts in Bali. It's not another "Balinese style luxury resort" or another "contemporary style hotel" which is a bit boring for us now. other than the food and staff, I can't think of anything Balinese about it.

Besides lots of kids, there was also lots of outside tourists wandering around main pool area to check out the resort and take photos. Due to this, the main pool area wasn't as tranquil as we had hoped. Deck chairs filled most spaces around the pool and people everywhere so the whole ambience actually felt busy and crowded during our stay. For this reason I take away 1 star.

Room Tip: Away from the woo bar as music goes on till 10pm.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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CraigSeaward1, General Manager at W Bali - Seminyak, responded to this review, July 4, 2014
Hello onstam,

Thank you for sharing your feedback, it is helpful to gain such insight from our gests perspective. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your W Bali experience. Our WET area does get very busy during high season, however, we do make sure that our inhouse guests are given full priority.

I do hope you will chose to return to W Bali for more wow moments.

All the best,

Craig Seaward
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed July 3, 2014

My girlfriend and I stayed at the W for 4 nights after staying in other areas of the island and defiantly enjoyed it the most. Resort was perfect, rooms very beautiful & the beach located in front of the resort was super secluded compared to other beaches. Gnarly, sucky little beach break in front too :) Service was not the greatest but really didn't rely on it too much. overall was epic, cheers (we travelled in Sep 2012 but the dates don't go back that far!)

Room Tip: try and get one upstairs beach side, better views
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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CraigSeaward1, General Manager at W Bali - Seminyak, responded to this review, July 4, 2014
Hello eastbound2014,

Thank you for sharing your feedback, it is constructive to gian such insightful feedback. I am happy to hear that overall you enjoyed your W Bali experience. I am sorry to hear that the level of service didn't meet your expectations.

We do look forward to welcoming you back and assure more wow moments!

All the best,

Craig Seaward
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

Came to bali as our second honeymoon. We took a one bedroom villa. Lucky for us to get one that was near to the lobby so we did not need the buggy service every time we wanted to leave the room or back, otherwise it can be quite troublesome. The spa was quite difficult for us to book for treatment for a couple at the same time. Anyway, apart from that, everything was amazing here at W, the service, the room, the food, the pool. I cannot imagine staying at any other place in Bali next time. Can't wait to be back.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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CraigSeaward1, General Manager at W Bali - Seminyak, responded to this review, July 4, 2014
Hello Pohlinjump,

Thank you for sharing your feedback. I am delighted to hear that you chose W Bali as your second honeymoon destination and found the time to enjoy our restaurants and venues.

We do look forward to welcoming you back soon for more wow moments.

All the best,

Craig Seaward
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

Stay at W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak
Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak, Kerobokan, Seminyak, Kuta, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Everything I get from this hotel is excellence.
excellence Service, excellence room, excellence restaurant, excellence Breakfast, excellence pool.
Recommended for who visiting Bali, Indonesia.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
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CraigSeaward1, General Manager at W Bali - Seminyak, responded to this review, July 4, 2014
Hello Albertusguntar,

Thank you for sharing your fantastic feedback. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your W Bali experience and took the time to enjoy our restaurants and bars.

We do look forward to welcoming you back soon for more wow moments.

All the best,

Craig Seaward
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west sussex
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

The most amazing hotel we had a 1 bed villa beautiful and very special. W retreat know how to tick all luxury boxes. Fabulous breakfast cool bar amazing drinks spa. Beautiful resort to walk around so many lovely and fine touches to list. Service outstanding pick up from airport in a beautiful BMW X5 all the funky chilled music on. Seminyak a complete surprise cool architecture great bars and restaurants. Would definitely return.

Room Tip: Villas and suites have there own breakfast area in star fish bloo. Villa 70
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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CraigSeaward1, General Manager at W Bali - Seminyak, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
Hello lou777,

Thank you for sharing your fantastic feedback. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your W Bali experience and the colourful playground of Seminyak.

We look forward to welcoming you back for more wow moments.

All the best,

Craig Seaward
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed June 28, 2014

The W in seminyak is a really nice hotel that has an absolutely amazing charm about it. It is open, spacious and airy. The rooms are grande and luxurious. The bathrooms have a delightful skylight and it lights up the entire space quite differently.
The highlight of the hotel is the swimming pool which is wrapped around the landscaped area. The breakfast at Fire was sumptuous and elaborate. The food at the pool side and grill was equally good. Overall a fine property with a great location and service to match.

Room Tip: Must take a sea view room. Garden view rooms don't really overlook the garden.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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CraigSeaward1, General Manager at W Bali - Seminyak, responded to this review, July 2, 2014
Hello jt05,

Thank you for sharing your fantastic feedback. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your W Bali experience and found the time to enjoy our restaurants and venues.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon for more wow moments.

All the best,

Craig Seaward
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 3 Contributor
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Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

This is an edited version of my earlier review. I was really blown away by W Retreat & Spa Bali. Everything was perfect - the booking process, transport arrangements, check in, shuttle service, talents through to check out. We had a delicious welcome drink and wet towel to freshen up at registration. We were too early for check in so we left our mobile number behind so that W could infor mus when the room was ready. We decided to take a walk around the neighbourhood and find our lunch. Right small outside were already some cafes and restaurants such as Sarong and Biku. Seminyak square was also a short 8 mins walk away. As mentioned in earlier review, Ms Ayu a lovely talent from Whatever Whenever also made a wonderful recommendation for Warung Bonita just outside of W. She was also very kind to help us make arrangements for transport to Jimbaran Bay for dinner. In fact, all the talents at W were so lovely and friendly throughout our stay.

We received a text message that our room was ready (this was at 2pm before official check in time of 3pm) and we headed back. Check in was easy and we quickly headed up to our room. We had the Spectacular Ocean Facing room and it was perfect for the 2 of us! The talent who brought our bags up to our room even showed us around the room, explaining gadgets to us and even demonstrating how we could get the skylight to come on in the bathroom. It was truly amazing! The room was spacious with an equally large bathroom. The balcony was where we spent a lot of time admiring the sea and pool view. The beach just outside of W was nice and clean which I believe the hotel helps to upkeep. The only thing that bothered my husband a little was the music from Woo Bar (but i think it was only because he was unwell and had a headache). So it's no fault of W as it is after all known to be vibrant and somewhat of a party central. Just know that if your room faces Woo Bar, music from Woo Bar doesn't stop till about 10pm. We came knowing that and it was alright! After 10pm though?, all you can hear are the waves crashing on the beach...

W may not have the cultural elements of Bali incorporated into their hotel so those who are looking for that may not enjoy W as much. But I love it for it's wonderful staff, vibrant and happy ambience and it's location. Will definitely be back at W again (but I'll bring my ear plugs just in case).

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Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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CraigSeaward1, General Manager at W Bali - Seminyak, responded to this review, July 2, 2014
Hello Theskys,

Thank you for sharing your feedback, it is helpful to gain such constructive feedback. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your W Bali experience and found the time to enjoy the colourful playground of Seminyak.

We do look forward to welcoming you back soon for more wow moments.

All the best,

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
Hotel Style:
#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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — W Bali - Seminyak 5*
Number of rooms: 229
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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