The pool merges with the ocean at sunset.
Synonymous with glamour, Seminyak Beach has long been the playground of bohemians, jetsetters and bon vivants…
Written by: RACHEL LOVE
In recent years, the convolvulus carpeted shores stretching from Kayu Aya to the outer reaches of Petitenget, and beyond, have melded into beach clubs, private villas, funky hotels and chic boutique resorts, of which one stands out, not only in name – The Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa – but also in the welcome escape that it provides from the busy world outside. Here, scenic seaside beauty and laid-back luxury converge to deliver an independent brand of comfort and pleasure, complemented by sumptuous accommodation, fabulous facilities, oodles of space and gorgeous gardens rolling out to a beachfront pool as well as an ocean-side pavilion for weddings and events.
The villa bathrooms are truly glamorous.
The Resort’s Sanje Restaurant also sits right beside Seminyak Beach, offering a carefree alfresco experience with a delectable menu of Mediterranean fare, fused with piquant local flavours. By night, candlelit tables and ambient live music or cultural performances accompany themed buffets such as the Fisherman’s Night and the Balinese Night. Linked to the restaurant by twin humpback bridges, Sanje’s breezy cocktail lounge is the perfect spot for savouring a mojito, perhaps, or a coconut martini against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean and yet another legendary Seminyak sunset.
The serene Kahyangan ‘Heavenly’ Spa with its hand-painted murals.
The architecture and décor of the resort is a marriage of contemporary design and Balinese tradition, with its 106 guestrooms, including suites, villas and a penthouse, adhering to the theme of dark timber floors harmonised with warm-toned furnishings and fabrics that span the spectrum from burgundy via espresso to cappuccino. Guests can enjoy garden and ocean views from sunset-oriented chairs on private balconies, ensuite bathrooms are generously stocked with the finest bathing elixirs, and folks in the Ocean Suites can even admire a jaw-dropping vista of the rolling waves from their indulgent hot tubs.
Fabulous meals are served at Santan Restaurant.
Set within their own private Balinese compounds, each of the one-bedroom pool villas serve as an exclusive haven for hibernating couples. The stylish layout features an open-plan living space with bar and dining area, a bedroom with an en-suite dressing area and bathroom, a private 5 x 7 metre pool, a poolside relaxation pavilion and an alfresco Jacuzzi. The modern furniture showcases effortless, clean lines, while carved flower motifs create graceful features above the bed. Meanwhile, the larger villa, complete with two 7 metre pools to support its two bedrooms, allows guests to enjoy privacy and quality leisure time with family or friends.
View from the bed at the Oceanview Villa.
Klass & Brass is the Resort’s Hemingway-inspired Whisky & Wine Bar. Here, punters can chill to nostalgic live jazz performances, while relishing a range of signature whisky-based cocktails, curated wines, rare spirits, serious food offerings, and a ‘Thank God it’s After 8’ chocolate truffles pairing. With the effortless éclat of its sultry speakeasy decor, Klass & Brass taps into a 1920’s/30’s vibe, which was an era considered by many to have been the golden-age of travel and discovery, when foreign artists, writers, film makers, anthropologists and adventurers were drawn to Bali by the romantic lure of an exotic “Lost Eden” free of the stresses and neuroses of what was coming to be known as “modern civilisation”.
These days, we can blame tourism for having transformed Seminyak into a sometimes stressful “modern civilisation”, yet it’s good to know that it’s still possible to retreat, within minutes, from the busy, buzzy heart of the action to the far more peaceful Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa.