WHERE IS IT?
In many ways, Bali is the holiday destination that has it all. Feted for its immense beauty and deep-rooted Hindu/Animist culture, the little island near the geographical heart of the Indonesian archipelago attracts a steady flowing stream of visitors looking to sample its heady ambrosia. The island’s most exclusive beach enclave, Seminyak, is home to Bali’s hippest boutiques, eclectic galleries, restaurants and clubs.
WHAT’S THE STORY?
Opened in 2011, the W Retreat & Spa is in keeping with the brand’s cutting-edge contemporary ethos. The resort showcases distinctive architecture and interior design that fuses the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Bali with bold designs and textures. Complementing the property’s design chops are its enviable range of leisure facilities and dining and drinking options that include WooBar, a three-story beach bar and concept restaurants such as Fire, a casual grill venue featuring a dramatic open kitchen.
Renowned firms SCDA Architects and AB Concept and Poole Associates Private Limited were responsible for the architecture and interior design of the property. The resort was built to a “conceal and reveal” concept inspired by the mysticism of Bali with each space allowing guests to mix and mingle or remain unseen as they escape to their own retreats.
Villas are equipped with state-of-the-art BOSE sound systems along with other amenities. Owners can use all the resort facilities including its swimming pools, gym, spa and library.
The resort’s most impressive feature is its WET swimming pool, which is inspired by Bali’s famous rice terraces.
Bali’s popularity is as strong as ever with international and domestic arrivals increasing by up to 15 percent each year.