Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort
What We Love
- Sunsets over the Straits of Bali
- Contemporary design
- The main pool has a sceney vibe
What To Know
- It’s sometimes hard to secure a lounge chair on the beachfront lawn
- Check in and check out on December 31 is not possible
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Glam beach retreat on Bali’s southwest shoreline, with a hip pool scene and rooftop restaurant
In the heart of the island’s trendiest beach community, the Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa merges the styles of East and West on the sun-drenched shorelines of southwest Bali. The resort’s architecture and design impress from the onset. The four-story, 60-room enclave is anchored by stark white pillars and divided by vertical wood slats that shelter expansive balconies. The floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open to understated elegance inside, with rich dark woods and plenty of natural light. Its 60 suites feel modern and luxurious, with intricate lattice woodcarvings, traditional Balinese beds have been reimagined with Italian marble foundations, and private terrazzo tubs for two peer over panoramas of the Indian Ocean. The hotel’s main pool attracts a sceney crowd, eager to stand, pose and sunbathe in style. Two smaller pools (for Pool-Access Suites only) offer more privacy, but it’s the principal infinity pool that has the best ocean views—especially striking at sunset. The spa is first-class, specializing in traditional wellness treatments; the signature massage uses natural vanilla oil and is administered on the rooftop. Wild Orchid, the hotel’s main restaurant, serves traditional Thai and at MoonLite Kitchen and Bar you can indulge in a unique rooftop culinary experience with an evolving mood. Relax at the trendy bar lounge with an extensive selection of traditional, classic and modern beverages, including seductive cocktails and a well-stocked wine list.
In the Area
The hotel works with Tropicsurf, one of the world’s leading surf coaching schools. Book a private surf lessons for all levels, from absolute novice to advanced. Each of Bali’s beaches has its own character. Go beyond Seminyak to visit the world famous surfing capital, Kuta, or the downy sands of Legian. Visit the sacred temple of Pura Luhur Uluwatu to cast on a hilltop over the Bukit Peninsul and head back to Seminyak for sunset lychee cocktail at happening beachfront spot, Ku De Ta.
How to Get There
This hotel is perfectly located on Seminyak beach with a huge range of local shops/ bars/ restaurants all within walking distance,
The staff overall are very friendly & polite, but as you will read later, they struggled to handle a couple of concerns.
The suites are all huge, large beds, sofa’s , private sun bed, some with pool access, large bathrooms, plenty of storage space. Usual amenities, fridge, safe, coffee machine, TV etc
Perhaps areas which might need addressing are, plug sockets are old style (hotel has adaptors), no USB ports, patio doors very heavy with just a hook to secure, lack of privacy between. bathroom & sitting area.
Restaurant serves good value food, the breakfast is part buffet/ part menu which has the advantage of freshly cooked food, but on the other hand limits flexibility. There are no cooking stations for such as eggs, pancakes, and the set menus often had items we did not want - we noticed food waste was perhaps higher than if it had simply been a buffet.
A second restaurant serving a la carte is available on the roof top in the evenings.
The pool overlooks the public beach, it is clean & well appointed, on the face of it small, but the hotel only has a. modest number of rooms so we did not find it an issue getting a sunbed, particularly as some guests used the beach or went out for the day. There is a pool bar which has excellent service using a buzzer facility.
There were some nice touches such as a free shoulder massage on arrival, free managers cocktail (neither offered to our daughter who arrived a few hours later) & complimentary ice cream after an evening meal at the restaurant.
The one issue we had was the wi-fi being relatively weak so accessing the internet was difficult (needed to pass own security screening). One of the managers tried to no avail to assist, so we went to a hotel a few minutes along the beach & logged on without a problem despite not being a guest. They even provided a complimentary cocktail! So we all went back there for evening dinner in appreciation of their help.
Our daughter who was with us qualified for one of the hotel groups frequent user packages, but they did not deliver the early check in & we felt we had to plead for late check out. It was accepted the hotel was busy but we kept having ask & nothing was offered.
When we queried things on checkout, the disappointing aspect was that the manager who dealt with us whilst being very polite, really struggled. Surely when we express dissatisfaction the manager’s job is to ensure he turns it around, creates the delight factor, to try & secure repeat business. When all he said was ‘who is paying the bill’ I guess he did not succeed.
It was a shame - we have stayed at Anantara elsewhere on a wholly satisfactory basis ( hence the membership package qualification) & perhaps this is something the hotel could reflect upon. After all it is a 5* hotel.
Stayed here for our final 5 nights in Bali after a 2 week stay in various locations. This hotel is by far the best hotel I have stayed in, the suits are stunning and very clean.
The food is amazing, the staff cannot do enough for you, very chilled out vibe around the hotel throughout the day, no problem getting a sun bed and looked after all day long.
Many thanks Mark & Anna.
We had a spacious and luxury room, a balcony with bath and view over the ocean, the staff was very friendly and the food and service was really good! We enjoyed our stay at this great hotel on a good location in Seminyak!