Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort & Spa likes to keep things simple: Every room in this resort is a suite.
This beachfront property faces Seminyak Beach and has a total of 59 suites and 1 penthouse.
We arrived at the Resort on a Tuesday afternoon. Though the weather forecast said it was going to rain, it was sunny and hot when we arrived.
The front desk is very airy and though it was busy, we were immediately met by staff and was ushered in to sit down for check-in.
We were given this cool welcome drink immediately and were briefed about the resort facilities.
The suite is spacious at 80 Square Metres and the balcony, which faces the beach has a deep terrazzo tub for two (apart from an indoor jacuzzi)
Wi-Fi is included in the stay for multiple devices. The room is well equipped with a Bose DVD Player (and some DVD’s included too), an Ipod docking station, and Espresso coffee machine.
The room was also equipped with an activity box perfect for young families – inside were Dvd’s, crayons, activity books, gameboards. And most importantly, one whole box filled with insect repellant paraphernalia in all variations (spray, cream, a coil, and can).
Fumigation must be done often and well at this resort as I did not have any problems with mosquitoes despite having the balcony doors open several times.
The bathroom is spacious with a separate bath, shower and dressing area.
And you are spoiled for choice with the toiletries selection from Anantara. Just for the hand soap alone, there are 4 different scents (Ylang Ylang & Patchoili, Rosemary, Lemongrass & Ginger and Chocolate & Sweet Orange)
One thing I did take note of: Overall the room is stunning, spacious and clean. It’s the smaller and tinier details such as cracks on shower handles, fraying on balcony doors, etc that can be quite noticeable.
Tuesday Night Drinks
There was an invitation from Anantara Resort & Spa Seminyak’s management team for guests to gather at the pool area for an afternoon of cocktail-making.
Every Tuesday night, guests are invited to hang out with the management team for an afternoon of socialisation. There’s also a friendly cocktail-making competition that took place.
This is a good way for guests to get to know each other and also for the resort to also know their guests. Most of the guests are couples varying in early 20’s to 50’s.
Smokehouse BBQ Night
That same evening also happened to be Anantara Resort & Spa Seminyak’s Smoke House BBQ night.
An evening of open Southern style Barbeque with a live band performance.
It was a nice balmy evening with the sizzling and smoke of the meat providing accompaniment to the band’s acoustic crooning.
Later during the evening, the band asked the audience for some requests. We asked for a classic live band performance, Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight”, which the band crooned to wonderfully.
And it was a wonderful night indeed. The BBQ Menu wasn’t too overwhelming and the mix of salads and soups were great.
Yes the menu looks quite a lot but the serving sizes are just right!
Breakfast is held at the Wild Orchid Restaurant and they have a wide variety of buffet choices (from pastries, to continental , to hot asian breakfasts) but you can also order ala carte.
And it was also here at Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa’s poolside that I had my very first go at a Cronut. ( A pastry that is a cross between a Croissant and a Donut)
These were so good (the so good but so bad for you kind) that I had them again the following morning. Breakfast is served until 11:00 AM
During my stay, I was treated to a 1-hour Anantara Signature Massage treatment.
The Anantara Signature Massage is described as: A signature blend of oils, combined with purpose-designed movements, stimulates the circulation and promotes deep relaxation, whilst restoring the flow of energy, or prana, along the meridian lines.
I was given a form to fill out and tick my preferences. I made sure to tick “light pressure” as my preference.
My masseuse was a chatty and friendly lady and we first began with a foot wash and scrub. The body massage began with light strokes and pressure, just as I preferred. And just as I would doze off, the pressure increasingly got heavier, and I had to remind my friendly masseuse to use light pressure again. This happened about two times over the course of the treatment, but over all it was a great rejuvenating afternoon.
The Experience Guru
Anantara is big on its guests receiving local experience and as such, they have a resident “Experience Guru”. Probably similar to a concierge (but with a cooler name) where the experience guru will give suggestions and make arrangements if you wish to engage in activities within and outside of the hotel (such as horseback riding, temple visits,etc)
There is only 1 other room category that is above the Suite, which is the Penthouse. This is almost always booked, and the one afternoon that it was unoccupied, we were able to have a peek.
This is what greets you when you open the double doors of the Penthouse of Anantara Resort & Spa Seminyak Bali.
It’s a very open and breezy area. I was told that many events and fashion shoots are held here. As for myself, if I had the entire Penthouse, I would laze by the pool couch for hours on end.
After 2 nights at the Anantara Resort & Spa Bali, we had to say goodbye. And one of the front desk staff performed a traditional Balinese farewell ritual:
Which I found very thoughtful, sweet and most of all important as they inculcate traditional Balinese culture into hospitality.
Disclaimer & Fact box:
We were hosted by Anantara Resort & Spa Seminyak Bali during our stay, but all opinions and thoughts are mine.
The Anantara Signature Massage is priced at IDR 750,000 ( AUD 75.00)
A Smokehouse BBQ Dinner begins at IDR 350,000 per person ( AUD 35.00)
An Ocean View Suite rate starts from AUD 570 - AUD 660 per night. Click here to book.