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Hotel Highlights

  • Right in the heart of Seminyak, near beaches, bars and eateries
  • Sleek, contemporary design; thoughtfully appointed rooms
  • Sociable rooftop bar and spa with airy rooftop pavilions

Overview

If your Ibiza days are over, or Spain's just too far away, set course for Anantara Seminyak boutique hotel in Bali. This beachfront retreat is home to sleekly styled suites with ocean-view Jacuzzis, a dreamy day spa and one of the island's hottest rooftop bars. Sun-kissed days and sunset sips are de rigueur. 

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Anantara Seminyak with us:

Free daily canapés & Tea Tails experience at SOS Supper Club or Wild Orchid Restaurant

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

59 suites and one penthouse.

Check–out

Midday; check-in, 2pm. You can't check in or out on 31 December.

Rates

Double rooms from $396.00, excluding tax at 21 per cent.

More details

Rates usually exclude breakfast.

Also

The Spa's breeze-blessed rooftop pavilions are the serene setting for indulgent treatments such as vanilla-scented massages, floral foot baths and revitalising carrot and coffee scrubs.

Please note

Between October and mid December 2014, the rooftop SOS Supper Club will be closed for renovations. Work will take place between 10am and 7pm daily, with minimal disruption expected.

Hotel closed

No check-ins or check-outs are allowed on 31 March 2014, when Bali observes Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), although stays are still possible. Bali’s airport also closes for the day.

At the hotel

Day spa, fitness centre, gardens, library of books, DVDs and CDs, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, workspace, Jacuzzi, Livi toiletries, espresso machine.

Our favourite rooms

Anantara's suites are all the same size, lined with marble, dark wood and just-so Balinese details. The sea-facing Ocean Suites with a Jacuzzi on the balcony won us over (the higher up you go, the better the view). If you don’t necessarily want ocean vistas and like the idea of jumping straight in the pool from your terrace, then the Pool Access Suites should be your pick.

Poolside

Running the length of the hotel, the infinity-edge swimming pool seems to slip straight into the Indian Ocean. Frangipani-shaded sunloungers are positioned on a grassy patch between it and the beach, for kicking back after a dip.

Packing tips

Boardshorts and bikinis may cut it by day, but come sunset you'll want to slip into something flirty, fabulous and fresh off the catwalk to fit in with the SOS style set.

Also

Pets are not permitted.

Children

This is more of an adults' retreat – so ideally leave the smalls at home. Children under the age of 12 can stay for free though, and there are some activities for younger guests, such as kite-flying, cycling and kid-friendly DVDs.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Poolside eatery Wild Orchid is a multi-tasking maven, dishing up bountiful breakfasts, crowd-pleasing classics for lunch and Thai-Indonesian treats, such as coconut pad Thai and ayum betutu (slow-cooked spring chicken) in the evening. Scene-stealing SOS Supper Club on the rooftop is equally well endowed, sporting a laid-back tapas bar and a fine-dining steakhouse. Please note: between October and mid December 2014, the rooftop SOS Supper Club will be closed for renovations. Work will take place between 10am and 7pm daily, with minimal disruption expected.

Hotel Bar

We can't imagine anyone would ever need rescuing from SOS Supper Club. With unrivalled views of the blissful Balinese sunset, this rooftop lounge is the place to see in the evening. Recline on one of the oversized day-beds, knocking back cocktails and tapas, as DJs spin tunes until the early hours.

Last orders

The kitchen calls it quits at 11pm. SOS serves drinks until 1am.

Room service

Available 24 hours a day, offering everything from tropical-fruit breakfasts to late-night snacks.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Daytime dining at Wild Orchid calls for nothing more than a kaftan over your swimwear. At SOS, go glam and ready to hit the dance floor after dinner.

Top table

Sociable Smiths should book a seaview post at SOS Supper Club. If you're after a bit of one-on-one time, opt for a private table on a deck by the beach.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Sure you can laze by the pool for hours on end (truth be told, that's probably where you'll find us...), but if you're after something a little less supine, Anantara Seminyak offers a slew of pursuits.

 

You're smack-bang on one of Bali's best beaches, so naturally surfing and windsurfing are up for grabs, along with beach soccer and badminton sessions if you're hankering for some group action.

 

Seeking something more spiritual? Make a Balinese offering and learn about local ceremonies and rituals, or get your 'om' on with a yoga class. The young-at-heart can fly kites on the sand, and gourmets can sign up for a Thai cooking class with the chef from Wild Orchid, before enjoying their feast with a bottle of wine. 

 

Beyond the hotel, golf, Harley Davidson rides, elephant treks and bungee jumping are just the tip of the iceberg. Further-afield programmes include Ubud excursions, two-day scuba courses at Barat National Park, and the Barong Dance and Kintamani tour, which offers a day of cultural performances and village visits.

 

Local restaurants

Follow the cool kids to Ku De Ta (+62 (0)361 736969; www.kudeta.net) at 9 Jalan Kayu Aya in Seminyak, a seductive beach club, lounge bar and restaurant on the waterfront. For fab Mediterranean fare, dine at elegant seaside eatery La Lucciola (+62 (0)361 730 838) beside Petitenget Temple.

 

Local bars

Current flavour of the month is Potato Head Beach Club (+62 (0)361 473 7979; www.ptthead.com) on Jalan Petitenget, an adults' playground of breezy restaurant/bar, palm-dotted lawns and see-and-be-seen infinity pool.
 

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Front-and-centre Seminyak

Anantara Seminyak

Jl Abimanyu (Dhyana Pura), Seminyak, Bali

Anantara Seminyak is located in the heart of beachside Seminyak, a 15-minute drive north of main hub of Kuta.

Planes

Ngurah Rai Airport (www.baliairport.com), just south of capital Denpasar, is your nearest international hub, serving flights from Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Australia. You can buy a Visa on Arrival, if required, which costs US$25 for 30 days (ideally bring cash).

Automobiles

If you want to explore the island by car, you can pick up a tourist driving licence and rent wheels easily enough, although given Balinese drivers’ rather ‘informal’ approach to the rules of the road, it’s not highly recommended. There's free parking at the hotel if you do dare to drive.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Travis Trewarne , Gem of a guy

Sunbaking, cocktail sipping and boutique shopping are at the top of most people’s to-do lists when they land in Bali. As I check into Anantara Seminyak, however, I only have one thing on my mind: getting my hands on a local sim card. Now I know what you’re thinking, this is hardly the most glamorous introduction to a beachfront hotel that’s best known for its seductive rooftop b…
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Anantara Seminyak

Anonymous review by Travis Trewarne, Gem of a guy

Sunbaking, cocktail sipping and boutique shopping are at the top of most people’s to-do lists when they land in Bali. As I check into Anantara Seminyak, however, I only have one thing on my mind: getting my hands on a local sim card.

Now I know what you’re thinking, this is hardly the most glamorous introduction to a beachfront hotel that’s best known for its seductive rooftop bar and sumptuous day spa, but as my stay here is sandwiched between work meetings for my jewellery brand in Indonesia and an off-the-grid diving holiday in the Komodo National Park, I desperately need web access on my iPad to wrap things up.

Tropical warmth starts to work its magic as soon as I step into the lobby, caressing my city-stressed body as I’m shown to my Anantara Ocean Suite – a large, airy space with jaw-dropping beach vistas. Work quickly slips down my list of priorities.

Easing into the relaxed pace, I order a light room service dinner, which arrives swiftly and tastes delicious. With the balcony door open, the sea breeze carries the soothing sounds of breaking waves into the room, sending me straight to sleep in a spectacularly comfortable bed. Duck-down pillows and a high thread-count; we’re talking one satisfied customer.

Bliss reigns until 4am when the buzz of mosquitoes biting my back wakes me up, a not-so-gentle reminder that I’m no longer in Melbourne. I recall being shown a mosquito kit during my room briefing, and cupboard number three delivers the goods. I could clear a jungle with the arsenal in that box! So, after spraying frantically, lighting a mosquito coil and slathering myself in repellant and anti-inflammatory cream, it’s back to my heavenly slumber.

The cooing of birds and purr of lapping waves rouse me just after sunrise, a far more appealing wake-up call. The night before I’d caught some sports action on the plasma TV, and with the Bose surround-sound system, getting active had never sounded so good. This morning, I’m treated to my own version of Chariots of Fire as I spy the morning fitness crowd running up and down the beach.

Watching all that exercise makes me ravenous, so I head down to poolside restaurant Wild Orchid. Set on a deck overlooking the sea, garden and infinity pool, the tables are spaced well apart, lending a relaxed intimacy to the meal. While I’m on holiday I like to make time for breakfast as I rarely squeeze it in at home, but when I see the buffet, I decide to make even more time… It's the kind of lavish, must-devour spread that makes you appreciate the phrase 'bun fight'.

Bircher muesli, fresh fruit, yoghurt, perfectly poached eggs, just-baked bread and local honey that you scrape straight from a rack of honeycomb... over the next two hours, I’m in the zone, working my way through the menu while sipping on soy lattes. The only reason this indulgence comes to an end is because I have a booking at the rooftop spa.

Many Balinese are genetically blessed in the massage gene pool, with large, strong hands despite their modest stature. Considering myself something of a spa connoisseur, I request a hand inspection of the staff before settling on my therapist. As my masseur works away all the tension in my shoulders and I watch his huge, stocky feet pass under the table, I know I’ve made a good call.

Just as I’m trying to relax, the need for a sim card pops annoyingly into my mind. It seems like a good excuse to explore Seminyak post-massage, but when I return to my room the Jacuzzi on the balcony distracts me. Bath salts, incense and an iPod dock… what day is it again?

Wallowing in the bubbles, I’m roused some time later by a phone call – my sister, who happens to be in Bali as well, is down in the lobby. Selena’s very excited by all the shops that are within walking distance of my hotel, including small local labels and chic international designers. As tempting as it is to hit the stores, the giant day-beds between the pool and beach prove to be more enticing. With the languid breeze, tasty Indonesian snacks, chilled tunes and dappled sunlight filtering through the coconut palms, I’m soon asleep. When I wake up, Selena is also snoozing.

By now the sun is dropping, so we arrange to meet Selena’s husband for dinner at the hotel. Anantara’s showcase, SOS Supper Club is a ravishing rooftop affair, and as it faces west it provides a spectacular vantage point for sunset cocktails. Dinner is excellent steak and seafood in the fine-dining restaurant, enhanced by service that is sincere and efficient without being fussy. Afterwards, we stroll along Seminyak Beach, soaking up the cool vibes of legendary beach bars Ku De Ta and Potato Head Beach Club.

While some revellers are making their way home the next day, I’m up early to catch a flight to the island of Flores. As I’m bidding farewell to the fabulous staff and this lovely haven, I’m struck by the feeling that there was something I was meant to do... Oh yes, the sim card! Oh well, work will have to wait...

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Anantara Seminyak's Guestbook below.

 

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We loved

I loved the beachfront location, good food and service.

Rating: 9/10 stars