Bali, Indonesia

Luna2

Rates from (ex tax)$236.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD285.56), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Space oddity

Setting

A saunter from Seminyak Beach

A paradise for every jet-setting design-junkie, boutique hotel Luna2 is a family-friendly pad that pulls off space-savvy style with ease. With a minimalist aesthetic and futuristic-flair, everything in these digs has a distinct Luna2 spin: from the ‘in-flight dining’ options to the Lunamobile and the underwater tunes playing in the pool.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

14 studios, including three Grand Studios and one Sunset Studio.

Check–Out

12 noon; check-in, from 2pm, unless by prior arrangement. Late check-outs may rack up an additional night’s fee, so make sure to ask.

Rates

Double rooms from $236.00, excluding tax at 21 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD285.56), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast, the services of a studio attendant and a kids’ coordinator, movies in the Lunaplex cinema, babysitting and WiFi.

Also

Lunaplex, the hotel’s 16-seat cinema, hosts daily screenings of both old and new flicks. Sit back in one of the low-slung Luna lounge chairs and let your ‘flight attendant’ treat you to popcorn, inventive snacks, home-made ice-cream, popcorn-inspired cocktails and icy champagne. Guests are well looked after here: a team of staff, including a concierge, international chefs, spa therapists and drivers, can be summoned to their hideaway.

Hotel closed

No check-ins or check-outs are allowed on 17 April 2018, when Bali observes Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), although stays are still possible. Bali’s airport also closes for the day.

At the hotel

Stretch of Seminyak beach just a stroll away, 16-seat cinema, free WiFi, DVDs and games. In rooms: two flatscreen TVs and a retro Brionvega set, preloaded iPod with dock; iPad, maxibar, Smeg fridge, Nespresso machine.

Our favourite rooms

It’s gotta be the Sunset Studio, which has two balconies so you can spy on the stars at night and the ocean, pool and sunset by day. This bright blue studio also has its own bar and on-loan bartender, and can connect to one of the Grand Studios, making it a good choice for sociable holidaymakers.

Poolside

Lined with Mondrian-inspired, colour-block mosaics, the pool is surrounded by loungers for those who’d rather keep their heads above water and recline with a granita or something boozy.

Packing tips

Daft Punk-inspired helmets for cycling and motorbike tours. Outdoorsy types should bring swimmers for posing on the nearby Seminyak Beach, surfing, scuba-diving and the boat trips that staff can arrange.

Also

In-room spa treatments can be arranged upon request, as can pampering by the pool. Health and fitness programmes are available at the pool podium, Fuel Station: pick from boxfit on the beach to yoga in Space. Smokers can light up in Pop! bar and Space.

Children

Mini Smiths of all ages are welcome: cots (for under-4s) and extra beds (for under-12s) are free (US$75 a night for over-13s) and available on request. Babysitting can be arranged, with two hours’ notice (or 24, if it’s a night slot).

Best for

Chirpy tweens and independent teens.

Recommended rooms

With floating kitchen counter and plenty of lounge space, the Grand Studios are available to interconnect with Studio rooms, which have the added bonus of a secluded kids’ corner for prime viewing of the retro Brionvega TV.

Activities

Young ’uns will happily spend their days rummaging through the books, gaming consols, movies and board games at LunaPlex, the in-house cinema. Supervised by Luna2’s kids’ coordinator, surfing classes, swimming and cooking lessons, sight-seeing excursions and fitness sessions can be arranged upon request.

 

Swimming pool

The swimming pool is totally tot-friendly and arm bands and swimming aids can be supplied.

Meals

Tots are welcome in Orbit, which has a 'junior gastronauts' menu (dishes include prawn cocktail, garlic snails and lemon meringue pie). Highchairs can be provided.

 

Babysitting

Babysitters are available any time of day (two hours’ notice required) at no charge. Night-time services are also available, but must be arranged one day in advance.

Food and Drink

Photos Luna2 food and drink

Top Table

Sit in the bubble dining window at Orbit, overlooking the pool, and appraise the other guests' backstroke and beachwear.

Dress Code

Contemporary cosmic: bright white and futuristic, or sharp cuts and digital print.

Hotel restaurant

Launch your intergalactic dining experience at Orbit, the crisp white eatery splashed with pops of sunflower yellow. The playful, globe-trotting menu puts a new spin on classic dishes, including nostalgic British dishes – strawberry Eton mess, a Sunday roast and baked beans at breakfast – alongside more exotic options: butterfish with lemongrass foam, and tomato soup with parmesan straws, for example.

Hotel bar

From Orbit, a spiral staircase descends into Pop! Lounge Bar, an underground den decked out in purples, shocking pinks and silver, with an illuminated dance-floor, perfect for busting out new-age moves. A DJ spins until the early hours as the futuristically fashionable sip creative cocktails and premium spirits. Closer to the heavens, Space Champagne & Caviar is a rooftop bar with sweeping ocean views, a satellite kitchen and DJ booth. Grab a perch for cocktails at sunset (mixed by brilliant barkeep Helmut Roessler's team); home in on the signature Lunatini (citrus-infused Belvedere vodka, Veuve Clicquot champagne and lime) or order the 'Space champagne & caviar' experience (4pm–10pm), which does what it says on the beluga-filled tin. The surrounding's are suitably cosmic, with rocket-shaped cocktail shakers, sputnik-style lights and a replica NASA spacesuit. 

 

Last orders

Drinks flow at rooftop drinking hole, Space, until 8pm; Pop! is open until midnight Sun–Thurs (1am Fri–Sat).

Room service

The main menu is available 6pm–10pm, with dishes such as pork belly with spiced pork cheek, poached sea bass with lobster tortellini, truffled brie with honey and a tempting array of desserts. If the midnight munchies hit, order from the late-night menu.

Location

Photos Luna2 location
Address
Luna2
Jalan Sarinande No.20
Seminyak
80361
Seminyak
Indonesia

Planes

Fly into Bali Airport (Ngurah Rai) in the island’s capital, Denpasar, which is a 30-minute drive from Luna2. The Visa On Arrival charge is US$35 a person.

Automobiles

If you’ve got the gumption to tackle Denpasar’s chaotic traffic and common traffic jams, Luna2 has a car park adjacent to the hotel and also provides valet parking. However, the most sensible way to arrive is with the hotel’s VIP chauffeur service (for an extra cost; prices vary depending on the service chosen): you’ll be whisked through customs, whooshed into a sleek 'Lunamobile' with cold towels, cold drinks, salty snacks and a menu of tunes, to get you in the mood for what’s to come.

Worth getting out of bed for

Boasting glorious beaches, spectacular sunsets and bucket-loads of beach bars, Seminyak is home to a buzzing social scene. High-end boutiques and spas will entice you away – if only for a short while – and watersport adventures, cultural excursions and family-friendly activities are all easily arranged. Take the flavours of Balinese cuisine home with a foodie experience at Dean’s Bali Cooking School. Choose from either a Balinese Jimbaran seafood class or a Balinese Badung spice class, before trawling markets for fresh local produce and whipping up a culinary sensation. At Waterbom Bali, a liquid playground for the young and young at heart, you can race down waterslides that slice through lush tropical gardens, float down Lazy River and sip a stirred or shaken concoction at the sunken pool bar.

Local restaurants

The interiors of Mama San are akin to a colonial speakeasy in 1920s Shanghai – a refreshing change from the open-air Balinese eateries, and a welcome escape from the heat. Pull up a chair in the main restaurant, below the image of Mama San herself, and enjoy a selection of of Asian dim sum dumplings, stir fries, curries and braises. Those with more refined tastes should book a table at their tasting club. Like a large chefs table on the second floor, the club offers diners the chance to chat to chef Wil Meyrick as he and the bar's mixologists add the finishing flavours to their culinary creations. A short stroll north up the beach will bring you to elegant seaside restaurant La Lucciola (+62 361 730 838) beside Petitenget Temple, an iconic spot loved for its mellow vibe and delicious Mediterranean fare. Tree lights up the romance factor at 'La Looch', as you watch the waves roll in, cocktail in hand. Another firm favourite is Sardine (+62 361 738 202) at 21 Jalan Petitenget, an easy 10-minute drive away, set in a striking bamboo house overlooking rice paddies. Sardines are the house speciality on the daily-changing menu, and there's a lovely bar for a pre-dinner sharpener.

Local cafés

Each bean at Revolver Espresso is roasted and blended in Bali to ensure your taste-buds get the full flavour. You can get a cup to go, but then you'd miss their slightly bizarre bohemian interiors with a studded metal bar, revolvers on the walls, chandeliers and a bright pink, flowery courtyard. If that doesn't make you want to stay, their Hawaii five O poke bowl, hells angels crispy wings and chicken drums, and smoking barrel full English breakfast will certainly have you searching for a table.  

Local bars

There's always an event on at Kilo Lounge on Tanjong Pagar Road. Head down to the bar for a pre-dinner cocktail in the laidback, living-room style bar, then dine in the restauarnt upstairs before returning for a night of music, dancing and drinking at one of their unmissible parties or live music concerts.

Reviews

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Lyndsey Steven

Anonymous review

Mr Smith and I have stumbled into a time warp. Only we have no idea if we’ve gone back to the future or vaulted into the past. The welcome drink, which goes straight to our heads, doesn’t help matters. Forget the ubiquitous Pornstar martini; at Luna2 Studiotel we are treated to their signature Lunatini, a multi-sensory mix of citron vodka, lime and Veuve Clicquot that instantly puts a giddy grin on our faces – especially since they’re presented by a pretty ‘stewardess’ who appears to have just stepped off the set of Thunderbirds, clad in a slinky cabin crew uniform and thigh-high boots.

A Mondrian-inspired lobby features geometric abstract works in bold colours, a soulful black and white portrait of Twiggy and a tongue-in-cheek artwork of Queen Elizabeth, her head fashioned out of a £20 note – a symbol of impending Brexit doom? – pushing a trolley full of groceries. Ma’am apparently likes Kellogg's cornflakes for breakfast. An acid house smiley-face ball is perched impertinently beneath her.

This chic, beatnik approach is all a little bizarre. Quite frankly it’s verging on bonkers. But it’s brilliant. Then again Luna2 cheekily brands itself as a ‘cosmic space for jet-setting lunatics’. We’ve definitely checked into the right solar system.

We can’t wait to see our room and we’re swiftly beamed up to number one Bond Street – the best address in town. The doors open and everything is white, bright and just a tad trippy with vibrant splashes of luminescent green – each of the 14 rooms represents a colour (and name) from the Monopoly board, highlighting founder and designer Melanie Hall’s emphasis on fun – with a big, bodacious ‘F’.

I’m so tickled by our space that I’m ready to bounce off the walls. I almost do so, convinced that one is cushioned, but stop in the nick of time when realising that the padded cell effect is actually a clever paint job.

Agreeing it would be rude not to embrace all of this soul-nourishing silliness, we study the bath menu. Mr Smith decides to push the boat out and orders the Candlelit bath with fresh essential oils and bath salts, a half dozen oysters and a bottle of bubbly, ignoring my bid for the Rub a Dub Dub option which comes with a rubber ducky.

All bubbled out, we manoeuvre our way across the Monopoly board passage – without passing go and without collecting our two billion rupees – and down to Orbit restaurant to discover whether the chef can put his money where his mouth is with the hotel’s claim of being a ‘comic pad for globe trotting gastronauts.’

Stepping inside our very own pod – if you choose the window seat it is literally like sitting inside an iPod – I get my claws into an appetiser of crab with lemon mayonnaise and promptly declare it the most delicious rendition of the dish I’ve ever sampled – indeed, one of the most delicious dishes I’ve ever sampled. Ramsay better watch his back. Mr Smith is equally satisfied with his porcini mushroom soup with black truffle, but for him it’s the pork pressed belly with tangy caramelized apples that steals the show. The tomato sorbet with my seabream and black ink risotto, meanwhile, lends an agreeable tang of acidity to the creamy, flaky fish.

There are chocolate desserts and then there’s the chocolate espresso tart at Orbit: a brick of filthy rich deliciousness with a cocoa kick that couldn’t be more potent of it had come directly off a kangaroo’s foot.

Mr Smith is flying a kite. He’s either still soaring from the effects of last night’s tart or he’s on a mission to turn back time and relive his youth. Except we’re not in Cork anymore, Toto. Standing on the beach a few steps from the hotel, clutching his rainbow coloured, boat-shaped kite, Mr Smith, possessed by the winds, is strung out in heaven's high.

But Seminyak is not just about surfing and kiting; it’s also a hot destination for shopping and eating and I’m soon dragging him off to the market and Jalan Raya Seminyak for a spot of rapid retail therapy. At quirky boutique Home I grab a handful of cotton dresses for less than £20 a pop, and then ransack Bamboo Blonde for quirky accessories. Not to be outdone, Mr Smith channels his inner surfer dude at Deus Ex Machina and bags a couple of inappropriate t-shirts.

We’d eaten like kings at breakfast – all our favourites, but with a twist, so French toast featured honeycomb butter and eggs royale had a secret weapon in the shape of sweet and smoky house cured salmon – but we’ve managed to work up a hunger for a late lunch at Chandi. Here we cook our own wagyu short ribs, Harvey tenderloin and lamb lilit on a hot stone plate; all washed down with crisp, cold sauvignon blanc.

We retire to the pop-art pool at Luna2 for a couple of hours where, remarkably, we have the whole place to ourselves, before sneaking into the underground Pop! Lounge bar and 16-seat cinema for a private screening of Fight Club.

The hotel’s Space champagne-and-caviar rooftop bar with its sweeping sea and city views is a fabulously fitting venue for our final night – even the stars look different from here. Or maybe that’s just the Lunatinis.

 

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