W Bali – Seminyak | Wonderful Ocean Facing Escape

It is always extreme fun and excitement staying at the W Bali – Seminyak.  Marriott’s ultra-lifestyle brand – and one of the most successful W properties in the portfolio, with Craig Seaward at the helm, W Bali – Seminyak ticks all the boxes for me.

It seems to get better every time I stay.

The magnificent bamboo covered entrance
Couples massage room

The facilities are endless and include a well-staffed spa and wellness centre, a great gym and weights room with state of the art facilities, most offering HD screens with an endless choice of entertainment or plug in your own iPod!  Large windows (with views) and well-trained friendly staff to answer your question or get a plan for you up and running.  The use of the gym and thermal spa room (men and women separated) is complimentary.  Access the thermal spa inside the gym change rooms (separated men’s and women’s).

The Fitness Centre
helpful trainer in the gym

Just behind the welcome desks – is Wired and Words for books to read and 4 new iMacs and printers for complimentary internet use or word processing etc.  Its a little haven of relaxation away located above starfish bloo

Wired and Words

I love arriving to the open-air lobby and lounge – it just feels great!  Being whisked from the front entrance in seminyak (couple of doors up from potato head) in one of the golf buggies, the W feeling kicks in and my holiday and blogging trip starts off with an awesome check in experience from the welcome team! thanks Mena.

Open air Welcome section


Starwood preferred guest recognition is excellent with staff around the hotel remembering your name and preferences.  Most impressed by this level of awareness and level of attention given to my room position preference (high with city or pool view) & the pillows I requested were in the room on arrival.


W Bali – Seminyak

After checking in with the Welcome team, Mum and I were off to a great start.  We received an upgrade on arrival to a wonderful ocean facing escape on the 5th floor (top floor) facing the pool area, from a wonderful garden view escape. (where we usually stay)

There are 3 elevators in the property and while they are quick – they need to buzz louder when they arrive (or light up more), as it’s a common problem I see when walking past or using the elevators, people don’t notice the elevator has already come and gone!  The elevators are also very hot inside, surely, they could have better air circulation systems in place here.

Room was twin share with two floating queen beds, massive desk with plenty of power points and ethernet.  The munchies box has now grown since my last stay!






Mini bar cabinet features a coffee plunger and kettle, all glassware and a metal ice bucket (filled on request).  Nice selection of tea’s and not so much the coffee!  – you are more inclined to go downstairs to the lounge or pool area for one of their signature mock-tail or indeed cocktails, which are amazing!  However, I think every 5-star hotel should have a decent selection of coffees and teas with fresh milk available for free in their mini bars.

The Electrolux mini bar fridge had the essentials – just.  Not a huge selection really – a couple of soft drinks coke, diet and sprite, one juice and mixers – no champagne this time or white wine?  Anyhow the minibar seemed a bit hit and miss.  On the desk was a 1/2 bottle of grey goose vodka (FRA) a bottle of red (ITA) – and that was it.

The free bottled still water for Starwood Preferred guests was replenished daily (in room and in bathroom for brushing your teeth) and never had to be ordered – loads of water!

Awesome ‘open’ bathroom (retractable roof blind with remote – see pics below).  Bathroom also features a full stone soak tub/bath (above ground) with double vanity, twin illuminated mirrors, rain / wall shower and a full kit of amenities from BLISS – foaming face wash, bubbles and shower gel, shampoo and conditioner, hand cream, etc. lemon and sage scented range which is quite nice, fresh and fun & Listerine.


Whatever/Whenever® will help you replenish as much as you want during your stay, – (Its W hotels concierge!)  here’s a snippet from the W Hotels website:


W Hotel’s signature service. Whatever you wish for, we’ll wave our magic wand. W’ legendary Whatever/Whenever® service featuring a 24-hour concierge that grants your every wish is part and parcel of what makes the W Hotel the best hotel Seminyak has to offer.

A pair of tickets to the latest nightclub? Yours in the blink of an eye. That must have Miu Miu accessory? The secret shopper has it covered.  Dine under the stars? Rest assured it will be an unforgettable experience!

Whatever you want, whenever you want.  Your wish is our command, with our Whatever/Whenever® service.  Nothing is too big or too small, just make it legal!

Fees vary by service requested.

For more information please contact whotels.bali@whotels.com

Room also had a large balcony with chaise sofa and another single chair and table for those who like to have breakfast in their own room.

Massive screen closes the bathroom and room areas for total privacy.

Nightlights feature softly throughout the room (hidden at low level) which is a nice touch (mum says) which are activated by your bedside (with the reading lights and master switch for the room)

Bose dvd lifestyle system with a dvd library on hand & Whatever/Whenever® will provide you with the DVD’s of your choice from the catalogue provided in your room – Great idea – I think $15-$20 for an in house movie is ridiculous at most hotels.  It’s great to see the DVD’s are complimentary for in house guests.  DVD’s will arrive in approximately 10 minutes from when you order them.

JBL alarm clock in the corner of the room if you prefer to set your own reminders and long shaped sofa in the room with large coffee table – very comfortable.

Both blackout curtain and day blind ensure a dark space at sleep time.  (that’s when the nightlights come in handy)

The pool area at the W is definitely the stand out feature at this ‘open air’ modern property.  The access points are limitless and there are plenty of deck loungers to choose from.  They also have cabana’s with cushions, plenty of umbrellas and double canopy hooded loungers are there for your enjoyment



As you are right on the beach and easy walking distance from Potato Head and Kudeta, they have a lot of people coming in from the beach entrance (who are staying elsewhere) trying to use the pool facilities! They are quickly ushered away by unsuspecting security.  It happens all day long.!

As soon as you find a lounger or chair to your liking, the pool butlers are quick to get you set up with towels, cushions, menu’s, water, sunscreen etc. and are very quick to have your requests met.  We liked the lip pillows..!

The Woobar is the beach bar near the pool – with the best lantern lit beer garden beside the beach, very nice for sun downers and interesting expertly crafted mixes & drinks and live DJ’s.  Food is also available here and throughout the wet areas of the hotel.  It’s always happening at the Woobar.  Woobar regularly hold DJ nights with all the latest lounge tracks and a themed menu if you prefer to eat there.




Go in inside and check out the fan above the bar – it’s massive and quite unique – intriguing layout for this bar, amazing triple layered decks with an observation ‘hole’ exposing all levels through to the rooftop terrace. (new)

Massive Boss Fan above the bar

Breakfast (0700-1030) was included in our rate which was served at either Fire restaurant (accessed via the lounge) or Starfish Bloo which is beach side and more resort style with ocean views.  Both venues had buffet stations with a big focus on local individual dishes, international cuisine, donuts, croissants, muffins, pastries etc.

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Sunday brunch at starfish bloo – highly rated
Starfish bloo looking out to the beach


A la carte dishes were available from both venues with a huge selection and at no additional cost – so you can order 10 courses if you so wish!  Think blueberry or strawberry pancakes with real maple syrup and fresh cream, waffles with caramel and banana, eggs benedict, florentine & salmon.

Here is the list for you..

Breakfast Menu

New and Old Cravings
Classic Egg Benedict
Smoked country ham, English muffin, poached egg, hollandaise
Smoked Salmon Benedict
Smoked tassie salmon, English muffin, chive hollandaise, tobiko
Warm Poached Asparagus & Poached Egg
Bedugul farms asparagus, shaved parmesan, hollandaise
Poached Prawn & Mascarpone Scrambled Egg
Butter poached prawn, chives, mascarpone, organic eggs
House Buttermilk Pancakes
Stewed berries, maple syrup, whipped cream
Cinnamon Brioche French Toast
Stewed berries, maple syrup, whipped cream
Seared Foie Gras
Caramelized onion, sunny side up, natural jus, mini croissant
Grilled New York Steak & Eggs
Grilled beef steak, almond romesco, eggs as you prefer
A traditional Korean rice dish with vegetables, sunny egg kimchi, beef & chilli paste

Healthy & Vegetarian Alternatives
Organic Vegetable Egg White Omelet
local spinach, mushrooms, onions, asparagus, chives
Poached Prawn & Mascarpone Scrambled Egg White
Butter poached prawn, chives, mascarpone, organic eggs
Assorted Sashimi & Maki Rolls
Sushi, sashimi, maki rolls, wasabi, soy sauce, pickled ginger

House Made Honey Granola Parfait
Local berry compote, strawberry yoghurt, dried fruits
Mixed Asian Greens Salad
Green apple, soy-lime vinaigrette, jicama, crispy shallots
Seasonal Balinese Fruit Platter
Local tropical fruits, organic bedugul honey

On the Side
Toast-White or Wheat
Balinese Pork or Chicken Sausages
Roasted Organic Tomatoes
Two Organic Eggs-Any Style
Fragrant Jasmine Rice, Shallot-Garlic Oil
Basket of House made Pastries

Apple Papaya Orange Pineapple Mango Young Coconut Watermelon
Probiotic Smoothies
Banana, date,cinnamon,honey, yakult & ice; Mango, passion fruit, honey, yakult & ice; Papaya, tamarello, honey, yakult & ice Blueberries, strawberries, honey, yakult & ice

Coffee Selection
HOT Espresso Black Coffee Cappuccino Flat White Latte Hot Chocolate Machiato COLD Black Over Ice Coffee Frappe Iced Chocolate
Tea Selection
English Breakfast Berry Bliss Earl Grey Exotic Paradise Golden Chamomile Green Tea Peppermint Tea
Retox, Detox, Recovery
Berroca Booster
Served with fiji water

B-B-Bloody Mary
Tomato and vodka and everything nice; served a bit spicy
Vanilla Bellini
Crushed peaches, W-made vanilla vodka, lemon, sugarcane and fresh vanilla
Mint Lychee Royale
Crushed lychees & mint, with vodka and drowned in champagne
Louis Roederer Brut

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pastries, donuts and parfait anyone?

We ate out most nights when we stayed here, as that’s what you come to bali for – the amazing nosh available at an amazing price – and the venues at the W are more ‘sunlight’ themed / orientated, but don’t get me wrong, Fire and Starfish Bloo are 2 consistently top ranked restaurants on TripAdvisor and the vibe around the hotel in the evening is electric.

Amazing villa host Imam whisked me away to show me around the villas – which are behind the property and secluded behind the scenes as such.

Imam with the honeymooners welcome amenity – chocolate truffles

They have a network of buggies who drop off and pick up guests arriving and departing this hidden / secluded area (it even has its own original temple with offering available) which is located near the extreme wow 3 bedroom villas (which are massive and are located in their own section)

The villas are lovely.  The lead-in or standard one bedroom villa has all the facilities and features the wonderful rooms have, but are a step up and a little more luxurious – and more relaxed in colours.

Be aware – if you’re the type of person who needs to be closer to the action & the main pool area – these villas may not be for you.  They are more secluded and are serviced by buggies to / from the main reception area at W.

I inspected a 1 bedroom villa which was just being finalised for a honeymoon couple just arriving at 4pm.  The room presented like this!


Lovely bathroom which is totally different to the wonderful garden & ocean escape rooms which we stayed in


private pool area with loungers & cabana – very secluded and tranquil. (1 bedroom wow villa)

Improvements to the front area of the hotel (the beach entrance) would probably make a lot of guests happier.  I would really like to see some clean white sand or grass here instead of the brown grey sand.  It’s just an eye saw.  We also notice the furniture is always stained around this area and people never seem to be at this section – maybe it’s because they don’t like the sand!

The beach in front of the W hotel is quite wild.  There is always a strong current and you swim at your own risk.  Beware of the strong rip that tends to present itself in front of the property at times.

Staff at the property are stars!  Most of them know us by first and last name and welcomed us with smiles and advice every day of our stay and liked to joke around with you and ‘have a chat’ whenever they could.  Big mention must go out to the welcome team and the lounge stalwart Melah who has been at the property since early days – a genuinely sincere and funny person who remembers us each visit!


Didn’t see Craig from the Executive offices this time around, but will definitely catch up next time mate!  You have crafted an exceptional team and maintained this property and its facilities to a very high standard! Kudo’s mate!

W Bali – Seminyak is a polished lifestyle hotel which is exciting, lavish, trendy and fun in every way.  It really is a delight for all your senses.  I am always amazed by the level of service I receive at this property and most of the little creases that were evident last stay have been ironed out flat!  Definitely a favourite hotel of mine.

A few extra quirky facts about the W Bali – Seminyak The hotel has its own sound recording studio, W Sound Suite, with a sound engineer on hand to help you make a few tracks or explore the equipment with ease!  After all, it’s all about lifestyle!  The hotel teams up with acclaimed international DJs to create the sounds you hear throughout the property which is also available for purchase – symmetry – see below.  Its getting a bit old now (about 7 years) – but the music remixes always bring back memories.

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I’ll be back – next time I would love to review the more secluded villas for all the solo’s, couples, families and honeymooners wanting more seclusion and intimacy.  Keep tuned and enjoy the pics!

So overall, I rate the W Bali – Seminyak a total of 5.5 out of 6 possible stars


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