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BOAST­ING AN ECLEC­TIC MOD­ERN DE­SIGN AND VI­BRANT VIBE, HO­TEL IN­DIGO BALI SEMINYAK BEACH IS THE LAT­EST RE­SORT ON SEMINYAK’S STRETCH THAT WILL SOON BE­COME THE TALK OF THE TOWN…

Bali & Beyond - - CONTENTS - By Risty Nur­raisa

Stay at Ho­tel In­digo Bali Seminyak Beach

Nes­tled along the stretch of Me­sari Beach, Ho­tel In­digo Bali Seminyak Beach – which is also the world’s first ever Ho­tel In­digo in a re­sort lo­ca­tion – is truly a sur­pris­ing ad­di­tion that brings an up­scale mod­ern twist to the Dou­ble Six area. Though the sur­round­ing area is filled with a num­ber of beach bars and restau­rants, Ho­tel In­digo Bali Seminyak Beach still of­fers seclu­sion that is per­fect for a hide­away. The ho­tel is also eas­ily reached with a car or a bike – from Jalan Cam­plung Tan­duk, make a left turn on the se­cond last al­ley then go straight to the end of the al­ley. Ho­tel In­digo Bali Seminyak Beach is the last, and prob­a­bly the most lav­ish, prop­erty that stands at the end of that al­ley. Pass the se­cu­rity gate, make a turn to reach the lobby, and get ready

to re­veal a whole new world in Seminyak.

ECLEC­TIC SUITE

As soon as I left my bike at the valet ser­vice dur­ing my visit to the ho­tel, I was es­corted to sit in the lobby area, which I per­son­ally think is more like a liv­ing area. De­signed with wooden floor, lav­ish lamps with warm light­ing in­spired by Ba­li­nese um­brel­las and Bubung (tra­di­tional fish­er­men’s bag) and unique col­or­ful rat­tan chairs, the lobby boasts a view of the ho­tel’s man­i­cured gar­den with a glimpse of the swim­ming pool and the In­dian Ocean afar. I sat on one of the so­fas as their staff brought me a re­fresh­ing wel­come drink – a But­ter­fly pea flower and ginger con­coc­tion that turned from blue to pur­ple when she poured in some lime juice. “That looks like magic,” I said. It was the first sur­prise I found at the ho­tel, but surely wasn’t the last.

The staff then of­fered to process my check in. Se­ri­ously, gone are the times where guests need to stand in front of the re­cep­tion desk to check in. A cou­ple of min­utes later, she re­turned and es­corted me to my room. Sit­ting in a 4.7-hectare of land, Ho­tel In­digo Bali Seminyak Beach of­fers 270 rooms and suites in 10 dif­fer­ent types – choices of rooms in­clude Clas­sic, Neigh­bour­hood, Oa­sis, Pa­tio, and Sea Breeze Room, while op­tions for the suites are Per­ada, Tirta, and Sa­gar Suite. The ho­tel also has 17 units of Wangsa One-Bed­room Pool Villa and two units of Maha Two-Bed­room Pool Villa. I stayed at the Per­ada Suite, and I couldn’t be more in love with my room from the mo­ment I walked into it.

The room looks lav­ish yet still feels homey with a king-size bed fac­ing floor-to-top glass slid­ing doors that con­nect the room to the spa­cious bal­cony. Boast­ing a view of the re­sort’s man­i­cured gar­den and main swim­ming pool, the bal­cony of­fers seren­ity on its own with a daybed on one side – which makes a per­fect read­ing nook – and an out­side bath­tub on the other side. There is an­other glass door right next to the bath­tub that con­nects it to the mar­bled bath­room with his and hers rain-show­ers and bath­room sets, and the spa­cious walk-in closet.

Per­ada Suite also has com­plete fa­cil­i­ties that sim­ply made me want to stay in for the rest of the day. There is a Punch & Munch Bar that takes in-room mini bar to a whole new level with a Ne­spresso cof­fee ma­chine with a milk warmer, a tea maker, an elec­tric juicer, and se­lec­tions of snacks and treats

in stylish con­tain­ers. The 42-inch HD In­ter­net Pro­to­col Tele­vi­sion is dis­played on one of the walls with se­lec­tions of ca­ble chan­nels – guests can also or­der room ser­vice from the “Home De­liv­ery” menu on the TV! As a guest of Per­ada Suite, I was priv­i­leged to join one of the re­sort’s ac­tiv­i­ties, like “Neigh­bour­hood Run” which takes vis­i­tors run­ning along the Seminyak beach. A beach bag with sun­screen is also avail­able in my suite. How­ever, af­ter a long week at work, I pre­ferred to snooze my week­end away on the king-size bed.

TO­TAL RE­LAX­ATION

The sun was al­most set­ting when I de­cided it was time to get out of the bed and ex­plore more of the re­sort. Of course, the swim­ming pool was my first op­tion. Ho­tel In­digo Bali Seminyak Beach has sev­eral swim­ming pools, one of them is the kid’s pool that sits next to the main pool. The main swim­ming pool is pretty vast with a whirlpool at one end. But my fa­vorite is the Se­cret Gar­den which is ded­i­cated for

adults only. Liv­ing up to its name, the Se­cret Gar­den is a serene hide­away sur­rounded by lush green­ery with a swim­ming pool that is de­signed with not one, but five whirlpools to re­lax in.

Aside from the swim­ming pools, Ho­tel In­digo Bali Seminyak Beach also has sev­eral cafes and bars which are per­fect to un­wind. My fa­vorite is the Pot­tery Café where se­lec­tions of qual­ity In­done­sian cof­fee and tea as well as de­li­cious light bites are on of­fer. Their all-day Makase restau­rant serves lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional cui­sine, set in a con­tem­po­rary de­sign with an open kitchen. Sit­ting next to Makase restau­rant is the Tree Bar that of­fers healthy menu dur­ing the day and de­li­cious in­no­va­tive cock­tails at night crafted by the res­i­dent Bal­ixol­o­gist – some of the al­co­holic drinks in­clude se­lec­tions of arak in­fused and lo­cal herbs!

The ho­tel also has Sava Spa for a pam­per­ing time, Cave Pool Lounge for in­dulging in sweet treats and Sa­lon Bali which will soon be the ho­tel’s sig­na­ture fine din­ing restau­rant of­fer­ing re­fined Ba­li­nese cui­sine. And still, they have more sur­prises to re­veal, one of them be­ing the Su­garSand beach club with a view of Me­sari Beach. In­deed, Ho­tel In­digo Bali Seminyak Beach will soon be­come the talk of the town and I can’t wait to see their up­com­ing sur­prises!

Ho­tel In­digo Bali Seminyak Beach Jalan Cam­plung Tan­duk No. 10, Seminyak, (0361) 2099-999 www.seminyak.hotelindigo.com

Lush green­ery sur­round­ing the swim­ming pool.

Sneak a peek to the Per­ada Suite.

The lobby boasts an eclec­tic de­sign.

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