Known for operating design-driven boutique hotels in lively downtown neighbourhoods, InterContinental’s Indigo brand has opened its first resort, at the southern end of Mesari Beach in Bali’s Seminyak.
With 270 guestrooms and 19 pool villas laid out across 4.7ha, Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach will add SugarSand later this year on the beachfront, catering to 400 guests and visitors, with resident DJ and a seafood restaurant serving robatayaki (Japanese-style charcoal-grilled dishes).
Indigo’s design remit looks to the neighbourhood for inspiration, delivering a contemporary interpretation where the emphasis is on fun. There are lots of delightful touches such as local goodies in the minibar and room service delivered in tiffin carriers (traditional lunchboxes). Each light-filled guestroom comes with a day bed and spa-inspired ensuite, local fabrics and objets-d’art; the 19 villas feature private outdoor pools and marble bathrooms and are laid out like a typical Balinese house.
The stylish lobby doubles as a gallery with large works by local artists; the trio of swimming pools includes one for children.
A large day spa, opening this month, uses locally sourced spa products in its 10 treatment rooms; there’s also a reflexology lounge, “nail beauty” lounge and 24-hour health club with personal coaches.
DON’T MISS: A drink at the Tree Bar; expect arakbased cocktails and a signature espresso martini using white chocolate liqueur, turmeric and vanilla.
DINING IN: Danish-born executive chef Mads Wolff has his hands full with no fewer than seven restaurants and bars to wrangle, including the signature Salon Bali where babi guling, or suckling pig, is served as part of a 12-course Balinese feast, and the convivial Makase cafe where shared dishes include satays, papaya salad and curried butterfish. At the Pottery Cafe, find locally roasted coffees alongside pastries, crusty breads and charcuterie. There’s house-made ice cream (using local vanilla beans) available by the pool and lobster dishes in the main restaurant.
DINING OUT: Drop by Tiger Palm in Seminyak for Will Meyrick’s inspired take on Malaysian street food (be sure to have the roti canai); or go Italian and pop into Da Maria Bali for an Aperol spritz and late-night bowl of pasta.
ASK THE CONCIERGE: Have the hotel’s “Neighbourhood Hosts” tailor a tour, perhaps a sunrise picnic on the slopes of a volcano, or get down and dirty with some mepantigan (Balinese wrestling), often conducted in the mud of a rice field.
CHECKING IN: From $US350 ($441). Save up to 20 per cent until September 30 for stays of two nights or more, including breakfast daily. More: hotelindigo.com.
ALSO TRY: Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, Mexico; Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong; W Bali-Seminyak.
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