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Bali Hotels. Seminyak, Indonesia.

The Grand Mercure in Seminyak is as fresh as a new-born babe. Just nine months old and a stone’s throw from Seminyak Beach. But why worry too much about the beach when you have a swim-up bar of which you can comfortably nestle yourself onto warm mosaic seating, then order almost whatever you like. And if you’re early enough, you’ll be smug as a bug on a rug … sipping on a cool beverage.

A Deluxe King-size Bedroom is truly affordable luxury with this five-star property and a bonus – drumroll please – a balcony which is a real treat to watch those amazing sunsets in the early evening.

The property features 269 well-designed spacious rooms and suites, an all-day dining restaurant, Spa and three stunning outdoor pools. The Grand Mercure Seminyak has it covered with friendly staff who know your name in no time.

Bathrooms are of the utmost importance to those who enjoy a deep-soak bathtub or an easy accessible shower. Again, spacious and comfortable making the daily routine something to really look forward to.

Who doesn’t love breakfast? An array of delicious accompaniments of which can be found at the buffet to lure any diehard westerner who prefers the usual hum drum of bacon and eggs. Why travel if not experiencing taste sensations such as a noodle soup with all those little added extras such as spring or fried onions, chili, mung bean spouts and perhaps topped off with a hard-boiled egg.

With a sea breeze wafting up from the nearby beach and a view of the hotel’s pool, make sure you’re up early to enjoy the breakfast buffet when it’s not so busy.

A Grand Ballroom and another five Meeting Rooms is perfect for any kind of event or function which requires catering. With an extensive treasure trove of ideas from the coordinators, there’s surely an agreeable fit for purpose.

A short walk down the street will take you to a myriad of shops, market places and various eateries. Money changers are abundant, but look for banks for the best and safest cash exchanges.

Nope not interested. I bypassed the Vegemite toast on this day and was seeking a more spicy, authentic traditional dish from the local eateries.

So how much is 28,000 Indonesian Rupiahs? On today’s exchange with the Aussie dollar, approximately $A2.80 and still great value for food and drinks.

A short five-minute walk to Double Six Beach is where you can find your dose of salt air and cool sea water to ensure there’s that element of ‘beachiness’ in your holiday plans.

Further along the walking track, Legian Beach is another hot spot for visitors and locals.

Colourful colonial homes with an old-style form of architecture can also be found strolling around the streets of Seminyak.

W is for Wow Factor! And that is what the W Bali Hotel is all about. Trade in ordinary for extraordinary at this five-star resort. Located in the heart of Bali’s vibrant fashion and restaurant scene, there’s no shortage of great entertainment and an energetic nightlife. 

The magnificent W Bali Hotel is another luxury resort and part of the Marriott Bonvoy stable. Located within the heart of Bali’s vibrant fashion stores and restaurant scene, it exudes a rich playground and ambience reserved for the elite. Set in an enclosure of secure lush grounds, there’s a serenity and feeling of safety away from the busy streets of Seminyak.

An outdoor spa for one or two to enjoy the fresh air whilst being relieved from your previous stresses. A vigorous massage session is a must for a truly relaxing experience before heading out to the secluded beach area reserved for the property.

I’ve always maintained women should design bathrooms because we love to have our precious amenities in full view within its own special place. For a functional area, this one (room number 303) is again another drawcard for ease and spaciousness. Dual basins for two guests always helps with not clashing in a hurry … although there’d be a race for the deep egg-shaped bathtub! And a seated area for time to sit and contemplate which amenities to try first for the bathing ritual.

A big push from me is the use of refillable bottles of body and shower products reducing the need and usage of single-use plastics. The W Bali Hotel ticked the box here admirably.

Speaking of the reduction of waste…  Goby is a giant see-through fish, installed on W Bali’s beachfront to raise awareness and help reduce plastic in the Bali Ocean. 

Goby helps show what is happening when trash ends up in the sea – undoubtedly in the belly of fish and other sea creatures. And with this, W Bali Hotel tells a simple message; the only fish that should eat plastic is the likes of Goby!

FIRE is one of the finest restaurants to enjoy a layout of delectable accompaniments and cuisine. Take a little advice from the staff and try some of those goodies not readily available at home.

Brunch is my favourite time to eat and there’s an impressive display of condiments along with my main food choices. This time a little more healthy ‘greenery’ than the usual brekky at home.

And of course, having a brekky cooked each morning is absolute luxury.

FIRE really has all the healthy choices too for those of us trying hard to reduce our carbs. Umm I’d bet the plate missing an all-time favourite would have to be mango. But topped up in no time.

Time to say bye to the wonderful W Bali Hotel Seminyak – and it’s onto Lembongan Island.

Stay tuned for Lembongan Island’s resorts and fast ferry ride in the next posting.

Seminyak, Bali – Indonesia

Off to Bali, I’ve travelled on Garuda Indonesia on a number of occasions and Business Class has taken a new style of its own – even going back years ago there was ample room but take a look below at the new Business Class seating.

Business Class seats in the Airbus A330 can be fully reclined up to 180 degrees.

24 spacious “Super Diamond” seats, in a 1-2-1 configuration giving all guests direct aisle access
• 24.4” width seat reclining into a fully flat bed
• 16” LCD touchscreen in-flight entertainment system
• Restaurant style service with sumptuous meals and a selection of premium beverages
• Personal storage
• USB & power outlet
• 40kg checked baggage allowance
• Priority check in and lounge access

Photo courtesy of Garuda Indonesia.

Before departure at the SkyTeam Lounge, there’s the ability to relax after Immigration and duty free shopping. Here you can just sit and watch over the apron all the airlines coming and going about their routine.

Located on the Terminal 1 departure level at Pier B, the Sydney Lounge offers everything you need to unwind in comfort, do some work or grab a bite before your flight.

Surf boards are permitted, however check with the airline their policy on weight and dimensions for carriage as Bali is a mecca for surfers.

Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak Resort’s double bedroom.

When was the last time you stayed at a Courtyard Marriott? Bet it wasn’t a resort … This property in Seminyak is one of two resorts in Bali and it’s just two years old (the other is located at Nusa Dua).

Incredibly impressed with the very modern, contempory and stylish rooms – mainly two types – Deluxe room (city/street view) and Deluxe Pool View room of which faces in towards the swim-up bar and inffinity pool spilling over into another lower level pool which is quieter and a little less celebratory – all within the complex.

A swim-up bar is all that Aussies want at times without having to leave the property, and just simply enjoy what’s in front of them.  It’s all here …

Breakfast at this hotel is somewhat a wowser! Anyone who orders the usual obligatory eggs and bacon are missing out. I travel to eat the local cuisine, doesn’t matter what time in the day it is …

Change money at your hotel wherever possible – even if it’s a slightly lower rate. There’s a myriad of Money Changers all over Bali, however you may think the exchange rate  given is better, but when you receive back the difference between IDR70,000 and IDR7,000 it’s about A$6.50 on today’s exchange rate. You may not pick up the difference in currency at first sight and it’s easily missed, but at least the major hotels will give you the correct amount owing to you … It’s about the cost of two bottles of beer!

Seminyak Village, not too far away from anything – it’s a modern and fashionable outlet with lots of commercial goodies for sale.

The Junction, not to be missed as it’s one of the busiest cross roads and a fabulous bar.

Before I die … Bit of street art to check out while walking around.

Shopping for signs? Bali’s a treasure trove of fine art, handicrafts, antique and semi-antique furniture, paintings, delicately carved jewellery, wood and stone carvings, masks, woven and dyed fabrics.

Self explanatory …

Can’t say I’ve seen too many black cats in Bali, but this one’s staying close to its owner.

The Library Café in Seminyak is one of my favourites and with my new drink of choice – Affogato to cool down while people watching.

A beach buggy or a short walk from my hotel to the beach area is easily accessible.

And, everyone loves having their favourite seat with a few bevvies waiting for the sun set.

End of the day having a swim and cooling off ready for the next day’s swimming, eating and shopping – generally having a good time with lots of bargains on offer. Make sure you travel over lightly with your luggage because you’ll go home with more than you hoped for, and stall holders are often open till about 11:00 pm at night.