Yes, we mean it. After all it’s not located in a commercial or touristy location but bang in the middle of a traditional neighbourhood called Seminyak. What that means is that it becomes so much easier for you now to mingle with the local community and explore their lifestyle from very close quarters. And mind you, it’s a lifestyle their forefathers lived.
Just step out of the just-opened Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach, with the Mesari beach right there, and you are already tracing the neighbourhood’s story exploring its local communities and temples, where craft and ceremonies still maintain the same daily rituals that connect you back to the 15th century.
This artisanal craftsmanship and architecture of Bali is also very evident in this 270-room hotel spread across 4.7 hectares of lush, landscaped grounds complete with exotic plantings and vertical gardens. The modern day comforts are not forgotten of course what with every room fitted with daybeds, plush bedding and spa-inspired bathrooms. There are also 19 villas that have private swimming pools, whirlpools and marble bathrooms – all inspired by the Tri Hita Karana philosophy that explores one’s relationship with gods, living beings and the earth. That means, each villa is planned like a Balinese house, consisting of three main areas: Nista Mandala, a space for residents to embrace the Gods; Madya Mandala, a space to be at one with nature; and Utama Mandala a space for interpersonal relations.
“Seminyak is a melting pot of culture and lifestyle. We have woven the flavours of Seminyak into our resort, not only with our design but throughout the whole experience,” says Guillaume Epinette, General Manager of the hotel.
For foodies, there are as many as seven dining options: Makase is the hotel’s neighbourhood café, serving colourful local flavours for breakfast and dinner. Pottery Café offers local specialty coffees, teas, chocolates and freshly-made pastries. It also has its own coffee roasting machine and pottery-making workshop. Then you have the Tree Bar – an organic artisan bar by day and speakeasy cocktail bar by night.
By the resort’s main pool is the Cave Pool Lounge. Salon Bali is the signature dining restaurant of Hotel Indigo, an intimate space with a rustic design where one must try the island’s traditional delicacy, babi guling or suckling pig. But then if the beach is what you prefer, head for the beachfront bar and restaurant SugarSand with space for more than 400 beach enthusiasts.
Done with pampering your taste buds? Now head for the Sava Spa for some Balinese massages.
Why you should go now?
One, it’s a brand new hotel. Two, if you book the ‘Resort’s Opening Experience’ offer on their website HotelIndigo.com/seminyak for a minimum of two nights stay, you will enjoy savings up to 20%. Includes daily breakfast for two persons. And thirdly, if you didn’t know, Indonesia offers visa on arrival to Indian travellers!