Friday, November 19, 2010

W Retreat Bali launches in April

The fourth W Retreat in the world will make its debut in Bali in April.

The W Retreat & Spa in Seminyak, a fashionable spot on the island, follows the recent Koh Samui and Vieques openings and the company’s first ever retreat - W Maldives.

Taieb Joulak, director of sales and marketing for the hotel, said: “This is a beautiful addition for W and will become our benchmark for Retreats, very much focused on fashion, design and music as ever with W. There will be nothing else like it in Bali.”

“However, we are also paying a lot of attention to what is local, drawing on the island’s rice fields and using bright green in the resort, browns to reflect the beaches of the island and orange to reflect the Buddhist temples of Bali.”

As with most W’s, the ‘lobby’ will transition from check-in area by day to bar by night with DJ. The hotel will be lit by 600 candles each night. Staff and guests will be able use some of the 17 pink Vespas to get around the resort, in the south of the island.

There are 237 guestroom options, including “Wonderful” garden retreats, 104 Spectacular ocean retreats, four Marvellous suites, a Wow suite and an Extreme Wow suite.

There are also 79 one-, two-, and three-bedroom villa retreats with private pool and BBQ areas – guests can order a BBQ basket to be delivered and cook for themselves.

Lifestyle options include four pools, beach, the three-level Woobar, Starfish Blue with Jack Yoss at the helm, and Fire, a grill restaurant with hot colours reflecting the island, as well as Ice, another bar area.

As with most W’s, there will also be an Away Spa, but this one will be open for 24 hours – the only one to be open all the time in Bali, and the only W spa to stay open non-stop.

“It’s all part of the Whatever, Whenever philosophy of allowing guests flexibility – we’ll also offer elements such as Midnight Delight which will be a couples treatment for honeymooners, for example, as well as offering the Balinese equivalent of a Turkish bath to reflect the local feeling – and of course Balinese massage needs no introduction,” said Joulak.

Packages will also include Girls Out Of The City designed to appeal to small groups of girls on weekend breaks looking for pampering and partying, with champagne, manicure and pedicures in the suites, from $380 a night.

The Seminyak area of Bali is known as one of the best spots for surfing, shopping and nightlife on the island and Joulak said he expected the W to draw big interest from non-guests as well. Europe and Asia will be the key markets for the hotel.

Starwood also has St Regis, Luxury Collection and Westin properties on the island.

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