Bali Hotels: the Colony in Seminyak Recalls Earlier Era

  • Bali hotels: the Colony Hotel in Seminyak

    Bali hotels: the Colony Hotel in Seminyak

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Finding mid-range accommodation can be difficult in Bali’s trendy Seminyak neighborhood, where most of the luxury resorts and pricey villa complexes sport sleek, of-the-moment designs. In the midst of all this, the new Colony Hotel (62-361/736-160; thecolonyhotelbali.com) is something of a throwback–but an elegant, affordable one at that. Though this 20-suite charmer has all the modern amenities of its neighbors–high-speed wireless Internet, flat-screen TVs with a full complement of satellite channels–it offers a completely different aesthetic. Instead of Zen-like minimalism, the property looks downright Raffles-esque, with whitewashed pilasters and balustrades, floor-to-ceiling French windows, and wrought iron lanterns. Interiors, too, hark back to an earlier era, with dark-wood furnishings, beds swathed in crisp white linen, and balconies overlooking a palm-flanked turquoise pool. Even better, with nightly rates starting at US$155, you can enjoy a taste of the glamor of days gone by, with plenty of cash left over for a few G&Ts at the poolside bar. —Isabel Esterman

Originally appeared in the June/July 2011 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Grand Old Time”)

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