This post is published in partnership with Luna2 Private Hotel.Â
Discreetly tucked in the continuous line of tropical resortsÂ and clubs that borders Seminyak Beach is an unexpectedÂ hideout: Luna2 Private Hotel. A five-bedroom house thatÂ looks straight from London in the 1960s, itâ€™s the only privateÂ hotel on these shores. But to say just that would be anÂ understatementâ€”itâ€™s also the only place of its kind in Bali,Â coupling the personalized service of luxury hospitality withÂ the ease and comfort of a private home thatâ€™s nothingÂ short of a design-loverâ€™s dream.
Opened in 2007, Luna2 Private Hotel was created byÂ Melanie Hall, the daughter of a renowned British architectÂ whose influence on modern design has been channeledÂ through Hall and manifested here. The property wasÂ named after the first spacecraft to land on the moon inÂ the 1950s, and the house is a throwback to that time, withÂ the rooms, gardened backyard, and 20-meter lap pool allÂ created by Hall with more than a bit of panacheâ€”thinkÂ custom-designed rugs and wallpaper with geometricÂ patterns, retro furniture and fabrics, and Marilyn MonroeÂ reincarnated in mosaic tiles at the bottom of the cabana-rimmedÂ pool, just steps from the beach.
Able to sleep up to 11 guests, Luna2 is one of those rare,Â malleable places that lends itself equally well to a varietyÂ of occasionsâ€”family vacations, party trips for groups ofÂ friends (thereâ€™s a back stairway to sneak up after lateÂ nights out in Seminyak), wedding gatherings, even smallÂ company retreats. The themed bedrooms allow guestsÂ to choose their vibeâ€”calm and feminine in a backÂ bedroom inspired by a gorgeous vintage HermĂ¨s scarfÂ framed on the wall; regal in the expansive, emerald-greenÂ master bedroomâ€”while bathrooms are super sleek withÂ Dornbracht rain showers and Philippe Starck tubs. All ofÂ a hotelâ€™s amenities are here in full force, from a specialÂ pillow menu and laundry service, to iPads loaded withÂ information about the hotel and the surrounds and iPodsÂ that play groovy playlists put together by local DJs andÂ the hotel staff. Pop art bedecks the walls throughout,Â save for the sitting area right off of the living room, whereÂ black-and-white photos of Hallâ€™s family taken on theirÂ mid-century travels are framed next to a wall of well-lovedÂ books with floppy coversâ€”familiar details that make theÂ house feel like home.
The difference between a private hotel and a privateÂ villa, however, is the service. At guestsâ€™ disposal hereÂ are some 20 staff members, including spa techniciansÂ that can give treatments in-room or on the rooftopÂ overlooking the backyard and ocean; an animatedÂ nanny to keep kids happy and entertained; bartendersÂ who can whip up a delicious fresh juice or cocktail atÂ any hour of the day or night; and Luna2â€™s renownedÂ culinary team, headed by British executive chef ErrolÂ Defoe. Breakfast and lunch are served Ă la carte fromÂ menus of classic comfort foodsâ€”eggs benedict, a juicyÂ Lunaburger, beer-battered fish and chipsâ€”while dinnerÂ menus are tailored to guestsâ€™ wishes and showcaseÂ Defoeâ€™s Lunafood concept, which infuses gourmetÂ European cuisine with innovation, imagination, and fun.Â Degustation menus, seafood backyard barbecues, andÂ multi-course private parties can all be arranged, as canÂ wine pairings from Luna2â€™s Wine Spectator-awardedÂ wine cellar, which is one of the best on the island.
From the friendliness of the staff down to the playfulnessÂ of the design and funky music, Luna2 Private Hotel offersÂ all the ingredients for a Bali getaway thatâ€™s unlike any otherÂ around. Turn on some oldies, order one too manyÂ sunset cocktails by the pool, and relaxâ€”the whole pointÂ of Luna2 is to have a good time.
For more information, callÂ 62-361/730-402, visit Luna2 Private Hotel, or emailÂ firstname.lastname@example.org