The second W Retreat to open in Southeast Asia (after Koh Samui) resides in the hopping Petitenget area of Seminyak, within easy reach of some of Baliâ€™s best restaurants and beach clubs.
Designed with a sleek, flirtatious aesthetic that barely glances at traditional Balinese motifs, the resort is awash in cheeky details like an illuminated resin lobby bar and a spa equipped with a 24-hour detox lounge. The pool villas out back are plush and private, but for Indian Ocean views youâ€™ll want to stay in the main building, where the top rooms come with skylights.
And if the young staff works a little too hard at being cool, thereâ€™s nothing to detract from a meal at the hotelâ€™s beachside restaurant Starfish Bloo, where California chef Jack Yoss turns out nifty sashimi appetizers and crispy Thai-style pork ribs
Jl. Petitenget; 62-361/473-8106; starwoodhotels.com; doubles from US$300
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