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A Sense of Discovery on The Island of the Gods, Anantara-style…
07 Apr 2008
Welcome in a new day with an early-morning walk amidst landscaped gardens, surrounded by the natural beauty of Bali's pristine Seminyak beach. Or toast famed sunsets with designer cocktails from this latest addition to Seminyak's enviable line-up of chic restaurants, boutique shops and trendy nightlife hotspots. In between, choices to explore hidden corners of the island and to enjoy extraordinary experiences are endless...
Anantara Resort Seminyak capitalises on a stunning beachside location under a canopy of greenery, and light reflected by the ocean. The 59 suites are infused with all the touches of 21st Century convenience and feature expansive, free-flowing living spaces - around 80 square metres - with Balinese-inspired décor, floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows. Take in views of the sparkling ocean from signature terrazzo hydro tubs from your own private balcony. Created to be the perfect abodes, they reflect the authentic Anantara suite touches - along with contemporary Asian furniture and every modern lifestyle trimming to ensure guests are nestled in luxury and comfort.
Lavish features like dark Indonesian wooden floors, oversized built-in beds covered with 300 thread-count linen and a mountain of pillows are perfectly complemented by sophisticated in-room amenities: double-sized Hansgrohe ‘rainmaker' shower, BOSE DVD player, a surround-sound system, 42 inch LCD TV, 80GB iPod with docking station, Wi-Fi internet and espresso machine. Exquisite local craftsmanship throughout adds distinctive Balinese detail that echo the cultural uniqueness of the island.
Measuring 420 square metres and offering sweeping, 180-degree ocean vistas, the modern minimalist décor of The Anantara Penthouse suite is the embodiment of the ultimate luxury experience, consisting of two bedrooms, a lounge, library, kitchen, bar and dining area in an open-plan style. Outdoors, it features a concept pool with glass roof, spacious sundeck with Weber BBQ area, loungers, daybeds and a Jacuzzi. Let the butler indulge every whim, from arranging spa treatments, private yoga and meditation sessions, to sunset cocktails prior to a lobster BBQ on the private deck.
Deeply rooted in the Anantara philosophy to create the ultimate luxury hospitality lies the conviction to enhance guest impressions through memorable destination experiences, and Anantara Resort Seminyak is no exception. Unique activities and excursions provide guests with ample opportunities to explore the exotic natural beauty or spiritual heartland of Bali. Set out with a guide on a Vespa with a sidecar for a charming discovery of local life. Spend the day with a spirit man who will carry out ancient and sacred Balinese rituals before heading out to tiered rice paddies for a meditation session.
Dive into an up-close discovery of Bali's famous coral reefs - full of diverse and unspoiled marine life - or take up surfing lessons with the ‘surf guru'. For the adventurous, a hike to volcanic hinterlands will no doubt provide endless enjoyment, while boundless thrills are guaranteed from rides on Harley Davidsons - or on elephant back! Kite-flying takes on a whole new meaning in Bali too, combining the finest local craftsmanship with perfect weather conditions for flying.
At the end of these thrilling adventures, the sumptuous luxury of your suite awaits to unwind you before surrendering to indulgences like awe-inspiring sunsets, pampering spa treatments, fine cuisine and facilities galore. The Den is a stylish library to pick up a book, magazine or newspaper to bury your nose in. A wide selection of all-time favourite movies is also available.
Discover new culinary worlds at Anantara Resort Seminyak and let the laid-back spirit of Bali set the tone for memorable dining experiences that combine sophisticated international tastes with the best of local flavours. Sunset On Six (SOS), the rooftop bar, is the perfect setting to melt into the chilled-out vibes of Seminyak's famed sunsets while sipping on an inventive Asian-inspired cocktail. The resort's bistro-style café next to the infinity-edge pool, PAON, is where to head to for savouring elegant afternoon tea or a light lunch. Spice up your evening at the signature Thai restaurant, Wild Orchid, while watching master chefs craft zesty creations right before your eyes to lead your taste buds through a culinary adventure of Thailand's unique flavours.
In pushing the design envelope, a line of customized tableware was specially created, inspired by materials like local Balinese stoneware and Japanese bone china. Additionally, customised juice glasses have seen the light, as well as a selection of Riedel Vinum wine glasses for the rooftop Wine Room. Here, wine tastings are hosted by a resident Wine Guru who guides guests on a personalised journey through some of the world's finest vintages.
Round off an adventurous day by relaxing at one of three pools overlooking the Indian Ocean (one of which is infinity-edged), or enjoy an invigorating Thai massage, ancient Ayurvedic spa therapy or the signature spa treatment utilizing special long pressure treatments and local oils at Bali's first Anantara Spa. The resort also has its own Surf School, headed up by a maestro of the waves who eagerly shares know-how and useful tips. A number of popular water sports and activities can be enjoyed, while the fitness centre is well equipped to work up a sweat.
And that, frankly, is just touching on the stylish surface of this latest resort newcomer that offers a truly authentic Balinese discovery...
Anantara is taken from an ancient Sanskrit word that means 'borderless water', a name chosen for this element's association in many Asian cultures with wealth and good fortune. Inspired by local architecture and sensitive to the indigenous culture, Anantara Resorts are currently located in the seaside town of Hua Hin (220kms south of Bangkok), on Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand and in the Golden Triangle in the country's north. In the world-renowned destination of the Maldives, Anantara Resort Dhigu (2006) and Anantara Resort Veli (2008) are a 30 minute boat ride from the capital Male. The newest member of the Anantara family, Anantara Resort Seminyak, opened in March 2008 in this most fashionable district of Bali - the Island of the Gods. October 2008 will see the launch of Anantara Resort Phuket situated in the serenity of Mai Kao Beach, just 15 minutes from Phuket International Airport.
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