Scene: Contemporary resort that makes paradise feel like home
Located in the heart of paradise, quite literally, The Colony Hotel puts you exactly where you want to be in Seminyak – the beach is at your door step, the best restaurants and bars just minutes away, and an intimate setting of only 20 rooms means your privacy is truly all yours.
The Colony falls under the “boutique hotel” category – but put to rest any expectations of anything overly offbeat. Here, “boutique” refers to the comfortably contemporary design.
Lots of white, airy spaces accentuate the ample sunlight filtering through, and touches of black and brown (rattan and wood) bring out the rustic Bali charm. Marble floors help deflect some of the heat while adding to a subtle sense of luxury (when on holiday, spoil yourself right?). If it feels modern it’s because it is – having only recently opened in 2011.
Rooms are laid out surrounding the 16m-long outdoor pool, and with a “no children under 16 policy” you can be assured a relaxing lounge anytime you feel like. The hotel also houses an award-winning spa.
Expedia Tip: If you’re looking for a quiet, grown-up getaway, this is it.
Rooms in The Colony Hotel Bali
Every hotel room in The Colony Hotel Seminyak are equipped with kitchenettes and refrigators, making it easy to prepare your own meals. If you’re planning to do a lot of relaxing inside, this is perfect to go along with the free Wi-Fi and LCD TVs. Taking a break from cooking? Call the 24 hour room service and have breakfast in bed.
You can book Superior Rooms (30 square metres), Deluxe Rooms (35 square meters) or Junior Suites (45 square meters) at The Colony Hotel, with King size beds or twin beds. The colonial style rooms are well-decorated, with ensuite bathrooms and free toiletries.
If you’re a bigger family, the Junior Style suites can accommodate an extra bed at an additional charge. Of course, you can just spoil yourself and get the suite anyway and lounge around all day!
Eat & Relax
Being so close to the equator, Seminyak has a warm, humid climate – the air-conditioning in every room will be a welcome respite from the heat. Other amenities include en-suite bathrooms, satellite LCD TV with DVD player, minibar and high speed wifi that will make you feel right at home.
You’ll definitely be spending time by the pool, so familiarise yourself with the a la carte options at the Poolside Café. It serves breakfast, lunch, and of course, cocktails.
There’s so much to explore, food-wise, around the hotel – Ku De Ta, Potato Head, Naughty Nuri’s, Sarong, Metis, Mamasan, Sardine, Biku and La Lucciola are all highly recommended and renowned the world-over, and within short walking distance. Metis is recommended if you want an immersive experience, as dining here gives you a open view of Bali’s famous rice fields. They serve French cuisine with Asian fusion.
Having said that, the URCHIN Grill & Raw Bar within the hotel plates delicious, modern Australian-style fare worth checking out. It has an open-kitchen concept and completes that beach villa feel.
Must do: pamper yourself!
The in-house spa, Jari Menari (“Dancing Fingers”), features an all-male, professionally trained staff who will put you in a blissfully relaxed state with the signature massage technique (strong, firm, consistent pressure).
Try the Jari Menari Favourite “Massage with Movement” for a customised massage that incorporates yoga-influenced stretches to release your back tensions.
Other spa offerings include a Four-Hand massage, a back massage…and who could turn down a pampering, rejuvenating 45-minute foot massage in paradise?
In case you want to bring something back, sign up for the Massage Class held every Tuesday to learn the basic techniques of a 9-step, oil-free massage from senior staff.
Things to do in Seminyak
Near the hotel, you can chill out on the beautiful Seminyak Beach all day or get into a few more activities and attractions this side of Bali. Visit the beautiful Tanah Lot temple, where the sunset is absolutely beautiful and the temple on the edge of a rocky cliff is quite a serene experience.
A little farther out, an hour’s drive takes you to Uluwatu Temple. It’s another beautiful Hindu temple to visit in Bali where you can witness the traditional Kecak dance.
Seminyak is a good area in Bali for arts and culture. Shopping doesn’t lag behind, with lots of designer boutiques and art galleries to buy some great gifts for home.
If you’re looking to pick up the pace, head to Echo Beach to surf some big waves in Bali. White water rafting, parasailing and riding the waves on a jetski are all other cool options for things to do in Bali.
When to visit
June to October, when the temperatures are cooler. Avoid the rainy season (November to March).