My Bali Trip 2014 Part 3 – Review on Spa Saloons series 1of2, W Hotels AWAY Spa

As you would probably have read in Part 1 of my Bali post, that IZE Seminyak hotel does not have an in-house spa saloon. But how can a trip to Bali be completed without a visit to a spa, right?  Therefore, Mrs SOL and I decided to look around for a good spa treatment through internet recommendations and actual ground survey. I would cover the spa saloons that we went to, and I shall provide you with my personal review for each of them.

Let’s start with the very much raved about – AWAY Spa by W Hotels.

AWAY Spa by W Hotels

This spa facility is situated in Bali’s W Retreat & Spa Resort in Seminyak. One of the reasons to visit Away Spa is that it opens for 24 hours, therefore allows you to leave the precious daytime for other activities. You can always visit this spa at wee hours and still get pamper by their much raved about treatment.

Away Spa

Away Spa – What’s your wish?

Away spa can provide you with the ultimate luxury experience. From their lavishly styled reception area, you will know the price for a spa treatment doesn’t come cheap.

Away Spa reception area

Away Spa reception area

Nevertheless, you can also expect the quality of their service is also up to the mark. Staff and therapists are incredibly attentive. Before they start, they will check with you on the strength that you preferred. About a minute into the session, they will check with you again to make sure the pressure just right for you to be comfortable.  This level of attention to detail and their professionalism are commendable.

You are encouraged to arrive early, not just for courtesy sake, but if you are half an hour early, you will be rewarded with the use of the cold pool, hot plunge pool, steam room and oxygen therapy station.

As it was 11pm, and after a long walked from IZE Seminyak to W resort,  Mrs SOL and I were so thirsty and wanted just to sip a drink instead. The receptionist then recommended us to visit their in-house chill bar, which served their own concoction of revitalising juices.

Chill Bar's Menu

Chill Bar’s Menu

 

As for the room, we were given a VIP suite for our Spa session. Their suites are designed with the W hotel’s touched that once you enter your room, you will be greeted by the glow of the light emanating from the messaging beds and along the sides of the white walls.

Below will be some pictures I have taken to illustrate just how exquisite the rooms are. Away Spa features a modern and sophisticated rather than traditional Balinese design. This gives patrons a luxurious and exceptionally “out of the world” feel.

1st segment - Foot Wash

1st segment – Foot washing area

Separate Bed for Body Scrub

2nd Segment – Body Scrubbing

The third segment is one I enjoyed the most. Coupled with smooth dim blue lights and soft music played in the background, it created a great ambience for us to fall asleep! The pressure of the massage was just right with what we requested and no pain was felt. Instead comfort is the only feeling we experienced.

After the 3 hours of rejuvenating massage and spa, we were awake by their soft touch feeling refresh and recharge. It was a truly one of a kind experience.

3rd segment - Full body massage followed by royal honey with coconut skin treatment

3rd segment – Full body massage followed by royal honey with coconut skin treatment

The finale of this package is a visit to the post production where you can help yourself to snacks and drinks. It is thoughtful of them to have such an area, as for a group of friends might sign up for different packages and thus, the treatment duration might be different. Therefore, instead of having to wait at the reception area, the post production provides you a spacious area for you to read papers/magazines while sipping the ‘refuel elixir’ and chewing on snacks.

Post Production Area

Post Production Area

Refuel Elixer

Refuel Elixer

AWAY Spa is indeed more expensive compared to other spa saloons elsewhere in Bali but is worth your money! Everyone who visited Bali should at least try the service at least once.  The AWAY spa experience is truly an unforgettable one!

Overall, I will rate AWAY Spa a perfect score of 5/5!  You can click here to view their extensive list of treatments offered.

Details

Ambience: Sophisticated and Luxurious

Spa Dinning: Light Snacks and Drinks at Chill Bar

Ingredient used: 100% natural

Special facilities: 3 Single Treatment Rooms, Double Treatment Rooms, 2 Spa Suites, Beauty Room, Hair Salon, Oxygen Room

Spa opening hours: 24 hours

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where do you go to hide AWAY?

What’s next? 

Although AWAY Spa is a heavenly experience, it comes with a hefty price tag. I understand that there will be spa-goers who do not fancy sophistication and design. Instead, they prefer a spa saloon that is of no frills that is reasonably priced.

No worries, for you, I have the second part of Spa Saloons review which I will share with you readers, 2 spa saloons that we visited that delivered just what it is needed and yet friendly to one’s wallet.

So do stay tuned.

Cheers~

My Bali Trip 2014 Part 1 – Arrival and Review on IZE Seminyak Hotel

Hello Readers!

I am just back from my virgin trip to Bali!

From our friends, Mrs SOL and I have heard good review about the beautiful beaches, resorts and even food that Bali has to offer. Therefore, we have been so looking forward to this trip since the day we booked our air tickets online.

Beautiful Sunset of Bali

Beautiful Sunset of Bali

Batam or Bali?

Bali indeed is a beautiful island and a beach-lover paradise. If you were to ask me to compare Bali to Batam based on my own experience, I would say Bali is more commercialised and touristy whereas Batam is more laid back and simple. To put it simply, I would like to put it this way:

1. Batam – Ideal for a short getaway. Family and friends’ retreat. Price is reasonable.

2. Bali – A comprehensive holiday (4 to 7 days), Honeymoon, graduation trips etc. Prices are expensive.

We love Bali!

Ok let’s go back to Bali. Although it is an island, but it is much larger than you can imagine.

Among Singaporeans and beach lovers, the popular spots will be Seminyak and Nusa Dua. Both areas can offer you a beautiful beach with famous resorts that you can sojourn in.

As for the rest not to worry,  you can find yourself immerse in Balinese arts and culture in Ubud. For scenic seeker, you can visit Tanan Lot and Desa Candikuning.

Arrival in Ngurah Rai Airport

Frankly speaking, initially, I did not expect much for an Indonesia’s airport. However,  Nguarah Rai international airport changed this impression of mine, and I must comment that I was quite impressed with the layout of the airport and how it can provide a comfortable experience for the tourist despite much of the place is still having work in progress. I believe once they get the airport to be fully renovated, it will be able to provide tourists a greater premium feel, by having more shops and facilities opened for everyone.

I would like to advise all readers who are planning to visit Bali especially on a free and easy trip, to get a prepaid card in the airport. Once you have done with the passport and luggage check, you will walk to the arrival hall where you will see local drivers holding cards with names on it, seeking for their guest.  At this hall, spot for a small counter located on the right just before you enter the DFS shopping. They are selling the card for Rup. 200,000 and this gives you 3.5 gb of data and 95,000 worth of calling credits.

The prepaid card that you should get when you are at the arrival hall

The prepaid card that you should get when you are at the arrival hall

You will find this card useful when you are trying to navigate your way, looking for any place of interest nearby. You will also find it handy when you need to call your driver/ tour agency to book a tour, etc. and yet not incurring a large amount of roaming calls charges.

IZE Seminyak Hotel

Traffic condition in Bali is quite bad. Somehow it will make you appreciate the COE bidding system in Singapore. The travelling speed can ranges from moving very slowly to not moving for a couple of minutes now and then. Seldom, you can drive more than 70km/hr especially during the narrow roads in Seminyak area.

Because of the traffic condition, the journey took us 1 hour to reach IZE Seminyak hotel from the airport, which according to Google map, it is 12 km apart, supposedly estimated to be just a 15 minutes drive.

It was quite a pain for both of us to endure the jerky ride.  The good thing was that we were greeted by the friendly staff of IZE Seminyak when we arrived.

It is only at night that I could manage to take an overall picture w/o the busy traffic blocking

It was only at night that I could manage to take an overall picture of the hotel w/o the busy traffic blocking

1. Location

IZE Seminyak markets itself as a chic and modern hotel, located strategically in the action of all the happening pubs and restaurants, and also in the heart of the lively and fashionable street of Seminyak. Indeed, they lived up to their promise, the location of this hotel is fantastic. Once you exit from the hotel, you will find yourself surrounded by restaurants and retail stores.

The street where the hotel is located in. To be precise it is call Jalan Kayu Aya

The street where the hotel is located in. To be precise it is call Jalan Kayu Aya

2. Room

The room we booked was the simplest – deluxe room. There are various other options that you can choose from such as a deluxe room with Jacuzzi, deluxe room pool (come with a separate swimming pool exclusive to all deluxe pool guest), club room and club suite.

For our stay, Mrs SOL and I had decided that a deluxe room will be sufficient as we will be spending most of our time outdoors. Therefore, we just need a comfy room for us to lodge in, to retire after each eventful day will be sufficed. Furthermore, we booked another accommodation for our second last day in Bali (which I will do a review with later subsequent post too~), which cost a bit higher than IZE Seminyak for its more resort setting (near to the beach, secluded and peaceful).

40 Square Meter Room

40 Square Meter Room. I like the day bed!

Room 2

The bathroom is well equipped, clean and not too cramp

3. Facilities

Although being a relatively small hotel compare to those villas and resorts, it still has the necessary facilities cater to the general tourist which are Gym, Restaurant and a rooftop pool. What I felt IZE Seminyak is lacking is a spa salon although they do provide a free transport service to their sister hotel, The Amala, for spa treatments and related services.

Rooftop Swimming Pool

Rooftop Swimming Pool

The pool exclusively for deluxe room and gym on the right

The pool exclusively for deluxe room and gym on the bottom right

4. Breakfast

Breakfast is something I felt IZE Seminyak could do better. Although they do provide limited selection of variety each day (on their buffet section offers local delights, breads and fruits), but your main dish (which you have to order with the staff on duty) remain the same for the 3 days that we stayed in there.

The restaurant named Meja

The restaurant named Meja

Breads and Fruits Corner

Breads and Fruits Corner

Cakes

Cakes

Breakfast Menu - It stays the same for our 4 days of stay.

Breakfast Menu – It stays the same for our 4 days of stay.

Conclusion

I would recommend IZE Seminyak if you decided to plan an economical trip. A deluxe room would probably cost you around SGD$130 per night, including breakfast and tax. This will save you quite a bit for your shopping, spa and massage expenses. It is situated in an ideal location, surrounded by retail shops and F&Bs.

However, do take note on the trade off for being surrounded by pubs.  In the night, it will get a bit noisy (or happening if you like it) on the streets, which in your room you still can hear people singing and cars moving. The party can possible last till 1am! So if you are a light sleeper or you are a person who dislikes disturbance while you rest, you should really reconsider your choice.

Other than that, IZE Seminyak is definitely a good choice for the party lover, shopping addicts and beach lovers (15 min walk to the Seminyak beach).

That’s all for part 1. Do stay tuned for part 2 in which I will share about our one day trip to Ubud. 🙂

Cheers~

Stay with IZE

Stay with IZE

Details

IZE Seminyak Hotel

Jalan Kayu Aya (Laksmana – Oberoi) No. 68
Seminyak, Bali – Indonesia

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Tel: +62-361 84 66 999
Fax: +62-361 84 66 988

Email: bliss@ize-seminyak.com
Website: www.ize-seminyak.com