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An Escape to W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak

Imagine. A magical beachside retreat in one of Bali’s opulent playgrounds, lush tropics and seductive seas. W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak, where the everyday is an urban myth. Surrender to the indulgence, where peace and tranquility are the utopian reality.

Imagine. A magical beachside retreat in one of Bali’s opulent playgrounds, lush tropics and seductive seas. W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak, where everyday is an urban myth. Surrender to the indulgence, where peace and tranquility are the utopian reality.

A romantic dinner under the stars by a secluded pristine beach? Room scattered with rose petals? A traditional Balinese dance lesson? A breathtaking helicopter escape for an bird’s eye view of Bali? Your wish truly is their command with their Whatever/Whenever service. They’ll make your special moment magical, and transform your dreams into reality. Anything you need, you just ask.

The beach beckons beyond W’s signature sleek designs. 237 retreats, suites and villas – including 62 Wonderful Garden View Retreats, 14 Spectacular Ocean Glimpse Retreat, 76 Spectacular Ocean Facing Retreats, and for a serious wow-factor there are 4 Marvelous Suites, 1 WOW Suite and 1 Extreme WOW Suite. For more privacy, we have 65 Marvelous One Bedroom Pool Villa, 10 WOW Two Bedroom Pool Villa and 4 Extreme WOW Three Bedroom Pool Villa.

W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak’s list of accolades continues to grow.  On September 28th The exclusive club of Business Traveller Asia-Pacific’s magazine announced at a dinner ceremony at Conrad Hotel Hong Kong, the reward of W Bali as Best Resort Hotel in Asia-Pacific.

The function, which also marked the publication’s 30th Anniversary, has become the premier annual event for the past 21 years that the travel and hospitality industry looks forward to. The top places reflect the highest praise bestowed by Business Traveller readers on service providers, who have maintained impeccable standards that help make their journeys seamless and productive. The Readers Poll, conducted and interpreted by Ipsos, forms the ultimate basis for the results.

W Retreat & Spa Bali-Seminyak opened on the 1st of March 2011, marking the debut of W Hotels Worldwide in Bali, Indonesia . Located in the pulse of the trendy enclave of Bali, the entry of W Retreat & Spa sets the tone of exuberance in Seminyak where designer boutiques, eclectic galleries, concept restaurants, chic cocktail bars and clubs predominate here.   Owned by PT. Dua Cahaya Anugrah, W Retreat & Spa Bali-Seminyak will feature a total of 152 Wonderful and Spectacular Retreats, 4 Marvelous Suites, 1 WOW Suite, 1 Extreme WOW (E-WOW) Suite and 79 Villa Retreats (65 Fantastic One Bedroom Villa Retreat, 10 Marvelous Two Bedrooms Villa Retreat and WOW Three Bedrooms Villa Retreat), distinct concept restaurants such as Starfish Bloo and Fire, destination bars – WooBar and Ice, W Lounge, WET outdoor pool, a signature Away Spa that is open 24/7, SWEAT state-of-the-art fitness center, W The Store, and Wired and Words business center and library.

Designed by Poole Associates Private Limited and AB Concept, W Retreat & Spa Bali-Seminyak reflects inspirations of rich natural beauty, historical and cultural heritage of Bali, in synergy with playful twist of bold designs and textures that stimulate guests’ senses from every angle of the retreat. With the unique take of Balinese designs, each space is identifiable with playful touches and surprises.

Craig Seaward, the General Manager of W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak stated, “I am very proud and excited to see the property evolve and receive these recognitions at such an early stage of our inception.  Our team works hard to create something unseen in Bali and the acknowledgement proves that all our efforts and hard work has and will continue to make W Bali a success.”

In addition to the many exclusive indulgences at W Retreat & Spa Bali-Seminyak, the retreat will offer a full-service WIRED business center available 24-hours, 350 square meters Great Room with unique Sensory® Set Up, and the brand’s signature Whatever/Whenever® concierge service, providing guests whatever they want – from discovery of Balinese customary ceremonies to VIP access to celebrated fashion showcases and parties – whenever they want it, as long as its legal!  Retreats and suites, including one WOW suites and an Extreme WOW suite, will feature the W Hotels signature bed with feather-top mattress, 350 thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets and goose down comforter, creating the ultimate escape.

From the stylish architectural design, by Indonesia’s A.W. Lake, to the indulgent menu of signature services; AWAY Spa captures the playful, unique W experience, infusing it with Balinese elements to create an ‘escape within an escape’ for guests and visitors alike.

Since opening in March 2011, W Bali has also been awarded the following:

  • Conde Nast Traveler – Hot List 2012
  • #1 Trendiest Hotels In Indonesia & Top 25 Luxury Hotels In Indonesia, Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice 2012
  • Asia Spa Magazine – AWAY Spa – Best New Spa 2011,
  • Top 25 Leisure Resorts & Top 25 Spa Resorts 2011 + 2012, Smart Travel Asia
  • Best Guest Room – 31st Annual Gold Key Awards – Hong Kong 2011
  • Best Design Trophy – Hotels Over 200 Rooms, Design-et-al International Hotel and Property Awards , June 2011

Craig Seaward, the General Manager of W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak stated, “I am very proud and excited to see the property evolve and receive these recognitions at such an early stage of our inception.  Our team works hard to create something unseen in Bali and the acknowledgement proves that all our efforts and hard work has and will continue to make W Bali a success.”

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THROWBACK THURSDAY. Our Stylish Voyage on a Boat with Loida and Richard

FOR SAIL

With hosts Loida Montesclaros and Richard Forteau, we take entertaining to the high seas.

by Shari Quimbo photography Steffen Billhardt

The sky was decidedly gloomy on the Sunday afternoon Loida Montesclaros and Richard Forteau invited a small group of us for a sail, the clouds getting darker as I make my way to Porter’s Marina, where the Blue Planet was docked.

“Richard built the boat himself in Cebu,” Loida explains, going on to share that he was the former honorary French consul in Cebu. “It was built here, and I designed the interiors.”

All that work certainly paid off—Loida and Richard would often sail the boat out to different Philippine destinations such as El Nido, Siargao, Boracay and the Gigantes Islands in Iloilo. These could mean days-long journeys that sometimes meant dealing with some rough seas. Quick day trips, much like the one we were about to embark on, were also a regular past time.

Loida gives me a quick tour of the boat then shows off her tropical spread. With its bright blue and white floral seating, the cabin’s dining area is already a pretty festive site. “I wanted to keep it simple,” she tells me, arranging her fresh fruits around on the banana leaf-covered wooden slabs she was using as serving trays. “And I wanted it to look more local, more tropical. We are on the water, after all.”

The bamboo slats of the dining table were the perfect backdrop to Loida’s spread, which featured tropical fruits alongside an entire roll of lechon belly, fresh lumpia, empanada and steamed shrimp.

The highlight of the table, though, was the chicken liver pate, a dish that Richard makes himself. “Luckily, the French love to cook,” Loida jokes conspiratorially.

Finally, it was time to take the vessel out onto the high seas, and the group makes its way above deck to enjoy the view. The cool sea breeze was a bit stronger than usual, something that had to do with the dark rain clouds looming above us—something that would have deterred any other group, but not this adventurous bunch. Armed with a glass of champagne in one hand and a biscuit smeared with pate on the other, many stand against the railing, admiring the sight of the sky turning orange above the Mactan Channel.

And then it starts to pour. No matter, though—as the rain pounds against the deck, the party finds its way down below. A bottle of wine is opened, and then another, while a second pot of pate is transferred on a plate. Our captain waits until the waves calm before he brings us back ashore.

(This story has already been published in the printed edition of Zee Lifestyle Magazine’s November 2016 issue as one of the Entertaining Features on pages 82-85.)

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Experience authentic Korean Barbeque at Da-In Restaurant

Filipinos are crazy for Korean barbecue. As such, there are a lot of places that are offering Korean barbecue. But Da-In restaurant isn’t just one of those restaurants.

Located in Salinas Drive in Lahug, Cebu, Da-in restaurant is a joint project between the Creative Cuisine Group and Da-Won restaurant. With state-of-the-art grilling stations in each table and various Korean cuisines ready to be served, Da-In would surely sate your Korean barbecue cravings without any hassle.

Visit Da-In restaurant today!

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Head Up North, Where A Relaxing Escapade is in Store at Maayo San Remigio

On your next trip out of the city, head up North to Maayo San Remigio, where a relaxing escapade awaits.

Oftentimes, when it comes to deciding the next travel destination, the Northern part
of Cebu is overlooked in favour of its Southern end. The South boasts of sunny beaches,
cascading waterfalls and the popular whale sharks who have made its waters their home.
While these are beautiful aspects that the South has to offer, the North is just as—if not
more—abundant in offerings. The North’s natural scenery is relatively untouched, and on top
of that, it’s less likely to be flocked by tourists.

This means more opportunities for a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the
city. The roads heading North are long and winding, yet the beauty that lies at the end of the
journey proves that the trip is worth it. Knowing that, where does one go in the North?

Hidden away in the northern part of Cebu, Maayo San Remigio is a haven for those
who seek peace and serenity, making it an alluring abode for a sojourn on the island.

The resort’s guest rooms are vibrant and reminiscent of the Carribean.

Approximately a 3-hour drive from the city, the resort grants access to a tropical
retreat with a captivating beachfront setting—a charming destination away from the daily
hustle. Whether on its fine white sands and blue waters or inside the cozy rooms, Maayo
San Remigio is a delight to local and foreign tourists alike.

A newly-opened resort under Maayo Hotels flagship, Maayo San Remigio is a
destination that guarantees a refreshing, laidback experience, sure to wash away the worries
you brought with you from the city.

A clean white aesthetic is made tropical with bamboo accents and greenery.

It’s equipped with a mix of luxurious relaxation and wellness, fun and entertainment,
and enticing wining and dining options. This Caribbean-inspired resort is a serene hideaway
on a lush slice of tropical paradise with emphasis on ultimate comfort and exclusivity.

The resort’s location makes it doubly precious; scattered throughout the resort
grounds are viewing areas that grant you access to the sunset. Watch the sun sink down the
horizon by the infinity pool, on the beach’s shoreline, or atop the cliffside with the waves
crashing below. When night falls, the stars come out to dance across the clear skies, making
for an unparalleled stargazing experience.

Sunsets at Maayo San Remigio are a sight to behold.

Maayo San Remigio blends authentic Cebuano hospitality with its tranquil
atmosphere and exceptional design. Its well-appointed rooms and villas ensure a relaxing staycation, while its thoughtful amenities and facilities evoke a feeling of belonging in
paradise. The resorts brings the culinary excellence that is found in the Maayo Hotels brand,
creating palate-pleasing Filipino dishes with a modern twist. Complemented by the resort’s
wide menu of drinks—from juices to cocktails to shakes—one will truly enjoy a stay here.

So on your next trip out of the city, head up North to Maayo San Remigio, where a
relaxing escapade awaits.

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