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A fab Seminyak must-stay

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Whether you’re in Indonesia for business or for pleasure, the five-star Courtyard by Marriott in Bali Seminyak is a great place to check into.

Though the hotel is situated at the heart of Seminyak, it feels as though you’re miles away from the hustle and bustle.

Situated on the popular Dhyana Pura strip, just down the road from infamous Gado Gado Restaurant and a stone’s throw away from the beach, street markets, boutique stores, and bars and clubs, the Marriott group’s newest establishment certainly scores points on location.

Courtyard by Marriott offers everything you need to make the most of your stay in Bali, starting with generously-sized guest rooms equipped with all the mod cons including 42-inch flatscreen TV, iPod docking station and free Wi-Fi.

The bathroom is, well, roomy, complete with rain shower, cosy robes and quality Nirvae toiletries.

The hotel is designed so that all rooms have easy access to the pool area, while the pool itself is unofficially divided into ‘predominantly adult’ on the one end and ‘kid-friendly’ on the other. Basically, if you don’t mind hearing children shout excitedly as they splash about, you could spend time in the family area, otherwise you’d likely prefer the adults area, where contemporary tunes drown out the sounds of the kids at the other end. That said, there is a quality crèche with carers at hand to give young mums and dads some much-desired time-out.

Dining is an event in itself at Courtyard by Marriott with their casual and stylish Seminyak Kitchen serving up a multicultural array of quality cuisine. Classic dishes include Tempura Soft Shell Crab, Ikan Bakar (oven-roasted catch of the day served with sambal and kafir lime), and a glorious Coconut Panna Cotta for dessert, or simple, trusty pancakes. For something decadently trending, try a Bloody Mary Burger – yes, it’s as messy and delicious as it sounds.

Guests have the option to dine poolside by day, or to simply indulge in cocktail after cocktail at the pool bar. Those feeling especially active can make the most of a newly added fitness centre, or classes in yoga, fitball or pilates, while treatments await more decadent folk at Zanti: The Retreat, the hotel’s in-house spa.

Zanti’s extensive menu includes the deliciously sounding Coconut & Vanilla Scrub and equally as scrummy-sounding Chocolate Exotic Body Wrap. If something less sweet is what you’re after, you might like to consider a Boreh Body Wrap – where traditional spices are blended and rubbed in to improve circulation, relax the mind, and release muscle tension.

White-collar folk should note that as the Marriott is renowned for its business amenities in its more ‘traditional’ hotels, the group’s knack for getting the set-up just right has seeped into the Courtyard by Marriott’s agenda, too. The hotel boasts one of the newest meeting facilities in Seminyak, with almost 310 square metres of modern meeting spaces including a poolside breakout as pre-function foyer.

Once again, be it for work or leisure, Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak is where it’s at – and at excellently competitive rates, starting at around AUD$140 per night.  Antonino Tati

 

Courtyard Bali Seminyak is situated on Jalan Camplung Tanduk, No 103 SP, Dhyana Pura, Seminyak Bali. For bookings and information visit www.courtyardseminyak.com.

 

SPECIAL LGBT PACKAGES

Nestled in the heart of Bali’s infamous “Gay Street”, Dhyana Pura, Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak is minutes from the island’s popular LGBT bar and beach scenes. Naturally, this means LGBT couples can relax and energize with special packages such as the Experiences Pride & Joy Couple Package which includes the following:

 

  • Complimentary daily buffet breakfast for two
  • One 60-minute Balinese massage for two
  • Bottle of house wine and box of chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival
  • One bucket of Bintang Beer per day, poolside
  • 3pm late checkout
  • Minimum 3-night stay

 

For more information, visit www.courtyardseminyak.com.