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Bali’s nicknamed the island of love, and this week we’re setting the scene with L Hotel Seminyak. When the sunset views on the rooftop terrace and waterfall table for two get a bit too much, step out the door to sample Petitenget’s divine boutiques and lychee martinis.
Style: Luxe, lively, lovely
Setting: Seminyak’s style strip
Why this week? Blessed with a quiet surfing beach and the best strip of restaurants on the island, Seminyak is the sleek and savvy alternative to neighbouring Kuta’s frenzy. Now’s the time to visit: the summer hordes are yet to arrive and, though the season is blissfully dry, the rice paddies, dotted through Seminyak’s back streets, are still that startling shade of green. L Hotel Seminyak is flanked by Bali’s swankiest boutiques, cafés and bars on Jalan Petitenget, and with our exclusive offer including a personal shopping tour, mani-pedi and cocktails and canapés, you won’t need to stray far. Enlist friends to help you tackle Métis’ gargantuan côte de boeuf and deceptively airy soufflés, then head to hip Potato Head Beach Club to dance the night away.
Our favourite bits With luxurious suites, anything-you-ask service, rooftop restaurants and romantic bars, you’ll be forgiven for forgetting what lies beyond L Hotel Seminyak’s doorstep. The rooms flaunt lashings of marble, black parquet floors, white leather headboards, peek-a-boo bathrooms and carved Balinese panels on the ceiling. Don’t forget to pack your yoga kit, swimwear and designer gear for bar-hopping by night – but leave plenty of suitcase space to take home Seminyak’s boutique booty.
Mr & Mrs Smith say ‘What’s love got to do with it? Well, at L Hotel Seminyak the L-word seems to pop up everywhere, from the sweetly named Love Bar, a prime position for sunset sips, to the romance-heavy Love Corner, a secluded table for swooning duos. When the personable butler team isn’t playing Cupid, they’re kept busy serving guests evening cocktails and canapés, arranging elephant safaris or day-trips to top Bali dive sites. And whether you’ve come back to flop on your bed after a day spent surfing and shopping, or are yet to rouse yourself from your room, the stylish suites are sure to please. Our top tip: plump for the Luxe Suite for a freestanding bath tub on the cusp of the bedroom. Go on, you’ll love it.’