This lifestyle resort impresses with its laid-back vibe and strong suite of amenities. Plus, its location in Bali’s hip enclave doesn’t hurt too, finds Xinyi Liang-Pholsena
Montigo Resorts, Seminyak occupies a prime location in Seminyak on Jalan Petitenget, a street lined with upscale fashion boutiques and hip boutiques – just next door is Potato Head Beach Club. The blue-and-white-themed resort definitely has the chilled vibe of an Australian beach club, and feels like an oasis despite its address in the busy Seminyak enclave.
We checked into the Executive Suite on the ground floor, which comes with an outdoor patio where in-suite BBQs can be had upon request.
The fluffy bed and billowy pillows will appeal to those who like their sleep to be marshmallowy. A tall partition – where the TV is ensconced – separates the bedroom and carves out a different zone for relaxation within the delightful space.
The marbled bathroom is spacious and comes with two basins – couples and families do not have jostle for room in the morning – and Bvlgari shower amenities.
Despite being the only on-site dining outlet, the all-day-dining restaurant Tiigo offers a good selection of Western and Balinese options all times of the day.
The food is clearly an expression of the chef’s ingenuity and high-quality, locally sourced ingredients. Our dinner started with cold somen served with wakame and negi on an ice brick, progressed into smoked seafood trio of scallops, salmon and prawns, before rounding off on a sweet note with roasted cardamon panna cotta for dessert.
Since its acquisition by KOP in 2015, the former Samara resort has been given a facelift and refreshed facilities are opening in phrases, with a new wing currently underway to add more rooms.
For a resort of its size, it’s quite amazing that there are three swimming pools. Sited at the resort entrance beside Tiigo, the striking azure pool with its floating beanbags is clearly a space for those not shy of attention. The other two pools (open to resort guests only) are sited in more modest surroundings, one in front of the gym and the other hemmed in by palm trees beside the spa.
The nine-suite spa is a haven in itself, where wellness seekers can luxuriate in soothing treatments in the cocoon-like ambience, while young children can be entertained in the 300m2 Tilo Kids Club.
Adorable Vespa scooters in turquoise are available for those keen to explore the bustling environs on two wheels.
Everyone was eager to provide impeccable service and even offer tips on the best Instagram spots in Bali.
A high-end lifestyle resort that scores favourably on location, comfort and service.