Anantara Resort in Seminyak, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: May 14, 2019

Review of Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort in Seminyak, Bali.

Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort – Ultra-modern boutique resort in a prime location.

At the end of an access road lined with classy bistros and boutiques, this inviting resort offers a comparatively limited number of suites. The suites face the pool (with those at ground level having direct access from their patios) or smallish gardens, though some do face the road. The accommodations are very comfortable, spacious, and modern, with bright yellow furnishings, spa baths, separate dressing rooms, massive sofas, and unusual L-shaped balconies/patios. The main infinity pool faces the beach, which is grey, and cafés that offer beanbags along the sand at sunset are nearby. Considerably less isolated than other resorts in Seminyak, Anantara’s beachfront location is ideal, although the public path alongside the beach and the waves can be surprisingly noisy.

Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort – The Location

  • Address: At the end of Jalan Camplung Tanduk street in the southern section of Seminyak, a more sophisticated tourist region of southern Bali.
  • Area: Facing the beach along a dead-end street. Plenty of facilities on the street, and more cafés and bars along the beach in both directions. Not as isolated as other resorts in Seminyak. The beach and facilities at Legian are accessible along a lovely beachside path to the south.
  • How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver. This takes about 25 minutes (11km), depending on traffic.
  • Handy to: All the facilities in Seminyak and Legian.

Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort – The Basics

  • Guests: Mostly for couples or small groups. Ideal for older guests, but less so for families.
  • Beach: The sand is greyer than Kuta and waves just as rough, so swim between the flags. Plenty of shady umbrellas and drink stalls are present along the sand.
  • Views: Varies. Some rooms face the ocean, pool, or gardens, but a few overlook the street and carpark.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Rooms at ground level feature patios facing a shared smaller pool which connects to the main pool. All suites feature spa baths.

  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout the resort.
  • Parking: No parking available. And think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 737 773
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: anantara.com

Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort – Amenities

  • Pool: Massive infinity pool facing the sea and shaped like a lagoon. Another narrower one is alongside the buildings housing the suites.
  • Spa: Boasts a spectacular setting on the rooftop. Range of massages, facials, detoxes, and treatments using the finest products. Special rooms for couples.
  • Fitness Center: Large and well-equipped, with personal trainers available.
  • For Families: Activities for the younger ones include kite-making.
  • Activities: Spice Spoons cooking lessons. Yoga classes with an in-house trainer.

Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: MoonLite Kitchen and Bar – On the rooftop, and breakfast is served here. Also open for sophisticated dining in the evenings only. Attached bar serves exquisite cocktails, which are best enjoyed at sunset. • Sunset on Seminyak (S.O.S.) – Casual and facing the beach. Lounge chairs, tables on a wooden deck alongside the pool, and beanbags on the sand. Open all day for healthy food, pizza, and buffets. Bar attached.
  • Breakfast: Not normally included, but this depends on the type of room and booking.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours – 6 am to 9.30 pm.

Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort – Rooms

  • Room Types: Anantara Suites • Seminyak Suites • Anantara Pool Access Suites • Anantara Ocean Suites • Seminyak Ocean Suites • Penthouse (1 only)
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking is allowed in the rooms, but is permitted on the balconies/verandas and elsewhere in the resort.
  • Best Room: It’s impossible to ignore the one-off Penthouse. About 5 times larger than the other suites, with 2 bedrooms and bathrooms, sundeck, jacuzzi, and massive private pool.
  • For Families: All suites are large enough for an extra single bed, and some have connecting doors.

Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Walkable to everything that Seminyak and Legian have to offer. Cycling around the main roads of Seminyak is increasingly problematic given the traffic, but pleasant along the backstreets and further south on the beachside path. Ask the reception about bike rentals.
  • Public Transport: In lieu of any public transport, the Kura-Kura Bus company links Seminyak with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: To reach attractions within southern Bali, metered taxis are abundant, cheap, and comfortable. For longer distances, charter a car with a driver for a negotiable fare. Drivers hang about the streets, but it’s better to organize this through the resort. Driving a car is not recommended anywhere in Bali, but a few agencies offer rentals. Motorbikes are easy to arrange at local agencies and useful for getting around Seminyak/Legian – less so for elsewhere in southern Bali.
  • Shuttle Bus: To reach another town outside of southern Bali, e.g. Ubud, buy a ticket at a travel agency for a shuttle bus. Some may pick up guests from their hotel, but services for the main island-wide operator, Perama, only leave from its office in Kuta.

Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Chez Gado Gado – One of Seminyak’s finest, with an elegant setting, live music, sophisticated menu, and inviting decor. On the other side of the street from the resort. 1-minute walk.
  • La Plancha – Very colorful, with tables on the sand and cosy seats upstairs. About 250m south down the beachside path. 3-minute walk.
  • Warung Bola – Just past La Plancha. Italian-style vibe, extensive menu, and fascinating décor. 3-minute walk (290m).
  • The Champlung Bar & Restaurant (0)851 0096 3447 – Opposite Bola. Beanbags spread across the beach for sunsets, cocktails, and live music. 4-minute walk (300m).
  • Cendana Restaurant – Charming street-side café with old-style charm. For daily specials, snooker table, and happy hours. About 200m along the street from the resort. 3-minute walk.
  • Becik Resto & Bar (0)361 730 939 – 250m past Cendana. Entertaining street-side setting for people-watching. Excellent meals. 6-minute walk (500m).

Shops

  • There are plenty of minimarts and classy boutiques along the main street from the resort. For a more varied selection of places to eat, drink, and shop, grab a taxi (2.5km) to the quaint Seminyak Square (14-minute drive) for bistros, bakeries, and bookshops, or to the world-class Beachwalk shopping center in Kuta about 3km away via the beachside path (27-minute drive).

Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort – The Hotel

The resort is located at the end of a street in Seminyak.

The resort is at the end of a no-through road to the beach in Seminyak, a more sophisticated tourist region in southern Bali.

A lovely beachside path leads all the way to Legian.

A lovely beachside path links the resort with all the facilities in Legian, the adjacent beach to the south.

The resort entrance is at the end of the street leading to the beach.

The entrance to the Anantara is at the end of the access street to the beach.

The resort looks more impressive from the beach.

The impressive design and layout of the resort is more apparent from the beach.

Seminyak Beach in front of the resort has grey sand.

The resort faces Seminyak Beach, with sand considerably greyer than at Kuta.

Seminyak Beach waves can be dangerous and noisy.

The waves at Seminyak, which make swimming unsafe at times, are surprisingly noisy.

Sunset on Seminyak offers beachside seating.

The Sunset on Seminyak (S.O.S.) café/bar provides plenty of seats and tables at the beachfront.

S.O.S. is popular for its buffets and wide selection of meals.

The S.O.S. offers a wide range of meals and buffets.

The S.O.S. Bar serves a good selection of cocktails.

The bar attached to the S.O.S. sells a wide range of cocktails.

The resort's grassy lounging area is shady and private.

A grassy area in front of the resort provides more shade and privacy than the beach.

The resort only has suites.

The resort only offers suites, which are in modern buildings.

Most ground-floor suites have direct access to the pool.

Most ground-floor suites offer direct access to the pool.

Ground-floor suites have small patios with access to the pool.

Ground-floor suites facing the pool feature small patios.

All suites come with spa baths.

All suites contain spa baths.

Larger suites come with spacious living areas.

The larger suites also provide spacious living areas.

Suites have colorful furnishings.

Furnishings within the suites are brightly colored.

Chez Gado Gado opposite the resort entrance plays live music through the day.

Directly opposite the resort entrance, the Chez Gado Gado restaurant offers live music, even during the day.

Chez Gado Gado is one of Seminyak's finest restaurants.

Chez Gado Gado is one of the finest restaurants in Seminyak.

La Plancha nearby is a pleasant beachside cafe/bar.

Only a few minutes’ stroll down the beachside path is the adorable La Plancha café/bar.

The Champlung is the area's classiest cafe/bar.

Just past La Plancha, The Champlung is the classiest café/bar along the beachside path south of the resort.

Warung Bola serves affordable Italian food.

Opposite the Champlung, Warung Bola offers Italian food and a colorful décor.

Cendana Restaurant offers great value and friendly service.

Great value and friendly service can be found at the Cendana restaurant, about 200m up the street from the resort.

Becik is a pleasant cafe a little further from Puri Cendana.

A short stroll past Cendana, Becik is an unfussy café that’s great for people-watching.

The street leading to the resort has plenty of shops and facilities.

There are plenty of shops and other facilities along the street leading to the resort.

Seminyak beaches offer lounge chairs and stalls selling drinks and activities.

Beaches in Seminyak are dotted with lounge chairs and stalls offering all sorts of activities and drinks.

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