Indonesia seems like a lifetime ago already, in between Christmas and just general life I have not found the time to sit down and write about all the incredible experiences, of which there were so many. From trekking active volcanos at sunrise to hanging out with Orangutans in Borneo it was a complete non-stop whirlwind, but we did find a few days every now and then to just relax and take it slow, one of the places this happened was in Seminyak, Bali. For anyone that has heard of the Seminyak area of Bali they probably wouldn’t class it as ‘relaxing’, the main area known for its all-night parties it is Indonesia’s answer to Phuket, Thailand (okay it is not that wild, but you get the idea!). However, we ended up staying in the GrandMas Hotel, positioned close enough the bars and restaurants but the perfect distance away to capture the peace and relaxation that was much needed.
The Grandmas in Seminyak is suited to many types of people visiting Bali if you are an explorer it is a great base to see this lively part of Bali, the beach is short ten minutes walk away, and if you wander you will stumble upon endless boutique stores, restaurants and cafes. It is also suited if you want to spend most of your time not doing too much at all, not only is there an onsite pool, the hotel also plays host to a tranquil traditional Balinese spa and beautiful restaurant – both of which we took full advantage of.
Although we didn’t get time to try out the swimming pool, we did make full use of the spa, tucked away at the top of the hotel, De Nyun Spa is the perfect place to relax and unwind. From the moment you enter the staff make you their full priority and we both indulged in a magnificent full body massage – as someone that often suffers from a bad lower back and awful hips, after two weeks of non-stop adrenaline, for me it was like heaven.
The hotel itself is spacious and bright, the open plan allows the sun to shine through providing natural daylight as you lounge around all areas of the hotel, a big bonus for me. We stayed in one of the 83 double rooms, although compact the room provided everything we needed – a comfy bed, a place to store our luggage, and powerful hot shower. The decor is sleek, modern and bright, much like the rest of the hotel, which is wonderfully complemented by natural green plants and vines that line the hotel.
In the evening, we ventured down to the onsite Miura Pintxos Bar and Grill, although it is quite expensive for Bali, the atmosphere is incredible with acoustic live music. Serving a mixture of western and Indonesian food, it is a great place to visit if you are looking for a little bit of luxury on your backpacking trip, I personally recommend the Gado Gado.
Since visiting the GrandMas hotel, I have already recommended it to other people, I feel it is a great match for travellers that are past the stage of hostels but still want to be close enough to get involved, but also get that much-needed rest, because lets face it, we are not as young as we used to be!
They also serve up a killer complimentary breakfast.
Blogger transparency- Our stay, meal and spa trip at the GrandMas hotel was complimentary, but as always all opinions are my own