With its stunning nature, unique culture and gracious people, Bali has stolen our hearts. Our team loves exploring the rice fields of Ubud and quiet beaches of Candidasa – but after our travels, we always return to Seminyak. Central and chic, Seminyak is home to the best restaurants and most iconic beach clubs on the island. If you find yourself craving some culture or need some seclusion, destinations of the “off the beaten path” variety are only a car ride away. Given our love for the Yak, we were beyond excited to check in to Amarin Seminyak, a boutique villa complex in the heart of the action.
Centre of Seminyak
If you only memorise one street name in Bali, you should definitely make it Seminyak’s Jalan Kayu Aya, more commonly known as ‘Eat Street’ – this vibrant street runs from Seminyak Beach to Sunset Road, a highway connecting you to the rest of the island. You could easily spend two weeks in Bali and still not be done exploring all the restaurants, boutiques and nightlife spots lining this street alone.
Strolling down this promenade of world-class restaurants and Instagram-ready cafes, the iconic Red Carpet Champagne Bar is hard to miss – you’ll recognize it by the staff dressed in campy bellhop costumes. From the corner of this famed watering hole, a small lane ushers us away from the hustle and bustle. After following this lane just 300 metres, we arrive at Amarin Seminyak. As it turns out, those few hundred metres make all the difference: we’re still just moments away from Eat Street but lo and behold – it feels a million miles away.
Checking in at Amarin Seminyak is a smooth and easy process, giving a taste of things to come. Overall, the staff are extremely well trained and discreet – you really don’t need to lift a finger while staying here.
As this is a villa complex rather than a standalone villa, you have butler service instead of a full-time butler. This means staff are only present at the villa when requested and rest of the time you get to enjoy the villa in private. If you ask me, this is the perfect setup – personal service is always on hand when you need it, but you never have to feel like people are hovering around you. Of course, we loved having our own butler cook our breakfast in our villa and wouldn’t have it any other way! When you’re not busy exploring the surrounding restaurants, Amarin Seminyak can also arrange special in-villa barbecues on request.
Layout and Style
From the reception area, a foliage-covered walkway leads down to the villas. Amarin Seminyak consists of four villas located side by side in a single line. Each villa has four bedrooms, with the villas divided into two pairs with an optional connecting door in between. This means two villas can be combined into an eight-bedroom villa for larger groups. From the get go, we love how versatile the property is. You can book the whole complex to sleep 32 guests in 16 bedrooms, opt for the eight-bedroom option – or simply settle for a private four-bedroom villa exclusive to you and your group.
Amarin Seminyak is an easy property to love. The villas have a light and modern feel to them, with beautiful batik details giving nods to our Southeast Asian surroundings. The overall feel is clean – by this we mean both the actual level of spotless cleanliness as well as the streamlined design of the rooms. The garden with its 17-metre pool was designed by Anton Clark of Bali Landscape Company, one of the most talented landscape designers working on the island.
As always, it’s the little things that made our villa stay so special. The beds were comfy as clouds, draped with butter soft linens in a crisp shade of white. The bathrooms too deserve a special mention. The toiletries are from Sensatia Botanicals, an amazing Bali-based natural skin care brand – seriously some of the best toiletries we’ve ever seen in any Bali villa. Another important detail: you can watch TV while soaking in the master bathtub! Now that’s what I call design.
Family Friendly and Fabulous
Though the setup is chic as can be, Amarin Seminyak is also delightfully family friendly. The four bedrooms are divided into two pairs flanking the enclosed living room – this means parents get to stay close to their kids while also making sure little ones won’t run straight into the pool without anyone noticing. Speaking of the pool – the villa’s huge swimming pool includes a spacious shallow section for the kids. Overall, it’s hard to imagine a more blissful place to spend your Bali holiday, with or without the kids.