When it comes to new hotels on the Island, Hotel Indigo Bali is up there with the best of them!
Many large-scale five-star resorts in Bali fail to highlight the island’s ever-evolving culture. Maybe they’ve included a Nasi Goreng on the menu, maybe they’ve placed some batik woven baskets in each room (because they’re cool now, duh!) … but Bali is so much more than Bintangs, beaches and basket bags. Its unique way-of-life is what makes the island magical, soulfully seeping like quicksand into the hearts of many a traveller.
But Hotel Indigo Bali, the first resort outpost of Intercontinental Hotel Group’s Gen-Y brand, is doing something different. Instead of neutralising the nuances of modern-day Bali – their respect for nature yet push for progressive modernity, the curious yet chilled-out vibe of its people, or the prominent and constantly-changing art and design scene – Hotel Indigo actually draws on these qualities and contrasts to create a place which celebrates the old as well as the new Bali. And for that reason, they’ve got a big tick of approval from me, a self-professed villa-addict!
From the moment I walk into the prodigious Lobby, aptly named “The Neighbourhood”, it’s clear there’s been an immense amount of thought and focus on the ‘little things’ that make the island tick. Local artefacts endlessly line tiny alcoves, each one making a meaningful feast for the eyes and senses. Clusters of local, dark-wooden furniture mix with moody lighting and modern designer instillations are cut with pops of colour. There’s a sense of luxury and grandeur about “The Neighbourhood” that you come to expect from a five-star hotel lobby, but there’s also an authentic wholesomeness to it, too. The traditional aspects mesh with the modern-day quite seamlessly. It’s a perfect introduction to a proper Balinese hotel, offering an immersive nod to the island’s lifestyle.
Indeed, the layout of the grounds – with lush, hidden gardens, giant, secret doors and maze-like pathways leading everywhere and nowhere, gives Hotel Indigo a quaint peacefulness which feels very personal and authentically Bali. Like an historical tapestry, every room, garden, restaurant and water-feature is designed to show-off different aspects of history and culture, revealing more of the story at every turn. Exploring the entire hotel is an adventure in unto itself, delicate and rustic woodwork and china are interspersed with humorous modern artworks and bold sculptures.
And then there’s the view. Hotel Indigo is located right on Seminyak Beach overlooking the ocean. You can’t really beat this spot in Seminyak. Right across the road from La Plancha (and those infamous colourful umbrellas), you can perch yourself high on the rooftop of the hotel’s recently opened Beach Club and Restaurant, Sugarsand, sip on a spicy Margherita and watch the spectacular sunsets.
The rooms at Hotel Indigo Bali are almost like a mini-lobby by design. One of the more larger hotel rooms I’ve had the pleasure of staying in, there’s plenty of space to spread out and slide into island time. There’s also a spa-bath on the balcony which definitely received its fair share of daily use by yours truly! Again, the focus on the ‘little things’ that make Bali tick is also evident in the rooms. Traditional Balinese artefacts re-worked in a modern way and knick-knacks complete with little cards explaining their cultural significance are a treasure to find and read. All this is yet another way Hotel Indigo reminds us of Bali’s ever-evolving culture, and truly celebrates the old with the new.
Hotel Indigo Bali: The Lowdown
Stefanie was a guest of Hotel Indigo Bali in August 2019. All Opinions are her own.