There are very few hotels that take your breath away; but Luna2 Studiotel in Bali is one of them.
The brainchild of British designer Melanie Hall, Luna 2 has a definite visual Wow! factor.
Seeing a gap in the Asian market for high-end, avant-garde hotels with personalised service, Hall created the beachfront Luna2 private hotel in Seminyak in 2007, followed by Luna2 Studiotel in 2013.
The design is a beguiling mix of cutting-edge modernism paired with 60s pop art. Think the dramatic mosaic of the swimming pool, Andy Warhol prints and suites that feature both free wifi and wide-screen TVs along with retro portable TVs.
Hall is known for mixing colours, patterns, and textiles - and pairing them with top-notch staff, whose devotion to duty is almost cult like. Nostalgia meets futurism.
“Our aim is to deliver a cosmic guest experience,” Hall says of the boutique hotel that has been described as "what a hotel of the future may have looked like in the 1960s.”
Rock singers and movie stars, although they may opt for the exclusive private hotel, will certainly feel very much at home here.
There's all the little extras; a luxury private cinema free for guests (recliners, popcorn and food and drinks service), the Space rooftop bar for cocktails, a private nightclub and a poolside lounge for chilling out.
Luna2 Studiotel features a total of just 14 open-plan studios - meaning the staff know all the guests by name - along with the brilliant white Orbit and Lunafood&bar, led by executive chef Errol Defoe, newly flown in from London, where he worked for Michelin stars Tom Aiken and Gordon Ramsay. There is also that rarity in Bali - an award-winning wine list.
During the day, guests can relax on daybeds by the pool, enjoy sunset cocktails with great ocean views or a range of in-house and out-of-house activities ranging from boxfit to yoga.
There are in-house Lunaspa therapists on hand to pamper and all Luna2 guests receive complimentary access to Canggu Club, Bali’s premium recreational club.
It is hard to fault Luna2 on position; it is just a short stroll to the beach, with popular restaurants and bars close by, including the famous Ku De Ta, a must for an afternoon tipple.
The rooms are all over-sized and based on a colour palette of primary yellow, red, blue and green, inspired by Lego, Monopoly and Rubik’s cubes as well as renowned Mondrian artworks.
This four-way colour scheme is highlighted by both the lobby and poolside, while you'll see posters of Twiggy and Bardot and art installations nodding to 60s chic. Waitresses are dressed in the style of 1960s air hostesses.
All studios have three TVs; flatscreens in the lounge area and bathroom (essential for watching TV from the tub), and ultra-cute Brionvega TVs at the workstation with wireless headphones.
Other mod-cons include a pre-loaded iPod & sound dock, iPad and a universal charging station, not to mention ‘in-room shopping offering everything from peanuts to condoms.
All studios feature king bed (allegedly with pillow menus, although we didn't see any), large private balconies with views to the pool, that all-important complimentary wifi, Nespresso machine and tea-making facilities.
A member of both Mr and Mrs Smith and Design Hotels, Luna2 Studiotel is at Jalan Sarinande No. 20, Seminyak, 80361, Bali. + 62 361 730 402. Book through Mr and Mrs Smith for an exclusive offer of three nights for the price of two or awww.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/luna2-studiotel
# The writer was assisted by Luna2 Studiotel, Mr and Mrs Smith and Air Asia. www.airasia.com.