Before staying in Seminyak on Bali, most people recommended that I stay in a villa, whether a resort of villas or one on Airbnb. Looking online, Seminyak does have some gorgeous villas. But it would have been too easy to be lured into spending a lot of money. And after all, we only wanted to stay for three nights (after arriving on a late evening flight). Plus we wanted to spend time out and exploring rather than lazing beside our own private pool. The ideal option would be a cool but inexpensive hotel, and the arty and quirky Dash Hotel Seminyak fitted the bill.
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Our Deluxe Room at Dash Hotel Seminyak
Our room at Dash was a deluxe room overlooking the pool on the 3rd floor (one of four floors of rooms). It came complete with a king-size bed, high thread count sheets and big soft bath sheets, plus a luxurious freestanding bath tub. The floor was a mixture of polished concrete and floorboards, with the main wall covered in colourful graphic designs. Red accents, including the red signature bunny leaning upside down on our pillows, completed the look, along with the quote “sometimes to stay alive u gotta kill your mind” painted on the ceiling above the bed. This quirky style continues throughout the common areas of the hotel, with a defining feature being the distinctive red tiling of the pool in the atrium.
First Stop: Potato Head Beach Club
One of the big advantages of staying at Dash, is that it’s merely a couple of minutes stroll from Potato Head, one of the best beach clubs in all of Bali. We headed down shortly after 10am, and scored ourselves a pool-side daybed for the day. (The club officially opens at 10am, but takes reservations for the daybeds from 9am. It’s a must to head down early, especially during peak season. Plus note that there’s a minimum spend of 500,000 rupiah – about $50 AUD – for the daybeds (as of 2016), increasing to 1,000,000 rupiah for the beach front daybeds.) We chilled out in and out of the pool for the day, enjoying the crab sliders and a burger for lunch, plus an assortment of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages (and spending well over 500,000 rupiah), before heading back to our hotel room to freshen up for the evening.
Rooftop Drinks at The Shack
Up on Dash’s rooftop is a bar, The Shack, for which we had a 25% off voucher. Alternatively, there’s a nightly two-for-one cocktail special between 6pm and 8pm. It’s the perfect space to look over the surrounding rooftops and out over the coastline, with colourful chairs and daybeds on bright green turf. We were hoping to watch the sunset from it to kick off our evening, but it was fast becoming overcast, and we instead watched the tropical storm moving south towards us along the coastline, before fleeing for a drier spot downstairs.
From French Toast to Mexican
Undeterred by the rain, we set off during a lull in the rain for the hip Mexican restaurant and bar, Motel Mexicola, just a few streets away. Another favourite nearby haunt of mine was Cafe Organic Bali, a few doors down. It has delectable smoothies and healthy breakfasts. The breakfast at Dash itself was also great. Although I wasn’t a fan of the blaring spots TV when we dined in one evening.
The Dash Experience
While Dash Hotel Seminyak may not be for everyone, with its over-the-top, ever-present quirkiness, it’s a hip and stylish yet affordable place to stay in Seminyak. It’s especially suited to fun-seeking 20 and 30 year olds, who will value the central location.
Rooms at Dash Hotel Seminyak are regularly available from around $90 AUD per night. It’s worthwhile paying up to $15 extra to include breakfast. Click here to check out the latest prices and availability on Booking.com.
Note: The author stayed at the hotel at her own expense.