W Retreat & Spa Bali (Seminyak) reviewed

Time Out checks out W Retreat & Spa Bali (Seminyak) and finds out about its on-site music studio. Emirates flies daily to Bali

The life of the modern musician is one of endless nights on the road and resting their bones in hotels in random towns and cities.

Even between tours, they have to spend days, weeks, months even, locked away in the studio desperately trying to find the right outro or overcome writer’s block.

That might sound a little like whingeing – the world’s smallest violin playing in the background – but unless you’ve really hit the big time, having your own private jet and being able to book out an entire floor of a five-star hotel is well out of reach.

If, like most mere mortals, the extent of your “rock career” was a couple of pub gigs playing a few cover songs to a crowd of friends and family, the W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak could be the perfect place to live out your dreams as a recording artist.

The hotel’s “Sound Suite” is a purpose-built studio for you to finally cut your first album in. Why take your guitar to the beach and do rubbish renditions of Bob Marley tracks when you can book a hi-tech space that includes equipment from industry leaders such as Pioneer, Roland, Yamaha, Fender and Moog? It also has a private vocal booth overlooking a tropical garden, just in case you’re lacking lyrical inspiration.

Okay, so the suite is geared mostly towards fully fledged professionals, but that shouldn’t stop the fun for amateur artists. Book the hotel’s “sleep/eat/record/repeat” package and you’ll get a four-hour recording session or masterclass with its “musical curator”, Damian Saint, as well as a bed for the night in which you can crash and listen to the fruits of your labour. They’ll even throw in a sizzling breakfast for two and access to the Away spa’s hot stone, cold plunge, hamam and detox chamber if the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle has become a little too much for you.

And if you’re tired of hosting corporate events in staid, soulless meeting rooms, book the “beats of paradise” package that will let you have a studio session with up to 100 of your guests before you enjoy food and drink in the garden.

DJ White Shadow, a collaborator of Lady Gaga’s, was one of the masterminds behind the project. “While travelling around the globe making music for the last decade, I’ve run into many challenges including costly studio rentals, the risk of disturbing other guests and not being able to find a suitable place to listen to or create music,” he says. “We dreamed up an environment for musicians to create in that is convenient, stylish and functional.”

W Hotels is set to open more “Sound Suites” at its properties in Hollywood, Barcelona and Seattle. And who knows, maybe you’ll soon be able to make suite music in the UAE...

From Dhs1,810 per room, per night. Ongoing. W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak, Indonesia, www.wretreatbali.com/wsoundsuite (+62 361 300 0106).

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