Seminyak was a late addition to my Bali trip plans. After a stay in the relative seclusion of a Ubud rice paddy, arriving in Petitenget was a wake up call. Dash is nestled amongst boutiques, restaurants and several very popular resorts (the Alila and the W are just a short walk away). Located right across the street from Petitenget Beach on Jalan Petitenget, its also a short hop, skip and jump away from the beach, and, I should mention up front, it is right across the street from the famous Potato Head Beach Club.
Dash is typical of Seminyak in its shirking of traditional Balinese décor and style- although the amenities and manners of staff are very typical of Bali, at least that I experienced.
I couldn’t really tell you what the hotel décor is supposed to be. The upside down red bunny seemed to be a very big part of everything from the hotel, from the wifi password to the robe fabric to the stuffed animal on my bed.
Upon arrival, I was taken from my odd surroundings and put at ease with a warm greeting, complete with a welcome drink, snack and complimentary head and neck massage. Life couldn’t get any better than that, could it?
I was then brought to my room, through corridors of colourfully painted concrete walls and past a pool that is in the middle of the hotel. Balconies overlook the pool so it seems the pool only gets sunlight when the sun is directly overhead- which doesn’t last long in a place where days are very short, less than 12 hours. The floors surrounding the pool were concrete- even into the hotel corridors- and the paintings on the walls were of a woman swimming. The decoration style of the hotel is all over the place!
Dash is less costly than other hotels in the Petitenget area, which is surprising given its location. I had opted for a garden view room, given the hotel is a street off the beach, and the city views wouldn’t have inspired much interest. The garden view wasn’t exactly that- it was odd graffiti on a very, very tall wall. So then again, perhaps it is no surprise my room was so affordable.
Then again, the room itself was huge, and included tons of great amenities, including boutique toiletries, free water (that was replenished each day or, if you ran out, with a phone call) and great, big mirrors so you can check out your beach bod before you hit the sand. (Hey, sounds crazy, but that’s actually super important!) There is tons of storage space for your luggage.
The hotel was a big departure from my other Balinese hotel and Airbnb experiences. In Bali, people seem to live very harmoniously with the outdoors. The other places I stayed mirrored this, with open-plan kitchens and living spaces- in one place, even the bedroom was open to the elements, with the bed surrounded by a mosquito net to keep out critters. Dash could have been anywhere, but was certainly atypical to Bali.
The weird part was the bathroom. It was open plan- to the rest of the room. There was also only one door between the two concrete-cell like structures that were the toilet and shower stalls. Luckily, I was staying alone, or else I’d have felt a little lack of privacy.
The plot thickens, in terms of the décor, too. The walls in the room were comic book themed, with Lois Lane and Superman kissing, and Wonderwoman in the corner- and then a woman with fake eyelashes and heavy green makeup taking up the middle section of the wall.
The room also took on a porn studio-like appearance with a “Just Play” sign in neon lighting by the bed (which is SUPER comfy, may I add!). Add the upside down rabbit and you have one puzzled Khaleelah.
The first night I decided to watch the legendary Seminyak sunset from the rooftop bar of the hotel, the Shack. The restaurant/bar has several big beds that seem to be set up just for couples who want to relax and have a drink whilst watching the sunset. The good news? They have happy hour during the sunset so cocktails are two for one. The bad news? As a solo traveller, a took up one who bed by myself.
I also ordered room service both nights I stayed at Dash. The first night, I was prepping for my 1:45am wake up call for a trek up Mt Batur, and the second night I was a bit worse for wear after a long afternoon at Potato Head. I can highly recommend the food- I was excellent! They have both Western and Indonesian choices, too, which was a nice break from the Indonesian-only menu I’d been having the past week before my stay at Dash. (I love Indonesian food, but one can only eat so much Gado Gado!)
I would definitely recommend Dash if you aren’t someone who needs a hotel with a particular- and identifiable- theme and décor. Since its in a trendy location, I’m assuming the designer tried really hard- and either missed, or comes from a cultural context that I just cannot understand. (A ton of the Chinese tourists at the hotel took pictures with the huge red rabbit, so perhaps that a thing I just don’t know much about.) The location, staff, amenities– and did I mention location?– are just perfect. If you’re staying in Petitenget, make sure you not only stop by Potato Head, but Café Organik, Spring Spa and La Lucciola- all a hop, skip and a jump away from this super colourful, visually confusing but ultimately comfy hotel.