It was a full on week and the light at the end of the tunnel was a weekend in Seminyak checking out Montigo Resorts. As you can see in the pictures, we arrived in the evening after a Halloween Party (we don’t usually dress this way), and were pretty wiped out and ready for a chilled weekend at Montigo Resorts Seminyak.
Getting to the Resort & Checking In
Montigo Resorts Seminyak is located on Jalan Petitenget, right in the middle of swanky Seminyak. From the airport it takes around 30 minutes, but this depends on the time of day and traffic. It can get pretty slow in Seminyak, so always plan to leave a little early for your flight. From Legian and Kuta it’s just a short taxi ride and to Ubud takes about an hour.
We checked in close to 8pm and the staff understood we were tired, hungry and ready to chill. They brought us a lovely welcome drink and cold towels, which were just the thing to unwind after a long day. The pool and restaurant looked lush but we were ready to see our room, take off our Halloween makeup, and get some room service.
Around the Resort
If you haven’t been to Seminyak before, think of it as the trendier younger sister of Kuta and Legian. There are tons of shops, restaurants, beach clubs, and bars within a stone’s throw of the resort. The road is busy but has good pavements to walk along, so no problem with kids. We stopped by Lycklig Ice Cream for dessert, which is just 100 metres from the resort. Yum!
Petitenget is known for being the home of Potato Head Beach Club, Ku De Ta, Biku and just about every other trendy Bali beach club, must-visit restaurants and bars. This might not seem like the ideal family area, but for younger families and even slightly older ones like mine that still like to party, it’s the best of both worlds.
If you want to rent a scooter the resort has these cute Vespas for just Rp100,000 a day! A little more than your basic scooter, but how awesome is it to cruise around on a Vespa for a couple of days!
We were in a Balcony Suite, which has a huge king bed and a day bed set up for our daughter. The room is spacious and modern and has a huge balcony with a day bed on it. The only minus to this was the piles of rubble from the building site next door that was our view. However, I understand this wasn’t the fault of the resort and being in Seminyak you have to expect some building work.
The partition in the centre of the room is a nice way to make two separate spaces. The TV in the central console also rotates so you can watch from either bed. This was nice when everyone fell asleep and I wasn’t tired yet so watched a bit of TV from the daybed.
The kids absolutely loved the colouring pages and pencils all laid out for them. When we realized they also had their names on them we were all extra impressed. There were also little notes to the kids from the Executive Housekeeping, which was really lovely.
The bathroom was large and clean with an open shower. Once you get used to soaking half the bathroom while showering it’s ok, but a bit strange at first. I did really like the wooden slats on the shower floor though. They were non-slip and the water seemed to drain really quickly unlike some tiled showers. Double sinks and plenty of amenities were great for everyone being in the bathroom at the same time. And that little hiding space where the toilet is gave me the semblance of privacy. (Mums you know how it is)
The resort looks quite small when you enter from the street, but in fact it’s long and narrow. It stretches almost all the way to the beach but for beach access you have to walk down to the next side street.
There are 3 pools in the resort, one on each side of the rooms and the one at the front next to the restaurant and reception. We spent most of our time in the front pool with the bar and loungers, although the larger pool on the right side of the rooms is actually better set up for families.
Tilo Kids Club is advertised as the largest kids club in Seminyak (330sqm), and I’m pretty sure it’s true. It’s a very big 2nd floor space with loads of building blocks, a whole lego area, costumes, video games and a mini cinema. The staff were fantastic and Marlow and Lola immediately felt comfortable with them.
There weren’t many kids there when we were staying at Montigo Resorts Seminyak so Lola and Marlow had the run of the place. They built all kinds of things, dressed up, painted at craft time and played some board games and video games too. At 9 years old Lola tires pretty quickly of kids clubs generally, but Marlow would have spent all his time there if he could.
Tilo Kids Club is free for in-house guests and is also open to the public for Rp100,000++ per hour. There is also a membership rate that you can enquire at the resort about. The wonderfully thoughtful thing about this kids club is it’s open until 11pm daily! Parents can go out and enjoy dinner and a drink without worrying about the kids. Any later and you can book a babysitter through the resort or check out our blog on recommended babysitters.
The restaurant at Montigo Resorts Seminyak is called Tiigo and is open to the public as well as hotel guests. It’s a really beautiful, trendy space with lots of light and cool designs on the windows and doors.
We were up early in the morning unlike most of Seminyak, so breakfast was very quiet. There’s a great selection of food, good quality breads and pastries, fruit, and freshly cooked pancakes, waffles and eggs. Outside guests can also have the buffet for just Rp100,000 per person!
Eating by the pool is one of the best things about staying in a resort, and lunch by the pool was great. My husband and I also got to do happy hour with snacks later on while the kids were in the kids club.
And finally, if you have a birthday boy or girl while you’re there, definitely let them know. Marlow turned 5 on the Sunday we were in the resort and got the most amazing chocolate cake for breakfast. The staff came and sang Happy Birthday without even telling us it was going to happen, so it was a surprise for all!
Montigo Resorts Seminyak: 5-Star Family Fun
So what did we really love about Montigo Resorts Seminyak? The number 1 thing for me was the staff. I couldn’t fault a single thing about them. Every single staff member addressed us by name and they couldn’t do enough for us. They were friendly without being fake and really amazing with the kids. We also loved the restaurant, the pools and the spacious room. The kids were totally happy in the kids club, which gave my husband and I some time to chill together and enjoy being in Seminyak.
If you are an active family who want to get out and eat, shop and play this resort is amazing! If you want total peace and quiet and to have a closed private resort feel you might not love this resort. However, I would definitely recommend spending at least a couple of nights at Montigo Resorts Seminyak to feel the buzz of fabulous Seminyak.