Forget the thatched-roof villas and beachfront chains that define the Bali hotel scene. The Luna2 studios are such a departure, guests might feel like they’ve landed in outer space. Founder and designer Melanie Hall took cues from modernism and 1960s pop art to outfit the white-walled spaces in stainless steel, acrylic, vintage wallpapers, and the colors of a Rubik’s Cube—namely red, blue, yellow, and green. All the carpeting and fabrics were custom-designed by Hall and predominantly produced in Jakarta. Pieces by venerable European designers are on display as well, from Cassina dining chairs by Philippe Starck to pendant lights by Tom Dixon. Cheeky works by British artist Stuart McAlpine, L.A.’s Burton Morris, and Indonesia’s Triyadi grace the walls.
The cosmic theme blasts into a rooftop bar called Space, a restaurant with bubble windows called Orbit, and the modular furnishings and mirrored spheres scattered throughout the property. Simply put, the Luna2 experience is about having fun. There’s even a groovy 16-seat cinema where guests can watch new releases or nostalgic classics while enjoying popcorn-infused cocktails and foie gras “bling dogs.” It’s another world indeed.
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There’s always something happening in Seminyak, the “Chelsea of Bali,” inhabited by the young, hip, and fabulous. Some of the best bars and restaurants are within a 15-minute walk north of Luna2 along Seminyak Beach, which is popular for surfing, boogie boarding, and shopping. A few standout cafés, from Revolver to Earth Café, are found along Kayu Aya; Body Works is a palace of pampering; and Woo Bar is one of the best options for a wild night out.
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Rooms: 14 studios. From $450. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Orbit restaurant pays homage to the 1950s and '60s with bursts of yellow, swaths of black-and-white houndstooth, and Philippe Starck’s retro Cassina chairs. The food concept is known as “Lunafood”—classic dishes from around the world reimagined in innovative ways. The wine cellar holds more than 150 international labels, including 18 different champagnes, and has received Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence twice. Ascending four floors up takes guests to Space, a rooftop bar that specializes in sunset cocktails and ocean views, not to mention a satellite kitchen and a DJ booth. The Pop! Lounge looks straight out of Austin Powers, embellished in hot pink,purple, and silver. The sunken love seat and illuminated dance floor are occupied late into the night. Spa and gym details: The pool, fronted by a Mondrian-esque mosaic, offers daybeds and lounge chairs for relaxing or getting a poolside massage, facial, or foot reflexology treatment. Luna2 guests also receive complimentary access to Canggu Club, which houses a gym, pool, and indoor tennis courts as well as a water park, trampoline area, and playroom for kids.
Who's it best for: Pop culture–loving world travelers tuned into art and design. Our favorite rooms: The sunset studio has all the cutting-edge features of a Luna2 studio plus a second balcony overlooking the pool, sand, and Indian Ocean. This studio, marked by pops of bright blue, a capsule-like king bed, and a dining area for up to four people, is the ultimate party pad, complete with a bar and bartender upon request. Just how you like it:Customization is what the Luna2 team does best. From dune buggy racing and cliff jumping to luxurious boat and helicopter rides, if guests ask for a memorable experience, they shall receive.