Tucked away in a serene part of Seminyak, the beachfront Luna2 will take you back to the 1960s era...
Let’s travel through time and go back to when Luna2, the first spacecraft that landed on the moon, was revealed in the 1959. Now, fast forward to today and see how that spacecraft has inspired Luna2 Studiotel. Located in Seminyak, Luna2 Studiotel will take us back to late ‘50s to ‘60s era, the period when the Luna2 spacecraft existed.
Back To The Future
If you are a fan of the ‘60s retro lifestyle and you have been wishing to experience the life of Twiggy or are a Beatles’ groupie, then you should head to Luna2 Studiotel to check that wish off your bucket list, even if only for a night or two. I will beg for more though, as I am fan of everything in that era – the fringe hairstyle, the gamine supermodel and the skin-tight printed leggings – you name it, I am obsessed!
I was surprised when I stepped into the hotel and was in awe to see the ‘60s-inspired design, including the flooring that resembled a Monopoly board game and the Lego decorations. Even so, Luna2 tries to depict what the future looks like in the eyes of the 1960s people – and they start with a mural at the poolside that narrates the story of the Luna2 spacecraft. But before I explored more of the hotel, one of the staff handed me a Lunatini, a mix of Belvedere Vodka and Veuve Clicquot champagne as a welcome drink. For me personally this drink is unique, as not many hotels in Bali serve alcoholic welcome drinks. I immediately got the feeling that my stay would be a fabulous one.
As I sipped my Lunatini I could hear “These Boots are Made for Walking”, a song by Nancy Sinatra, and at the same time a waitress dressed in a classic stewardess outfit walked past me. “Am I in London?” I thought to myself, but no, I was still in Bali, although the name of my room was “Bond on Two” and it was next door to another room named “Mayfair on Two”, both names taken from two of the main roads in London. In the 1960s, London was popular with the catch phrase of ‘Swinging London’ that defined London as the ‘capital of cool’, and I think this is another touch of the old-school era in Luna2.
Luna2 has 10 studio rooms in three different colors: blue, green and yellow. I stayed at a green one with a poolside view, just like the other nine studio rooms, three grand studios, and one sunset studio. My room was also bright as green dominates the color of the sofa, pillow sheets and room accessories. It is spacious and cozy as well, and Melanie Hall, the owner and interior designer of the hotel, managed to put three TVs and one MAXI bar in each room. There was one TV in front of the bathtub, one flat screen at the lounge area, and another vintage-retro mini TV from Brionvega at the workstation – the latter has its own headphones, perfect for those who like to surf the channels without being disturbed.
The MAXI bar, which is actually a big black fridge from SMEG, is also impressive, as it combines the futuristic and retro styles and what I found inside the fridge was just as interesting – not only there were local delicacies like POD chocolate but there was also a selection of premium wines. In the MAXI bar, some delectable snacks that are not very common to find in local supermarkets as well as an iPhone cassette case, a Lego USB and Bond-themed cards were on display for sale. Artwork by Irene Hoff also adds a unique touch to the space. Honestly, this hotel was beyond my expectation because I thought I could only find a place like this in artsy cities like Yogyakarta or Bandung in Java.
As much as I wanted to go to the beach, I managed to forget about it when I saw the pool from my balcony. Designed in Mondrian style, the pool is very colorful as the floor is set with Lego colors such as blue, red, green, and yellow. From above it looks like colorful stacks of Lego to me, and because of that I could not wait to take a dip. After I spent some time in the colorful and relaxing pool, I walked to the lobby to discover some more hidden gems within the hotel.
Luna2 has earned its good reputation because of their design and distinctive character, but its facilities are another story worth telling. This includes the In-flight Dining experience, where a waitress with a cart tray will knock on your door and ask, “Chicken or fish?” just like when you’re on board in an airplane. Luna2 also has the Lunaplex, a 16-seat private cinema equipped with an advanced AV system and cozy lounge chairs, and is perfect for all ages. Lunaplex plays two movies each day and guests can check the schedule from an iPad that is available in each room. There are a number of movies to choose from – from new releases to classics, they have them all! A button is available near each seat for guests to call the staff to order popcorn (and popcorninfused cocktails!), champagne, or even Lunafood from Luna2’s Orbit restaurant.
Next to the cinema lies the POP! Underground lounge bar that will have you dancing on the colorful floor with a wide selection of ‘60s dance music. And without any signage outside the hotel, the lounge is exclusive for staying guests and private events. So now, which facility would you like to experience first at Luna2? A day would not suffice for sure.
Jalan Sarinande No. 20/22, Seminyak
By Suhartina Sindukusumo