The Legian Bali: Indonesian luxury at its best
From the moment the hotel’s cordial driver greets you at the airport to moment the staff bid you farewell, this is five-star perfection. For me, a stay at The Legian Bali was just like entering a new world. After recent rapid development, the Kuta and Seminyak areas are somewhat overwhelmed by shops, bars and noise. Yet, The Legian Bali still stands strong as a quiet, blissful and exclusive place to be, in a setting that could literally tease the money out of your wallet without you ever noticing (not that I need any encouragement in that area as it is).
From the impeccable quality of dining to the rejuvenation of the traditional Balinese spa, the hotel is five star through and through. A stay in one of the smaller neighbouring Sunset and Seminyak Suites are incredibly comfort-rich and without a doubt some of the best and most authentically Balinese villas on the island, but the Legian Suite is our favourite place to stay when in town. Whilst the resort does boast larger villas as well as an 800sqm beach villa equipped with a private infinity pool that’s surrounded by tropical green gardens, these are more suitable for families and large groups. If you’re travelling alone or as a couple, the hotel’s Legian Suite is the place to lay your head at night.
The suite itself spans over a whopping 364 sq. m. That’s bigger than a tennis court, over eleven times the size of a parking space and 90 times the area of a king sized bed (nobody’s going to do the math, but the numbers sure are impressive)! Overlooking and framing the crystal waters of the ocean perfectly, the Legian Suite’s terrace is huge. The seats are nap-inducingly comfortable and hours could easily be lost bathing in this private paradise in the sun. The room itself is furnished and designed in the clean, calming and traditional Balinese way. Dark, earthy woods contrast with soft white linen and marbled fixtures in the bathroom create a look of elegance. The four poster bed will deliver one of the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had and you’ll never tire of waking up to sweeping views of the ocean. I’m not a beachy person by nature, but I’m easily persuaded by a gorgeous room and the promise of a cocktail somewhere sunny.
Although this two-room suite is traditionally Balinese, you can expect to find modern amenities and services at your fingertips. The room benefits from the impeccable acoustics of a Bose Lifestyle entertainment system, two iPod units, your very own Nespresso coffee machine and of course a smart LED TV and Blu-ray player. A stay at The Legian Bali can be considered nothing short of excellent by anyone’s standards, but it’s the list of exclusive benefits that come flying in left, right and centre with a stay in the Legian Suite that elevates the reviews of most to beyond exceptional.
A stay in the Legian Suite lands you your very own private and personal butler service as well as a private chauffeur to use at your leisure. Tie that in with private in-room cocktails, breakfast and afternoon tea, fresh fruit daily, access to the health club, yoga studio, bicycles and complimentary mini bar and the guest really does become king (or queen, in my case).
As soon as you arrive at this wonderfully indulgent hotel and the beach immerges from beyond the lobby to greet you, you are made to feel at home and welcome by the friendly staff. The Legian Bali, a creation of LHM Hotels, has consistently appeared in the top ten of the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for years as well as their Hall of Fame. The Legian Bali was also voted the 24th best resort in all of Asia. If you’re looking for a luxury hotel in Bali to impress even the most discerning of travellers, then spend a night or two at this exquisitely crafted tropical hideaway in the suite that dreams are made of.
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