Bali, Indonesia

The Legian Bali

Rates from (inc tax)$484.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD585.64), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Oceanside opulence

Setting

Beach central

A boutique seaside hideaway on buzzy Seminyak Beach made up of stylish suites and all-frills villas, hotel The Legian Bali is a study in two kinds of luxury. The Legian's modern suites offer urban comforts that wouldn’t be remiss in a Hong Kong penthouse. For those who prefer a Miami-like party pad, the decadent, kitted-out villas at the Club come standard with private pools and personal butlers.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

64 Studio, One- and Two-bedroom Suites; at the nearby Club, 11 One-bedroom Villas.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible subject to availability, and a charge of up to one day’s rate. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $484.00, excluding tax at 21 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next {dayrange} days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD585.64), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include breakfast unless you’ve landed a discount on the rack rate (in which case, you pay an extra US$35 plus tax and service charge). Extra beds for adults cost US$120 a person, each night, including breakfast, depending on room type.

Also

Consult the guest directory for listings of Bali’s many temple ceremonies – the Legian concierge (or your Club butler) can arrange transport and advise on dress code. Hop on one of the hotel's free bicycles and wheel around Seminyak (if you're after something a little faster-paced, Vespas can be hired for IDR200,000 a day). Studio, One- and Two-bedroom Suites come with a raft of extras: free soft drinks and snacks from the minibar (replenished daily), afternoon tea (from 4pm–6pm), welcome drink on arrival and a daily fruit plate, and use of hotel facilities (entry to the health club and yoga studio, and bike hire). Guests staying in the Legian, Sunset or Seminyak suites, Beach House or Villas get additional personal butler service, cocktails and canapés (6pm–8pm), daily afternoon tea (4pm–6pm), and a chauffered pick-up and drop-off service in the Seminyak area (8am–11pm).

Hotel closed

No check-ins or check-outs are allowed on 28 March 2017, when Bali observes Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), although stays are still possible. Bali’s airport also closes for the day.

At the hotel

Spa and wellness centre, gym, boutique, library of board games and books, gardens, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: free internet (high-speed broadband/WiFi) in suites and villas; iPod dock (in suites), two iPods, Bose sound system, LED flatscreen TV, Blu-Ray Disc Player, espresso machine.

Our favourite rooms

Top-floor suites at the Legian command exceptional views over the hotel’s garden. We like the generously proportioned third-floor one-bedroom Deluxe Suites. At the Club, to single out just one of the capacious dream homes would be foolish, unless it’s the king-of-the-coast Beach House.

Poolside

At the Legian a three seductive tiered pools (30m, 23.5m and 14.5m long) offer Indian Ocean views. The Club Villas have private pools (10m in one-bedroom villas, 12m in three-bedroom villas) and there’s a 28m-long pool at the Club Lounge.

Spa

From 9am–9pm (the last booking is taken at 8pm) healing Balinese therapies are carried out by nimble-fingered therapists in the spa's four single treatment rooms and two dedicated couples suites. Balinese and ayurvedic massages; detoxifying body polishes and wraps; Ren, Ila and Voya facials; bathing ceremonies; and mani-pedis complete the indulgent menu. Group hatha yoga lessons are also held (8am–9.30am) in the light indoor studio and verdant gardens; private lessons can be arranged on request. The wellness centre (7am–10pm) meets all your relaxation needs with a sauna, steam rooms and plunge pools. The fitness centre has stationary bikes, free weights and treadmills, and personal trainers for an additional charge.

Packing tips

Although the resort itself is a laid-back, unfussy affair, for venturing out into the swish neighbourhood, pack a good dose of smart glitz, and Mrs Smith’s strappiest sandals. For glamorous Balinese accessories, head to Biasa on Jalan Seminyak. Save some room in your suitcase for souvenirs from the on-site boutique, including colourful local artworks.

Also

Free yoga lessons are on offer for all guests.

Children

All ages welcome at this family-friendly resort. Baby cots are provided free; extra beds for older children costs US$80 or US$120 a night. Book a Balinese nanny from US$12 an hour with 24-hours’ notice. The Legian offers an extensive children’s menu.

Overview

All ages welcome at this family-friendly resort. Baby cots are provided free and an extra bed for older children costs US$100. Book a Balinese nanny from around US$12 an hour with 24-hours’ notice. The Legian offers an extensive children’s menu.

Best for

little ones old enough to play independently or teenagers with the right to roam.

Recommended rooms

At the Legian, two-bedroom suites make the most sense, or request a free cot or an extra bed for US$100. Club villas are ideal for families with mini Smiths old enough for the private pool not to be a worry.

Activities

During high season (July-early October), the hotel runs a programme of acitivities for mini Smiths including jewellery-making, horse rides, Balinese dance classes, arts and crafts and walkeboarding lessons. Three daily sessions are held during peak holiday periods (9.30am–10.30am, 10.30am–12 noon and 2pm–5pm).

Swimming pool

Lifeguards are on duty from 7am to 7pm daily at the main pools. Inflatables, floats and arm bands are available.

Rates

More details

Rates include breakfast unless you’ve landed a discount on the rack rate (in which case, you pay an extra US$35 plus tax and service charge). Extra beds for adults cost US$120 a person, each night, including breakfast, depending on room type.

Meals

A separate kids menu available in the Legian restaurant and from room service. It features dishes that adults may wish to dine on too, such as Indonesian fish and chips, margherita pizza, and even a mushroom cappuccino with white truffle oil.

Babysitting

Childcare can be arranged for up to three little ones with 24 hours' notice for about US$12 an hour.

No need to pack

High chairs, car seats (for private transfers), cots and changing mats are available free of charge.

Also

Benefit from free baby baths, bottle sterilizers and even buckets and spades.

Eco‐friendly

The Legian supports community initiatives, such as the Team 8 programme, which helps schools with equipment and funding.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

The Restaurant at the Legian overlooks the hotel's tiered infinity pools and has ocean views. French and southeast Asian flavours intermingle on the menu, and themed dinners are held on certain nights, including hot favourite, the Friday night seafood barbecue. Breakfast is served here from 7am. Club guests can enjoy a more traditional Indonesian menu in the intimate Club Lounge; and for an even more secluded dining experience, book the Pavilion, where up to four guests can anjoy chef Luke MacLeod's tasting menu.

At the bar

The Pool Bar and Ocean Bar at the Legian serve signature cocktails such as the Legian Mojito. Afternoon tea and inventive canapés (mud crab with watermelon or Vietnamese spring rolls) are dished up alongside drinks. Pre-dinner cocktails and late-evening spirits and cigars are served in the laid-back Lobby Lounge. 

Last orders

The Restaurant and Club Lounge both take orders until 11pm. The Pool Bar and Lobby Lounge officially close at midnight (with a little leeway for last-minute revellers), and the Ocean Bar serves its last cocktail at 9pm.

Room service

Order from a globe-spanning menu throughout the day (and night).

Location

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Address
The Legian Bali
Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak Beach
80361
Bali
Indonesia

Planes

Fly into Ngurah Rai International Airport (www.baliairport.com), near capital Denpasar, served by carriers including Garuda, Singapore Airlines, Jetstar, Air Asia and JAL. The hotel can arrange a transfer by private car, which takes around 40 minutes. You can buy a visa on arrival, if required, which costs US$25 for 30 days payable in cash (just make sure your iPod is charged to accompany your wait in line).

Automobiles

A 15km drive from the airport, free for Club residents. Otherwise, airport transfers can be arranged for US$40 per car per way. You can rent a car at the airport but traffic can be frankly terrifying and the roads aren’t always smooth sailing. Fortunately, you can hire well-maintained cars with excellent drivers for $120 a day (this includes petrol, WiFi and the driver's services).

Worth getting out of bed for

Local restaurants

Jalan Petitenget is a strip of wall-to-wall stylish bars and restaurants. At number 21, rice-paddy views, laid-back lounging and super-fresh seafood await at Sardine (+62 (0)361 738202). Number 19 is home to Sarong, which has a pan-Asian menu encompassing grilled and Tandoori dishes, curries Thai and Indian, and creative stir-frys (+62 (0)361 737809). The chef owner behind once acclaimed Kafe Warisan has moved his talents to number six, aka Métis (+62 (0)361 847 5472), where the superlative French fare proves that geography is no obstacle.

Local bars

Beach club, restaurant and lounge bar Ku De Ta, at 9 Jalan Kayu Aya in Seminyak (+62 (0)361 736969), is a long-standing favourite. Compare and contrast its cocktail list, starting with its lychee martinis, with that at Hu’u Bar on Jalan Oberoi, Petitenget (+62 (0)361 736443).

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Amy Cooper, Seen-it done-it scribe

Having a butler spoils you for life. You need to know this before you check into the Legian Bali; afterwards you may never again be able to pour your own drink or fold your clothes. You may even struggle to walk.

With my knowledge of butlers gleaned mainly from movies, I try to imagine the real thing as we travel to Seminyak. Will we be waited on by a penguin-suited Lurch intoning, ‘You rang, sir?’ Or perhaps a quaintly English Jeeves who will iron Mr Smith’s newspaper while being implicated in various murder mysteries.

But first, we must find the Club, a super-private 11-villa hideaway close to its established mothership hotel, the Legian. Its entrance is so discreet our taxi driver misses it and instead delivers us to the much more visible lobby of the Legian itself, where the elegant bellboys summon a sleek black Lexus to relocate us across the narrow street. It’s such a short distance, we protest. We could walk. The driver looks astonished and we realise that the Club, which describes itself as ‘an oasis of sophisticated relief’, intends to spare us even a whiff of exertion. There’s a brief flash of Seminyak street bustle, a security-patrolled gate, then absolute peace. The villas stand around an ornamental pond, tropical gardens and the Club Lounge, with its bar, restaurant and nearby pool.

The Club delivers Legian luxury wrapped in an extra layer of personal attention. Each villa has a dedicated butler, and ours is Vina, who is not even slightly Lurchesque or Jeeves-like, but a smiling Balinese lady who combines serenity with the efficiency of an elite military unit.

She unlocks a wooden door and we step into our secret garden. There’s a 10-metre swimming pool fringed by hibiscus and frangipani, an outdoor dining balé, manicured lawns, day-beds and, in the middle, a Balinese palace that, thanks to further ponds, appears from certain angles to be floating on water. Vina’s introductory tour has more highlights than we can immediately absorb: a welcome bottle of Taittinger chilling in the fridge, bedroom with four-poster, bathroom with his ‘n’ hers wardrobes, a drinks cabinet proffering decanters of gin, vodka and whisky, jars crammed with cookies and nuts, and a minibar of further tipples. They’re complimentary and refill magically whenever plundered.

The roll call of goodies continues: two sarongs, with tying instructions; tasteful straw sandals, a yoga mat, beach bags; board games, magazines and two iPods loaded with music for every taste. And my favourite: a huge bath outside among those ponds.

Left to our own devices, we explore our walled garden and conclude that it is, indeed, completely private. So we skinny-dip and Mr Smith takes a sarong-less stroll, communing with dragonflies. I’m concocting puns about bare-bottom botany when the doorbell rings, sending him scrambling for cover. No need, as Vina is clearly accustomed to guests exploring their inner naturist and allows time for modesty between ringing and entering through her special butler’s door.

Want to know the truth about butler service? It’s a little weird at first. Being resourceful travellers who, if necessary, will build a fire or catch dinner, we’ve unpacked our own suitcases and poured our own champagne. Then we remember that’s Vina’s gig.
I fear we’re under-achieving at being butlered, so we rustle up some dirty laundry and ask Vina to book a table at a much-recommended restaurant, La Lucciola. ‘Think of more tasks,’ I urge Mr Smith. You haven’t known real luxury until you’ve suffered from butler angst.

Normally, we’d walk around the corner to La Lucciola, but this is the Club, where feet don’t touch the ground. At sunset, Vina, black Lexus and driver arrive and deliver us to the door in moments. La Lucciola perches on a tranquil stretch of Seminyak Beach, and waves, candlelight and delicious Italian food paint a romantic idyll so dreamy that although we walk home we reckon Vina wouldn’t mind – since it feels like floating.

The villa is so richly appointed you could nest indefinitely. But the next day we want to explore the Legian, as its facilities are available to Club guests. We recline on a sunlounger and watch the two-tier infinity pool and Indian Ocean vying to out-blue each other. Then, at risk of disappointing our butler, we walk along the beach towards Kuta and back along streets lined with shops running the gamut of tat to tasteful.

After the hubbub, we relish our private paradise. Apparently, some guests only emerge from their villa cocoon to visit the Club Lounge. Others punctuate their seclusion with trips to the Legian’s spa, Pool Bar and the Restaurant, where we dine that night. Being VIPs (Vina’s Important People), we’re escorted to a prime table on the terrace. My river prawn sambal is spicy and fresh; Mr Smith’s red snapper with chilli oil and water spinach is his favourite dish yet.

By now, we have endless errands for Vina. We’ve got her tracking down friends, finding shops, and asking the chef to make us a local dish called martabak. Just as we’ve finally surrendered every last shred of self-reliance, it’s time to leave. Vina helps us pack and farewells us at the gate. ‘Come with us and run our lives!’ we want to cry, because after two days of splendid, cosseted indolence, we are convinced that survival skills are vastly overrated.
 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Legian Bali’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The staff were super helpful and friendly, and the location (literally right on the beach) was incredible. Travelled with children, who loved it and were very welcome. Market square about 5 mins walk away had some good shopping.

Don’t expect

Busy, party hotel

Rating

Stayed on 6 Apr 2016

We loved

I loved the excellent customer service, the quality and variety of the food offering, the location, the rooms and facilities.

Don’t expect

On some days, the speed of service at breakfast could've been better.

Rating

Stayed on 21 Oct 2014