Monday, October 11, 2010

A little bit of luxury: Legian Beach, Bali

From the moment we step inside the hotel gates it’s as if we’ve stepped from one end of the star rating scale to the other and entered another world. Four hectares of landscaped, tropical gardens form a delightful oasis from the heat and noise outside, the gorgeous scent of frangipani gently wafting and replacing the odours from the open drains on the streets.

There are a range of hotel rooms, family rooms, and thatched roof, Balinese style bungalows, all artistically furnished with tasteful Balinese décor. Quite aside from the floor to ceiling marble bathrooms, we were in heaven simply to have hot water showers and fresh cotton sheets on our super comfortable beds!

You can’t ask for better location than this. The hotel fronts onto the gorgeous Legian Beach, famous for its surf and sunsets. The latter can be enjoyed on the beach or from the luxury of the hotel grounds itself in one of the many sunloungers overlooking the beach or with a cocktail from one of the hotel’s bars. There are not one but two delightful swimming pools. Both have children’s pools attached and one combines a swim-up bar. There are also several restaurant options, tennis courts, a fitness centre and a divine day spa, where you simply must indulge in some of the many massage and treatments on offer.

When you want to venture out into the Bali beyond the hotel – that’s presuming you can tear yourself away from the hotel itself of course - you are just minutes away from the pumping nightlife of Kuta, and the stylish shopping of Seminyak.

A plethora of activities are offered to keep everyone happy, including introductory diving and surfing classes, cultural shows, cooking lessons, even traditional arts demonstrations. A daily favourite was watching the squirrels being fed every morning – such delightful creatures, and so entertaining to watch!


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