Ask people in Singapore to name their favourite tropical escape in the region, and many will say Bali. And what’s not to love? It’s close, it’s lined by beaches, the waves are great, and so is the food. Especially popular is the trendy coastline and shopping enclave of Seminyak. Here we profile one of the area’s smartest accommodation choices.
The Legian Bali is a dual-concept luxury resort located on Seminyak Beach, a 25-minute drive from Denpasar’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. It has 67 sea-facing suites designed by famed Indonesian designer Jaya Ibrahim, and a luxe two-storey private beach house within its main compound.
Despite all its modern facilities and comforts, there’s a rustic charm to the resort thanks to the use of Balinese and Indonesian architecture, and the prevalence of natural-fibre furniture. The property is set in lush landscaped gardens that feature Indonesian sculptures and indigenous art.
To complement the suites, The Legian Bali has a more private compound called The Club at Legian, for those who prefer a more exclusive retreat. It houses 11 one bedroom and three two-bedroom pool villas, with personal butlers trained by consultants from The Guild of Professional English Butlers. The Club also has its own 28-metre lap pool and private outdoor lounge area.
Dining options include The Restaurant, a spacious fine-dining area overlooking The Legian Bali’s three tiered infinity pool and helmed by executive chef Luke McLeod; The Pool, Ocean Bars and lobby lounge offers light meals and cocktails throughout the day. There’s in-room dining, too.
The Spa at The Legian Bali houses four single and two double spa suites set within the property’s South Garden, with an extensive menu of signature experiences and rituals incorporating ancient Indonesian methods. In-room private treatments are available, too, if you don’t want to leave your suite or villa.
There’s also a fully equipped gymnasium, manicure and pedicure lounges, a spa boutique, and The Wellness Centre. Recently upgraded, the centre is located at the lower levels of The Health Club, and it gives access to a warm and cool plunge pool, sauna and steam rooms, relaxation lounges and locker facilities.
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The Legian Bali provides complimentary daily morning yoga classes, conducted on the resort’s manicured lawns
If you’re keen for a few days of beachside living, with a spa ritual or two and some memorable meals – and, let’s be honest, who isn’t? – The Legian Bali’s “Signature” package bundles all these things into one blissful-sounding package.
Here’s what you get:
• Two nights’ accommodation at The Legian Bali (Studio Suite, One Bedroom Deluxe Suite or Two Bedroom Suite) or The Club at The Legian Bali (One Bedroom Villa)
• Daily breakfast at The Restaurant
• Roundtrip airport transfers
• US$50 food-and-beverage credit per room per stay
• A 60-minute Ancient Balinese Massage per person
• One round of cocktails at The Pool Bar
• All the regular suite benefits (welcome drink, daily newspaper, Wi-Fi and more) Rates start from US$1,020 per package, valid until 20 December 2017.
For more information or to make a booking, visit thelegianbali.com.
This article first appeared in the Travel Guide 2017 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy or subscribe so you never miss an issue!