Stayed in a number of hotels in Bali during our honeymoon (in Nusa Dua, Ubud, and Kuta), and this was hands down the best of the bunch.
First impressions: Security is pretty fierce in Bali, and The Stones definitely is at the top of their game. Two separate gates, a team of security guards, and a rotation shift between a golden retriever and a black lab ensure that nothing gets into the Stones complex by car that shouldn’t. The airport-style security (metal detector + x-ray machine) ensures nothing gets in via the visitors/guests that come to the hotel. While others may be bothered by this… I figure it’s better safe than sorry, and what’s to fret, if you have nothing to hide? Feel free to check out Ground Zero (2002, 200+ dead) around the corner if you think security is excessive.
The People: Everybody, and I mean everybody, is super friendly. “Good mornings” and “good afternoons” are aplenty. Check-in, complete with magic towelettes and popsicles, was a breeze... by the end of my short stay various hotel employees would magically remember and address me by name. Loved it.
The hotel: The hotel itself is beautiful. The rooms surround a very nice-sized pool, plenty of recliners, a swim-up pool, hot tub, hammocks, and a daily evening fire show. Three adjoining restaurants offer seafood, international, and local food for lunch and dinner, and lead to a magnificent feast for the morning buffet. Walking through the enclosed halls or going into the elevator, everything smells delicious, as if you’re walking into a day spa.
The Rooms: The rooms are awesome. The pool-facing rooms all have either tubs in their patios (floors 2-5), or a private hot tub if you’re on the first floor. Inside, everything is slick, beautiful smelling bath materials, lilly coffee pod espresso machine, and a reasonably priced mini bar.
Miscellaneous: Because the complex is still new, most of the storefronts leading into the hotel are still empty. However, what they DO have a couple restaurants set up right on the main street that are beach facing. The top floor offers a bar/lounge complete with multiple small infinity pools right on the railing that allow you to enjoy the sunset over drinks… in the water.
The hotel is centrally located on Legian beach. Quick access to either of the Poppies lanes, and a pleasant stroll either south to Kuta/Kuta Square, or north to Seminyak. Perfect location.
Final thoughts: We first planned on only staying at the Stones for two days before heading up to Ubud. By evening of the first day, we decided to extend the stay one more night… and then the next day extended it for a fourth night. After our trip to Ubud, we were deciding whether to head down to Jimbaran or Uluwatu, but ultimately decided that none of those hotels provided the most luxurious bang for the buck as The Stones. Two separate stays at the hotel in one trip… and at The Top of the list for any future trips to Bali.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Part of the Marriott group, The Stones Hotel - Autograph Collection is an upscale and luxury gateway to a unique experience. Situated on the Southern tip of Legian Beach on the resort island of Bali and only 20 minutes to the airport, this five star Bali hotel is the perfect vantage point to experience all the island has to offer with the vibrant activity of Kuta and the shopping excursions to Seminyak at your door step. All 308 guest rooms and 15 suites are sleekly designed and feature rainforest showers, complimentary wifi and espresso machines. Iconic architectural design meets eclectic sophistication around the hotel grounds with a 3,500sqm oversized swimming pool, 3 restaurants, cabanas, entertainment deck, Club Jasper for the kids and a 24 hour gym. ... more less
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- The Stones Hotel - Legian Bali, Autograph Collection