Exotic landscapes. White sand beaches stretching miles. Pulsing entertainment lighting up the night sky. Fire dancers. This is the perception of the mystical island of Bali. It certainly was mine. The first thing you notice when you land in Bali is the scent. A wonderfully strong smell of tropical incense permeates the air throughout the island. The second thing you notice is the total gridlock on every street. A 10 mile journey takes 2 hours. Arriving at the hotel was a majestic experience. I arrived at 2:30am in mid-December from a frigid Beijing and into an open air lobby with fountains, beautiful grounds, and a deliriously hungover friend who came to greet me at the front desk. The hotel staff was great too — they provided a fruity tea, my room key and…a cold towel. I had never had a cold towel before. Usually towels come hot or room temperature at worst. A cold towel was the panacea to a day of traveling. The pools at the hotel were incredible — four in total, and three had dedicated swim up bars. There’s something about a swim up bar that’s just so unique it feels exotic, almost scandalous. I’ve heard they exist in the United States, but I’ve never seen one there. It feels like the rest of the world has a copyright on swim up bars, and for some reason they just can’t operate in the US. Very sad. Swimming up to one of the sunken stools, I quickly glanced at the menu and ordered a piña colada. A piña colada done right — heavy on the coconut, generous portion of pineapple juice, quality dark rum, and light on the sugar is tough to beat. A gentleman with a large chest tattoo sat nearby; his family swimming a few feet away. The tattoo was bold though hardly remarkable. It wasn’t a word that would elicit strong emotions, but definitely something odd to permanently paste on yourself. I’m actually having trouble remembering what it said — maybe “forest” or “driver” or a name of a street? As his kids began splashing, the tattooed man commenced drinking. Each splash that hit him — and us — sunk his face into mild depression. If his commitment to his kids is comparable to his commitment to gin & tonics, he’s a great father. So what does one do in Bali? I pondered the question in between sips and splashes from the alcoholic father and his children. If you Google that question you’ll discover a handful of beautiful temples, exotic jungles, a monkey forest (that’s right, a monkey forest), a plethora of beaches — basically anything outdoorsy minus skiing. Did I want my limited time in Bali to be Best of Tripadvisor, a rushed tour to see all the recommendations but requiring a post vacation vacation? I compromised on a healthy mixture of sightseeing and relaxation, ⅓ to ⅔ — the proper proportion of rum to coke…in a rum and coke.…
I highly recommend staying at the Padma Legian. The resort is perfect for families with younger kids or kids of any age to be fair!. There are several pools,restaurants and bars to choose from. The staff were great and the location was perfect. It was worth every penny!
We LOVE the Padma Legian and never stay anywhere else. The location, rooms, amenities, staff etc are second to none. And the breakfast buffet is amazing. Cannot wait to return to our favourite place again
We have just returned from two weeks with our family from this amazing resort. Padma Legion has been like a home away from home for many years , we have got to know their staff over this time and they have become very special to us The current situation in the world has hit Bali very hard and all our friends at the Padma are in our prayers. We cannot recommend this resort highly enough and we look forward to returning as soon as we can
My wife and I stayed at this resort as part of the Padma mountain and beach package, which I can highly recommend. We stayed at the Padma Ubud Resort for five nights followed by four nights at the Padma Legian Resort. Both resorts are very different and excellent with beuatiful, rooms, service and food. This resort is close to the beach and the shopping/restaurants of Legian. We highly recommend this resort.