Hi you are right The Legian is a fair way out.
If you are only staying for 2 days I would choose Padma or Legian Beach. They are both surrounded by shops, restaurants and both on the beach. If you are going soon, however, I would choose the Padma. There is some serious work being done in front of Legian Beach. The road is dug up and drilling, etc is very noisy. Something to do with the drainage (isn't it always)
I don't know how long this will be happening.
Go to THE LEGIAN if you can afford it., not the legian beach hotel. You get what you pay for and believe me it is worth it. It is not far from the action and they have free shuttles. I am telling you the place is incredible and I have been to some great places, Shutters(santa monica) Cali de volpe(sardinia), St. Regis (aspen). This is right up there.
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