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The Legian Bali
Ranked #4 of 148 Hotels in Seminyak
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 23, 2009

We stayed at The Legian in late March for our honeymoon and it was fabulous. From the moment we arrived, until we departed we were very impressed with the service, amenities and accomodation.

Check in was seamless with a cool drink and personal greeting from the hotel manager. We entered our room where we had a bottle of champagne and 'honeymoon' cake waiting for us. Our room was on the ground floor which was perfect as we still had a gorgeous view and easy access to the restaurant, pool area and beach.

Breakfast was perfect every morning and when we ate in the restaurant or ordered room service, the food was excellent.

The location is terrific with several great local restaurants in walking distance.

The air conditioning was first class which is what you need in Bali! We were also highly impressed with the level of cleanliness of not only our room but the entire hotel. Our room was serviced twice daily by three friendly staff and we received complimentry bottled water each day. We also looked forward to our little cakes, brownies and other treats that were brought to our room at turndown service (no charge of course).

The concierge and front desk were always extremely helpful. If you stay at The Legian I would also recommend a manicure/pedicure at The Spa - divine! The pool area is so pristine and relaxing. The gorgeous infinity edge pool is the perfect temperature. The pool attendants provide you with towels, iced water, fase mist and cold face towels while you are relaxing and they are very attentive at filling up your water. We did not have any issues getting a spot by the pool each day but the hotel did seem very quiet at the time of our stay.

We had a delightful experience on the last day (my husband's birthday). The Hotel had realised it was his birthday and surprised us at breakfast by singing happy birthday, bringing us a beautiful cake and two glasses of champagne (all complimentry!).

The stand-out at The Legian is the amazing, beautiful people that work there and their impeccable service. It truely made our honeymoon such a mememorable experience.

I couldn't fault The Legian in any possible way and highly recommend it to couples who want to have a relaxing holiday. We are certainly keen to come back for our first anniversary.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 23, 2009

We went to Bali for 2.5weeks in April without booking for the last part of our stay. While staying at Villa Kipas (great place) we went on a tour of most hotels in Seminyak/Jimbaran looking for a place to stay. After reviewing many places (inc Four Seasons) we decided to stay at The Legian. And we were not dissapointed. We have been to many of the GHM hotels (inc Miami and Vietnam) and it compares very well to them although The Datai is still best.
The hotel was full but the service was still quite personal and attentive. We booked a 2brd apartment and it is an exellent choice for a family. It is true that the rooms are a bit hybrid and could be anywhere else but they are modern and the service remains 100% Balinese. Food is really good although breakfast can be a long wait. Location is great and you can walk to many places, esp good nearby restaurants. We ate at the Samaya and La Lucciola (both a dissapointment). We loved the Legian and will not hesitate to go back and enjoy the sunset while listening jazz or having a massage. We are missing it already!
Pros: location + service + beautiful ambience + perfect to watching the sunset in style
Cons: If hotel full, it can be a bit of a struggle to get a sunlounger, the beach in front is not the best part of Seminyak as the current is quite strong (go swim in front of the other hotel or close to Ku De Ta/Oberoi).

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with family
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1  Thank miss_saigonlondon
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Reviewed February 22, 2009

We passed through on our way to Australia for Christmas, from Europe. December is great in Bali unless you want to roast yourself a tan quick - it was never uncomfortably hot, but it didn't rain much (you can be unlucky they say, but in the three years we have been in Bali in December, we never have ...). This was our first time in Seminyak, which we loved. Not that we did much outside the hotel - we had an eight month old baby with us, and my parents tagged aling in the room next door as well. But what we liked about Seminyak was that it was good shopping, filtering out much of the trashy shopping of Kuta/Legian, leaving a good blend which we could easily find what we were looking for. But enough about that - it was the hotel which counted for us, and verery quickly we became thrilled with what we found - not from the start because the entrance isn't at all a take your breath away experience - but once you enter the room and settle in you quickly see what it is all about. All you read about the personal touch at this hotel is true - the babysitters which take your little one away so you can eat your breakfast in peace - the pool attendant who keeps an eye on your every need - the executive chef who drops over to your table every night, the staff who all know your name and your little preferences - pretty much everything works like clockwork. Which in Bali really is quite something. We dined more nights than the usual at the hotel restaurant which from a visual and chill out experience can't be beaten. Frankly, I've visited a few of the "in places" to dine out in the area and in my view the hotel dining is a better experience for the chill out factor, and it is not that much more than the trendies ooutside the hotel when it comes to the wallet. The food isn't amazingly good (although it is very good). The wine is expensive. But overall, it works brilliantly with the waves crashing in the distance and the outdoor setting a dream. And the staff make it a real joy. Where it is worth going out are the more cheaper but excellent value places - I can't remember the name but we ate very good freshly made pasta which was significantly better than most of the pasta dishes I am served in goodish Italian restaurants in Europe (outside Italy, of course) and for value, laughably good. But in my view Koo-de-tah (or however they want to spell it) and its equally trendy spots is for those staying in cheaper hotels who want the fine dining beach experience, not for those already in a fine hotel on the beach and have it all a hundred metres from their rooms, but without the hundreds of other guests alongside. All in all, financial crisis or not, this place merits your attention, and your hard earned dollars, if, that is, you want a totally chilled out small hotel feeling, in a haven of tranquility far enough away from the hustle of the masses (who you are trying to avoid). The only other comment I would make is that although we didn't see the Club area, I understand it is without direct view/access to the beach. On that basis, our deluxe room ground floor with the beach in front of us can't be beaten. There's something to having the beach rumbling away just in front of you morning, noon and night. It is an experience I sorely miss living in Europe (and with real estate prices beachside in Oz these days, probably will have to accept I won't get there ever again). The Club may offer me many things, but (especially with our bubs, but even without I would surely feel the same) the fact that we could walk to the pool and the beach (although it isn't much of an attraction when you actually set foot on it) in one minute, plus the fact that we could smell the beach air (that was not affected by the visual detritus, I am glad to report), and sit on our terrace or even better walk to our covered pagoda covered beach-side bed and return without a second thought, made it better than I could imagine anywhere else. There may well be other places equal in Bali, but for what we paid, this place gives us enough reasons to not bother searching for another - we're happy with what we found.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 13, 2009

We stayed at the Legian for 5 nights out of our 9 night visit to Bali and it was the best hotel for overall experience. The staff were friendly and the pool staff new our names from day one which i thought was a nice touch.

The rooms were huge and loved the four poster bed with white curtains around it which was very romantic. We had breakfast brought to our room every morning and had this out on our massive balcony overlooking the ocean. The day bed out on the balcony was a great touch as well, but by mid morning is was too hot & humid to sit out there. The bose sound system & ipod docks were great, they even give you an ipod to listen to during your stay which had some fantasic music downloaded.

The pool was divine with 2 infinity edge pools we were always able to get pool beds close by and you overlook the beach which is quite entertaining watching surfers being dumped by the waves - kept my fiance happy!

I would definitely recommend this hotel it is fantastic.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 29, 2009

We stayed at The Legian Bali to attend a friend's wedding at Four Seasons, Sayan. Had 3 nights at the Legian, then travelled to Ubud for two nights at the Four Seasons, then back to the Legian for another 3 nights. As we booked via a travel agent I am not exactly sure how much we paid for the room but it seems to be around USD700 for a Deluxe Suite.

After being picked up at the airport, we arrived at the hotel to be greeted with a complimentary fruit mocktail, absolutely delicious. The check in experience was excellent with the staff leading us to comfortable chairs to enjoy our drinks and bring the forms to us for completion they were very attentive (very different to any Australian hotel I have been too, where you usually have to stand in line waiting for someone to serve you). That first night we arrived in the evening and decided to have a drink at the bar, the hotel arranged a baby sitter at very short notice, the babysitter was very nice and came over every day for a few hours so we could do some shopping and head out at night, she was excellent.

Hotel breakfast was amazing each morning, I would gorge myself and not need anything else until the afternoon. They had both western and asian breakfast buffet. The Nasi Goreng at breakfast there was better than anything I have been able to find back in Perth.

The room was huge, with a small kitchette which came in handy so we could prepare food for our daughter. Had an excellent view from our balcony.

They have a heap of sun lounges near the pool and overlooking the beach, but get down early to snare a prime position.

The only problem we had with the hotel was the second time we checked in we ended up with a room at the opposite end that we originally had and found that this area had a heap of mosquitoes.

Overall, the hotel was amazing, staff excellent and attentive, they all knew our names, close to the beach, breakfast was unreal. Generally was a really good stay, defineately will stay again once the aussie dollar picks up a bit moreso i can afford the accomodation.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 11, 2009

My wife and I returned today from 8 nights at the Legian, preceded by 7 nights at their sister hotel, the Chedi Club in Ubud.

The Legian is a very well run hotel and you would have to be outrageously spoiled not to have a great time here. The service is outstanding; the staff memorise the names of all the guests and are friendly and efficient and actually seem to enjoy working there, and the manager greeted us on arrival. We booked the cheapest room, which was very large and nicely, if unimaginatively, decorated. We did wonder why for such a large room the bed was only queen size. We also had some problem with the air-conditioning which they did fix quickly, but it failed again on the last night. The food was also good; the breakfast buffet was extensive and top quality. Dinner was also good but relatively expensive and the restaurant wasn’t very full. Also to be fair the rates are very affordable, at least by Western standards, and we felt it was good value for money.

In fact there is very little to criticise. However, albeit for reasons not all within its control, we rate the Legian highly but can’t rave about it. Firstly while they clean the stretch of beach in front of the hotel, you don’t have to walk very far to see litter and dead fish strewn everywhere; a problem which apparently is particularly acute in rainy season. Needless to say the ocean, if you are brave enough to swim in due to the waves and currents, isn't clean. The pools are well maintained but too small for a hotel with 67 rooms, and not deep enough to really swim in. Note that Dec/Jan is rainy season, and most days it would rain, although fortunately usually in the evening and at night when it didn't matter and there was ample sunshine during 6 of the 8 days. They provide afternoon tea, a nice touch, except the cakes that accompany it are sub-standard. The hotel has a huge security presence which is a sad necessity, and while we never felt unsafe in Bali, it can make you feel skittish.

Most of all was a sense that for a small hotel it just doesn't feel very exclusive, and could be almost anywhere in the world. The architecture, decor, food, and general ambience feel like a generic luxury international beach hotel not an Asian let alone Balinese experience. The hotel attracts an eclectic clientelle including older men in speedo's with wives a fraction of their ages, "fashionistas" who walk around like they are being filmed, Antipodean families who can't control their volume, and a significant contingent of gay couples.

For this reason we would strongly recommend combining a stay at the Legian with a stay at the sister hotel, the Chedi club in Ubud which we can't recommend highly enough. While it is only 40km away, it is a completely different experience, and made for a really well balanced holiday.

Outside the hotel, the food was also excellent. We went out to eat on 7 nights. One restaurant we thought was exceptional (and we are avid foodies) was Sarong, which needs to be booked well in advance in high season. We loved it so much we actually went back a couple of nights later. We had 2 courses and shared dessert, and the food bill was only around $US 65, but note the wine in Indonesia is expensive and this was no exception, the cheapest wines starting at around $50. Also good at the pricey end of the scale were Kafe Warisan and Living room, and at the inexpensive end of the scale is Made's Warung ($50 for a huge amount of food and the local "Hatten" Rose wine which is very drinkable).

Reviews are always coloured by people's expectations and personal tastes and preferences and mine is no different. Altogether we enjoyed the Legian but if you want more of a travelling experience and less of a “scene”, or want to immerse yourself in Balinese culture, or expect an idyllic tropical beach, this isn’t the place for you. If you want a 100% reliable luxury hotel with great service, and where you can just relax and eat well for a few days then you can’t fail to have a good time.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 7, 2009

Stayed at the Legian, after spending three nights at Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah. The stay at Legian proved to be quite a disappointment.

The Bad
The rooms are extremely dated and old. The water pressure in the shower was extremely low. The ground floor door could not be locked (had to call them to fix it, for security reasons). Musky smell. Do not eat the Sate Club across the street. It was recommended by the receptionist. The prices are exorbitant.

The Good
The beach (simply fantastic). That is the best part of the hotel. It has got fantastic views at sunset. Most people had to go to Ku De Ta to look at the sunset, I did mine on the bed facing the beach, with a bottle of Moet (Rose). That was priceless. The food (yummy). The staff at the restaurant/pool area (attentive).

I guess part of the disappointment was that I came to Legian after spending three nights at the Chedi Club. The service standards/amenities/benefits of the two hotels are world's apart.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled with friends
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7  Thank Traveller T
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Address: Jl. Kayu Aya, Seminyak 80361, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Kuta District > Seminyak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Seminyak
#1 Business Hotel in Seminyak
#1 Romantic Hotel in Seminyak
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Seminyak
#4 Spa Hotel in Seminyak
#4 Luxury Hotel in Seminyak
Price Range: $476 - $832 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Legian Bali 5*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Legian Bali is an exclusive all-suite hotel set in landscaped tropical gardens, offering unrivalled views across the Indian Ocean. Flanked by quiet beach, this luxurious property offers a unique chance to experience the magical island of Bali in a relaxed setting. Beautifully integrated within landscaped gardens and lotus ponds, The Legian Bali boasts 67 sea-facing suites plus The Beach House in an ample variety of exquisite accommodation style. Situated in a quiet enclave in Seminyak, and adjacent to the exclusive The Legian Bali, a cluster of 14 private villas stands majestically amid scented gardens and private pools. This exquisite residence that redefines luxury living in the tropics is The Club at The Legian, offering guests the ultimate in privacy, and unobtrusive, yet flawless, personalised service. The Legian Bali and The Club at The Legian present all the charms of Balinese hospitality in its personable service, customised spa treatments and alluring surroundings. ... more   less 
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