On landing in Bali after a 26 hour jounrney- I was tired slightly dishevelled!
On hotel arrival, I was greeted by amazing staff who unloaded my bags from me, sat me down and offered me a beer! Check-in was quick and effortless, and the staff took my bag straight to my room.
First impressions were brilliant. The hotel was spotlessly clean, with such a lovely design. Beautiful exotic flowers everywhere, and calming background music in the reception area.
I was offered a tour of the hotel, which was a fab opportunity for me to get my bearings. I was literally blown away as soon as I walked into the pool area. The pool is amazing. There were lovely wicker sunbeds displayed around it, with matching island towels- instantly screaming organised, and thoughtful.
The rooms are really brilliant. They are spacious and VERY clean. The little touches make this hotel something special. Random flowers dotted around, and homely 'island' pillows were great finishing touches.
There is a raised terrace overlooking the pool area, which has a great little outside hut perfect for cocktails/beers at sunset. There are a few more sunbeds up there too, which means you dont have to go very far to the bar when sunbathing!
Up on another level there is another hut, lounge area which is cushioned cmoplete with a coffee table. Perfect for watching the sunset- a really phenominal view. I spent a few evenings up here with my friends chatting, and drinking before we went out.
The bathrooms are brilliant, and the communal bathroom for the dorm, is FAB! Evrything you need, and lovely slate showers with huge shower heads. I felt like I was in my own little spa! There are covered plug points in there too so you could get ready in there with your friends if you fancied it!
If there are lots of you- you should DEFINITELY stay in the dorm! It is really lovely, and there are cute wicker baskets under all the bed for your bits- and lockers. Not that we needed lockers! I left my iphone, ipod, money, purse etc out on my bed all the time, and the maids used to put it in a very neat little pile on top of my pillow for me after cleaning and making my bed! Amazing- they really are so loyal to the hotel owners, Claire and Rich.
Claire and Rich are really beautiful people. They make a huge effort with everybody that stays at the hotel. They ate with us, took us out for dinner- showed us around some of the hot spots, organised our massages and even took us out surfing! I always felt at home. They have a GREAT manager- Nev. He is just fab! Always making sure everything is running like clockwork, and totally relaxed about things.
The reception area is a great place to chill out. There are beanbags, lots of cushions and cute coffee tables to sit on/at and use the island wifi!
The food is BRILLIANT!! I had a great vairety of the dishes, and every single one of them was great. The breakfasts are something special! They have fab hangover cure breakfasts, juices and wraps. And the bacon is the good stuff!
Even when I asked them to take care of my own tea, they remembered who I was and used to bring me fresh cups with my breakfast. It's the little touches!
Overall, I would definitely rate this hotel. I am already looking to go back in March, and I would love to stay at the Island- if it's not fully booked! It is always full with people, because everyone seems to fall in love with it there. Even people who weren't staying in the hotel were made to feel welcome, and even came in for the highly recommended massages and yoga sessions!
Don't miss this opportunity to get down there and check it out!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Indonesia's #1 Hostel for Backpackers on Indonesia's #1 destination. Set in a quiet lane-way, just back from Legian Beach, The Island is the perfect base for your stay in Bali. Less than five minutes walk to the famous Double 6 Beach, The Island is surrounded by great restaurants, night-clubs and bars; and the shopping district is right on your doorstep. The hostel itself features 5 double rooms, 2x Private Dorm,3x Twin,2 x deluxe dorm, a very cool rooftop bbq & bar area, an infinity pool, Island Cafe, in-house massage service, Free High Speed Wi-Fi internet, travel desk, airport transfers and most importantly a super friendly vibe. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Island Hotel Bali/Legian