We've lived in Indonesia for nearly 8 years and subsequently in Malaysia, Macau, Singapore and New Zealand. In the last 24 months, my husband and I have travelled to London, France, Italy , Spain, Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, Bali and Lombok. I'm a little behind with my reviews on our travels but I hope to find time to write about the hotels that we've stayed in. Our next stopover is Beijing Qing Dao and Beijing - so watch that space. We've just returned from Bali - thought I should write something whilst its fresh in my mind.
Now about Padma.....
It was a last minute decision to spend our Easter in Bali. After reading some of the positive reviews on tripadvisor we chose Padma (and it was available during this busy time) If you're travelling with a group and family - this is a highly recommended place. It is located at the end of Kuta beach. Legian Beach/Seminyak Beach is quieter in comparison to Kuta.
When we booked this place we knew that it was going to be big and busy place (popular with Aussies) but we did request for a chalet in the quiet part of the hotel. We were unfortunately given a room facing the boundary that has a little side street and adjacent to another resort. So, you can imagine the level of traffic noise. I think if we've made enough fuss the hotel would probably move us to another room. The hotel staff were apologetic when they found out that we were unhappy with the location of our room but we were contacted on the last day of our 4 day stay - it was a tad too late to move. Our check in went smoothly except that the porter forgot to bring our bags to our room. So, if you decide to stay here - look at the hotel map and make sure you get the right location. Highly recommended - chalet facing the fountains. Request for the top floor as you get more privacy. But, if you have young (not toddlers) kids/teenagers - they would probably love the lagoon rooms- the busier / noisier part of the resort.
Now on the positive side of the place - The hotel grounds are beautiful - very friendly staff, good hotel facilities, nice pools, generous size rooms, generous spread of breakfast and good location for shopping. One good thing about the resort is that you can always find a quiet little spot even though we stayed during one of their busiest weekends. Once you exit the hotel - the street shops, cafes and restaurants are dotted along Legian Road. My husband and I walked the stretch of road till we got to Seminyak. The shopping gets better at Seminyak. Near the hotel there's a mall called "Beach Walk" that has more mainstream brands eg Mango, Pull & Bear etc there are also a number of nice cafes and restaurants at this mall - this is about 10 minutes walk along the beach from the hotel. We love Balinese food - don't forget to try restaurants that served local dishes eg Bakmi goreng, Satay, Soto Ayam, Gado Gado and Nasi Campur. We found our old haunt for some real Balinese food - Poppies but, when we got there the place looked tired, there were clutter of the tables and all 3 of their staff completely ignored us - we waited for a while and finally decided to flag it - we found a lovely restaurant along Kuta Beach instead. On the whole a good break - The Balinese are gentle, beautiful and friendly people - I think that what makes Bali so special.
A few tips:
# Shopping : Bargaining is acceptable - Rule of thumb you usually pay around a1/3 of asking price but don't start bargaining unless you're serious about buying.
# Bring some insect repellant
# If you drink red wine, bring your own (most hotel serve their red wines chilled)
# Try their local beer - Beer Bintang
# Tipping is common ( waiters get an average of 800,000 to 1 million rupiah a month)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Padma Resort Legian is previously known as Padma Resort Bali at Legian. Acclaimed as a five-star art sanctuary, Padma Resort Legian is a serene paradise under the dancing shadows of the renowned Legian sunset. Just steps away from the traditional art and fashion market of Legian street, the resort is a sanctuary at one with nature. Spaciously set within a romantic 6.8-hectare garden landscape, the resort provides comfortable accommodation, world-class facilities and the celebrated Balinese hospitality that promise wonderful stays for discerning travelers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Padma Resort Bali At Legian Hotel Legian
- Padma Hotel Bali Legian
- Hotel Padma Bali
- Padma Bali
- Bali Padma
- Padma Resort Legian Bali