Facing the Indian Ocean on Seminyak Beach in the south of Bali, The Legian is a slice of Indonesian bliss. The island itself is a mecca for sunworshippers thanks to its myriad beaches and sublime sunsets, and this resort is perfectly placed for both. The local area has plenty of shops and restaurants, and the nearest airport is just 15km from the hotel. You can also rent a car or scooter to get around during your stay.
Large windows open up onto views of the sea from your bed at this sumptuous spa, where therapists deliver expert treatments for which Bali is renowned. Four single and two couples suites are set amid an idyllic garden that will instantly put you at ease. An indoor yoga studio and daily Hatha classes are an ideal option if you don’t fancy working up a sweat in the gym. To cool off, the outdoor pool is just the tonic.
Comprising 67 sea view suites all with outdoor decks, this resort puts you at one with the natural surroundings. Indonesian interiors guru Jaya Ibrahim has blended warm and inviting colours with wooden and woven furniture, traditional blinds and colourful art to create a calming design. A choice of luxurious rooms is upstaged only by the Beach House, a high-tech retreat with canopied beds, a walled garden and breathtaking views.
Surfers will be in their element at top spots like Dreamland and Echo Beach, while outdoorsy types will want to go white water rafting on the Ayung River. More sedate pleasures can be found horse-back riding or touring the bamboo forests on an elephant. There’s plenty of golf on the island; or you may want to explore local culture at places like Uluwatu, with its kecak dance performances, or the 15th-century temple at Tanah Lot.
By day, enjoy drinks by the pool or at the ocean-front bar, and by night make a beeline for the resort’s restaurant which serves up vistas of the water with every meal. Classics like steak tartare and Caesar salad are joined by the likes of grilled tuna with a papaya salsa, or the freshest seafood in dishes like lobster ravioli. You can also quaff on fine wines from an award-winning selection.
Jl. Laksmana Seminyak BeachBali 80361Indonesia