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The Legian Bali: HOTEL REVIEW

The Legian has been designed so you can see and hear the ocean from every angle, writes JENNY ROWLAND, who was treated to a special ‘whip’ massage during her stay. Find out what that entailed.

I can understand why people come back here over and over again. As soon as I enter the frangipani scented lobby and glimpse the stunning artworks, flower arrangements and colonial design I’ve already rebooked in my head with plans to return to this grand property for at least a week. I’m just here for one night which is equally wonderful and depressing!


The Legian Bali is completely beach front and everywhere you turn you see, feel and hear the roar of the ocean. The beach that is spotlessly clean and also (for safety conscious Aussies) has its own lifeguards on patrol.



Whilst the Legian is imposing in size and scale it’s actually a boutique hotel consisting of 80 suites so feels homely and unpretentious. Importantly, there is always space around the three magnificent infinity pools with no sun bed queuing!


The colonial style suites are huge with two toilets a massive bathroom with a full bath and double sink. There is a lounge area with flat screen TV and a small outdoor area accessed from double doors. Outside there’s a beautiful day bed from which to watch the waves crashing. The Legian has been designed so you can see and hear the ocean from every angle. 



The spa definitely has the wow factor - in the form of a ‘whip’ massage from Partina. Whilst it sounds painful – it’s anything but…and a technique used only at the Legian. The massage involves the therapist wrapping her arms and elbows in and around you. Sounds weird and it’s hard to describe but it’s very rejuvenating. Other signature treatments include a luxurious four hands massage, the Javanese sea wave massage and chakra balancing. I definitely felt like my chakras had been ‘whipped’ into shape!


There is also a great fitness centre at the Legian and I was delighted to see real spin bikes as well as state of the art gym equipment. I loved the daily yoga on the ocean facing lawn – sadly I missed the spin class!



After being so good, it’s only right to indulge a little and we were lucky enough to enjoy a six-course degustation dinner paired with wines (including many great Aussie wines). It’s a sublime dining/sensual experience with dishes like Mahi-Mahi marinated in passion fruit, black ink risotto, and sautéed squid and basil (my favourite). All of which was eaten under the stars with the sound of the waves crashing.


Breakfast is a lovely relaxed unrushed buffet with traditional fresh fruit, juices, croissants and pastries but also Balinese dishes like Mee Goreng and cooked to order eggs.



It’s obvious why guests return to The Legian over and over again and I am hoping I will be one of them!



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Written by: Jenny Rowland
Published: 11 November 2019

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