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The Legian Seminyak, Bali review

Cara Wagstaff experiences the perfect blend of indulgence and relaxation at The Legian Seminyak, Bali.

The Legian is a dual-concept luxury resort located along the tranquil coastline of Seminyak Beach in Bali, a mere 25 minutes away from Ngurah Rai International Airport. The resort offers two accommodation options, private pool villas with buttler service at The Club by The Legian Seminyak and the original resort-style accommodation The Legian Seminyak, Bali.

It’s the perfect place to base yourself in Seminyak for a luxury holiday where you don’t need to leave the resort for anything, but when you do a plethora of boutique shops, funky restaurants and beaches are on your doorstep.

The Legian Seminyak, Bali
The Legian Seminyak, Bali

The Legian Seminyak, Bali

Best known for its unparalleled level of service and featuring 66 sea-facing suites designed by the famed Indonesian designer, Jaya Ibrahim and a luxurious two-storey private beach house within its main compound, The Legian Seminyak Bali retains its rustic and traditional charm through the use of Balinese and Indonesian architecture, natural fibre furniture, lush tropical gardens, and indigenous artefacts without compromising modern facilities and comforts.

Presiding over the Indian Ocean from a beachfront position on Seminyak Beach, this elegant hotel boasts tropical gardens and elevated interiors. With sleek suites, a terraced infinity pool, spa, gym, wellness centre and library, it offers guests a luxurious home-away-from-home with easy access to local attractions.

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The ‘floating’ pathway to our private spa pavilion overlooking the ocean.

Wellness by The Legian

Wellness is woven into all aspects of a stay at The Legian Seminyak, Bali, from the spa, food and in-room amenities to simply lounging by the beachfront infinity pool.

After checking in, my partner and I head straight to Wellness by The Legian, the resort’s health and fitness offering. Our therapists escort us along a ‘floating’ path hovering above a koi pond to a private pavilion overlooking the ocean. We change into batik sarongs for our traditional Balinese massage, where my therapist uses sweeping hand movements, pressure point activation and stretching to release tension in my body.

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The perfect spot to enjoy a margarita and watch the surfers.

Afterwards, we are shown to an underground spa oasis with a sauna, steam room, relaxation lounge, and hot and cold plunge pools. I warm up in the sauna before sinking into the ice-cold plunge pool, staying in as long as I can bear; then quickly jump into the hot plunge pool to warm up. Walking out I feel balanced. Relaxed from the massage, and energised from the cold water exposure.

Dedicated wellness concierges are on hand to book guests in for daily activities including yoga and pilates, spin classes, breathwork or meditation. Personal trainers are also available for bespoke workout sessions. Somehow I manage not to find time for any of those options and nab myself a private lounge chair overlooking the beach instead. I settle in with a margarita in hand, watching horse riders meander past and surfers bob in the distance, waiting for curling waves.

Evenings at The Legian Seminyak

As the sun starts to drop we make our way to The Pool Bar and browse the cocktail menu, curated by the mixologist team in collaboration with Singapore-based hospitality consultants, Proof Creative. Drinks highlight local ingredients and include Balinese tonics and home-grown herbs. We settle into a spacious lounge chair that could easily fit a family of five, and enjoy the sun setting over the infinity pool and Indian Ocean.

Once we’re blanketed in darkness, only illuminated by small bonfires set out by staff, we head back to our suite where turndown service has seamlessly occurred. Pillows fluffed, blankets turned down and mosquito nets are in place for a blissful night’s sleep. Our two-bedroom suite has high ceilings and huge wicker double doors that open into each room. A four-poster king bed is draped in luxurious material that doubles as said mosquito net. Candles, incense and flowers dot the room. There’s plenty of space, making it perfect for families, including a separate living and dining room that’s ideal for private in-suite meals. A complimentary mini-bar is also available, curated by the hotel’s executive chef in collaboration with a certified nutritionist.

Arguably the finest ocean-front dining destination in Bali, The Restaurant onsite showcases contemporary cuisine with a twist of Asian flavours and a strong focus on local, organic and sustainable ingredients that highlight the best of the island.

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Evening dining at The Restaurant

The Restaurant

Wandering to breakfast the next day, we’re greeted with the soothing sound of someone playing the rindik, a traditional bamboo Balinese xylophone. Breakfast is served in the open air restaurant, which overlooks the pool and ocean. Guests can order from the wellness-inspired menu of healthy and traditional Balinese dishes, as well as from the bountiful buffet replete with a juice and smoothie bar, and separate cool room for cheese and cured meats. Our waitress recommends I try the exotic fruit platter, with crisp coconut sour, orange sauce, basil seeds and yoghurt sorbet… needless to say, breakfast ends on a sweet note. Barista coffee is also served, and given that Indonesia is one of the world’s great coffee countries, it’s strong and good.

Style and sustainability The Legian Seminyak, Bali recognises the importance of preserving the natural beauty of Bali by minimising its ecological footprint. The resort is completely plastic free, and employs nice touches like supplying still and sparkling water in glass bottles throughout, including in our room. Energy efficient lighting, air conditioning and solar panels have been installed to reduce energy consumption. Healthy food, a focus on wellness and an awareness of the planet… we sleep very soundly here indeed.

Villa at The Club by The Legian
Villa at The Club by The Legian. © The Legian

The Club by The Legian Seminyak

The Club by Legian Seminyak, Bali, is located a discrete distance from the main resort, providing a private retreat with full access to all that The Legian Seminyak, Bali has to offer. Offering beautifully appointed villas set generously apart, each has its own walled garden and swimming pool, and comes with a chauffeured limousine and the exceptional service of a private butler, trained by The Guild of Professional English Butlers. Guests also have exclusive access to the Club Lounge.

The verdict

At 27 years old, The Legian Seminyak, Bali is one of the island’s original resorts, although you wouldn’t pick it – everything is meticulously maintained and furnished. A traditional theme of parquet floors, dark timbers and captivating art runs throughout the hotel and rooms, conceptualised by the late Indonesian interiors guru Jaya Ibraham, who also designed The Chedi Milan, Capella Singapore and The Datai Langkawi in Malaysia.

This resort offers fine dining, design-led luxury accommodation, wellness options and more. Add this one to your list for your next Bali holiday.

This article originally appeared in Signature Luxury Travel & Style magazine. Subscribe to the latest issue here.

© All images supplied by The Legian Seminyak, Bali

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