Eat, Pray, Bali

- Farah Khan, Kiwi Collection.

For Christmas this year, you may want to consider replacing those designer shoes that are high on your wish list and ask Santa for a plane ticket to enlightenment.

Well, at least, that’s what various tour groups are claiming can be a result of the latest packages that aim to recreate Elizabeth Gilbert’s (author of Eat, Pray, Love) spiritual journey in Bali. Some tour companies are claiming that 90% of their participants have undergone a life “shift” – from one woman who was finally able to confront her husband’s death, to another who suffered chronic insomnia for a decade and had her first peaceful night of rest after her Bali experience. Not sure if I can promise that you’ll live to be one hundred and ten as Ketut Liyer predicts in his famous palm readings, but I can promise a fun, relaxing and unique experience when staying at The Legian on Seminyak Beach.

Whether you are planning a retreat with the family, a romantic getaway with your beau or wanting to party until the wee hours of the night, The Legian is a traditional Balinese hotel that will over exceed your expectations. Here are some things that I found impressive during my stay there:


Location & Rooms

Central - The Legian is right on the beach and located along the chic Seminyak strip on Bali’s southeast coast. This location is in the heart of all the shops, restaurants and nightlife. Just 25 minutes from the airport.

Private bathtub in one of the villas at The Club at The Legian

Large rooms - The Balinese style suites are very spacious, equipped with large bathtubs, and iPod stations fully loaded with various playlists to suit your mood.

Butler anyone? Next door, The Club at The Legian features 11 luxury villas in individual compounds, each with its own private 10-meter swimming pool. Oh, and of course, private butler service.

The Restaurant

A must try – Babi Guling. The suckling pig dish that The Restaurant is famous for. Order must be placed a day in advance to prepare for this feast so plan ahead. A dish that cannot be missed.

Variety - The Restaurant offers local cuisine that uses fresh herbs, vegetables and tropical fruit orchards to create harmoniously balanced dishes. They also have other dining options including modern European cuisine with Asian influences. If you want to plan for a very special dinner date, opt for a customized five-course gourmet dinner hosted in the traditional Balinese pavilion that overlooks the Indian Ocean. Tres romantic.

Good morning! Start your morning with a healthy breakfast served with fresh squeezed orange juice while looking out at the view of the beach and ocean.

Spa

Get pampered. A trip to Bali wouldn’t be complete without a spa treatment. The Spa at The Legian caters to both individuals and couples. Make a day out of the facilities. Use the fully equipped gymnasium, infinity pool overlooking the sparkling ocean, revitalizing steam room, and treat your toes to a pedicure in the mani/pedi lounge.

You can also request for your spa pampering in the privacy of your own suite or villa.

Things to check out nearby hotel:

Shopping - Seminyak is the main shopping area. Bring some magazine clips of your favorite shoes and get a Balinese local shop to make you a custom pair for half the price. I’d avoid trying to get copies of styles that are too complicated, and opt for stylish staples.

Day activity – Hire the hotel driver and take a day trip to Ubud and explore the monkey sanctuary

Baby monkey at the Sacred Monkey Sanctuary in Ubud

Cocktail poolside lounging – The hotel is conveniently right next to Ku De Ta, one of the most famous restaurant lounges on the island

Souvenirs
– The hotel is about a 15-minute drive to Kuta, a shopping Mecca for visitors. Here you will find souvenirs that are 30% lower than the prices quoted in the boutiques of Seminyak. Check out Kuta Art Market, a traditional market where you can get handicrafts and goods designed and produced by local people. The prices vary, depending on your haggling skills. Note – if you buy silver from the markets, be sure to check that the actual item is stamped with ’925′. This means it’s actually silver.

If you’re heading to Bali, whether it be to create a spiritual journey inspired by Eat, Pray, Love or just want a holiday where you can relax, eat amazing food and enjoy the delightful Balinese culture, it’s definitely worth every penny to stay at The Legian. And, who said you couldn’t have your cake and eat it too? You can get your dream designer shoes hand made from the skilled cobblers of Bali. Custom-made Louboutins, spa treatments and beach lounging? Sign me up.


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  2. Travel.Love.Write. says:

    Wow. That private bathtub is incredible. This experience would make for the most amazing romantic trip.

  3. Mark Rovers says:

    This is an extremely helpful guide as I am planning on going to Bali next year with two other couples. I’m happy to see that tourism is going strong there and that Bali has recovered from some of the challenges of the past.

    The hotel looks top notch and that suckling pig dish is one I will make sure I do not miss.

    Thank you.