Paradise found in a sea of chaos would be the best way to describe the beautiful Padma Legian Resort in Bali. This luxury resort is located right on the beachfront on famous Legian beach, just a short 25 minute drive from the main airport in Denpasar, Bali. The Padma Legian is stunning in every way, the accommodation and facilities are set on a massive property that feels like you’re staying in the middle of tropical botanical gardens, complete with waterways full of fish and turtles. Outside the resort boundary is the main part of Legian with its many tasty restaurants, shops, bars, feet massagers, market stalls and of course traffic (lots of traffic), although once inside the resort you can’t hear any of this and you feel like you’re a million miles away in your own private oasis.
During our stay, our family of 5 (2 adults, 2 teenagers and an 10 year old) stayed in a 2 bedroom suite, located on the 4th floor in the newer wing at the back of the resort away from the beach, but next to the newer lagoon swimming pool and a short walk to everything the resort has to offer.
Our room was massive – 2 separate bedrooms, the main with a king bed and the other with two single beds and a rollway, perfect for our family’s needs.
We also had 2 full bathrooms, a third toilet, large balcony, lots of windows with treetop views, lounge room and dining room where we enjoyed playing cards most nights with the kids after a day in the sun. Having a coffee on our private balcony every morning with the treetop views was truly magical.
The rooms at the Padma are very clean and functional, the perfect mix of modern and traditional décor, new flat screen tv’s, coffee machine, stunning bathrooms, comfortable beds and lots of fluffy towels, you couldn’t really ask for more.
You don’t need to leave the resort as there is so much to do with 4 swimming pools, waterslides, a huge gym, spa, shops, daily activities such as fish feeding, cooking classes, water volleyball, tennis, kids games by the pool, yoga classes… the list goes on.
The pools at the Padma need a special mention as they are magnificent and varied, which is a real highlight of the resort. The first is an enormous lagoon style pool with slides, bridges, palms and a pool bar. Then you have the main pool in the heart of the resort where they do lots of activities (and it also has a pool bar).
The third pool is the newest and most specular as it’s a lovely infinity pool built across the beachfront of the hotel to capture the stunning beach views and gorgeous sunsets ; this pool is for adults only making it even nicer to visit (and it, too, has a pool bar). The last pool is part of the beach club and is also an infinity pool, but a lot smaller, still very nice. We spent our time between the main pool and the larger infinity pool (where we could hide from the kids for a while, but don’t tell them that).
Unlike a lot of other resorts we have stayed at in the past we never had trouble at the Padma finding a sun-chair at any of the pools for the five of us, regardless of the time of day or night (night swimming is great fun with the kids). Each of the 4 pools had plenty of sun-chairs, umbrellas for shade and attentive bar staff ready to serve an ice cold Bintang, cocktail or banana smoothie.
We were spoilt for choice at the Padma when it came to meal times. They have a wide range of dining options, from the casual Deli for burgers, a Japanese restaurant, a beach club and the main restaurant called Donbiu for breakfast and dinner, which also had a band providing nightly entertainment, they were very good. Each pool has its only bar and café where we had lunch most days (satays, banana smoothies, spring rolls, club sandwiches… we did it tough on this trip)!
What really makes the Padma Legian such a great place to stay in Bali is its amazing staff, they could not be faulted in anyway, super friendly, pro-active and always with a friendly ‘selamat pagi’ and a smile. They make you feel welcome and add to the overall enjoyment of your stay.
Would we recommend the Padma Legian Resort and would we stay there again ourselves? Yes to both without a doubt. In fact, the Padma would be my first choice in Bali. Perfect resort for a perfect holiday.