If you fancy staying in Bali in an upmarket resort, but still in the action, then the Stones Legian Bali might fit the bill.
Arriving in Bali on Malindo Air
The Stones Hotel – first impressions
- Upgrade to Deluxe Pool View King Bed, complete with a bathtub on the deck.
- Free breakfasts – worth $38 AUD a day per person, for both rooms (note: this is not a standard Gold Elite benefit, so the hotel went above and beyond here)
- 15% discount on food and beverages (excluding room service), Spa and laundry.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
Rooms of contrast – pool or garden view?
The resort rooms are 50/50 split between pool and garden view. Higher-end rooms are located in the corners and ends. On the ground floor around courtyard rooms feature plunge pools (arguably redundant given the main pool is 10ft away), whilst on the top of the building sits the “Honeymoon Suite”.
During my six-day stay I was fortunate enough to stay:
- 4 nights in a Deluxe Pool View King Bed, 3rd floor
- 2 nights in a Junior Suite, garden view, ground floor
Whilst the Deluxe Pool View King Bed was thoroughly enjoyable, it didn’t quite meet Luxe standards. The room was functional but was showing signs of ageing. The balcony and view was the only element of the Deluxe Pool View King Bed that really worked for me. Now I do have to qualify this – the centrepiece of this option is not so much the decor and room, but the view and atmosphere – and I loved it. With Bali weather, you can while away the day on your lounger on the balcony or soak in a bath – being part of the action but still having privacy and convenience of being in your room.
In the afternoon, ambient DJ mixed music floats up to my balcony. And private bathing can be experienced with full-length privacy curtains. On a whim, if you fancy it, the hotel will even bring breakfast served to your bath-tub…. not that I tried it. My Deluxe Pool View King balcony viewFor the simple reason that the Pool view room was functional, but didn’t set the world alight, I’m only reviewing the second and superior room – the Junior Suite.
The Stones Legian Bali – Junior Suite
These suites commence at approx $230 AUD a night as of April 2019 versus $217 for the Deluxe Pool View King Bed. BUT there are only a dozen or so Junior Suites versus at least a hundred Deluxe Pool View King rooms.
The Junior Suite features a king bed and ample living space of nearly 70 square metres. Floorboards and elegant decor abound and the bathroom has a style all of its own with tropical plants outside and space – more space than the average Sydney 2 bedroom apartment.
Walking in you gain a sense of space…And there is plenty of storage for your gear…One of the most interesting aspects is that the bathroom has been made into a feature and with a glass enclosure, it helps to bring extra light into the main room, which would otherwise be quite gloomy. Looking closer at the feature bathroom, the greenery outside frames the mirror. You will have to draw the curtains though, as this suite is on the ground floor…Venturing into the bathroom itself, you’ll see two additional features – a double rainwater shower and a standalone bath…
I was also impressed with the Bang and Olufson sound system – the only problem being it’s for an older iPhone so you’d need an audio cable or adapter (possibly from reception). I enjoyed two beautiful nights in this room and was even able to watch my favourite streamed TV show on the hotel Wi-Fi network. To be honest, it put Australian hotel Wi-Fi to shame.
The Stones Legian courtyard is fantastic
Having discussed the room, the reality is that you’ll spend far more time outside it than in, which puts you squarely in the courtyard if you’re not overly keen on navigating the Bali street experience. The key feature is the pool with a swim-up pool bar. The pool has a consistent depth right across at chest height so you can swim or walk it without disappearing under. It also features wide ledges where deck chairs are actually in the water.