Feeling like you want to splurge on a nice hotel in Bali? Then, after checking the prices of the high-end hotels, are you feeling you like maybe you don’t want to splurge quite THAT much? The Magani hotel offers you entry-level luxury at an attractive price, and the beach is only steps away. Well, three minutes or so worth of steps, but it makes up for that in convenience and amenities.
An urban façade belies the tranquil open spaces inside
Flying into Denpasar International Airport, you can either head up the coast into Kuta, Legian, and, continuing north, Semanyak, or you can head to some areas a bit south. The Magani is in Legian, which is said to be classier than Kuta, but not nearly as posh as Seminyak. The hotel is on a street like any other in this part of Bali, with cars and mopeds blithely zipping by, and moneychangers, restaurants of varying standards, and convenience stores lining the raceway. It should only take about fifteen minutes to get here from the airport. Once you step foot on to the properties, you will be taken aback by how genuinely friendly the staff are. The smooth check-in, accompanied by a superb welcome drink fruit smoothie, immediately reassures you that you’ve hit the spot on the luxury/cost continuum.
Very comfortable, modern rooms
Large beds with high quality mattresses, spacious sitting areas inside and out (every room has a balcony facing the pool), a large TV with DVD player (how dare you buy those DVDs of dubious legality from local shops for less than 1 USD each! Even worse if you buy five and get one free!), and of course all the standards like an in-room safe, free coffee, tea, drinking water – glass bottles no less! – and even a fruit plate welcome. Air conditioning is excellent, and all room surfaces are spotless.
Your efficient bathroom
No “rain shower” shower head, no separate toilet room, but it’s a reasonable sacrifice. The counter area is not expansive, but the amenities are in place. It won’t be the most luxuriant soap and shampoo you’ve ever used, but it will be entry-level luxury. The shower and toilet are in the same small area, separated by a glass door, so it’s probably going to be “one customer at a time” on that front.
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Now prepare to relax
The hotel’s rooms surround and face the interior pool and sun bathing area, as the above picture taken from a guest room balcony, shows. With five stories forming a wall around the pool, you’re not going to get all-day sun, but with a little repositioning, you should be able to get your fill. If not, a beautiful sandy beach is just a few minutes’ walk way.
Super deluxe breakfast buffet that's not indicative of entry-level luxury
The breakfast spread is lavish, and covers all bases. There are grilled tomatoes and beans, Indonesian stir-fries, an egg and omelet bar, pancakes, potatoes, bacon of both soft and crispy schools, and lots of fresh fruit and juices. Best of all, new dishes get rotated in from day to day, keeping things fresh. Naturally, you will want to enjoy your breakfast in this second floor restaurant while looking out on to the pool.
In summary, your Legian sweet spot
Sure, you could spend twice as much or more, but the gains you would make in luxury and beach proximity would not, in this author’s opinion, be worth shelling out the rupiahs. Excellent service combine with very nice facilities will just make this near-luxury affair your personal nirvana.
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