The Ideal Tropical Getaway At The Camakila Resort, Legian, Bali

Review of Ramada Resort Camakila | Jl. Pura Bagus Teruna, Legian Kaja, Kuta
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Heading to Legian, Bali? Getting your accommodation right is the best way to ensure you enjoy the tropical getaway you dream of! The conveniently located Camakila Resort (formerly the Radisson) is the perfect choice when staying in Legian, especially because it is within walking distance to Kuta and Seminyak.

Why stay here? The top reason is the staff. They are beyond helpful, friendly and go out of their way to make your stay just perfect! Also, there are two swimming pools located within the complex, two restaurants, a day spa, gym and so much more that you won’t need to leave the resort if you don’t want to. On arrival, each guest receives a glass of freshly squeezed juice; the perfect start to your tropical holiday!

The ideal room — your choice!

The pool side suit at the Camakila Resort

One of the best things about this resort is the options of rooms available. Whether it’s poolside you’re after, second story or ground floor amongst the tropical garden settings — you decide.

I’d personally recommend poolside — you can relax on your own comfortable loungers, and get to and from the restaurant easily. As the resort’s main restaurant is located right in the heart of the complex, opposite the pool, all you have to do is wave out and a staff member will head over to you to take your order. It is total relaxation and bliss, a holiday in style.

The rooms are very spacious; most have a king sized bed. There is a good sized wardrobe in each room to hang your clothing in and a safe to use while you stay, for your peace of mind. The bedroom suites are decorated with a rich dark wood, brown tones and white bedding, staying true to the Balinese style of interior decorating. There is a shower over the bath and a beautiful marble bench top in each room. There is a mini-bar and a small fridge as well as coffee and tea facilities in each room. The TV also comes with a dvd player and a range of English and Indonesian channels.

Room prices vary from 100 USD or 1.3 million IDR upwards depending on what room you like and the season.

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Excellent location

The spa reception on the grounds of the resort

It is no more than a 60 second walk across the road from the resort to the main beach of Legian. On the beach there is no shortage of activities to do. You can get henna (a temporary tattoo), buy a drink from one of the oddly named bars (it’s not everyday you see a bar named ‘kangaroo bar’ or ‘get pissed’), hire a lounger, buy a kite, purchase a sarong or jewelry, or simply relax in the heat.

The location of Camakila Resort is also convenient for shopping. If you leave the hotel from the front entrance, all you need to do is walk down the stairs from the hotel and that will land you right in and amongst the shops; it is only two blocks to walk to the main street of Legian (Jalan Legian). Here there are a range of restaurants and shop stalls all along the street where you can test your bartering skills out. There are also popular Australian shops here with brands like Haviana and Billabong.

If you head straight out onto the road from the hotel reception and turn left, after a 10 minute walk will find yourself in the popular and boutiquey suburb of Seminyak. Alternatively, if you exit the hotel’s reception and turn right, it will only take you about 10 minutes to walk to the popular tourist destination of Kuta. If you want to travel further afield, you’re looking at a one hour scooter or car ride to Ubud in the centre of the island of Bali.

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Restaurants — two to choose from

A mojito pool side at the Tao Beach House Restaurant

The first restaurant option is the Tao Beach House Restaurant, which is directly in the back of the resort. From the Tao Beach House Restaurant, you have a perfect view of the ocean, making it an excellent choice for an evening meal. The Tao Beach House Restaurant has a large menu covering different cuisines, mostly Western and Indonesian at very reasonable prices. The grilled squid from both restaurants is beautiful with a tasty salt and pepper batter. I’d recommend going to the Indonesian barbeque night on Sundays; it’s delicious! Prawns, nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice), or steak accompanied by fresh salads are all available at the Indonesian barbecue, and are definitely worth a try!

The other restaurant is the Azaa Restaurant, a two storey complex looking over the main pool. You can even order drinks from here while you’re floating in the pool. Both restaurants offer the same menu, so once you have got the hang of one menu you can order from either, depending what you want your view to be — the beach or the pool (or even both at the Tao Beach House).

The cocktails from both restaurants are superb. I’d recommend a classic Mojito or a lychee cocktail known as a Ping Pong. Both are refreshing and perfect to add to your relaxation. Before 5 pm all cocktails are only 6 USD or 75,000 IDR.

The staff at both restaurants are above and beyond friendly. They really make eating at either of the restaurants an enjoyable experience.

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Plenty to do within the grounds of the resort

If you’d rather stay in the resort grounds there are two swimming pools to choose from, one main pool in the centre of the complex or the infinity pool outside the Tao Beach House Restaurant.

There is an on site spa, with a range of beauty treatments and relaxing massages. You can get a relaxing 30 minute back massage for 25 USD (300,000 IDR) or a luxurious coconut milk bath for 30 USD or 380,000 IDR.

The garden like settings are perfect to go for a short stroll in. There are lush palm trees and tall coconut palms that add to that relaxing tropical feel! The garden is especially stunning at night when tiny bats can be seen at flitting between the trees. There is a goldfish pond towards the back of the hotel and the fish are friendly enough to come up and nibble your fingers if you are brave enough!

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Legian and also compare the prices with airbnbs in Legian

One of the best places to stay in Legian Beach, Bali

Staying at the Camakila Resort is a really memorable experience, between the delicious cocktails, friendly staff, great location and the stunning tropical garden setting — it’s the perfect place to stay. It’s filled to the brim with that tropical resort style vibe.

I actually attended a wedding held on the resort grounds and to date, it was the most beautiful wedding I have been to. The Tao Beach House Restaurant was transformed into a beautiful, picturesque wedding setting, so if you’re looking at weddings in Bali I would highly recommended this location!

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