The Legian Bali
The undisputed glamour-puss of Bali hotels, the all-suite Legian sits center stage on fabulous Legian Beach, just a quick skip from the swish shops and nightclubs of Seminyak. Shy types will feel out of place here; on the daybeds surrounding the seaside infinity pool is a see-and-be-seen crowd of designer-clad Europeans, Asians, and well-heeled locals that gathers daily to tan, drink, and ogle one another. (The nighttime scene centers around cocktails at the open-air Pool Bar.) The 66 suites have spacious balconies, lounge rooms, and pantries, and are kitted out in dark merbau woods, pale fabrics, and seashell-embellished mirrors. Snag a bit more privacy at the 11 Club Villas, each of which has its own 30-foot-long pool, as well as round-the-clock butler service; there’s also a private bar for Club members only.
Tip: Book the Beach House—a freestanding one-bedroom villa on the beach with its own walled garden, teak decks, and 48-foot-long infinity pool.
Room to book: Deluxe Suite #431 is a corner unit, and has a good-sized balcony for enjoying the spectacular Seminyak views.