Legian hotels & restaurants

by Nick on October 10, 2007

by Nick | October 10th, 2007  

Legian is the village located directly north of Kuta along Jl. Legian. The term ‘village’ might sounds rather strange these days as Tuban, Kuta, Legian and Seminyak seem like one long urban sprawl, cement and tarmac more prevalent that thach houses and coconut groves. Back in the 1980′s Legian was a totally separate village from Kuta and in the latter part of that decade started to be ‘the place’ for expats. The famous Goa Cafe, located on Jl. Legian and Jl. Double Six was home base for many foreigners living in Bali, before the age of internet and cell phones.

Pura Desa Legian, the village temple is located on Jl. Legian, up from Jl. Padma. As in the Kuta area, lanes leading from Jl. Legian to the beach became packed with affordable accommodation, bars, restaurants and shops. These days the Legian area is a center for family groups looking for an affordable place to stay close to the beach. Seminyak has replaced Legian as ‘the place’ for expats, but its location, only 15-20 minutes from the airport mean Legian will be remain valuable real estate for years to come.

Accommodation in Legian:

The most expensive places to stay in the Legian area are along the beach. These hotels tend to be large, modern and feature swimming pools set close to the beach.

Budget accommodation in Legian:
Jl. Melasti, Jl. Padma, Jl. Pura Bagus Teruna all have budget accommodation options.

Darsana Beach Inn
near Jl. Sahadewa
Very local style place inside a Balinese family compound
Cold water / fan rooms for 50,000-55,000rp

Legian Beach Bungalows
Jl. Padma
Good central location, simple rooms and small pool. Located in noisy area, so be aware if your room is next to the street. Cold water / fan rooms for 60,000-80,000rp

Senen Beach Inn
Gang Camplung (extension of Jl. Benesari)
Located about 25 meters from Jalan Melasti and close to the Rosani Hotel. 16 rooms on 1 level. You walk down a short driveway to find a basic bungalow style guest house. This place is made for a traveler on a budget or a surfer wanting close access to the beach at Pantai Kuta and Jalan Melasti. Rooms are simple with fan, white tile floor and very little in the way of decoration. Some of the bathrooms are open air which could be a blessing or a pain depending on the amount of mosquitoes around. Wall shower with cold water.

Sinar Indah
Jl. Padam Utara
Simple clean rooms in handy location for the beach. choice of fan or AC rooms all with hot water.

Su’s Cottages
Jl. Pura Bagus Taruna
Decent clean rooms, with good beds. Nice swimming pool. Choice of fan or AC rooms.

Mid-range accommodation in Legian:

Courtyard Hotel & Apartments
Jl. Pura Bagus Taruna
A modern fun looking place, with tall blocks of rooms around a central pool. Noise could be an issue if relaxing by the pool is high on your list. All rooms with AC / hot water. Located on Jl. Pura Bagus Teruna (Rum Jungle Rd.) halfway between Jl. Legian and Hotel Jayakarta. From the airport it will take you 15-20 minutes depending on traffic. Kuta is a 5 minutes taxi ride south as is Seminyak to the north. The beach is a 5 minute walk.

Three Brothers Inn
Jl. Padma Utara
The grounds are massive and maze-like, with many small bungalows and a pool. Huge collection of rooms set in a site that extends all the way from just Jl. Legian to Jl. Padma Utara, which is 200 meters from the beach. Bungalows are large and there is a choice of fan or AC rooms. There is a pool and restaurant.

Luxury accommodation in Legian:

The beach-side hotels in Legian are not actually on the beach, but have a 10 meter wide road / path separating them from the beach. This is actually not a problem and might be considered as a bonus. Cars do not generally use this road and it makes walking up to Blue Ocean Beach way easier.

The scene on the Legian beaches is fun, although a less intense version of Kuta Beach. There are strolling vendors, drink stations and paces to get a massage.

Bali Mandira Hotel & Spa
Jl. Pantai Kuta
Great place with lovely garden. Cottages are stylish and modern. Spa attached.

Large hotel with 3 swimming pools. The Jayakarta is a a spacious 4-star hotel located on the beach in Legian. It affords access to the shoopping areas of Kuta without actually being in them iddle of it as well as the nightlife of Jalan Dhyana Pura. The Jayakarta is only 15-20 minutes from the airport and is a spacious place to relax.

Kumala Pantai
Jl. Werk Udara
Set next to Blue Ocean beach, with tall trees, Italian restaurant and nice pool. Rooms are large and modern, all with AC, hot water, TV. Large pool, and beach-front restaurant. Some rooms with a lounge connect which is handy for a family.

Places to eat in Legian inlcude:

Glory Restaurant
Glory Restaurant is located on Jl. Legian and is a Bali tradition. Ideal for fmaily groups with an Indonesian as well as International menu. Great Balinese buffet on Sundays as well as large drink selection.

Jl. Padma
A modern stylish restaurant open for breakfast lunch and dinner. International food.

Jl. Padma Utara
A very popular restaurant serving a selection of quality international food.

Poco Loco
Jl. Padma Utara
Bali has a couple of famous Mexican restaurants and one of them is Poco Loco in Legian. Poco Loco is a big pace that opens for business at 6 pm everyday. Their menu states “Poco Loco Mexican Restaurant provides quality Mexican cuisine using the freshest local ingredients available. Mix this with spacious, colorful and comfortable surroundings plus friendly staff who have as much fun as the guest, and you’re assured a great night out.”

Warung Murah
Jl. Double Six
Tremendously reliable Indonesian warung on Jl. Double Six

Jl. Arjuna
Blue Ocean Beach
Popular beach-side restaurant serving Italian / international cuisine.

Blue Ocean
Jl. Arjuna
Blue Ocean Beach
The original bar on this section of beach. Does some great international food. Well worth checking out.

Legian is a handy and fun part of Bali and one that can fit any budget.

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Heyzeus October 10, 2007 at 12:10 pm

We recently stayed at the Puri Raja Hotel (USD$60) located on the boardwalk in Legian and we very much enjoyed our stay. Great friendly staff, clean comfortable rooms, nice pool and very good restaurant.

We’ll definitely be staying there again on our next trip to Bali.


Tony Novak-Clifford October 11, 2007 at 10:31 pm

Goa Cafe… boy do I miss that place!

It’s name was Goa 2001 and it was THE gathering place for locals, tourists and expats alike. No place since has sprung up to replace it. Good drinks, fresh sushi, good indian food, friendly folks… it was one of the best places to meet and to people watch. Junkies on the nod, newly arrived punters with glowing sunburns and fresh hair plaits, groups of lady boys working the room. It was here that I first met Darvis, the late Lorne Blair and many other members of Legian’s glitterati. You would gather here beginning around 10pm until maybe 1am before heading out to Double Six or one of the other late night clubs.

Thanks for stirring the memory Nick. I hope to return in late November and will look you up.


britdave October 17, 2007 at 10:41 am

yes! its true Tony I remember that place distictly. You people watch. Gays abound, some nice foreign girls and local girls to look at and some bronzed European types with long hair changing flipping converstaion between tables. The food was cool and the music was super groovy kinda predated techno and lots of world music and acid jazz. Coming to bali in November (havent been back for quite a while)and was hoping to take my girl there but now i know its no longer damn! What about the place just across the road? was trying to attract siilar crowd..still there?


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