Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Stones Legian Bali - the Authograph Collection

Thanks to some Marriott Rewards promotion in 2013, I got 2 free nights to be used for up to Category 5 hotel.   I had a wait list redeeemption booking on Singapore Airlines which finally confirmed on last minutes.  Hence, on both combination, I headed to the Island of God, Bali, during the Vesak Day holiday in mid-May.  

I spent 3 days in the island, and decided to stay at Pullman Nirwana Bali using my AdvantagePlus voucher at the first night and stay at the Stones on the last 2 nights.   The 2 hotels are next to each other.   I will post the Pullman Nirwana Bali as a seperate post.

Here are how the open lobby looks like.  I like the back light that keep changing.   Upon arrival at the front desk, they will provided you with towel, which came as a cube and they immersed it into the water and also a Popsicle.  The popsicle came in 3 layers if I remember correctly and each came from different fruit flavour.

As a Marriott Rewards Gold member, I was upgraded to the Pool View room.  I think this is the best room.  So, if you will stay here, it may be worth to choose Pool View room compare to the Standard room which face the back.   I was told, most of the time, they will provide upgrade to Gold and Platinum member.

My room was on 5th floor which indeed has a very stunning view.   Here is the pictures of my room and the view from the room.

Once you enter the room, there is the shower are and the basin area.  It is a standing shower cubicle and the toilet cubicle on the right and the basin area on the left.

Here is the bed area with working desk and small sofa at the corner.

The shower are may be a bit open to some people.   However, the good thing, there is curtain if you want a bit more privacy.

 For those who really needs a bath tube, look at the balcony.  There is a bath tube in the balcony.  Again for those who want privacy, there is a curtain for you to cover it off.

A seater for you to seat in the balcony to enjoty the view.

 Here is the standing view of the pool area and to me a very strong reason why you should choose Pool View room

And be careful, your neighbour can zoom into your bath tube

Not long I was in the room, the staff came buy and brought me this.

The right one is a chili chocolcate.  I think this is one of the signature item.   A bit exotic and do not worry, it is not hot at all.   The left one is a bucket.  I need to go down after 6pm to pool view and they gave me fried calamary.  Quite interesting.

And this is the view of the pool and pool bar

The breakfast has a very good varieties selection

This is the sign of the hotel at night

And finally my last lunch at the hotel on the pool.   The most expensive fried rice I have ever eaten.  It cost me around USD25, which is quite expensive for fried rice in Indonesia but if you notice the meat on the left, you probably understand why it cost that much.   It is delicious though.

The Stones Legian Bali is a nice hotel.   It is located toward the end of the Jalan Pantai Kuta toward Legian, which is at the rather quite part of Jalan Pantai Kuta.    I found the location is ok, as I can still walk to the Beachwalk mall area (which is in the middle of Jalan Pantai Kuta) for about 10-15 minutes leisure walk along the beach.

There is a beach in front of you, Kuta beach which is very famous and also very crowded.  So you can swim or surf right in front of the hotel area.   Granted some people will argue the beach of the Seminyak area may be better, but if you want everything (beach, shopping, food) within walking distance, this may be one of the good hotel to be at Bali.