by Santorini Dave • Updated: March 2, 2019
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The Akmani Legian – Modern, comfortable, compact, and in the heart of the action.
This chic boutique hotel is right in the midst of the shopping and nightlife for which Kuta and Legian are renowned, but rooms are a good 100m from traffic (although nightclub noise does travel a lot further). Spread across five floors, rooms overlook the pool with its well-designed wooden deck and tiled areas. However, some of the narrow balconies do look straight into others. The rooms on the ground level are better, featuring an inviting double lounge chair and direct access to the main pool. The highlight is the rooftop pool and its bar/lounge (offering happy hours at sunset), café (with regular evening buffets), and enthralling views of downtown and the distant beach.
The Akmani Legian – The Location
- Address: Along Jalan Legian, the main road (which heads south one-way) through Legian and Kuta, both part of the most popular tourist region in Bali.
- Area: Not actually in Legian, but more properly located in Kuta. (The invisible border between Kuta and Legian is about 500m north along the road). Surrounded by all the facilities that both areas provide, and about 650m from the beach.
- How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver. This takes about 20 minutes, depending on traffic.
- Handy to: All the facilities in Kuta and Legian.
The Akmani Legian – The Basics
- Guests: The set up and location is designed more for packaged tours by younger groups and couples.
- Kids Club: There is one, though it could use some work; the Kids Corner consists mostly of a fairly unexciting selection of toys.
- Beach: The beach is about 650m away (8-minute walk), via Jalan Benesari road, just to the north. The beach is wide and shady, with plenty of drink stalls on the white sand. Larger waves are often more suitable for surfers, so take care and swim between the flags.
- Views: Most rooms overlook the pool, which is attractive but often noisy. A few others face the windows and balconies of other rooms.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at this sort of midrange boutique hotel in downtown Kuta.
- Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
- Parking: Free and secure underground carpark for guests, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (0)361 333 9191
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: akmanihotels.com
The Akmani Legian – Amenities
- Pool: The pool on the ground floor is nicely designed, offering plenty of shade, a wooden deck, and a special area for children. The smaller pool on the rooftop provides views, breezes, and a bar/lounge, and is more suited to younger guests.
- Spa: East Day Spa offers a decent selection of treatments, far more tempting than the massage parlors around the streets of Kuta/Legian.
- Fitness Center: Small but adequate for the limited number of guests.
- Activities: Cooking classes.
- Other Facilities: Business Center.
The Akmani Legian – Food and Drink
- Restaurants & Bars: Legian Street Food – Good décor facing the road at the front of the resort. Ideal for sampling Indonesian food as well as pasta and wine. • Terrace Restaurant – Open all day, just below the rooftop. Contemporary cuisine and décor, regular buffets, open-plan kitchen, and cooking classes. • H8S Sky Bar – Bar/lounge alongside the rooftop pool. Happy hours at sunset, light snacks, and great views of the streets below (less so the sea).
- Breakfast: Included in all rates.
- Room Service: Available 24/7.
The Akmani Legian – Rooms
- Room Types: Classic Rooms • Grand Deluxe Rooms • Grand Deluxe Poolside/Access • Suites
- Smoking Rooms: Not allowed in the rooms or most places elsewhere in the hotel. Check with management before lighting up.
- Best Room: Suites are considerably nicer, more spacious, and have better furnishings; those on the upper floors are farther from the pool and therefore, quieter.
- For Families: Some rooms have connecting doors and suites can fit in 1 or perhaps 2 extra single beds.
The Akmani Legian – Local Transport
- Walking: Walkable to everything that Kuta and Legian have to offer.
- Public Transport: In lieu of any public transport, the Kura-Kura Bus company links Kuta with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali but schedules are convoluted and routes confusing.
- Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: To go anywhere within southern Bali, hire metered taxis which are abundant, cheap, and comfortable. For longer distances, organize a chartered car with driver (for a negotiable fare). Drivers hang about street corners but it’s best to organize this through the hotel. Driving a car is not recommended anywhere in Bali and renting one in Kuta is madness. Motorbikes are easy to rent and useful for getting around the backstreets of Kuta but not so elsewhere in southern Bali.
- Shuttle Bus: To reach another town outside of southern Bali, e.g. Ubud, buy a ticket at a travel agency for a shuttle bus. The main operator, Perama, provides services all over Bali from its office on Jalan Legian street in Kuta, about 900m south of the hotel. (11-minute walk).
The Akmani Legian – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
These places are all located along Jalan Legian, which is clogged with traffic and one-way (heading south), so walking is often quicker than taking a taxi.
- Mama’s German Restaurant – Long-time favourite among expats for drink specials, TV sports, and bratwurst. Less than 100m north. 1-minute walk.
- Warung Etnik by Mina – Far nicer décor than rivals, friendly staff, and live music. About 100m past Mama’s. 2-minute walk.
- Warung Totemo – Excellent second-floor setting, ideal for views and people-watching. Always superb food. Less than 300m from the hotel. Head north, and turn left along Jalan Benesari. 3-minute walk.
- Waroeng Tan Poh Bali – Giving respite from the traffic, this delightful oasis offers tasty Indonesian and Western food. Look for signs just north of Warung Etnik. 4-minute walk.
- The hotel is along Jalan Legian, the main shopping street in the Kuta/Legian area. There’s no shortage of minimarts here, but for a more congregated and varied selection of places to eat, drink, and shop in comfort, go to the world-class Beachwalk Shopping Center. This is located on the beachside road, about 1km away, via Poppies Lane II (to the south) or Jalan Benesari (to the north). Far quicker by foot than taxi. 13-minute walk.