by Santorini Dave • Updated: March 4, 2019
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Melasti Beach Resort & Spa – Family-friendly and mid-priced, great traditional feel and charm.
Despite the name, this is not really a resort or another trendy boutique hotel and is priced accordingly. Newer rooms are in motel-style buildings that are almost colonial in design, facing the lagoon-shaped pool. These rooms are spacious and feature traditional décor. More appealing are the older, mustard-colored Suite Cottages, featuring verandas/balconies that offer views of the large and well-kept gardens, as well as Balinese art and old-style furniture. The Melasti is well set up for families, with a playground, children’s pool, games room, kids club, tennis court, and accommodation for a family of 5. Faces a quiet section of Legian beach but is within walking distance of the neighboring (and differing) regions of Kuta and Seminyak.
Melasti Beach Resort & Spa – The Location
- Address: In the middle of Legian, part of the most popular tourist region in Bali. The main vehicle entrance is along Jalan Padma Utara, a north-south side-street; a small entrance faces the beach as well.
- Area: Faces a terrific beach and the quiet seaside pedestrian path. Fabulous location. Plenty of facilities in all directions.
- How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver. This takes about 25 minutes, depending on traffic.
- Handy to: All the facilities in Legian, Kuta, and Seminyak.
Melasti Beach Resort & Spa – The Basics
- Guests: Caters well for all and has separate areas designed for families and child-free couples.
- Kids Club: Better than most, featuring plenty of space and activities. There’s also a separate area for toddlers, filled with even more toys.
- Beach: Just across the path in front of the hotel, the beach is wide, shaded, and packed with drinks stalls. Be wary of waves, however, and swim between the flags.
- Views: Rooms in the newer wing face the noisy pool and games area. Older cottages overlook the gardens and the second pool. Standard rooms face walls. No rooms face the sea, despite being close to the beach.
- Wi-Fi: Available free in public areas only. Charges for accessibility in the rooms.
- Parking: There’s virtually nowhere to park here. Think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (0)361 755 972
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: melastibali.com
Melasti Beach Resort & Spa – Amenities
- Pool: 3 pools. One shaped like a lagoon, busy with families, and facing the newer wing. The main pool in front of the older suites is shadier, larger, and has a bar. A third is for children.
- Spa: Modest spa offering manicures, massages, scrubs, and other health and beauty treatments.
- Fitness Center: None. Probably not expected at a midrange hotel like this.
- For Families: Playground on lawn facing the beach. Kids pool. Great kids club.
- Activities: Tennis court. Games Room.
Melasti Beach Resort & Spa – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: The Melasti Restaurant is rather cavernous but there are better seats upstairs and along the beachside path. Live music nightly, extended happy hours, and weekly buffets featuring Balinese music/dance. Open 24 hours. Also, a modest bar at the main entrance along the street.
- Breakfast: Often included but depends on the type of room and method of booking.
- Room Service: Available 24/7.
Melasti Beach Resort & Spa – Rooms
- Room Types: Standard Rooms • Superior Rooms • Deluxe Rooms • Suite Cottages • Two Bedroom Residence Suites
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms or public areas but permitted elsewhere.
- Best Room: Suite Cottages are pleasantly old-fashioned, featuring a separate seating area and fetching Balinese décor. Those on the upper floor will be quieter.
- For Families: Suite Cottages feature a sort of reception area large enough for 2 single murphy-style beds (pulled down from the wall) and space for a third in the main bedroom. The Two Bedroom Residence Suites provide a top-notch position near the pool and enough space for a family of 4.
Melasti Beach Resort & Spa – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: Walkable to everything that Legian has to offer, with the added bonus of being within walking distance of Kuta and Seminyak. But lack of access roads and shortcuts affects accessibility to some places back from the beach. Cycling on the path along Legian Beach is great fun. Ask the hotel about bike rentals.
- 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/Legian is madness. Motorbikes are easy to rent and useful for getting around the backstreets of Kuta/Legian/Seminyak 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 3km south of the hotel by taxi. (15-minute drive).
Melasti Beach Resort & Spa – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- Mozzarella By The Sea – One in a chain of classy Italian cafés with a Mediterranean flair and fine sea views. Virtually next door to the hotel along the beachside path. 1-minute walk.
- Coffeeterie – Enchanting corner position for healthy meals and decent coffee. About 200m north up the street in Borough Hostel. 2-minute walk.
- Posers Pub – Very popular corner setting for pub grub, people-watching, and meeting new friends. 450m south along the street. 5-minute walk.
- Asian Spice Bali – Eclectic menu of tasty delights from across the continent. Rickshaw in front. Right opposite Posers. 5-minute walk.
- Mamma Maurici – Gorgeous Italian café, complete with checkered tablecloths and wrought-iron balcony. Alongside Asian Spice. 6-minute walk.
- Makan Place – Impressive traditional design. Patrons return night after night for the superior service and food. Opposite Mamma Maurici’s. 6-minute walk.
- The main shopping street is Jalan Legian, about 350m east (4-minute walk) of the hotel via narrow lanes. A more congregated and varied selection of places to eat, drink, and shop in comfort is at the world-class Beachwalk Shopping Center. South along the beachside road in Kuta, about 1.6km on foot (20-minute walk) or 5km by taxi (25-minute drive).