We had not stayed at the Padma Resort in Legian for close on 5 years so decided it was time to renew an old friendship. The Padma is a beachside resort spread out over 17 acres of manicured gardens, lawns, pools and traditional style accomodation. If you have read the last blog about the Marriott then the Padma was just what the doctor ordered with 5 pools, each one completely separated from the next. There is the adults only pool with swim-up bar and sunlounges overlooking the beach at Legian. The Skai Beach Club has a small but sparkling infinity pool which was just wonderful to watch the Bali sunsets from. Coupled with the coldest beers, served in frozen mugs and the largest frozen Daiquiri's we have seen plus very reasonably priced food....what else could you want.
Legian Beach these days is really just an extension of Kuta, with a slightly less frenetic vibe but with all the choices of bars, restaurants, massage and nail treatment place etc. At the corner of Legian Beach road where it turns away from the beach there is a converted Kombi Van that sets up around 5PM in the carpark selling a wide variety of cocktails and the ubiquitous Bintang beers. They pump out some very chilled beach-style music to sit back and enjoy the sunset and the passing parade.
Our short stay at the Padma was unfortunately.....short...as we had a few other hotels we had on our list to revisit so it was on further slightly down the coast to the next place and the next review.
Our stay at the Padma was completely unsponsored so in our opinion very unbiased, if you'd like to see the video- Click below.