On the Road to Leading Hotels of the World in Bali

Executive Edge Travel’s Rhonda Smith spent a week at Australia’s favourite nearby holiday destination of Bali to experience how to travel the Leading Hotels of the World way.

Q: The Legian Bali is an old favorite. Why do you think this legendary property still retains its appeal to this day with luxury travelers?

You just can’t beat this property. The Legian Bali has such a loyal following that guests keep returning time and time again. I’d say the size also makes it very appealing – a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Seminyak with only  67 suites, all of which are ocean facing and with large balconies, make this property extremely popular.  Nestled near the chic dining and shopping areas of Legian and Seminyak, the resort boasts an unrivalled beachfront setting just half hour from the airport. The Legian’s restaurant seamlessly incorporates Asian influences and local ingredients with European concept that is in line with its overall brand style. The dining room opens out onto a poolside terrace, offering a postcard worthy seascape of the shimmering Indian Ocean and its gorgeous evening sunsets. All around – it’s a Bali classic.

Q:  Designed, owned and operated by renowned architect Soo K. Chan and his wife Ling Fu, Soori Bali prioritizes environmental and cultural sustainability. How so?

Crafted from local materials, the hotel maintains a true sense of authenticity. Keeping things pure, its restaurants use fresh produce from nearby farms and spices from its own garden.

The resort’s spa uses only the highest quality organic products where the ultimate goal is to guide you towards a lasting sense of wellbeing through ancient healing and nurturing treatments.

Q: Tell us about the activities you engaged in at Soori Bali.

We set off on a Segway ride through paddy fields to see how the rice is cultivated.  It was a unique opportunity to discover the beautiful scenery and get up close with the local school children in Kelating Village.

Q: Next you were off to the mountains of Ubud to Capella Ubud and started with evening cocktails and canapés at The Officers Tent. Great first impression? 

You can select perhaps a G & T or a glass of wine and enjoy an array of delicious canapés. It feels like you are on safari as you share stories of your day with staff and guests.

On our last night, we were hosted for a farewell BBQ dinner at Capella Ubud’s Api Jiwa. Inspired by the Sanskrit word of soul of fire, it was a highly interactive and intimate Asian barbecue that served authentic and new age bites in a theatrical farm to table culinary fashion, omakase style. 

The menu changes daily under the watchful eye of Australian Matthew McCool, the retreat’s Gault and Millau’s three hats culinary director.

Q:  Capella Ubud is renowned for its ‘Jungle Boot Camp’ before breakfast – was it tough?

Starting with a 2 km run through the rice paddy fields we were then put through our paces with an intense cardio workout with the dramatic setting of the resort as an inspirational backdrop.

After surviving boot camp as a reward, I was treated to a delicious chocolate experience – “For The Love Of Chocolate.”  I learned about chocolate from bean to bar and even created my very own chocolate bars to take home.

Q: Did you try Chandra or Suyra yoga and/or meditation at Capella Ubud – the spiritual heart of Bali, there would be no better place to try either than Ubud!

All of these are offered; however, I tried something different in a visit to an Alternative Healing Specialist and learned about Chakra Balancing and Prana Healing.

The camp guru conducts a full body scan and then works where your body needs.  He relieves stress in points and helps to create energetic harmony by changing depleted areas with prana bringing the seven chakras into balance.

 The whole experience leaves you feeling lighter and free from stuck stale energy.