Prior to booking my trip to Bali, my main criteria for a hotel for us to stay at was it had to be an idyllic tropical resort where I could fully relax, which was luxurious, had a variety of dining options, and it had to have a Spa. I wanted to switch off, relax, bask in the sunshine and make the most of the tropical climes before heading back to face winter.
During my search, I came across The Laguna, which is part of the Luxury Collection, and my mind was made up. This was going to be my treat to myself. It looked absolutely fabulous in photos – the tropical hideaway that I was after, and after much Instagram scrolling on the location tag, I booked a Lagoon access pool, as on this trip I wanted to maximise pool time. I am an SPG member and I am pretty loyal to the brands and so this was also a bonus factor when making our choice.
Upon arrival, after a very convenient 30 minute drive from the airport, I was so pleased and grateful to find that they had upgraded us to a private villa, called The Hibiscus Villa, and we had our own pool. This was awesome as it meant pre-breakfast swims, evening swims, and during the day we could either chill in our own villa or head towards the main pools, of which ladies and gentlemen, they have a 5,000 square meter swimmable lagoon and seven pools in total! The dream!
Check in was super smooth and I loved the dance performance and the welcoming gong that they had for every single guest. They really made everyone feel special and were so warm and hospitable. We were offered a chilled refreshing welcome drink and some cooling towels, which was a lovely gesture as it was a very humid day.
The Laguna Bali is a convenient 30-minute drive from the airport, but feels wonderfully remote. There are long stretches of sandy beach where, even in high season, you might not glimpse anybody else. It was so lovely!
It is not far to get around Bali, and we simply hired a car and driver for a day, which I highly recommend, as it was a non-fussy and really easy way to see the main spots in a flexible manner. We made our own itinerary and went at our own pace.
The Hibiscus Villa
Our Hibiscus Villa, which was literally the villa of dreams, was sleek and contemporary but with nods to traditional Balinese architecture and decor. I loved that it was slightly tucked away from the rest of the hotel, yet a minute’s walk to the main reception area. It felt really private and was peaceful – like a sanctuary.
There was a gazebo outside, next to the pool, which was really comfortable, and where I loved relaxing and indulging in my holiday read while listening to the birds chirping in the trees. I really didn’t want to leave, and that was what I was doing until the day when we realised our flights had been cancelled because Mount Agung had begun erupting and emitting clouds of thick ash in the sky. (I mean it wasn’t a bad place to be stranded if it had come down to it).
The pool itself was fantastic, and we had brought along Freddy, our inflatable Flamingo, and so I loved using it in the pool to float around, gazing up at the gorgeous sky, or simply just reading my book while sunbathing on it.
Inside the villa was even more stunning – you enter into a lounge area which had couches, and a desk and a flat screen tv, and a dining table, mini fridge and a separate kitchen area, fully equipped with everything you would need.
Through some doors is the bedroom with a MASSIVE bed, dressing table, chest of drawers, another flat screen TV and a storage area, where we placed our suitcases.
The highlight of the entire bathroom was the spaciousness of it and *THAT* massive bathtub! OMG dreamy! We also had a rainfall shower in a separate section. It is probably up there with one of the best hotel bathrooms I have ever had in my room ever!
The villa had butler service too but we didn’t make use of this.
Food and Drink
The hotel had a buffet restaurant called Banyubiru, where we had our breakfast everyday. It was the most incredible spread, ranging from fresh juices, healthy shots, a variety of exotic fruits, cereals, cold meats and cheeses, sushi, Indian food, Indonesian signature dishes, a variety of different cooked eggs, and all the breakfast classics such as hash browns, baked beans, sausages, bacon and homemade breads.
It was my favourite time of day and we thoroughly enjoyed trying different things every single day.
We always sat in the outside area with a view of the pool, and it was so serene.
In the evenings, we found ourselves at the Kulkul bar, which was close to the beach, and so had a lovely breeze. There were huge Balinese beds where you could relax in with your food and drink too if you wished, as well as seats right on the beach.
Happy hour was our favourite time and the cocktails were really delicious, as were the various dishes we tried during our stay.
There is another restaurant called Arwana, which has an A La Carte menu and which specialises in seafood, and has a beachfront setting. It also has a Sunday brunch, where you can sit right by the beach (weather permitting).
For your gelato fix or for lighter snacks, there is the Cornerstone Deli, which is a lovely casual dining spot.
There was another outdoor bar called the Cascade Bar, which was located close to the main lobby, and where you can watch the traditional fire dance in the evening. The sunset was epic to watch from here too from the super comfortable seats.
The Lagoon Spa
The Lagoon Spa is inspired by the Seven Pillars of wellbeing: Life Balance, Harmony, Beauty, Vitality, Aqua, Nature, Nutrition, and is really luxurious – definitely 5* quality. You feel relaxed from the moment you step inside, and the Spa itself is stunning.
I really wanted a foot reflexology treatment as we had been out sightseeing the day before, and I opted to have my treatment by the beach. If you are staying at the hotel, I highly recommend this as you get to enjoy the fresh tropical breeze whilst being pampered.
Inside the main Spa there is a Steam room and Sauna. They also offer Yoga and Meditation, so there is something for everyone.
There is an onsite gym for those who want to work out, and Amit made use of this and really rated it.
In terms of swimming pools, with 7 to choose from and a plethora of sun loungers, Balinese Beds and bookable cabanas, you are spoilt for choice. They have different features such as waterfalls, mini bridges and lots of gorgeous scenic views, and so you could literally relax somewhere different every single day.
If you are staying in one of the private villas, you also have a private area by the beach which has an accompanying bar, where you can relax on sun beds or chairs, and have cocktails and light bites to eat.
There is also a gorgeous Balinese Temple on site, which can be used as the perfect setting for a wedding.
Who is the hotel best for?
Couples, Honeymooners and families. It is such a vast property that you never feel like you are surrounded by people and there are plenty of sun loungers to relax on, and activities to participate in. The food is fantastic, the service is impeccable and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for the perfect escape in a tranquil and breathtaking surroundings.
The staff throughout the resort were friendly, attentive and unobtrusive – the perfect triumvirate. The attention to detail and all the effort that was was taken to ensure our stay was memorable made it the perfect holiday experience for us.
The hotel has had some famous guests too – Koffi Anan had been staying there a week before we arrived!
For more information you can visit their website here.
Disclaimer: We paid in full for a Deluxe Lagoon Access room but upon arrival due to the gesture by the amazing hotel were given an upgrade to the Hibuscus Villa.