Katie Truman gets wet at The ONE Legian.
Finally, I found “The One!” No, not that type, silly, The ONE Legian, in northern Kuta, from January 1st this year, “the resort formerly known as The 101 Bali Legian” a renaming which would make Prince proud and officially recognizing this urban-contemporary, 301-room hotels’ new four-star status. Unashamedly geared to youth culture and predominately Australian party-loving crowd, The ONE isn’t really the haunt of families or more “mature” types, but if the face fits, nip-up to their vast Rooftop Dine & Music Lounge, with its open-air deck sprawled across the hotel’s fourth floor, with a partly-covered bar and restaurant area and beyond, awesome Kuta, ocean – and if lucky – volcano panoramas. This hidden sun-trap is surprisingly quiet daytime with most guests sleeping-off the night’s excesses – so grab one of several canopied cabanas (outside guests need to book ahead, minimum spend IDR250,000 with F&B credit back). Or head below to the open-air Sky Pool, a 22-metre-long infinity pool looking down on the mad streets below, with sun beds and Sky Pool Bar. All sections provide full Wi-Fi, all-day menus catering to all tastes and mixologist-concocted cocktails, keeping you happily fed and watered at refreshingly affordable prices. As the day progresses, this rooftop sees more guests emerging, morphing into a sizzling party-zone – especially on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3pm onwards, with The ONE’s infamous Sky Pool Parties. Expect bikini-clad lovelies dancing in the pool, pumped-up, feel good beats from poolside DJs and Sunset BBQs – open wide for the liberally administered spirit shots – outside guests pay IDR100,000 for the privilege. All this flurry of activity eventually fizzles out, as the early evening crowd head off to Kuta’s nightspots, handily within staggering distance.