The forward-thinking concept behind this Indonesian-owned hotel is an urban chic boutique that is new, different, and stylish, with good service levels, yet offering great value in increasingly downtrodden Legian. As its (repeat) guest popularity and awards will attest, The Magani for the most part pulls this off. The location is prime, slap-bang in the midst of all Legian's bustling action and nightlife, and just a short stroll to the beach, yet it offers a well-priced bolt-hole far enough off the street to be a whole world away from the madness outside.

The Magani is surprisingly compact considering what it offers; its spacious, contemporary lobby extends to an inner-sanctum courtyard dominated by an outdoor lap pool with a sunken bar. The layout is tightly configured on three sides by five accommodation floors. All room types are tastefully styled, well-equipped, and surprisingly spacious. The best options are the ground-floor Premier Pool rooms, just off the main pool, with their own private plunge pools in a demure walled garden, and the upper-level Deluxe Suites with outdoor Jacuzzis on pool-facing balconies. Magani Suites offer the same as the Deluxe but with a large living space, ideal for families.

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Magani's in-house signature restaurant, Mozzarella, on the first floor, is one of Legian's best eateries, with affordable international cuisine. Dine overlooking the street from a broad alfresco dining terrace, or within the hotel, on a small patio suspended above the pool.