Summary: Great hotel for its class and price, and in a perfect location. I really enjoyed it! I stayed for 6 nights at the beginning of my trip to Bali. My room was on the 5th floor.
Location: It feels close to Kuta without the Kuta noise and madness. If you don't feel like venturing South there are also great restaurants and lounges nearby, like Zanzibar for pizza and grilled fish, Cocoon for a see-and-be-seen pool party vibe and appetizers or full-on dinner, and more affordable and convenient Italian, Chinese fusion and BBQ just 100's of meters outside the hotel driveway. It's also parallel Double Sixes the surf break and a really easy walk to the beach.
Service: Front desk, vehicle coordination and bell staff were all very friendly and professional. The guys handling the pool bar were fun and courteous. The breakfast staff was very nice.
Ambiance: The swimming pool and courtyard are gorgeous, especially at night. The swim-up bar was fun and social and friendly for all ages. There were couples and groups of friends, both young and old, and everyone was cordial and quite fun. The pool has a social vibe without being a crazy party scene. There is also a bar on the roof that is not bad for reading and chilling out in the shade.
Food: Good breakfast with a straightforward egg station where you can order omelettes, fried eggs, etc. At breakfast however you're sitting around a Koi pond which downstairs attracts flies and possibly mosquitoes, initially this freaked me out because of dengue paranoia, but it worked out fine with no mosquito bites after all. I didn't try dinner there. There are several convenience stores nearby to stock your fridge and room with beer and snacks.
Other: It is true about the geese (see other reviews) but I only heard them occasionally and I thought it was cute. My room was on the 5th floor.
Comparisons: When I came back to the Southern coast after venturing elsewhere in Bali and before departing DPS, I spent two nights at an arguably fancier hotel in Seminyak that is one of the "luxury hotels of the world", but I still preferred Ananta Legian for its accessibility, relaxed vibe and above all, location. (Seminyak by comparison is quiet and lonely and unless you're at a beach resort, you cannot access the beach from most Seminyak hotels without a 30 minute walk or a drive, because the highest-end resorts own the beach access there).
Great experience and I will stay here again next time I visit South Bali!
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