When I stepped into TS Suites this new Legian hotel Bali, we had to go through the parking garage and into the delivery and staff entrance because the hotel was still under construction. I was invited by my longtime friend Karl CEO of Core Hospitality International to train the staff.
Since TS Suites Bali like many others is situated smack in the center of Seminyak, Legian they had to come up with a modern appealing and unique approach to differentiate them from the rest. And again the plot of land is not enormous and therefore very much thought went into the arrangement of all necessary spaces.
It starts from the second floor up. On the ground floor you have a huge selection of local and international eateries. This is a center for in-house guests and people from the street to converge and enjoy a pleasurable time out. The center court is airy and offers a fantastic space for all sorts of shows and exhibitions.
Third floor is an entertaining and dining spot for hotel guests only. This is the breakfast room with a gigantic international buffet satisfying discerning guests from all over the globe. The 50 m long swimming pool is positioned on the top floor together with a cool bar and a comfortable restaurant.
The rooms are arranged on the 2 and 3 floors and they are all extra big with the most beautiful surfaces I have ever seen. The huge bathtub sits in the middle of the room and is flanked by a toilet and shower cubicle, each closed off with glass doors and beautiful natural stones as floor and wall coverings. In the bigger suites, luggage and dressers are adjacent to the bathroom, out of sight from the bed. Of course you have a flat screen TV, international channels, WiFi and a mini bar to keep you busy.
When I was there the private villas were still under construction. They are positioned also on the top floor, have private access and each one has its own swimming pool and a private assistant to arrange excursions, sports activities and dining experiences.
The scheduling of the training at TS Suites Bali was challenging because there were two public holidays announced that week, one Indonesian and one uniquely Balinese. The locals are still very close to their culture and tradition. They have to and want to celebrate together with their families. It is a very difficult balancing act for a general manager to keep their operations running smoothly and at the same time keeping their staffs happy.
Preparing a hotel for the opening is an even greater challenge since there are no guests to satisfy yet but the scheduled tasks need to move toward completion. Luckily in Bali there are many workers from other islands with different cultures and religions. This just makes it a little bit easier for everybody to satisfy the tourist market and still keep up with traditions. I salute all hotel managers in Bali who are able to maintain this very delicate balance.
I wish TS Suites Bali, Jl. Nakula no.18, Legian success; it is definitely a stunning Legian hotel Bali.
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