The popular tourist destination of Bali, Indonesia, seems to have a preconceived notion for Australian travelers as being busy, chaotic, and requiring demanding attention to detail for foreigners.
But alas, they’re doing things differently at Alila.
As I arrived into Denpasar International Airport off the Garuda Indonesia flight from Brisbane, I was immediately greeted by a smiling face bearing the sign ‘Alila Villas Uluwatu’. This was just the beginning of a luxurious 3 day getaway in one of Bali’s most celebrated luxury hotels.
After being whisked away by the hotel car, we began the 40 minute complimentary journey to Alila, located in the South of Kuta, in Uluwatu. However prior to my arrival into Indonesia the team at Alila had already begun the task of ensuring my stay was extra special in a personalisation plan that sees to guests’ specific needs and preferences. At the time of confirmation, Alila contact their guests with a special personalisation survey which will allow you to choose everything from your pillow through to whether you’d prefer healthy snacks in the room or tasty chocolates. This is all taken care of by your personal butler who will ensure your stay is catered to your liking, leaving no request out of the question.
The villas are a truly unique oasis within an oasis, and will ensure guests enjoy their retreat with the utmost privacy in a luxuriously appointed 1 or 3 bedroom pool villa. As the name suggests, each of these villas comes with a private plunge pool, which is accompanied by lounge chairs and a private birds nest cage overlooking the Indian Ocean. Bathroom amenities are personalised by the Alila team, offering ‘his’ and ‘hers’ products including shampoo and conditioner, body scrub, soap, lip balm, and pillow mist. The villa is also completed with all the modern technologies you’d expect to see in a 5 star luxury property, including a flat screen tv, sound system, ipod dock, and more.
If you can tear yourself away from your villa to enjoy the rest of the Alila property, you will be greatly rewarded by what you will find. I first made my way to the gym to check out the facilities and was pleasantly surprised to find enough weight machines, free weights, cardio machines, yoga mats, exercise balls, etc. to last me throughout my stay. For those looking to take their workout outdoors, ask one of the staff about the path to the beach – a 1200 stair return track that virtually takes you directly down a cliff face. Alternatively, every morning at 9am there are complimentary group yoga classes to enjoy in the yoga pavilion, which I can also highly recommend (suited for beginners-advanced).
Breakfast is undoubtedly another highlight of this property and will leave you feeling full until the early evening. Alila offer an alternative take on the typical resort ‘buffet breakfast’, instead offering a daily changing menu of which guests can enjoy unlimited offerings. Typical offerings include bircher muesli, homemade granola, eggs cooked any way, waffles, fresh juices, fruit smoothies, and much, much more.
The best way to enjoy your time here would be to make full use of the facilities and not to leave the property – as Alila will offer everything from mountain bikes through to a library, or if relaxing by the pool is your pool then you will be delighted to enjoy the unrivaled views over the Uluwatu cliff face.
There are two dining options for dinner – one international cuisine and one Indonesian cuisine – Warung. I decided to eat at Warung both nights, as it was absolutely mouthwatering the first night and I could not bring myself to miss this opportunity for a second time. The Indonesian cuisine is full of flavour, uniquely authentic, and cooked to perfection. Prices are extremely reasonable and complimentary appetizers are brought to the table immediately.
The final highlight and absolute must-do of Alila would have to be the spa. Having visited worldclass spa around the world, I was particularly impressed with the spa menu and high level of service at the Alila spa. I thoroughly enjoyed my 60 minute full body massage, and my only complaint would be that I didn’t have time to enjoy a mud wrap also!
PRICE: From $720.00 per night
(note: Special thanks to Alila Villas Uluwatu for hosting my visit – my opinions is, as always, my own).