So my opinion of Bali has changed. Having been there 3 times growing up as a kid and then working in Bali at Club Med for 7 months I thought I would never go back. To be completely blunt, I thought it was becoming too commercial with way too many Australian bogans ruining the place. One of the newer hotels, Alila Villas Uluwatu, is an ultra cool, luxury hotel, away from the hustle and bustle known as Bali and it definitely has changed the way I once viewed this island.
Arriving in the early afternoon on a Garuda flight from Singapore, we were greeted by the Alila Hotels airport host who welcomed us with the warm and genuine hospitality that the Bali locals are known for. Our transfer to the hotel was smooth, with iced water, a cool towel and face mist provided. With luxury hotels, it’s the little things that make the difference and they are the things you remember. Uluwatu, located in the southwestern part of the island is home to Uluwatu temple, some amazing beaches, and luxury hotels. After a 45 minute drive, we had arrived.
Unlike a lot of hotels, Alila Villas Uluwatu is exactly what the name says…villas. There are no hotel rooms, only villas. The 1-3 bedroom villas are spacious and set out on the hillside in tiers that represent the rice paddies. Each villa has its own private pool and cabana where you have the ultimate privacy. The villa rooms are large, with king bed, desk, dining table and day bed, with the doors being able to be opened completely to let the fresh ocean breeze in. The villa bathroom offers both indoor and outdoor showers with his and her Alila Living bath products (maybe save one to take home).
Throughout your stay, you have a host/butler that is there to make sure you have the ultimate stay. Our host, Fatin, was a hero. She was genuinely one of the nicest people that we had met, always a smile on her face and always making sure we were enjoying our stay. On the second day, we were advised that there would be a bit of drilling noise from the new restaurant they were building and instead of just advising, Fatin offered us a complimentary driver for the day to explore the local beaches, temples, and restaurants. Other little points were also offering a complimentary massage at the Alila Spa which exceeded every expectation.
Now to the reason why I wanted to try Alila Villas Uluwatu, apart from the rave reviews that I had read – the infinity pool. Perched on the edge of the cliff, it is a place to unwind and the jaw dropping edge will have you gasping at the views. I’m not sure if it ranks up towards the top, but it would definitely have to be a close winner for the most beautiful hotel pools in the world. Next to the pool is the hotel’s Sunset Cabana, hanging over the edge of the cliff, with stunning views of the Indian Ocean, it is the perfect place to have a sunset drink. Remember your camera as it is a shot you won’t want to miss.
Alila Villas Uluwatu has definitely changed my opinion of Bali and it’s a place that I could not recommend more highly. The staff are very well trained and it is one of the hotels biggest strengths. They aren’t in your face, but there when you need them, and more importantly, they genuinely want to make it a holiday for you to remember.
Prices start from $990 per night, with specials throughout the year.
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