Monday, April 30, 2012

BALI TRIP 2012: Alila Villas Uluwatu

THIS is perhaps one of the most unforgettable experience I've ever had. The moment we dropped off at the resort lobby, 'WOW!' The view of the ocean through the infinity-edged pool was the first thing that caught me eyes. The Alila Villas Uluwatu resort sits on top of the cliff at the south of Bali and therefore you could see the uninterrupted view over the Indian Ocean. Simply breathtaking!
I fell in love with this right away
Reception area
A lady staff dressed in white uniform approached us and I asked her politely if we could have a drink and enjoy the surroundings of the resort. She suggested us The Warung which is a more casual restaurant and there are seats available both indoors and outdoors. Another staff then led us to the restaurant through the reception and spa area.
The Warung
We took the outdoor seats
Designed by Singapore architecture firm WOHA, the resort has a modern look yet maintains the traditional feel of Bali. I'm impressed by the use local materials such as stones and wood to create details on the walls and roofs. If there are words that I can used to describe this place, they are chic, clean and definitely costly.
Where they found such huge tree??
Everything looks so open in here without many walls. The glass doors are hidden when they are not in used. I guess this also help to bring the sea breeze in. A brilliant open concept!
Looking towards the lobby area
Not the usual Monday blue
Unlike most of the resorts in Bali where I find infinity-edged pool has become a must-have for them, this resort here has something 'extra' - a cliff-edged cabana. This overhanging resting platform with decorative timber wall becomes the landmark of Alila Villas. There are a few others of them placed around the resort.

As we only had 30 mins before our driver came to pick us up, we quickly ordered some drinks and went around taking some photos. It is not often we got the privilege of visiting such cool places. I ordered a Kiwi & Apple juice for 75,000rp (about RM25, subject to 21% tax). Bear in mind that food/drinks are not cheap there. There were complimentary snacks for us though.
Hi from Malaysia!
Surprisingly, a wedding ceremony was going to begin later on that day and the resort staff were looking busy putting on the decorations and arranging chairs inside the cabana. How romantic to have a maximum exposure to the panoramic view of the sea while exchanging vows and rings. We didn't get to see the bride and groom but one of their parents were busy with the arrangement. I must say a filthy rich Nihonjin family.
Once in a lifetime ma
A peek into the gym changing room was another experience. The openness concept once again is used on the shower and toilet room. But would you still dare to use this in case of emergency?
Real nature's job

How much to stay there: A quick check on its website shows villa with one bedroom costs USD685 and villa with three bedrooms cost USD2625 per night. Tax excluded.

How to get there: From Ngurah Rai Airport head south on Jalan Uluwatu towards Jalan Uluwatu Pecatu. Look out for a Alila Villas Uluwatu sign on the left and continue heading inside. There will be a security gate before entering the resort compound.
Look out for this entrance sign
The way into the resort

GPS coordinate: 8050’43.48”S, 11508’15.88”E (-8.839276,115.137062)
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I immediately felt in love with this paradise..

1 comment:

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