Luxtripper Travel Editor
We loved this resort and we hope you do too!
Soaring 100 metres above the Indian Ocean, this magnificent location along the edge of Bali’s limestone cliffs houses one of the most visually striking resorts in the world. Light bounces off the white washed walls and mahogany framework of the main buildings, and modern art is the only term I can conjure that describes the stunning wooden dining area poised along the cliff edge. Pair this with zigzagging paths, tranquil water ways, steps descending to a private beach, a 50m cliff edge infinity pool and mesmerising sunsets of gold and orange, and I assure you I was so blown away that if you had asked me where I was, I’d have told you that we were no longer in Bali, but in another world.
After slowly wandering through the beautiful manicured gardens, I arrived at my villa and was greeted my own private butler. After such a wonderful welcome, I stepped through the doors and I could instantly feel the idyllic sea breeze floating through the airy complex drawing me past the rattan and wood furnishings, and towards my private swimming pool. The resort is comprised of only 65 stunning private villas, and the One Bedroom Villa is the perfect secluded escape for those looking to disconnect from daily life and reconnect with themselves and loved ones, I recommend it for an incredible Bali holiday!
I don’t know about you but whenever I find myself somewhere far from home, one of the things I get the most excited about is trying new cuisines and discovering new and exciting flavours; Bali is no exception. Dining is taken to the next level at this incredible resort, with some of the finest restaurants on the island residing within its grounds. The Warung’s laid back yet sophisticated space celebrates the best of Indonesia, while Cire invites guests to enjoy classic Asian specialties and International dishes. Enjoy a fresh, contemporary take on afternoon tea at the Sunset Cabana, and visit Quila for a truly masterful menu of innovative, daring small plates that not only taste incredible but look it too.
Spa Alila puts a contemporary spin on ancient Balinese healing practices and delivers a blissful menu of curative face and body treatments, and I couldn’t help but exhale and let my shoulders drop as I breathed in the scent of the fresh, natural ingredients they used for my Blissful Spa Indulgence treatment. I challenge you not fall asleep during the divine massage or among the swirling oils of the private spa bathtub. Also, be prepared for your morning black coffee to be replaced by complimentary morning yoga sessions overlooking the incredible Indian Ocean.
There’s a well-equipped gym available 24 hours a day on site, however I think I got all my exercise done by descending the 100 or so stairs leading to the private beach, but don’t worry, it’s worth the walk. Sublime golden soft sands and peaceful rolling waves were awaiting me at the bottom. Alternatively, walk through the perfectly manicured gardens and dive into the refreshing waters of the serene 50m cliff edge infinity pool and take in the picturesque ocean views. Don’t forget when you swim up to the edge to grab your partner so they can snap that perfect Bali Instagram shot, and you've always got your own private swimming pool waiting for you as well.
I hear the words private aerial yoga class and before I know it my world has literally been thrown upside down, and the feeling of weightlessness is so tranquil and relaxing for the mind and body that I soon became addicted! Be sure to embrace the resort’s idyllic location and choose one of the many unique excursions Alila offers, for a truly unforgettable Bali holiday. I fired up the wok at the excellent cooking class, but you can also visit the nearby monkey forest or enjoy an intimate cruise for two with a cocktail in hand to the hidden heaven of Honeymoon Bay.