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Alila Villas Uluwatu
Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
Best for: Beach, Food Drink, Luxury
Alila Villas Uluwatu is a cutting-edge design hotel overlooking the Indian Ocean on Bali’s southernmost tip. Boasting luxury private villas, fine-dining and cliff-edge cabanas it is perfect for couples or families seeking a indulging beach retreat.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Perched on limestone cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean on Bali’s south coast just 30-minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport, Alila Villas Uluwatu offers both accessibility and serenity. Its luxury villas are designed for couples, families and larger groups, enticing guests with picture-perfect views, private pools and lounging pavilions.
Alila Uluwatu maintains a strong sustainability ethos, embracing environmentally sustainable design principles, such as energy conservation, eco-system management and the use of local and recycled materials. The hotel has 65 intricately-designed villas with striking interiors of wood, stone and rattan. Walkways and bridges connect pavilions with pool and living areas, while unique lava rock roofs and locally-sourced bamboo ceilings help circulate the sea breeze. Open-plan villas are either one-, two- or three-bedroom and boast truly spectacular views across the Indian Ocean. All villas include his/her vanities, indoor and outdoor showers, Alila Living toiletries, private pool, outdoor dining area and gourmet bar.
Alila Uluwatu offers exceptional dining experiences: The Warung offers a convivial atmosphere to enjoy traditional Balinese meals; Cire uses fresh ingredients to create a wide variety of international dishes, while Quila offers guests a culinary journey, comprising a variety of different plates, tailored by Executive Chef Marc Lorés Panadés. Afternoon Tea can be found at the impressive Sunset Cabana, an overhanging platform clinging to the cliff.
Alila Uluwatu has a dramatic 50-metre pool, daily yoga sessions, a library, gallery, clinic and gym. For relaxation and rejuvenation head to Spa Alila for a full menu of spa treatments that offer a contemporary spin on ancient Asian healing techniques. The hotel also provides butler, room and babysitting services. Activities include taking the steps to the pristine beach at the base of the cliffs and visiting one of Bali’s best-known monuments, Uluwatu Temple.
When to go
Bali enjoys a warm tropical climate all year round, with a distinct wet and a dry season. Bali’s dry season spans from April to September, with the wet season starting in October and generally lasting until March. Characterised by hot temperatures and clear skies, the dry season is considered to be the best time to visit Bali. In particular, months at the start or the end of the dry season benefit from fewer crowds and slightly cooler temperatures than often present during July and August. Bali’s wet season is characterised by bursts of tropical downpours interspersed with sunny spells, as opposed to constant torrential rain. Those visiting Bali during the wet season can benefit from reduced crowds at major sites, as well as cooler temperatures and less humidity in the central highlands.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
Central Bali by Bike and Foot
Enjoy a day of exploring the countryside around Ubud by bike and foot, seeing the incredible rice terraces of Tegalalang, visiting an artisan market, enjoying an exotic lunch and trekking through the green gasses of Campuhan Ridge.
Bali Street Food Experience
Discover the culinary delights of Bali on a guided tour where you will learn how to prepare and cook a local dish in a traditional Balinese house, visit a local warung and the Gianyar Night Market, before enjoying an authentic dining experience.
Fat Bike Volcano Ride
Explore the Mount Batur Caldera on a Fat Bike, a bike with oversized tires that allow for a more leisurely exploration of the difficult terrain.
Rainforest Trekking and Canoeing Lake Tamblingan
Enjoy a day exploring Bali’s central highlands and three caldera lakes, Beratan, Buyan and Tamblingan. See the iconic ‘floating’ Ulun Danu Temple, trek through rainforest to the shores of Lake Tamblingan and travel in a traditional dugout canoe.
Paon Bali Cooking Class
Discover the art of traditional Balinese cuisine on this half day cooking class as you learn to cook a selection of sumptous local dishes.