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Is Alila Villas Uluwatu the Most Luxurious Hotel in Bali?

When we grow up, we want to live in a house just like our Alila Uluwatu villa.

Alila Hotels manages almost 20 luxury hotels in Asia, India and the U.S.

But it’s probably garnered the most ink – in prestigious travel mags like Conde Nast Traveler and the Robb Report – for its ultra-sumptuous, private-pool villa resorts in Bali.

Specifically, we’re talking about the Alila Villas Uluwatu.

It’s one of Bali’s most romantic resorts. It might even be the most deluxe too.

And when it comes to creating memorable couple’s experiences in Bali, you can’t do much better than staying at this luxury resort.

The view of Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali, at dusk
The view of Alila Villas Uluwatu at dusk

Alila Villas Uluwatu review

Alila Villas Uluwatu clings to a clifftop on Bali’s southern coast.

It cranks up the wow factor for boutique villa resorts, making you wish you could replicate their fab architectural features in your own home. (They sure gave us serious villa envy.)

Alila Villas Uluwatu
Now this is a very cool lounge – it’s suspended way out over the cliff’s edge

Alila Uluwatu accommodation

You want big?

Then get this – the 65 extraordinary Uluwatu villas are all larger than 3,000 square feet!

Our living room was touching distance from our L-shaped pool.

To be a seriously deluxe hotel in Bali, you need villas with private pools, right?

We could push back glass wall-to-wall windows and almost jump right into the pool.

In fact, most of the window walls around the villa opened up to the outdoors to allow the sea breeze in.

The bathroom boasted an indoor and outdoor shower, together with his-and-hers, leather-and-wood amenity boxes with organic products – scented pillow spray anyone?

Bring your friends or family! The three-bedroom villa comes with its own 24-hour butler

Pool and lounge

Nothing is cookie-cutter.

Wood design materials have been recycled from railway sleepers and telephone poles.

And a huge birdcage (aka, a sunset lounge) is cantilevered over the cliff edge beside the resort’s main infinity pool – from here, the Indian Ocean looks as if it stretches forever beyond the horizon.

Dining

The food at Alila Villas Uluwatu is delicious.
The food at Alila Villas Uluwatu is delicious

The hotel’s secluded location means that you’ll likely eat in (unless you don’t mind hefty taxi charges to try an outside restaurant).

Mind you, it’s not a hardship to eat the food at the hotel!

Alila Villas Uluwatu
What should we order for breakfast?

Alila Villas Uluwatu review: Bottom line?

We’ve stayed at many gorgeous, five-star Bali hotels.

And it’s possible, just possible, that the Alila Villas Uluwatu is the most deluxe hotel in Bali.

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Sailing on the Alila Purnama

After this amazing stay, we wondered how the Alila group could possibly impress us any more.

Well they did! On our subsequent week-long Indonesian expedition on the Alila Purnama (a stylish sailing vessel modeled after a traditional phinisi)…

The beautiful "Alila Purnama" is a deluxe phinisi in Indonesia.
The beautiful “Alila Purnama” is a deluxe phinisi

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Alila Villas Uluwatu is possibly the most luxurious hotel in Bali!

Experience more of Bali!

Another beautiful Bali hotel: You don’t have to spend a fortune on a Bali resort with private pool villas. See our review of Ayung Resort Ubud.

Monkey sanctuary: There’s a lot of monkey business going on at the Ubud Monkey Forest. But the babies sure are cute!

Seminyak: Seminyak is Bali’s trendiest district, and pool villas in Seminyak are all the rage.

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Hotels: Booking.com is great for scoring a “wow” hotel – or at least a decent one. (We especially like their flexible cancellation policy!)

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Tours: For the best local food, walking and other guided tours, plus skip-the-line tickets to attractions, check out Viator (a TripAdvisor company) and GetYourGuide.

Car rental: Renting a car is often one of the best ways to explore off the beaten path. Discover Cars searches car rental companies so you get the best rates.

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Photo credits: 2, 3 and 10 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcaseOther photos courtesy this Alila hotel


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Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George Mucalov are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents. See About.

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James Linville

Thursday 11th of February 2016

We seem to be in many of the same destinations lately and coming away equally impressed. My wife and I were in Bali earlier this and stayed at the new Alila hotel in Seminyak. We have been to Alila hotels in Ubud and Manggis, as well, but the Uluwatu facility certainly appears to be a step above. I remember seeing renderings of the proposed Uluwatu villas on another trip and the developers seemed to have exceeded their luxurious intentions. My family also visited Tulum and Chichén Itzá in late 2015 and felt your post about Tulum captured well why one should visit these historic sites.

Janice and George

Thursday 11th of February 2016

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment :-). Glad to hear the new Alila hotel in Seminyak is appealing. We stayed in Seminyak as well (in a couple of different villa properties) and the Seminyak vibe is definitely different than what you get at Soori and Uluwatu! (as in more happening!) The good thing about the Seminyak location would be the close access to all sorts of great restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries, etc., which you don't get when you're coddled in the private cocoons at Soori and Uluwatu.

Aparna

Wednesday 10th of February 2016

Whooo!!!! What am amazing place to be, just looking at the pictures made me stunned, I think this is the perfect place I have to visit with my fiancee ;-) and yeah the pool villa over the rice paddies towards the mountains is just perfect. Truly Awesome.. (kiss) Janice and George really thank you for sharing this lovely post. keep posting... :-) Cheers!!!

Janice and George

Thursday 11th of February 2016

Both of these Alila villa properties in Bali are honeymoon-worthy, so yes, you and your fiancee would be sure to love them :-).

Shikha

Wednesday 10th of February 2016

I adored every minute of my time in Bali so am always up for hearing about great places to stay there and the Alila properties sound so relaxing and remote :) That body mask sounds utterly aromatic and wholesome as well!

Suze

Tuesday 9th of February 2016

We had an incredible stay at Alila Ubud and I would have loved to visit their Uluwatu property if we'd have had time - that birdcage lounge looks really unique

Janice and George

Tuesday 9th of February 2016

It's hard to do everything on a trip, isn't it? Maybe you'll just have to plan another visit to Bali :-)

Irene S. Levine

Monday 8th of February 2016

These Alila villas look amazing---and a great setting and bespoke service to boot! Would love to visit someday~