When we grow up, we want to live in a house just like our Alila Uluwatu villa.
Alila Hotels has garnered mega ink in prestigious travel mags like Conde Nast Traveler and the Robb Report with its ultra-sumptuous, private-pool villa resorts in Bali.
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
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.
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?
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.
Serious contender for the “most luxurious hotel in Bali” title
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.
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). But it’s not a hardship to eat the food at the hotel.
Sailing on the Alila Purnama
After this amazing stay, we wondered how the Alila group could possibly impress us on our subsequent week-long Indonesian expedition on the Alila Purnama (a stylish sailing vessel modeled after a traditional phinisi).
Well, they did!
Read all about it here (see Komodo dragon pics too).
Our Canadian magazine story on Alila Villas Uluwatu
Click on the image below to bring up a PDF of the print article. (Note: The Soori hotel in this article, which used to be managed by the Alila Group, is now run under a new Soori brand.)