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The name Alila translates to ‘surprise’ in Sanskrit, which is a pretty apt description for the Alila Hotels. Each of their impressive properties is set in a stunning location and features fresh, innovative design and bespoke holiday experiences that incorporate nature, local culture and personalised hospitality.
Ultimate Bali recently teamed up with Alila Hotels to launch a curated collection of holistic wellness packages designed exclusively for Ultimate Bali guests. These packages allow you to split your time between two spectacular Alila resorts and take advantage of wellness and lifestyle activities that include daily yoga classes, signature spa treatments, cycling and trekking trips through the rice paddies and jungle, and much more.
Each Alila property is unique in its own way, as the resorts have been designed to blend in seamlessly with their natural environments. For example, at Alila Ubud you will find an array of rooms and villas set on stilts overlooking a dramatic river valley cloaked in dense rainforest, while at Alila Seminyak the tropical chic rooms offer views out to the Indian Ocean and the golden sands of Seminyak Beach. Alila Villas Uluwatu features stunning private pool villas perched on the edge of limestone cliffs above the ocean, and Alila Manggis is a serene seaside resort set in a coconut grove between the beach and Bali’s sacred Mount Agung.
The Alila retreat programmes are one-of-a-kind in that they allow guests to experience not just one stunning locale, but two different resorts, each offering their own signature wellness and destination experiences.
Book into the Alila Seminyak & Alila Villas Uluwatu package and you can stay for three nights at each resort and enjoy inclusions like daily breakfasts and lunches consisting of fresh local fare, daily yoga classes and spa treatments, and a one-time glass of wine or healing jamu at sunset at both resorts. You can also embark on a scenic cycling tour from Alila Seminyak, and a journey to a local community and orphanage from Alila Villas Uluwatu.
The Alila Manggis & Alila Ubud package is just as enticing with three nights stay at each resort, daily breakfast, set lunches and afternoon refreshments, yoga and tai chi classes, soothing spa treatments, and sunset drinks at both resorts. The Alila Experiences here include catching the sunrise or sunset at Alila Manggis and embarking on a Bayad trekking tour from your base at Alila Ubud.
The Alila Retreats include a range of accommodation options, so depending on which package you choose, you can luxuriate in an elegant Superior room with a private terrace leading out to the lush lawns at Alila Manggis, a spacious studio just steps from the sea and all the action of buzzing Seminyak at Alila Seminyak, a luxurious one, two or three-bedroom villa with your own pool at Alila Villas Uluwatu, or a lofty room with a breezy balcony set high above the morning mists of the Ayung River Valley at Alila Ubud. Despite the stylistic differences between the living spaces at the various resorts, they all provide high levels of comfort and luxury with world-class amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi, contemporary furnishings, and beautiful bath and body products.
No matter which Alila Retreat package you choose, Spa Alila is part of the luxury experience. Each resort features a serene spa where you can indulge in body and beauty treatments that draw on ancient Asian healing arts and make use of specially made products consisting of fresh organic ingredients like locally sourced coffee, coconut oil, lemongrass and ginger. The highly trained local therapists can provide massages, body scrubs and wraps and reflexology to cleanse, relax, and rejuvenate the body and better balance the body and mind.
Each of the restaurants, lounges and bars at the Alila Hotels are highly sought-after dining destinations in themselves. The chefs at each venue pride themselves on sourcing only the best local produce, seafood and meats to produce traditional Balinese and Indonesian favourites, as well as contemporary international fare. The culinary teams also offer healthy spa cuisine, as well as custom-made dishes for those with allergies, food sensitivities or special tastes.
Besides gorgeous locations, world-class facilities and superior service, what really sets the Alila Hotels apart are their Alila Experiences. These are bespoke adventures that allow guests to gain a deeper understanding of each destination through curated activities that integrate the landscape, traditional Balinese culture and local communities. These could include trips to hot springs and sacred temples, cooking classes with authentic recipes and ingredients, spiritual cleansing sessions or a beach-hopping trip in a vintage Volkswagon Kombi.
Alila Seminyak lies less than 30 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport and a short stroll from the fashionable streets of Seminyak, where you can indulge in the upmarket attractions that have made Seminyak one of the hottest destinations on the island. Here, high-end designer boutiques, art and antique galleries rub shoulders with trendy nightspots, fine dining establishments and uber chic cafes, including notably happening hangouts such as Ku De Ta, La Lucciola and Potato Head. Soak up Seminyak's unique ambience that blends the appeal of a village neighbourhood with the best attributes of a cosmopolitan lifestyle.
Alila Villas Uluwatu perched on limestone cliffs 100 metres above the Indian Ocean, the view is nothing less than picture-perfect – aquamarine ocean vistas and glorious golden sunsets. Situated on an elevated plateau along the southern coastline of Bali on the Bukit Peninsula, conveniently located 30 minutes from Ngurah Rai International airport, and 15 minutes from the Uluwatu Temple.
Alila Manggis is situated within the regency of Karangasem, close to the village of Candidasa, and provides the perfect base from which to explore unspoiled East Bali. This area of the island is renowned for its spectacular beauty, where the steep rise from coast to mountain creates magical scenery. It is also the gateway to the dive islands of the East Coast, the mother temple of Besakih and the great water palaces and kingdoms of East Bali. Via the new Professor Ida Bagus Mantra road, Alila Manggis is just 1 hour and 30 minutes’ drive from the international airport.
Alila Ubud lies in the traditional Balinese hill village of Payangan, on the banks of the mystical and magical Ayung River. Alila Ubud is just five kilometres from Bali's artistic centre of Ubud, a place where artists, writers and musicians from around the world find their inspiration. Here guests can visit a number of art galleries and museums, see dramatic and opulent temple festivals and dances, to take in the magic of the real Bali.