The Luxe List 2009, Indonesia: Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali

One of Bali’s newest resorts is also its greenest. Overlooking the Indian Ocean from its cliffside perch on the Bukit peninsula, Alila Villas Uluwatu was designed and built according to the guidelines of Green Globe, an Australian NGO that sets tough ecotourism standards. Only locally sourced and sustainable materials were used in its construction, from recycled wood to the creamy white stone that frames the 84 villas. Water conservation comes in the form of rainwater catchments and gray-water treatment systems, and in unirrigated gardens planted with foliage native to the arid Bukit. Not that any of means you have to sacrifice one iota of comfort: in-room amenities include 500-thread-count bed linens, a pillow menu, and private pool terraces with sweeping views of the sea. At the resort’s main restaurant, Dutch executive chef Stefan Zijta updates local flavors in dishes like grilled barramundi with tempeh and foie gras rendang. While they dine, guests can admire the hundreds of backlit Javanese batik stamps that cover the walls, testaments to both Indonesia’s rich cultural heritage and to Alila’s commitment to elegant environmentalism (Jl. Belimbing Sari, Pecatu; 62-361/ 848-2166;; doubles from US$1,040).

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