Hotel of the Week: Alila Villas Uluwatu

Perched on top of rugged limestone cliffs and offering panoramic views, the award-winning eco-luxe property remains one of Bali’s most preeminent and stylishly designed resorts.

The dining area. All photos are courtesy of the property.

Why you’ll want to go: Alila has taken pains to create a place that fits seamlessly within the landscape. The roofs of the villas for example were designed with black volcanic pumice rock that absorbs heat while making it look visually stunning while seen from a higher vantage point.

Infinity pool

The property’s most unique characteristic however is its bespoke service. Each guest will be asked to choose among three types: private, where they’re practically left alone; discreet, where the staff will ensure that the guest’s needs are taken cared off but will leave whenever necessary; and indulgent, where a host is assigned to each guest and will ensure help round-the-clock. Visitors can switch among the three at different times of the day or stick to one throughout their stay.

Two-bedroom villa

The rooms: The open-planned villas serve as a showcase of Balinese art. Handcrafted accents made of wood, rattan, and stone were placed strategically in many areas. Environmental sustainability served as the guiding principle when each space was designed, with bamboo ceilings providing ample ventilation, making it possible for residents to ditch using aircon completely. But the show-stopper of course are the views—start your day right by having a cuppa while looking down at the ocean below.


Things you can do: Welcome each day with a morning yoga session, or block an hour or two for a treatment at their spa. For some reasonably priced seafood, drive for 15 minutes to Jimbaran Bay, where stalls sell them off amid the hustle and bustle. Or visit Uluwatu Temple, which you can see sans traffic thanks to the property’s ideal location.

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