HONORS CIRCLE: INDONESIA
Jalan Taman Ganesha No. 9 Petitenget, Seminyak 80361 Bali, Indonesia
Uninterrupted ocean views and an emphasis on laid-back luxury are just two of the reasons guests rave about this 240-room resort on Bali’s Seminyak Beach. The design is another: a distinctive blend of understated contemporary architecture woven through with verdant lawns, wall-hugging plants, green roofs, and landscaped terraces that lead down to a stretch of golden sand.
Alila Seminyak Bali’s ecocredentials are just as impressive—it holds an EarthCheck certification for sustainability—as is its myriad of amenities, which include five swimming pools, the sunset facing Beach Bar, and the sublime Spa Alila with its range of all-natural, Asian-inspired treatments and therapies.
Coastal dining restaurant Seasalt is another highlight; designed like a stylish seaside residence with a breezy alfresco setting, it specializes in wild-caught and responsibly harvested seafood dishes seasoned with organic sea salt from the village of Kusamba in East Bali.
As part of the resort’s roster of unique guided experiences (which include tours of the neighboring 15th-century temple of Pura Petitenget), guests can visit Kusamba on the Seasalt Journey, a private excursion that explores centuries-old salt farming traditions. Other on-site Alila Happenings range from zero-waste cocktail workshops to classes in coconut-leaf art and making gebogan, or Balinese temple offerings.