Bali, Indonesia

Alila Villas Uluwatu

Rates from (inc tax)$720.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21USD), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Minimalist eco-glam

Setting

Indian Ocean edge

A stylish outpost on Bali’s starkly beautiful Bukit Peninsula, hotel Alila Villas Uluwatu is a dramatic, eco-friendly design den in a jaw-plummeting setting. Vistas of the Indian Ocean that stretch to the horizon complement the clean lines of these architecturally striking villas. A top spa and a personal butler guarantee you’ll be luxuriating in comfort amid the ruggedly beautiful landscape.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

61 pool villas, with a choice of one to three bedrooms.

Check–Out

Noon. Late check-out costs half a night’s tariff up to 6pm; after 6pm, a full extra night. Check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $720.00, excluding tax at 21 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD871.20), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates exclude à la carte breakfast (from US$35 a person).

Hotel closed

No check-ins or check-outs are allowed on 28 March 2017, when Bali observes Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), although stays are still possible. Bali’s airport also closes for the day.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, library with books, DVDs and computers, spa, gym, yoga, gift shop, gardens. In rooms: personal butler service, flatscreen TV with satellite channels, CD/DVD players, preloaded iPod, Spa Alila toiletries, minibar, espresso machine, TWG Tea, private pool.

Our favourite rooms

Villa 409 commands the highest point of the resort, so it’s the pick for couples in pursuit of total privacy with a 180-degree ocean vista. Sleek modern design, care of Singaporean architects WOHA, embraces the outdoors, harnessing natural stone, wood, rattan and water.

Poolside

Feel like you’re floating above the world in the 50m infinity pool perched along the cliff edge.

Packing tips

Serious sunscreen, Tom Ford shades and a surfboard to ride Bukit Peninsula’s famous breaks.

Also

You'll be assigned a 24-hour personal Host (butler) during your stay (choose between private, discreet and indulgent service options).

Children

Very welcome. Free baby cots can be provided and extra beds for older kids (US$30 a night). The hotel can also arrange babysitting for a fee.

Overview

Very welcome. Free baby cots can be provided and extra beds for older kids (US$30 a night). The hotel can also arrange babysitting for a fee.

Best for

Any age, although villas open directly to the private pools, so toddlers will need constant supervision.

Recommended rooms

The three-bedroom villas are great for larger families or those with teenagers who value privacy.

Activities

Like guests of all ages, the little uns will enjoy watching the daily dance performances at the resort and will adore going to the nearby temple to check out the monkeys. The Leisure Concierge can also organise activities around Bali geared towards families.

Swimming pool

Children can enjoy the stunning infinity pool at any time, plus you have the option of splashing in the large private pool at your villa. Just think, they can make as much noise as they like and not disturb anyone.

Rates

More details

Rates exclude à la carte breakfast (from US$35 a person).

Meals

Children are welcome in the restaurants at any time. There’s no special menu but the kitchen can easily whip them up something that’s tiny tastebud friendly.

Babysitting

Available around the clock if booked a day in advance. It costs around US$6 for the first hour and US$2.50 for additional hours, plus a US$9 transport fee for the nanny.

No need to pack

Baby cots, buggies, changing mats, sterilisers, baby bathtubs, mini bathrobes, and kid-friendly toiletries. On your pre-arrival email, you’ll be asked what you need for your stay.

Also

Extra beds for older children can be added to rooms for US$30 a night.

Eco‐friendly

Alila Villas Uluwatu has been designed with only locally sourced, recycled and sustainable materials to innovative environmental standards. Open-plan lay-outs, flat lava rock roofs and bamboo ceilings allow sea breezes to circulate naturally.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

Open throughout the day, the contemporary Western-style Cire has cuisine inspired by the nautical surroundings. Across the pool, the more mellow Warung offers authentic Indonesian fare.

At the bar

The striking wood-slatted cabana lounge bar juts from the dramatic Bukit cliffs, overhanging the pounding waves below. Get your bearings with signature cocktails such as the Alila Gin Mojito, then settle in to enjoy the salmon-pink sunset.

Last orders

Officially dinner is served until 11pm, but the accommodating staff is unlikely to disappoint nocturnal noshers.

Room service

Available 24 hours a day, serving dishes from the restaurant menus and homely comfort foods. You can also order from the Cravings Menu, provided on greeting at the airport so that your meal is ready in your villa on arrival.

Location

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Address
Alila Villas Uluwatu
Jl. Belimbing Sari, Banjar Tambiyak, Desa Pecatu
80364
Bali
Indonesia

Planes

Fly into Ngurah Rai International Airport (www.baliairport.com), near capital Denpasar, served by carriers including Garuda, Singapore Airlines, Jetstar and JAL. You can buy a Visa on Arrival, if required, which costs US$25 for 30 days. The process is much quicker if you bring the cash with you.

Automobiles

Alila Villas Uluwatu is a 30-minute drive from the airport. You can rent a car at the airport but traffic can be hectic and the roads aren’t always of top quality (particularly away from built-up areas). Fortunately, you can hire well-maintained cars with excellent drivers for as little as US$30 a day. They will take you wherever you want and are even happy to wait while you have a swim at the beach, enjoy a meal or go shopping.

Worth getting out of bed for

Make time in the afternoons to watch the young Balinese girls who practise temple dancing in the resort lobby. Though the gym is open 24 hours, challenge yourself to descend and then climb the hundreds of stairs leading to Alila’s patch of private beach. Save some energy to explore beyond the property on Journeys by Alila, which include visits to leading Balinese artists, private kitchen time with the hotel chef (as well as trips to Jimbaran Fish Market and Indonesian cooking classes); outings to community projects supported by the resort. Nearly next door, the black coral rock temple, Pura Luhur Uluwatu, hugs the cliffs and is believed by locals to guard the island from evil spirits. At sunset the kecak (monkey) dance is performed but watch out for the real things, who will steal your sunglasses, camera, water bottle or anything else they can get their thieving mitts on.

Local restaurants

Popular with surfers and backpackers is the simple yet welcoming Yeye’s Warung (+62 (0)361 742 4761), between Uluwatu and Padang Padang beaches, where you can get Indonesian, Thai and Indian food, along with pizza and burgers (retro surf videos add to the vibe). Just a 15-minute drive away is Jimbaran Bay and its famous beachfront seafood warungs, where freshly grilled fish, prawns, lobster and squid are served at tables on the sand at lunch or under the stars.

Local bars

Nammos Beach Club is part of Smith-approved resort Karma Kandara (+62 (0)361 848 2200), east of Alila Villas Uluwatu. Take the inclinator down to a protected beach, where you’ll find a club that wouldn’t be out of place on the Aegean. Dip in the ocean, order signature cocktails and wood-fired pizzas, and listen to the cool Café del Mar-style tunes. A favourite place for Bali visitors to watch the sun set is the huge, funky Ku De Ta (+62 (0)361 736 969; Jl Kayu Aya No 9, Seminyak; www.kudeta.net), which combines beach club, lounge bar and restaurant on the Seminyak waterfront. The range of cocktails is definitely a cut above.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Oh. My. Giddy. Aunt. That is the only possible reaction to an arrival at Alila Villas Uluwatu. Although you could squeal like the Japanese lady.

It’s as if you’ve stepped onto another planet in another solar system in another time – not just one giant leap, but three. All at once. It’s like the Pond’s Institute has landed on a cliff in Bali. Beautiful young people waft about in white outfits spritzing face mist, smiling – always smiling – and moving without a sound. If it wasn’t so nice it might be just a little bit creepy.

All this has been observed from the lobby, which is, of course, to lobbies what Tiger Woods is to golf – and the ladies – a whole different league. The ‘lobby’ has the most perfect sight lines to the 50 metre infinity pool and the Indian Ocean beyond. It is one of the smartest pieces of architectural design you will ever see, simple as that.

Once you re-gather your senses, retrieve your jaw from the floor and stop mouthing profanities, you are escorted around the property by one of the beautiful quiet people. But when you walk into the oft-photographed ‘stick’ pavilion jutting out over the ocean, your breath is sucked away again. If first impressions count most, this has been quite the start. And we’re not even close to our room yet.

And so to our one-bedroom Pool Villa. Maybe the stats can give you a rough idea: a 300-square-metre footprint, larger than average plunge pool surrounded by decking and two enormous day-beds, indoor/outdoor shower, iPod dock, flatscreen TV, espresso machine… You get the picture. But until you are there it’s just a picture. In real life it is soooo much better.

The room is stunningly modern with lots of white (something of a recurring motif), dark timber and quite a few large mirrors – perhaps beautiful people like admiring themselves more than us fatties do. ‘Product’ abounds: product for him, just for her, for face, for hair, for shower, for mosquitoes, for after shaving, before sleeping and post sunbathing. And everything is just so beautiful. Begrudgingly I have to admit that the soap ‘especially for him’ knocks even the great Cussons Imperial Leather for a metaphorical six. Never have I smelled so sweet as I did for those two days.

More great design is evident in the shape and placement of the rooms to best catch the local zephyrs and reduce the need for air-con. Oh, yes, this place is green, the greenest ever built in Bali, and while not strictly a health resort there are daily yoga classes and lots of literature on ‘life journeys’ and ‘holistic wellbeing’ for your quiet contemplation. There is no alcohol in the minibar, but you have a butler at all times to answer your late-night whisky and Bintang calls. Thanks, Wayan. The overall mood is one of ‘young’ and ‘now’ and ‘of its time’. This is new-age luxury at its very best.

Mrs Smith and I settle in for the afternoon and find ourselves the only guests by the infinity pool. With villas as enticing as the ones on offer here, replete with pool and butler, I imagine more than a few guests never actually emerge into a public space after check-in. It’s their loss.

Our favourite encounter of the trip occurs when we inquire, quite sheepishly, if there might be a game of Scrabble we could borrow. The beautiful, smiling young man we ask looks thoroughly bemused and replies, verbatim: ‘We have Wii and Nintendo DS for your room if you like.’ We have arrived in the future. About four hours later the same white-clad, smiling, beautiful boy glides over as we leave dinner clutching the freshest, newest Scrabble box and claiming he ‘found it in another villa’. His exuberance and service standards are world class, although I suspect that someone was sent into Denpasar, the capital, to buy it. Which only makes us love the place even more.

On either side of the pool are the resort’s two restaurants. There’s the Warung, a casual, elegantly designed Indonesian, and Cire, the more upmarket international offering. For us, the hands-down choice was the Warung, where the food is fresh, local, indigenous and fantastic. For all its charms we think Cire might need to try a little less hard. The food is most certainly ambitious and the service is first rate, but, as the adage goes, sometimes less is more. If I want crazy French meets Indonesian cuisine adorned with every zeitgeisty ingredient under the sun, I have Sydney for that.

Alila is about a 15-minute drive from Uluwatu Temple, which is worth a visit at sunset for gorgeous dancers and thieving monkeys. Otherwise, there is not much nearby in the realm of Bali life as such. Seriously, though, you probably won’t think about leaving the grounds once you’re there. If you need something to do, you can always indulge at the rather special Spa Alila. The therapists are wonderful (and beautiful and quiet) and the products they use, as explained by Mrs Smith in language I would understand, are like the Macallan compared to your standard Johnnie Walker Red Label. Ergo, they are good.

The Alila group is still young and things might not be quite as polished as at, say, an Aman, but you just know they will get there sooner rather than later. Early evening drinks in the sunset cabana (ie, the stick pavilion) are almost fantastical – just expect the soundtrack to be more Ministry of Sound chill-out than Balinese bamboo xylophone.

And be prepared to be the least attractive person in the place. Unless you are beautiful, of course. Which you probably are, so you’ll feel right at home. In the best home you ever had.
 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Alila Villas Uluwatu’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Absolutely everything. This hotel is perfection!

Don’t expect

A lively bar.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Dec 2015

We loved

Truly spectacular setting on the cliffs overlooking the vast ocean, 180 degree view from our vast villa, amazing pool both in villa and at the main hotel, and the iconic 'room' hanging over the cliff, the 600 steps down to one of the most amazing beach scenes i have ever seen - not for the faint hearted!

Don’t expect

it is remote, so you need to get a car everywhere, and some villas some distance from the hotel, it slightly lacks the charm of other places in Bali, maybe just down to the price or being on its own, not sure why

Rating

Stayed on 2 Sep 2015

We loved

The rooms, the service the resort.

Don’t expect

Much nightlife. It would be a taxi ride to go and see anything else - but really happy to stay in the hotel!

Rating

Stayed on 19 Jun 2015

We loved

I loved the amazing service and the stunning view! Both of these things blew us away. I got goosebumps when we walked into our villa! And our butler, Agug, made the experience so special.

Don’t expect

Having some form of breakfast included in the price would be good.

Rating

Stayed on 29 Oct 2014