Weeks after returning home, I am still lingering on to (and sometimes dreaming of) the wonderful moments from my stay at the legendary Alila Villas Uluwatu, and the passionate individuals who made such a big difference - Sean (General Manager), Nickie (Resident Manager), Novita (Front Office Manager), Sumardika (Revenue Manager), Zul, Yuni, Aidil, Ngurah (from the front office), ensuring my experience is a special and memorable one.
I have only the BEST things to say about my stay at this surprisingly-different resort. From the moment I was picked up at the airport, I knew it was going to be an incredible journey. As soon as I stepped into the car, my driver Ngurah introduced himself and presented me with an iced-cold towel and a bottle of iced-cold water, adjusted the A/C temperature (he made it cooler), informed me of the distance and time needed to arrive at the resort, directed my attention to the in-car iPod and magazines, and asked if I needed to charge my iPhone's battery (he noticed I was using iPhone). On our way to the resort, Ngurah asked about the duration of my trip, if I had planned any destinations to visit (which I did not), and suggested quite a few landmarks to see (and told me the history behind these places). He also informed me the resort offers car hire services, if needed, I could make arrangements in advance (and for the next few days, that was exactly what I did; Ngurah is a gem – I was so lucky to have him as my driver, and taking care of me wherever I went).
Arriving at the resort, its distinctive and contemporary white-washed architectural design instantly captivated me! As our car pulled-up at the reception area, I was greeted by Sean himself, and a few other super friendly and attentive staffs, all with genuine smiles (that was the moment when my luggage was quietly loaded onto a buggy, and my passport and credit card being collected for check-in purposes). Sean was incredibly welcoming (he made every encounter at the resort a bliss with his courteous demeanor), and after sitting me down at the sofa area, helped me unwind with a spray of the resort's home made "refreshing face mist" (the scent is heavenly!), and directed my attention to the breath-taking ocean view in front of me - open space, blue skies, turquoise sea (as well as the spectacular landscape, extraordinary pavilions – especially the sunset cabana which hangs-over the cliff, and the carefully-manicured terrace)… OH MY GOD, IT'S SOOOOO BEAUTIFUL – and it is mine for the next few days!!!
Following my jaw-drop, Yuni gave me a tour of the resort and its facilities (spa, air-conditioned library, gym and restaurants) and as soon as we returned to the sofa area, my passport and credit card were handed back to me (smooth processing). Before heading off for my villa, Sean recommended me their mind-melting avocado and coconut smoothie hair treatment (must try – and pair it with a massage; you'll come out of the spa feeling luxuriously pampered, and don't forget to choose the signature iced ginger tea as your post-treatment drink), and my first night's dinner at "The Warung" (great recommendation – helps set the Balinese mood quickly; authentic and exquisite dishes – very tasty).
Walking down the corridor, I came across the gift shop "The Gallery", and after a quick glance of the items on display through the glass windows, I knew I would be back to fetch a couple of items (and I did, especially the clothings by "Lily Jean"). I first bought a dress and a t-shirt, and after wearing the super-comfortable t-shirt for a day, I returned to buy 3 more - thanks so much to Novita for ensuring I got all 3 pcs. before my departure). Good thing about the items sold here is the pricing is consistent; some resorts apply a premium to items being sold on premise vs. items being sold outside the resort, but not here.
Hoping onto the buggy, I was escorted to my villa where my butler was already waiting to greet me (and A/C already on, with music playing from the iPod). No kidding - the villa is as PERFECT as the photos you see on the Internet. It is extremely spacious with a lovely pool, and there are several areas to sit-back and relax (the cabana, of course), and the bathroom comes with an indoor rain shower and jet shower, and an outdoor shower, and an indoor bathtub with complimentary amenities including "refreshing face mist", "insect repellent", "sunscreen spf 30", "sun tanning oil", "after-sun cooling gel", "bubble bath", "purifying mask", "deep sleep pillow mist", and "shampoo", "conditioner", "bath gel", "lotion", "lip balm" (which actually come in "his" and "her" versions) and two versions of the bathrobes. Not only do I love all the premium amenities, I also appreciate the straw beach hats, bag, fans, sarongs and yoga mat that are provided for use, and the 300-thread-count Ploh bed linens, duvet and nice pillows to ensure a good night's rest – thanks to Nickie for all these thoughtful touches.
The villa is serene at night and picturesque by day. Waking up to the warm sunlight and sounds of nature is the best – gentle breeze with scent of Frangipani, falling leafs, chirping birds… And what better way to start the day than daily complimentary yoga class, followed by a mouth-watering tapas breakfast at Cire (the home made ice creams and chocolate treats are delicious!), where guests are encouraged to order multiple dishes to savor the delicacies. After breakfast, is a great time to explore the resort (the beach and hilltop), take photos to share with family and friends (there is free wi-fi), dive into the cliff-edge pool or have Novita and Zul from the front office suggest an itinerary (the Uluwatu temple at sunset is really stunning) or other bespoke activities.
And before wrapping up my vacation, I stopped by Spa Alila to pick up some wellness products to continue the rejuvenating spa experience at home. They are amazing and make truly good souvenirs for family, friends and colleagues alike. Now everyone dear to me can share a little bit of my relaxing time at Alila Villas Uluwatu.
For those of you who are still deciding, I HIGHLY recommend Alila Villas Uluwatu!!! I say with confidence - you won't regret it. As for myself? I have another trip already planned to return to my Balinese home, where I am certain I will be welcomed with open arms again.
P.S. To the Alila Villas Uluwatu team – thank you again and again for the hospitality and kindness you have shown me. You have been unbelievable at anticipating my every need - without my saying; the service is outstanding and IMPECCABLE, and I can't wait to return. See you all soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Alila Villas Uluwatu is the first all-pool villa luxury resort in the Alila Signature collection. Designed by award-winning architectural firm WOHA, each of 84 villas showcases contemporary Balinese-inspired design. Poised on an elevated plateau that meets with limestone cliffs sweeping down to the cerulean Indian Ocean, the view from Alila Villas Uluwatu showcases nothing less than nature's perfection. Each villa offers private pool and cabana with 24 hour host (butler) service. Alila Villas Uluwatu designed in harmony with fully respecting the natural environment, continuing the Alila tradition of a total destination experience that is serene, sensual, and surprisingly different. ... more less
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