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Alila Villas Uluwatu
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Uluwatu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 May 2010

We had the pleasure to stay 5 nights in this marvelous hotel. It was the fifth hotel and the last one of our roundtrip in Bali, to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.
After two nights in de Ubud Maya hotel (excellent), one night in the Alila Manggis (good), one night in the Damai Villas (excellent with marvelous food) and one night in the Taman Sari Bali Cottages (poor, bad service, great cottage but not maintained) – the arrival in the Alila Villas Uluwatu hotel was superior to all the previous hotels (as it should be, seen the substantial price difference).
It starts with the welcome, you are expected!! The staff is immediately helping you with everything to ensure that you can enjoy the facilities of your villa after a couple of minutes. Your butler (do not take this to literally), in our case a lady helps you with everything you want and need, briefly explains everything you need to know about your villa, the hotel accommodation and the staff. She stays the spoc (single point of contact) during your stay. You only need to remember one phone number (0) and all your whishes are taken care of. The people of the communication center address you by name and within a couple of minutes, somebody comes to your villa (if needed) to help you with whatever you have asked for.
It is a real adventure to walk through your villa and find out the nice things the designers have created. You have a marvelous bathroom, with a she and a he part, a bath, an indoor shower with many sprinklers, an outdoor rain shower. Excessive quantity of products (shampoo, shower, body, sun cream, refreshment, insect, ... ) of the Alila brand are daily provided.
The villa is totally open except for the side walls, or completely closed, when the windows and the windows shields are used.
There is an air-co that does what it should do, create a nice temperature without noise and very easy to manage. The lightning system is easy to use and adaptable to suit all your moods from reading, listening music, loving or sleeping.
The garden and pool gives you space, privacy and comfort. You are really tempted not to leave your villa and to take all your meals there. Don’t. The breakfast served in the Cire restaurant is an adventure. The menu is changed daily and everything is included (fruit, eggs, Indonesian rice dishes, bread, sparkling wine, juice, water, …), choose what you want, how much you want. Enjoy the stunning view while your breakfast is served, relax and enjoy the moment.
I could go on for a couple of pages, but the fun is to discover it yourself. Having seen many business hotels, a large number of 5 star hotels, this hotel breathes taste in everything you see around you with an incredible eye for beauty and for details.
You will ask, is there anything to complain about?
Complains I have not, suggestions a few. There is a nice beach below the cliff but it takes more than 400 steep steps one way to get there. So an elevator is certainly something to think about. At least it would be nice if the hotel has some accommodation (water, shelter, bench, seat) at the beach.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 May 2010

From the minute we arrived to the last moments in Bali we were in heaven! The staff and management at Alila Villas make us feel so welcomed and relaxed. We booked 8 nights at this resort and we loved every moment. The villas are very spacious, comfortable, & private. You always have more fresh fruit that is all delicious and great to snack on while lounging around the villa on a lazy day.

The food at both restaurants is wonderful. Breakfast is always at the main restaurant Cire where you will likely be provided a table that looks out over the cliffside out onto the ocean. The menu options change daily and you can eat whatever you want off the menu and as much as you want (including beverages) for approx $25/person. Don't be surprised when the staff know your names before you know theirs. We ate primarily at the Bali-Indo restaurant Warung (lunch & dinner) - we tried almost everything on the menu and loved it all.

So we decided to take the hike down the stairs to the private beach of the resort. If you haven't read already it's a lot of stairs (600+) and it's not a swimming beach - more of a scenic beautiful beach (which is sandy) surrounded by lots of amazing tide pools. Yes it is absolutely beautiful BUT I'm not sure that I'd do it again. The stairs are in great shape but it's a long way down and an even further way back up - be sure you're in good shape with no heart issues before taking the challenge of that hike. Bring your camera and a bottle of water - wouldn't bother with a towel as it's just one more thing to carry.

They will help you - if not encourage you - to get out and explore Bali. They offer excursion packages through the resort but also will assist you in booking any other trips you might want to take. They even helped us hire a private car & driver for a day which is more flexible & affordable than booking one of the resorts cars.

Out of the resort offered packages we chose the half day with the chef (Stephan) - we had originally booked the full day but after talking with Stephan the night prior we all agreed that the half day was probably best - and it was. You not only get to go see the local markets but you also get brought to a very cool surf beach, learn a few Bali-Indo dishes (recipes are provided), and you finish it off with a lots of great food. We were tired and happy to retreat to our villa to chill by the pool for few hours before coming back down for dinner.

If you want to have a special dinner served in the privacy of your villa you can speak with Stephan. He created a customized menu for my birthday which was served in our room which was delicious. They brought up a beautiful flower arrangement, candles, etc. Once we had finished eating and were sipping the last bits of our wine the staff came in singing happy birthday with the most amazing chocolate cake that I've ever tasted.

We can't say enough about how amazing staff and the food is at Alila. This resort is perfect if you're looking to relax. However, if you're looking to be more in the center of things (shopping, clubs, etc..) this may not be the right resort for you as it is a bit of a drive from most of the activities within Bali. It's not difficult to hire a private car that can take you to all of the locations and activities that you could ever want to do but some of the more active locations in Bali such as Kuta are about an hour driving time away.

Other activities you might enjoy in Bali: Elephant Park, Uluwatu Temple (monkeys), White Water Rafting, sunset drinks at Ku De Ta (Kuta), & shopping. If you do the white water rafting - be warned - it's an absolute blast and not difficult rapids but there are lots of stairs down and back up.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 April 2010

Stayed 3 nights at this great villa resort, everything was great during our stay besides a couple of hiccups which the resort has more than made up for it. The staff were all great - they made it a point to remember the guests names (at least me and my partner's!) as well as what we ordered at breakfast the day before! The spa experience was great too and we had a spa treatment everyday we were there.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 April 2010

The pictures of the cabanas have been featured in many magazines around the world, so we were really looking forward to this amazing resort. And we were not disappointed. It was breathtaking. The design was unique and simply beautiful. We loved the openness of the villa. Service was good, food was REALLY good. Location is not bad, compared to Alila Soori, only about 1/2 hour from touristy area. Only one thing I could complain about was 2 dirty towels. But I got over it really quickly. Although quite expensive, I'd come back whenever I could.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 April 2010

My husband & I had an enjoyable 4 nite stay at the sister hotel, Alila Soori but decided to change to Uluwatu for 4 nites instead of just 2. It doesn't have the steps away beach access like Soori but Alila Uluwatu has such an architecturally pleasing and stunning setting. This is our 7th trip to Bali but first stays at Alila hotels...Service is much more meticulous & superior here compared to Soori ..Far surpasses our Banyan Tree Phuket experience as well as The Samaya (Bali)...

Food at Cire is very good, we ordered roast beef a day in advance but had half left over and they made us delicious sandwiches out of it for us the next day for lunch. Good selections during breakfast(though I think the local food may be better at Soori) and there re healthy menu options too which is a change of fresh air when u've been away from home for more than a week..

If indulgence/comfort/ease is what u're after, Alila Villa Uluwatu is your choice. Good selections of cocktails at The Wurung. Butler service is great here without being intrusive, good housekeeping (clean glasses cos they were kind of dubious at Soori)...Abundant clean towels and bottled water provided..

Quite private villas but not the most private that we've stayed at..They did consciously try to space out the allocation of guests since occupancy rate is less than 70%. The outdoor shower is fantastic , the indoor one tends to cause spillage all over the bathroom flooring...but the prior is much more enjoyable anyway..

The GM, Sean is a very dedicated and hardworking guy, trying to ensure everyone's experience at his property a positive one. We would love to stay there again.

Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Alila Villas Uluwatu

Address: Jl Belimbing Sari | Banjar Tambiyak, Desa Pecatu, Uluwatu 80364, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Uluwatu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Uluwatu
#1 Luxury Hotel in Uluwatu
#1 Spa Hotel in Uluwatu
Price Range: $857 - $1,449 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Alila Villas Uluwatu 5*
Number of rooms: 65
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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