The Five Faces of Bali | Alila

If you’ve seen one Alila, you most definitely have not seen them all. 

The name ‘Alila’ translates to ‘surprise’ in Sanskrit, which is fitting given they’ve mastered the art of the ‘wow’ factor. The hotel group’s collection of Bali properties, located in various parts of the island, are designed to highlight each respective and unique environment; Ubud’s lush jungle surroundings, Uluwatu’s rocky oceanside cliffs, Manggis’ earthy, ancient farms and volcanoes, and Seminyak’s lively beachside atmosphere. 

“A new location must have unique characteristics such as a beautiful natural setting, strong cultural heritage and great leisure options with good accessibility,” says Co-Founder and President of Alila Hotels & Resorts, Mark Edleson. “However, we are less inclined towards integrated developments with common facilities. We try to let the land inform the architecture, rather than allow the architecture to overwhelm the location.”

Working with the land rather than against it, and sustainability as a whole, are paramount to Alila, which works tirelessly to find new ways to improve their environmental impact and encourage socially responsible initiatives. 

Most recently, Alila Hotels & Resorts implemented a Zero Waste policy across its properties in Bali to combat the growing environmental impact caused by landfills.  Each property’s PIONEER team (Positive Impact on Nature, Environment and Earth’s Resources) will uphold the zero-to-landfill status, ensuring Alila is in no way contributing to the problem, as well as incentivising waste collection for local village residents schools. 

“Alila’s long-held vision is that commerce, conservation and community can and should be integrated. While creating opportunities for intimate cultural interactions for our guests with the people, culture and natural beauty of each destination, we are dedicated to being responsible members of our host communities and treading lightly on our environment,” says Edleson. “Alila conceptualises hotels and resorts, working with owners to develop purpose-driven design hotels that operate to high standards with passion and style. We provide a holistic experience of the destination brought together with the design, service and the uniquely crafted experiences (culinary, cultural, adventure, wellness) made available to our guests where they can engage with the local community while connecting them to the social rhythms and natural invigoration of the destination.”

Alila Villas Uluwatu

The jaw-dropping beauty of this property, set upon a dramatic limestone cliff 100 metres above the Indian Ocean, is a masterpiece in design. Conceptualised and brought to life by Singaporean architecture firm WOHA, Alila Villas Uluwatu boasts 65 luxurious, spacious and minimalist pool villas that seamlessly transition between indoors and out. 

Its signature ‘nests’ – large wooden structures providing shade and a cozy place to relax – can be found throughout the hotel, including in each villa, at the hotel bar, the pool, and the iconic Sunset Cabana, an overhanging Cliffside platform with spectacular views over the Indian Ocean, perfect for catching those unforgettable Uluwatu sunsets. 

Judges from the prestigious Smith Awards, which named Alila Villas Uluwatu “Best Dressed Hotel”, described the property as “undoubtedly the chicest cliff top in the world… breath-taking views, endless relaxation and service beyond anything experienced before.”

As well as being a masterpiece in design, Alila Villas Uluwatu is also a perfect example in revolutionary eco-planning; flat roofs are insulated using local volcanic rock, hardwood is recycled from Indonesian railway sleeper cars, water from washing machines, showers and baths are filtered to water gardens on the property, and rooms have ceilings constructed from local bamboo.  

Alila Ubud

It’s worth waking up early at Alila Ubud to catch the ethereal sunrises, where thick tropical mist rolls over the lush surrounding green Ayung River valley. This luxurious jungle escape blends contemporary design with traditional Balinese architecture, from secluded courtyards to spacious terraces, and of course, its iconic emerald-green infinity pool that appears to float above the valley. 

Located a short 15 minutes from the heart of Ubud, the island’s cultural and artistic hub, this boutique resort offers the perfect balance between accessibility and absolute tranquility. 

Alila Manggis

When it comes to offering a secluded, soothing, seaside resort experience, this charming property is a classic. Located in Candidasa, Alila Manggis is set amidst a coconut grove, nestled between the sea and Bali’s most sacred mountain, Mount Agung.

A collection of four two-story buildings built around a palm-fringed pool, leisure is at the heart of Alila Manggis, which offers endless activities and experiences such as on-site cooking classes at a nearby organic farm, snorkeling in East Bali’s legendary unspoiled dive sites, a beautiful natural spa that invites sea breezes for ultimate relaxation and inspiring treks to the nearby Besakih Temple.  

Villa Idanna @Alila Manggis

A 45-minute drive from Alila Manggis, travel back in time and discover Bali’s ancient cultural heart at Villa Idanna. Set at an elevation of 1,000 feet, this private and completely secluded villa is located at the foot of mighty Mount Agung, and offers spectacular views over the Sidemen Valley. 

Comprised of two large bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, one kids’ room, spacious open-air seating areas, a 20-metre private pool heated by the sun and no TV in sight, guests at Villa Idanna can enjoy a uniquely intimate and rejuvenating Balinese experience under the care of four staff – all born in the valley – from nourishing cuisine made from local organic ingredients, walks through nearby temples and rice terraces, and calming massages. 

Alila Seminyak

Just steps away from a pristine beach that unfurls along Bali’s southern coast is the latest addition to Alila’s collective of hotels and resorts in Bali. This luxurious property is in the heart of lively Seminyak, yet is cleverly designed to feel as secluded, private and intimate as its sister properties. 

The ultimate in beachside sophistication, Alila Seminyak boasts three freshwater infinity pools lined with sleek wood decking, panoramic ocean views from its restaurant and elegant, modern rooms and suites. The Deluxe Ocean Suites’ floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows open to stunning vistas, while Beach Suites – ideal for families – feature wrap-around balcony that overlook panoramic sea views. A lavish three-bedroom Penthouse boasts its own infinity lap pool.

Alila Seminyak is a prime example in luxury that doesn’t cost the earth. Constructed following strict sustainable design principles and guidelines, from low energy light fixtures to rainwater harvesting and the use of locally sourced recycled and reclaimed materials , Alila Seminyak is the first resort in Indonesia to surpass the rigorous EarthCheck Building, Planning and Design standards, achieving a 44 point best practice score in an industry where the norm is 5 points. Sustainable, stylish and serene – what’s not to love?