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WHY East Bali? Here are great reasons to get you started, to satisfy the adventurer, culture lover, foodie and wellness junkie in you!
1. Mekare Kare at Tenganan Village
The annual ‘mekarekare’ ritual takes place every June in nearby Tenganan Village, an ancient village that still follows Bali Aga (pre-Hindu) culture and traditions. Honoring the village ancestors, this extraordinary ritual involves theatrical duels between the young men of the village, armed with prickly pandanus leaf whips and ‘ata’ vine shields, staged to the intense martial sounds of ‘gamelan selonding’ music, and much merriment and laughter. You won’t witness anything else like it.
2. Pasar Agung Temple
Just a 30-minute journey from Villa Idanna, behold Pasar Agung, a magnificent temple that lies off the beaten track, three-quarters of the way up majestic Mount Agung. Rivaling the Mayan temples of Central America, this monumental temple complex serves as the sacred meeting place of Bali’s most ancient deities. Surrounded by a forest of towering ferns and pine trees, it is the most dramatic setting and pilgrimage site in Bali, offering panoramic views that stretch as far as Lombok and Java.
3. Best Getaway Resort
If you decided to visit East Bali, don’t forget to choose the perfect getaway resort: Alila Manggis. Alila Manggis is perfectly situated for exploring the region’s many wonderful dive sites off Bali’s east coast. Our ‘Dive in Harmony’ packages for certified and non-certified divers combine a relaxing stay at our seaside resort with expert dive instruction and open-water dives by Zen Harmony Diving. For beginners and dive professionals, Diving with Alila Manggis delivers exciting experiences to please all levels with a great range of top dive sites. You can also check out their 48-hour spa package, mountain bike tour or their cooking class.
4. Best Surfs
Bali’s east coast is the go-to spot to catch the most thrilling waves for the best surf breaks in November through April. Our team will lead you to discover many yet unknown secret spots in Bali, with breaks for beginners to Pro surfers. Check out the waves at Keramas, Klotok and Jasri with our team.
5. Best Treks
For a truly awesome view of the East Bali landscape, trek up the slopes of Mount Agung, Bali’s highest and most sacred mountain, or Mount Batur, Bali’s most active volcano. These challenging treks will reward you with spectacular panoramas of sunrise from the summit. An unforgettable experience with nature’s most dramatic views of Bali.
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Tubs and sinks used to know their place, but have now emerged into the daylight. Alila Ubud is shortlisted as one of the most amazing outdoor bathrooms in the world.
A courtyard bath at Alila Ubud
Alila Ubud hotel is a tranquil and secluded hillside retreat that sits high up on the edge of the rich green Ayung River valley in Bali’s central foothills, in the traditional Balinese hill village of Payangan. The resort is located 15 minutes from Ubud, the island’s cultural heart. Blending contemporary design and traditional Balinese architecture, the secluded courtyards, spacious terraces and private gardens of our charming Ubud boutique hotel create an intimate feeling like none other. The premium accommodation offers an indulgence of space and seclusion in beautiful landscaped gardens with an open-air bathtub set in the middle of a lotus pond.
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Wellness and balance have long been integral to Balinese culture. For a spa experience with plenty of local flair, pamper yourself with this signature treatment the next time you visit.
Don’t miss an opportunity to try the signature massage at Alila Seminyak, a 90-minute infusion of deep tissue muscle movement, acupressure, and lomi-lomi techniques that feels more therapeutic than your typical head to toe number. Be warned, the treatment is so relaxing it might even put you to sleep. All practitioners are trained by a native therapist from Seminyak who practiced his craft on this very spot for more than 12 years, long before the conception of the resort.
Story by The Honeycombers
Escape the bustling areas of Bali and head East to experience a different side to the island. Stay at the stunning Alila Manggis and soak up the beautiful surroundings with their experiences and stunning resort facilities.
Set amongst a coconut grove with the majestic Mount Agung perched right behind, there is a must-visit sanctuary resort for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the South and are in search of the “real” Bali. It is here you get to see and learn the authentic love of the land, admire the picturesque landscape of rice paddies and volcanoes against the Indian Ocean, and experience the unspoilt simplicity of island life.
From the very first moment you step into the resort, you are warmly greeted by the Balinese staff with their forever smiling faces and the stories they share that make this place simply magical. Whether you’re booked in for a day, a night, or even a week, you’ll never want to leave.
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