Why you should visit Java, Indonesia’s biggest island

Article by Luke Slattery for Traveller

A shimmery gamelan track drifts on the equatorial evening air. A gecko chirps, like a squeaky toy, from the tropical garden. And from a nearby mosque rise the piercing vocal arabesques of the muezzin’s call to prayer.

Central Java’s cultural capital of Yogjakarta (referred to locally as Jogja) is a little bigger, a little busier, a little scuzzier than I remember from a visit long ago. The population has grown to three and a half million and at any time it seems most Yogjakartans will be ripping around the streets on two-stroke motorbikes. But the abundant charms of this benign sultanate and university town are blessedly intact. The place is crazy busy yet somehow tranquil, traditional, with traces everywhere of its layered past. The palace architecture, in particular, is a hybrid of Buddhist and Muslim, Javanese, Dutch, Chinese and Portuguese influences.

Staying There:

Alila Solo opened in October 2015. A medium-rise tower designed by the Jakarta offices of Australian’s Denton, Corker Marshall, this spectacular new hotel is reasonably priced – around $120 for a double room – and richly yet subtly decorated with traditional motifs given a contemporary twist. Check out the 50-metre pool and stunning rooftop bar. 562 Laweyan, Jl. Slamet Riyadi, Jajar, Kota Surakarta, Jawa Tengah, alilahotels.com

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The Bali Ball

After its overwhelming success in previous years, the Bali Ball returned this year, held at Alila Seminyak on 6 August 2016 in collaboration with Jemme, the finest jewellery brand on the island, with fundraising proceeds going to chosen charities. True to its tagline “The Best of Bali”, the event saw a gathering of 170 invited guests, who included Bali’s greatest designers, performers, artists, restaurants, bars, spas, hotels and retailers. Beginning at 5.30pm in time to catch the sunset, guests were wined, dined and entertained till the early hours with champagne, cocktails and a fireworks reception. Once again, this event collaborated with singer Miss Kitty La Roar to enthral the crowd.

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Fashion show at Alila Semiyak

For the first time, local designers Arturro and Nico Nico collaborated to stage a fashion show. Themed ‘Summer Party’, the show was successfully hosted by Alila Seminyak on 19 August 2016, attended by 255 invited guests, among them Bali socialites, media and fashion lovers, including Farah Quinn, Indah Kalalo and many others. The event kicked off at 5.30pm with sunset cocktails at our Temple Garden, followed by the fashion show in our Event Centre, and a glamorous late-night after-party.

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Alila Launches a Zero Waste Policy

Article written by Juliana Chan for AUGUSTMAN

When Augustman visited Alila in November 2015, we were impressed by the management’s commitment to sustainable tourism. We are happy to learn that further to deploying innovative design with an eco-conscious approach, Alila Hotels & Resorts has now implemented a Zero Waste policy across all its properties in Bali.

Bali is well known for its stunning rice fields, forests, rivers, mountains and beaches, but in recent years its landfill sites have become an increasing threat to the environment. Their explosive greenhouse gasses – which are 20 times more potent than CO² — are being leached into the farmland and watercourses used by the local communities.

In response to this, Alila has taken a zero tolerance to waste. Each of its hotel’s PIONEER team (Positive Impact on Nature, Environment and Earth’s Resources) will be responsible for upholding the zero-to-landfill status and to ensuring Alila is in no way contributing to the problem. Alongside this, PIONEER team members will look at ways to encourage local communities and guests to think differently about waste and the impact it has on the environment. Initiatives include incentivising waste collection for local village residents, and primary school kids will be encouraged to bring their waste to school, in return Alila will contribute to the school fund.

Alila will be investing in an Integrated Sustainable Resource Recovery Facility (iSuRRF) and laboratory where all waste will be transformed into value and diverted through a series of simple yet proven technical, biological and engineering systems. A full composting system will be implemented for all organic waste in each hotel. A permaculture organic garden will also be introduced to help develop sustainable and self-sufficient agricultural ecosystems. For instance, the technology will convert otherwise uneconomic waste plastics like wraps and films into a light green crude oil that will be distilled down to diesel, kerosene, gasoline for reuse in the hotels.

Frederic Flageat-Simon, CEO of Alila Hotels & Resorts comments,

“The amount of passion and dedication that has already gone into developing this initiative is inspiring. I am so proud to be part of a team that has such a strong commitment to sustainable tourism.”

COO Guy Heywood concludes that “being able to see the benefits of our efforts will hopefully bring home the importance of Zero Waste to Landfill projects, for our employees, for our guests and for the local communities.”

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Two Nights at Alila Ubud

Story and Photographs by Across Land & Sea We were keen to visit one of Bali’s many luxurious hotels – we’d just spent just under a month living in a campervan in Western Australia, so we wanted to laze by the pool, sleep in a soft, comfortable bed and fully relax. From boutique villas to huge […]

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The Classic Perfection: Wine and Dine

Alila Seminyak collaborated with legendary winery Wolf Blass and Glam Event Management to present The Classic Perfection, a wine and dine event held on 16 April 2016 for VIP guests and media in the stunning Alila Seminyak Penthouse. Guests enjoyed a four-course fine dining experience specially crafted by Executive Chef Stefan Zijta, paired with Wolf […]

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DIAGEO Regional Finals

It was a great pleasure for Alila Seminyak to host the Diageo South East Asia World Class Finals and Bar Show 2016 from 31 May to 2 June 2016. In this final leg of the regional mixology competition, judged by the world’s most respected mixers and shakers, 29 bartenders from Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, […]

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CHAÎNE DES RÔTISSEURS CHAPITRE GALA DINNER AT ALILA SEMINYAK

Written by Ross Smith On 25 June 2016, Alila Seminyak hosted the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Chapitre Gala Dinner, an evening that presented a story of true gastronomic delight as recalled here by a Chaîne committee member, Ross Smith. The invitation promised an extraordinary Chapitre de Bailliage de Bali Gala Evening in the ballroom of a luxury […]

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