Alila Villas Uluwatu was recently featured in Jetsetter’s unconventional yet entertaining “21 Reasons Hotel Sex Is Better”. Here’s an extract of their article with the full version accessible at www.jetsetter.com
Story by Jetsetter.com
“Escaping your day-to-day life and checking into a hotel is like trying on a new identity. The daily sense of discovery you get on vacation is one long delicious act of foreplay. You linger over indulgent breakfasts, wander unfamiliar streets, get a little day-tipsy on free-flowing wine. You lose yourself in a new place, get caught up in the sense of adventure and, hopefully, bring that sense of adventure back to your hotel bed…and bathtub…and balcony.”
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali
“Bed down at Bali’s most seductive cliff top hideaway, the Alila Villas Uluwatu — it’s the perfect escape for those who like to mix love with nature. Each of the airy villas has a private infinity pool, dramatic Indian Ocean views and minimalist rattan and wood furnishings that never compete with the beauty of the natural surroundings. During your stay you’ll be assigned a 24-hour personal butler who will tend to you and your partner’s every need, whether that means an indulgent Balinese couples massage at Spa Alila or a private dinner at the cliff’s edge. For the perfect mix of romance and adventure, hike through the jungle to Uluwatu’s seaside temple, where bare-chested Indonesian men sway to the hypnotic rhythms of the Kecak fire dance.”
Story and photographs by Mike Cowton from Essential Journeys
THE RECENTLY opened Alila Jabal Akhdar, located in the Al Hajar mountains of Oman, has launched a wealth of Alila experiences, allowing guests the chance to discover Jabal Akhdar through its traditions, environment, the roots of its people and daily rituals
The experiences are led by Alila’s Leisure Concierges, local experts who know the region well and are passionate about sharing their knowledge and stories. From tailored treks reaching Oman’s highest peaks and hiking ancient donkey trails, there are ‘surprisingly different’ experiences to suit all.
A Mirage in the Mountains – Starting from the wadi (dry waterway), just a few minutes from the resort, The Mirage in the Mountains walk takes approximately three hours and is the perfect way to get a close look at the natural wadi system, learn about the various bushes and trees around this fertile part of the mountain, as well as observe the various rock formations. Alila Jabal Akhdar’s Leisure Concierge will guide guests on a climb up to discover the local ‘mirage’, the village of Sarab, which is the nearest abandoned village to the resort and the original home of the members of the community, some of whom are associated with the resort. The area can be freely explored and guests can visit each ‘house’ and marvel at the basic way of life lived here without electricity or running water, just fifteen years ago. The walk ends close to a natural stone formation which forms a water cascade during rainy periods. The Mirage in the Mountains experience takes three hours and costs from £10 per person.
Splendour of Saiq Plateau – The Saiq Plateau is where guests can embark on the most well known local hike, dubbed ‘The Village Walk’. This walk is suitable for all levels of fitness and winds through the villages of Al Ayn and Shoraighiah, bringing guests up close to the terraced farmlands that grow the region’s prized Damask roses and pomegranates, as well as the intricate irrigation system known as ‘falaj’. Guests will have the chance to engage with local farmers and learn about the rose water distillery process. Those keen on extending this hike can continue the village walk by following route 18A to the abandoned village of Wadi Bani Habib, and walk among the remains of houses that offer a glimpse of traditional life in these valleys. The Saiq Plateau experience includes a picnic lunch and costs from £22 per person for the five-hour tour and £31 per person for the six-hour tour.
Misfat Al Abriyyin and Jebal Shams – The Misfat Al Abriyyin is an ancient donkey trail, starting at the village of the same name, 950 metres above sea level and following a path through the mountain terrace to Aqbat Al Hamra. The trail continues 1,500 metres upwards to Hayl Al Jawari, from where guests can follow a 3.5 kilometre walk to Sharad Al Alamayn or even higher to the top at 2,197 metres. This hike takes approximately five to six hours to ascend and four hours to descend, offering spectacular views of Wadi Bani Awf and the surrounding mountains. The truly adventurous can rise to the challenge and hike up the well-known ‘Summit Walk’ trail to reach the Jebal Shams, (Mountain of Sun), the highest point in Oman at 2,997 metres high. The Misfat Al Abriyyin and Jebal Shams full-day experiences cost from £50 per person departing Alila Jabal Akhdar at 6am.
Developed in partnership with Omran, a prominent operator and asset manager of tourism in Oman, the resort is one of the country’s most sustainable, built to EarthCheck standards and gold certified. Designed to minimise impact on the surrounding environment, whilst maximising on the area’s outstanding natural beauty, the resort has used locally sourced materials and traditional artisanal craftsmanship. The resort has drawn inspiration from its Oman location in all aspects – from its architecture and interiors, to the specially crafted ‘Islamic Mediterranean’ cuisine, with the famous juniper and roses that grow locally, featuring prominently throughout the menu.
The interiors of the 78 suites and villas have been inspired by the fragrant pink roses, which blanket the mountainside in springtime. Each come complete with their own balconies or terraces, perfect for sunsets and stargazing, whilst the infinity pool stretches out over the gorge. The two Jabal Villas, named Jowz and Rummanah after the walnuts and pomegranates found in the region, offer guests the ultimate in privacy with two en-suite bedrooms, large living spaces, private pool and terraces.
Story and Photographs by Dr. Kuheli Bhattacharya from www.foodietrails.blogspot.in
The plants watered , the doors latched and double checked, all electronic gadgets switched off, inform the milk man, the newspaper vendor and neighbours of your imminent holiday, pack the sunscreen along with the prenatal vitamins and we are off to our babymoon.
Ever since I got pregnant I started dreaming about our babymoon; that last retreat sans the diapers and the baby carrier, our last ‘couples only’ holiday for a long time to come. Babymoons are such a draw that in a research by Babycenter, over 60% of American couples opt for a babymoon prior to the arrival of their little bundle of joy. A baby moon has many advantages, like a relaxing break of the mom to be, a time for the parents to be to bond as a twosome, relive the memories of their care free life till that moment and more than anything a beacon of light during the morning sickness filled first trimester.
After much online research I chose Alila Diwa resort and spa, situated in the rustic by lanes of Majorda, far from the madding crowd and boasting a luxuriously lazy retreat amongst sylvan surroundings.
Not only is the place impeccably landscaped and extensively spread out, they have a premium complex of 35 rooms where every room faces the swimmingpool, and this exclusive annexe has its own private pool as well as 12 hour bistro. Even though the hotel was hosting a large group of over 150 people for a wedding we heard none of the noise so typical of an indian wedding revelry.
(Tip: since a large part of the coming months will be filled with baby cries, choose your destination such that there is minimal wailing and toddler tantrums of kids of the other guests.)
The room was thoughtfully provided with a pregnancy pillow, those ergonomically designed wonders which support your back and belly while you sleep.
(Tip: prolonged lying on your back can lead to the womb compressing the large vessels in the abdomen the inferior vena cava, thus reducing the blood returning to your herat, a safer and recommended sleeping position is the left lateral, or lying on the left side)
(Tip: some mums-to-be have very specific food cravings and it would be a good idea to let the hotel know in advance, or if they are foods that you can carry with you, that’s a good idea as well.)
I am a self confessed spa junkie, but very few places offered pregnancy spa experiences . At Alila Diwa, Dr Arjita, an ayurvedic doctor who is also trained in hypnotherapy and pranic healing spoke knowledgably about the various benefits of massages for pregnant women. Massages help the mother-to-be to relax, helpd the lymphatic drainage and thus the water retention and pedal edema that many women suffer, help relax the muscles and the various aches and pains associated with carrying the extra weight. Oils which were safe in pregnancy were virgin coconut oil, ylang ylang, almond oils.
(Tip: heat therapies like mud baths, steams and saunas are best avoided in oregnancy as the increased core temperature and dehydration could be potentially harmful.)
We dined in the award winning spice studio and were amazed at the absolute faultless food served. The kozi vartha kari chicken cooked malabar style with Appams was tangy with tamarind and redolent with curry leaves and south Indian spices, while the dhabe ka gosht, mutton cooked Punjabi style played jugalbandi with our taste buds.
The dinner at Vivo was more of a multicuisine spread, and we spread out across the globe with Italian Pizzas and oriental honey glazed pork ribs. They have an extensive buffet to choose from as well.
(tip: if you have a high risk pregnancy, carrying twins, or have older kids at home a staycation is a good idea. Check into a hotel/resort in your home city so hat in case of any undue emergency, you are easily accessible)
Story by 100 LayerCake
Photography by Caught the Light
Videography by Balimetro
Eric + May had us at the name Bali, but their sweet style and story won us over. They met in Shanghai after moving separately from the US and connected over travel (most notably getting engaged in New Zealand). Naturally a destination wedding was in order, and 80 guests flew in from all over the world to the secluded seaside resort of Alila Manggis in East Bali. First the bride designed a Balinese welcome dinner to kick off the festivities. Then it was onto the Western wedding Chloe of Caught the Light captured below:
For our wedding favors, we tailored made his/hers cotton canvas gift bags with a customized Bali design. Inside the bag, we included tropical essentials such as chapstick, sunscreen, bug repellant, anti-itch balm and sunglasses, as well as keepsake souvenirs such as luggage tag and a set of coasters with our own designs. I included various monogramming, such as printed gold emblem of our names on the sunglass cases, hand sewn initials on the groom side’s TOMS shoes, and personalized robes for the bridesmaids.
By creating all the stationery herself, May was able to create both English + Chinese versions so all guests could be fully informed. Isn’t this design so cute?
May also designed this breathtaking scene herself…
Alila Manggis has a perfect setting with an exotic enclave of palm trees along the ocean side, and I wanted to maintain this beautiful and stylish simplicity. I chose a color palette of blush pink, cream, and gold to add a romantic and warm tone to the lush greenery and vivid blues of the oceanic skyline. I picked peonies and avalanche roses for their pastel colors, while gold accents from the chairs and vases brought a nice glow under the sun. I also adorned the chairs with silk ribbons to create an air of whimsical romance as they fluttered with the sea breeze. For an extra touch of texture, I overlaid sheer blush pink cotton runners on the reception tables.
Of course the big day had to be as fun as it was beautiful. They strung up photos, made a large message board for guests to leave notes about their fave memories, and enlisted Bali Snapz to set up a photobooth that printed two instant prints, one for guests to keep and one for them to leave in place of the escort cards. Cool!
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