Story and photographs from Euriental by Kamara Harding
Sigh. Alila. The magic word. From the very first time I set eyes on an Alila property (in Uluwatu), I knew that I’d discovered another level of luxury. Winner of countless design awards and featured consistently on ‘World’s Best Hotels’ lists, the Alila group knows how to create a dream holiday experience. After staying at Alila Villas Uluwatu
two years ago, it leapt straight to the top of my all-time favourite hotels (okay…maybe tied with the Park Hyatt Sydney). Needless to say, I was ridiculously psyched to be staying at another of their properties, Alila Villas Soori
The allure of Alila resorts is that they truly provide a complete experience; you’ll never feel like leaving to go anywhere. Not once during our stays at both properties did we ever leave to have dinner somewhere else or head out for the day, as we usually would. At Alila, it’s all about experiencing a peaceful, relaxing, all-encompassing getaway where you want for nothing.
We performed morning yoga in the lobby, overlooking the ocean. We spent hours sprawled out on the deck chairs we’d had set up in front of the villa or relaxing at the main pool with coconuts and constantly replenished lime water. We took a segway tour around the local villages (the most fun ever!). Every day, a new bowl of exotic fruit was waiting for us in our rooms with a description card. We had dinner at the restaurant each night, served by the wonderful, well-spoken and attentive Ayu. When I say attentive, I mean it – she noticed one evening that we hadn’t devoured the prawn crackers and offered up a different snack, surmising that the first “perhaps wasn’t to our taste”.
The truth is, once you experience the magic of Alila, you’ll hold luxury resorts to an entirely new standard.