Style: Weddings at Alila Villas Soori

Featured in¬†Style¬†Weddings¬†Magazine September 2014 ‚Äď February 2015 issue.

Art Direction by Allyson Anne Klass, Photography by Darren Leow/darrengabrielleow.com

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Heaven on Earth

These curve-skimming, flouncy and embellished styles are perfect statement pieces amid the lush tropical landscape of Bali’s Alila Villas Soori.

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Mermaid bustier gown with beaded bodice and flange skirt, from Rico-A-Mona Bridal.

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Bustier gown with ruched bodice, embellished waist detail and tiered skirt with horsehair hem, from French Wedding.

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Organza bustier gown with pleated bodice and ruched skirt, from Beautiful Love Wedding.

With st unning landscapes of blacks and beaches and dramatic cliffs¬†surrounding the resort, Alila¬†Villas Soori makes for a perfect¬†venue for a luxurious tropical‚Äďparadise wedding.

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Chiffon toga gown with circle skirt, from Rico-A-Mona Bridal.

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A-line gown with lace overlay and sheer lace back-panel from Beautiful Love Wedding.

With stylish Asian architecture set¬†between verdant rice fields and the¬†coast line, Alila Villas Soori offers¬†guests the best of both worlds¬†‚Äď luxurious villas with all the¬†comforts you can expect set¬†against the beauty of Bali.

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Gown with sheer mesh detail, embellished bodice and tulle skirt, from The Feline Bridal.

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Bustier ballgown with sequinned bodice and ruched full skirt, from Beautiful Love Wedding.

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Bustier gown with lace overlay on bodice and tulle skirt, from French Wedding.

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Satin mermaid gown with heavy embellishment and tulle skirt, from The Feline Bridal.

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Chiffon toga gown with embellishments, from Rico-A-Mona Bridal.

Photography Assistance: Darren Chan

Styling Assistance Jasmine Alimin

Hair & Makeup: Grego/9826-2681 using L’Oréal, Professionnel tecni.art and Shu Uemura

Nails: The Glamourous Factory

Crystal Hair Accessories www.gioielli.com.sg

Accessories: Swarovski

Model: Serena Adsit/Mint

Location: Alila Villas Soori, Bali

 

Style & Solitude

Getting a tan, going for massages, eating,¬†drinking, and relaxing ‚ÄĒ rewind and repeat.¬†Sounds like the perfect honeymoon?¬†Then book a stay at Alila Villas Soori.

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There’s just something about Bali that draws you back repeatedly. Every region you venture to offers a completely different experience, from world-class dive spots up north to the white-water rapids of central Bali, moving down to the spiritual and artistic centre of Ubud, the trendy nightlife of Seminyak and decadent style of Nusa Dua.

One of the island‚Äôs best-kept secrets is¬†Tabanan ‚ÄĒ a picturesque town south-west¬†of Bali and home to verdant rice paddies,¬†shimmering volcanic black-sand beaches and¬†seaside cliffs beautifully beaten down by the¬†unrelenting waves of the Indian Ocean. Time¬†creeps to a standstill here, and the lack of¬†vendors peddling costume jewellery and¬†kites on the beach is a welcome change.¬†Very often, guests feel like they are on a¬†different island altogether!

A blissful beachfront Eden that offers¬†the very best of Bali‚Äôs landscapes is where¬†Alila Villas Soori sits. You‚Äôre greeted by the¬†cerulean sea in front and an awe-inspiring view¬†of mystical Mount Batukaru behind. Being¬†cradled between two such exotic ‚Äúworlds‚Ä̬†makes the resort ideal for a tranquil, almost¬†meditative holiday.

Alila Villas Soori adds to the beauty of the existing landscape with lush gardens and reflective ponds. The resort’s harmonious design, developed by Singapore’s SCDA Architects, combines cool, grey and black volcanic stone and polished teakwood, with an unparalleled level of private space around the compound.

The medium-sized estate has 48 spacious villas ranging in size from one to 10 bedrooms, each with their own pool, outdoor shower and courtyard that overlook either the Indian Ocean, or paddy fields and mountains. For honeymooners, we recommended you book a second-storey Ocean Pool Villa for the seaview bathtub. Tip: Villas 202 to 206 are well positioned for the best postcard-perfect panorama in the property.

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For larger groups like a wedding party, do¬†book The Estate ‚ÄĒ a 10-bedroom residence¬†spread over two floors. The massive living room¬†is perfect for an indoor dinner party, while the¬†courtyard that overlooks a 20m infinity pool¬†fronting the endless ocean beyond is a lovely¬†area for barbecue dinners.

Nature is with you always: In the Beach Pool and Ocean Pool villas, enjoy the sea breeze and sound of waves crashing against the volcanic shore; while at the Mountain Pool villas, you’ll enjoy the day-and-night chirping of crickets from the fields.

Each unit comes complete with luxury amenities like a Nespresso machine, wi-fi access, iPod docking station, giant flat-screen TV with cable and Apple TV loaded with a list of chart-topping movies. The highlight is His and Hers toiletries thoughtfully provided in the indoor bathroom and the outdoor rain shower. With details like this, it’s little wonder Soori was named Most Heavenly Hideaway by the UK Tatler Spa Awards last year.

There’s nothing like an in-villa breakfast to start your day. Usually served at the outdoor pavilion, the breakfast menu offers local cuisine and Western fare like a hearty English breakfast with sausage, eggs and bread basket; or healthy  egg-white omelette and muesli porridge. If you enjoy food sampling, Cotta restaurant serves up a rotating menu of tapas-sized dishes for breakfast, and Indonesian fare for lunch.

For dinner, dine under the stars at Ombak, which serves an eclectic European tasting menu paired with wines. Or lounge around the nearby deck on slip-covered couches while you sip signature cocktails. If the heat gets to you, head into the air-conditioned Reading Room and catch up on books over a TWG cuppa.

Fancy a relaxing rubdown? Then head to the temple-like Spa Alila and book a luxurious facial using French skincare brands Babor or Decléor, or knot-busting deep-tissue massages like the Balinese Massage.

It’s impossible to feel restless despite Soori’s secluded location. If you ever tire of the hypnotic view, there’s a host of things to do on the premises like complimentary yoga classes, gym workouts, surfing, cycling or renting a Segway to explore the estate and surrounds. Little known fact: There’s a beach-side bat cave some 50m from the resort and a gorgeous cliff above it that has an amazing sunset view.

The resort also offers customised tours called Journeys by Alila that take you to tourist spots like Tanah Lot temple, Pejaten terracotta craft village, Kerambitan traditional market, Alas Kedaton monkey forest and a kopi luwak plantation.

The service at Soori fully¬†exceeded our expectations.¬†Just like the understated¬†luxury of the resort, the staff¬†possess a rare combination of¬†amazing efficiency, laidback¬†charm and cool wit. Everyone¬†speaks fluent English and pays¬†attention to everything, from¬†dietary constraints right down¬†to food allergies; but they also know when to¬†accord couples ‚Äúprivate time‚ÄĚ.

Alila Special, book a Honeymoon Photo Package and enjoy these additional perks:

Luggage tags and custom-designed “his“ and “hers“ Balinese sarongs, hair and makeup, and three hours of photography. You take home 400 photos, 50 master shots and one photo album. For reservations, e-mail soori@alilahotels.com or visit www.alilahotels.com.

Text by Jasmin Alimin

Island Paradise

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Although Aldo and Charisse had been living in New York at the time they got engaged, they dreamed of a beachfront wedding in Bali that could double as a vacation. They instantly fell in love with Alila Villas Soori (45 minutes west of Seminyak) not just for its breathtaking cliffs, ocean views and magical sunset, but also the impressive service rendered during their nine months of planning.

They also turned this destination¬†wedding into a reunion of sorts ‚ÄĒ Charisse is¬†from Hong Kong and Aldo had been born in¬†the Philippines. To welcome their 76 guests,¬†the couple put together a welcome package¬†in each villa containing an MP3 player with a playlist of Aldo‚Äôs favourite tunes, a white¬†sarong for women, white slippers and tubes¬†of sunblock, of course!

Even the children were well taken¬†care of. There were babysitting services¬†provided and a separate dining menu¬†served at the ‚Äúkids club‚ÄĚ, which was filled¬†with entertainment and toys.

The wedding-day celebrations kicked off with a Chinese tea ceremony followed by a beachfront solemnisation where Charisse wore a Vera Wang gown and Aldo suited up in Ralph Lauren Black Label and Giorgio Armani. The bridesmaids filled the event in cheery yellow dresses, while the groomsmen had orange accents on their neckties and Converse sneakers.

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‚ÄúWe chose an orange-and-white palette as it made¬†for a nice contrast to the¬†black, sandy beach, ocean¬†and blue sky,‚ÄĚ says the bride.¬†These colours resonated¬†throughout the entire venue¬†from the solemnisation area¬†to table-settings, which¬†had orange table-runners¬†and centrepieces made of¬†white peonies, roses, tulips, ranunculus,¬†gerberas and frangipani. Even the dinner¬†menu incorporated citrus-coloured dishes¬†like spiny lobster with sweet corn, and¬†wild arugula with smoked peach.

For the wedding cake, Charisse sent over a recipe for her favourite crepe-layered cake to Alila’s chef Ashton Hall, who spent several weeks perfecting it. It was finished with custom-made cake toppers in the likeness of Aldo and Charisse with their two dogs.

The dinner reception took place on the lawn by the resort’s infinity pool, which was beautifully lit with white paper lanterns and fairy lights. The musical attraction was Aldo’s cousin, MiG Ayesa, who was one of the top three finalists in the TV talent contest, Rockstar: INXS and a Broadway star (in Rock of Ages). He sang the couple’s favourite song, Baby I Love Your Way, which they waltzed to. After that, other talented musicians in the family performed a Beatles medley that got everyone up on their feet. Apparently, they boogied so hard that the dance floor broke. Now, that’s what we call a party!

Text: Jasmine Alimin

Photography: Marcus Bell/Studio Impressions (Australia)

Gown: Vera Wang, Suit Ralph Lauren Black Label & Giorgio Armani

Hair & makeup: Didin, Bali

Flowers Gloriosa Decoration, Bali

Our Balinese Celebration of Love

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Photographs and story by Ludmy Paiva & √Ātila Ximenes

I confess. Three days before our trip started in January, we started talking about how cool it would be to get married in some place where we would be in Asia. The first option was obviously always Maldives, but Bali seemed so romantic and spiritual that we thought it could be a beautiful place to celebrate our union.

Well, the big day was today. We talked for a week with the organizers of the Alila Manggis events, the hotel where we were staying at the time, and made it clear that we wanted a traditional Balinese wedding, exactly as it is performed by themselves. The organizer, called Kadek, planned everything in less than seven days and told us that we would have a ceremony with a Balinese priest, dressed in character and that it would last about 30 minutes. In addition, we included in the package a professional photographer from the hotel and she said that there would be someone from the staff responsible for helping us with the clothes and hairstyle. That was all we knew.

At 14:30, as agreed, we met with Kadek in the hotel lobby. We went up to my room with another employee responsible my typical Balinese hairstyle and help us with clothes. The hair was as I imagined, all up, with volume; the pictures I had seen, there was a kind of golden ornament, which I did not use, as it is actually used by locals. The dressing was a surprise: a type of tissue that wrapped around your waist making a complicated volume in the stomach and several layers of scarves, corsets and finally an embroidered shirt they use on special occasions. The clothes I liked most, golden, did not fit because they did not calculate the size of my bra and it made me a little apprehensive, so here is the hint: Talk about the clothes before.

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Had fun in the preparation, which lasted about 1 hour and a half, although the clothing was not comfortable in a more than 30-degree heat. I left the room feeling weird, lordly, but before long it becomes immaterial; and you will understand why. Attila was feeling like a vintage porter too, but as he is man, it matters less. In the end, we look at each other and laugh at all those typical clothes.

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We went to the front desk with the organizer, where the photographer and an assistant was waiting inside the car that would take us to the temple. I felt nervous, not knowing what to expect, worried about how I was dressed, was it ugly or pretty, but that feeling faded when we got to the temple. We were greeted by I Made Ngurah, the concierge responsible for explaining and instructing us during the ceremony.

We went to the end of the house / temple and sat on some chairs in front of the altar they had prepared, with offerings, and where the Mangku (priest) played some bells while talking with God (repeating a mantra in Sanskrit) and beginning the ritual spiritual marriage. Meanwhile, two men were playing a local instrument, with cheerful music.

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The Mangku called us to begin the ceremony. We stood in front of the altar, standing, while the concierge was explaining to us what it meant to each phase of the ceremony. The first phase was the purification, cleansing the body and spirit for both of us; the priest asked us to open hands and put herbs twice and soon after our hands were washed. Then he began to evoke Sanskrit words and placing holy water on our heads; yes, the amount of water was enough to soak my hair and all that beautiful freshness. I focused on the process of the ceremony from that moment, as it involves prayers and faith on our part as well. After placing the holy water, joining our hands, we drank four times. Soon after, they wrapped a “ribbon” in our head that had three colors: red, black and blue. This ribbon means the three stages of life: birth, life and death. The priest touched our heads with water, put rice in our heads and gave us a bit to eat, according to them, it brings prosperity to the couple.

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After the purification step, begins the phase of prayer; sat across the altar with a bowl of flowers (offerings) and first we were told to pray to Surya, the Hindu Sun God and then to God, asking him strongly what we wanted for our relationship. Each prayer had a flower and certain offering.

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After the phase of prayer, began the last step, the blessing. To officially finalize the ceremony, we had to rip one of the banana leaves off the offerings and split a fruit together. The one chosen by the concierge was my favorite Asian fruit: the mongosteen. Took a piece each and put it in each other’s mouth, at the request of the concierge; for them, it means the affection and mutual attention during the life of the relationship. And so we end our ceremony, much lighter, happy and fulfilled.

We asked for a photo with our Mangku, never to forget that moment.

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Arriving at the hotel, the staff had prepared a special decoration for post-ceremony photo session, between the pool and the beach: a space with greenish grass, an arc of white flowers, and colorful flowers on the ground, marking the way to the altar, which was facing the sea. The sound of the waves, the birds, a perfect sunny day … it was a dream. It moved me to see all that structure and the bouquet of yellow flowers waiting for me. The organization of the hotel surprised me a lot, imagine if it was a wedding with many guests? It would be a great party!

I went to the bedroom to change quickly, bought a beachy dress at the hotel shop at the suggestion of the organizers. After all, I did not expect to do a ceremony and photo session and therefore did not travel with a white long dress. In the end, I think I will wear white only on the day we were married in the presence of family and friends (yes, we still want to get married in Brazil!), Then the light and simple solution was a long dress, but the mood tropical and kept the hairstyle and all the blessings and paraphernalia given by our Father ‚Äď including the rice on the forehead, amazingly!

The photographer took some pictures with our camera and eventually sent us the complete set, done with his equipment. It was the first time we did a photo shoot together and I confess I was so happy and full of smiles, we hugged and recorded this moment together :). I share with you some pictures of today and recommend this experience to any couple!

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For those who are dreaming of a different wedding or even a special honeymoon, this is the site of Alila Manggis with all the ceremony options and prices: http://www.alilahotels.com/manggis/weddings

And also did a video to give you an idea of how it was.

Read all our posts on Renewal of Vows & Honeymoon here!

Tiffin’s got a new Menu!

Story and photographs by Natasha Ali

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As I sat down to write this column, I realized that the Bengali influences in my life have continually increased over the past few years. Thanks to a dear friend who grew up in Calcutta, I was initiated into the delights that Bengali aka Bong food has to offer a couple years ago. I have had a Bong boss and friends around me. Plus, a number of PR folk and Chefs I interact with also happen to be Bengali; so I guess when the Alila Hotel invited us to a showcase of their new menu at the Tiffin Room, I shouldn’t have been surprised that the Indian dishes we tried had a Bengali touch, given that their Executive Chef is Suvarnajan Banerjee. The hotel’s focus, and Chef’s, is Farm-to-Table, with fresh, organic, locally sourced ingredients and minimizing of transportation of produce, etc., thereby reducing one’s eco-footprint. Along with a couple of other food writer pals en famille, a delightful evening was spent at the Tiffin Room, Alila’s signature restaurant. The space is such that it lends itself to an elegant meal while still allowing for the kids in the group to run around and spread their wings. With rough hewed wood tables, metal statuary and glass and open spaces galore, the restaurant has a modern feel, as indeed, does the entire hotel.

Now for the main event, the food! We began with a starter that was just about perfect in every way: taste, presentation, look and feel:¬†Beetroot Carpacio,¬†baked with thyme, with a pomegranate emulsion and goat cheese and pickled shallots. Beetroot is not a favored vegetable, perhaps because in Indian cooking it‚Äôs not played around with a lot. But as a carpaccio, it was spot on, and the acidity of the goat cheese and pomegranate cut into the vegetable‚Äôs innate sweetness. The next starter to make its appearance was a¬†Duck Breast ‚Äď warm with red onion marmalade and glazed vegetables.¬†Duck is something you just don‚Äôt see enough of on menus, as far as I‚Äôm concerned, and this prep was particularly noteworthy ‚Äď the duck was cooked perfectly and had none of the fattiness and gaminess that this protein is sometimes disavowed for. The third starter was a barbequed prawn dish ‚Äď not particularly memorable.

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The Parwal entree – a bold choice

We sampled three of the entrees from the menu: veg, chicken and fish. The vegetarian dish consisted of¬†Parwal, pointed gourd; it was my first experience with this vegetable and I think its quite a bold move to use an unusual and not particularly popular veggie as the star of a main course! Stuffed and served with a classic Bong mustard sauce on a bed of sweetish ghee rice, it was the rice that I liked better, especially when scooped with the mustard sauce. One of our table, who grew up eating this dish, did say it was quite as good as his mamma makes ‚Äď high praise, no? Next up was¬†Grilled breast of chicken with mandarin thyme jus on a bed of creamy starchy saffron rice¬†– my favorite amongst the mains.¬†Calcutta sea bass ‚Ästbanana leaf wrapped¬†bhetki¬†with Bengali spices and rice rounded out the selection. The meal ended with a sampler of desserts ‚Äď I was super excited to see a version of my favorite Bengali dessert (either an ice cream or yogurt base with a topping of jaggery) ‚Äď Baked yogurt with an infusion of dark palm jaggery. The other dessert was a¬†Bitter Chocolate Torte¬†accompanied by a lovely caramel ice cream. No one at the table was able to finish dessert in its entirety, but it certainly put the finishing touch on a meal of fresh food with light flavors.

How Alila Contributed to a Better World in 2014

Caring for others and our planet is something we at Alila Hotels and Resorts put much effort into throughout the year. With 2014 coming to an end, we get a chance to look back at the memories as well as plan for the future. True to the end of year spirit, we thought it would be nice to make a quick roundup of some of the things we did in 2014 and we hope this will in turn inspire others to lend their helping hand for our planet.

Wishing all a splendid New Year with much happiness, love and friendship.

Alila Villas Uluwatu

Alila Villas Uluwatu has been supporting the Bali Life Foundation by the means of donations as well as providing teenagers with opportunities to learn aspects of the hospitality trade and provide them with the tools to be successful in their future undertakings. The Bali Life Foundation is a home that provides housing, education and health care to orphans and abandoned and rejected children from the age of 5 to 15 in Bali.

www.balilife.org

Alila Villas Soori

Alila Villas Soori is supporting the Solemen Indonesia Foundation by providing health and safety education as well as teaching how to respect and protect the environment. Solemen is a Bali-based, Indonesian registered non-profit foundation working alongside accredited agencies and projects to alleviate suffering and support the disadvantaged in Bali.

In respect of its location within the fertile regency of Tabanan, known for being the island’s main rice-growing region, the resort was designed for minimal disruption to the rice paddy fields within and around the resort. It has even gone the extra mile to create further access for local farmers to tend the field. Beyond that, local religion is also accorded much respect, as a permanent access has been established for pilgrims to access the beach during religious festivals.

www.solemen.org

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Alila Ubud

Alila Ubud supports the Kupu Kupu Foundations through donations as well as the displaying of their art and handicrafts in our gallery. The Foundation helps improve lives by assisting with medical care, medicines, physiotherapy and surgical operations. They provide wheelchairs and other physical aids and adapt facilities to be easier to use by people with disabilities. They transport disabled children to and from school and help disabled people become more independent by selling and promoting handicrafts that they make. They also work to increase awareness in the local community of the challenges faced by people with disabilities

www.kupukupufoundation.org

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Alila Manggis

Two artificial structures ‚Äď fish domes and roti buaya ‚Äď were designed to restore coral reefs. A roti buaya is a one-metre-long artificial substrate that serves as a hard surface for new settlements. Although corals will naturally settle and grow on these substrates, additional transplanted corals are being attached to each of the substrates in order to further accelerate the overall regrowth of coral cover. The fish domes are three-dimensional structures designed to provide a large surface area on which corals and other organisms can settle and grow. They immediately become refuges for large numbers of fish and have been designed to last for many years – long enough for the natural reef itself to recover significantly. In total, this pilot project will consist of 27 fish domes and 45 roti buaya.

Two groups of fishermen are involved in this pilot reef restoration project; they include 20 fishermen from the Mina Amerta Sari group in Buitan, and 23 fishermen from the Rumah Ikan Mina Lestari group in Les village, Buleleng. It is the intention of the project to set up a collaboration between these two groups. Fishermen from Les village have been implementing reef restoration since 2010 for the purpose of habitat and fish stock enhancement. Alila Manggis will appoint the fishermen from Buitan and coordinate training with the fishermen from Les village.

www.alilahotels.com (coral conservation programme)

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Alila Jabal Akhdar

Alila Jabal Akhdar first opened it‚Äôs doors in 2014 and began their ‚ÄúGift to Share‚ÄĚ programme from the get-go. The concept of the programme is to provide an additional night free of charge for each guest who would make a donation to an approved charity in Oman. Alila Jabal Akhdar‚Äôs charity of choice is the Dar al Atta‚Äôa.

Dar al Atta’a is an organization that has a number of Programs of activities including the Family Welfare Program, Education Care Program, Empowerment Program, Disaster Relief Program and other activities specific to Islamic values like Ramadan relief, Eid, Zakat etc. Currently most of the programs focus on Omanis in the Muscat area due to limited resources, however it is in their strategy to expand across the Sultanate.

www.daralatta.org 

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Alila Bangalore

It was the biggest trend of the year, a rage which drew support from both the class and the mass, we are talking about the Ice Bucket challenge which supported those diagnosed with the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). However, in the meanwhile back in India, the campaigns drew concern over the wastage of water which is scarce but also a basic necessity and hence took a meaningful and relevant turn with the ‚ÄėRICE Bucket‚Äô challenge. A challenge which required people to fill a bucket with uncooked rice and provide it to someone in need, take a picture, share it online and encourage friends and family to follow suit. Alila Bangalore took the challenge and invited children from a local government school adopted by the property. The school children were visibly amused with the thought of pouring water over men dressed in black and talking things that they barely understood but little did they understand their role in in this initiative which had a global feel and character.

www.alsa.org

Alila Diwa Goa

Alila Diwa Goa have partnered with Tara Trust a Goa-based NGO as their Gift-to-Share partner. Tara Trust conducts life skills workshops for children from an underprivileged background in schools in our immediate community and beyond. The Alila team has supported them by recruiting 15 staff members as volunteers and they help conduct life skills workshops every week at a designated school close to their homes. They have also hosted kids from two orphanages on Children’s Day at the resort when they had activities, played games, had lunch, watched cartoons, etc. and also invited our resort guests to participate in this fun filled event. They also promoted Tara Trust as their CSR partner during their Christmas Tree lighting, Christmas Eve and New Year parties and guests were happy to donate towards this cause. In the future they are also looking at providing guests with an opportunity of ‘voluntourism’ where they can contribute to various workshops that are held in local schools by Tara Trust.

www.taratrustindia.com

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Alila Purnama

The epitome of sustainable fishing; one man, one rod vs. one fish…

That is the story of the local fishermen living in the protected Marine Parks of Indonesia. These men leave their home before dawn to embark on a full day of fishing as a source of food as well as income. Being a National Park, the area is protected from destructive fishing methods and only allows local communities to fish using their traditional methods. This is a win-win for ecological efforts and local communities, as larger commercial vessels are restricted from these areas resulting in larger fish populations. This in turn makes catching fish easier for the local sustainable fishermen who have little to no impact on the surrounding biodiversity.

Alila Purnama likes to source our food in a sustainable manner while also helping the local communities. That is why they never miss the opportunity to have a quick chat with the fishermen passing by and take a peak at their catch.

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Pampered at the Alila Diwa Goa spa

Photographs and story by Peta Kaplan & Ben Sandzer-Bell From the moment I arrive at the spa there is a feeling of serenity and calm. There is green everywhere…bamboo, hanging creepers, water lilies…all of which create a soothing atmosphere for de stressing and healing. Which is just the way it was intended as explained to […]

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Photographs and story by Peta Kaplan & Ben Sandzer-Bell Goan cuisine has not received the attention it deserves as a distinct culinary tradition from the more well known ‚ÄúIndian cuisine‚ÄĚ that is readily found in the United States and Europe.¬† Yet the region of Kerala is known for its rich history as a spice-trading center […]

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My Bright and Beautiful Resort Wardrobe.

Photographs and story by Laura Csortan When I‚Äôm on holidays or reporting from a beautiful travel destination half the fun is dressing in accordance to my surroundings. On my recent trip to the Alila Villas Soori in Bali I went for gorgeous, loose, light and bright pieces from the Camilla collection. I love to slip […]

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The Surprising Benefits of Eating Whole Foods

Story and photographs by Shayna Hiller Due to the inevitable advance in technology and industrialization, coupled with the plague of busy-ness and stress that people face on a daily basis, it‚Äôs no wonder that our food has become more and more processed. ‚ÄėConvenient‚Äô food complements a busy lifestyle, however this adulteration and manipulation of food […]

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