Story and photographs by Ernanda Putra
Nobody ever really doubts the Alila Villas’ reputation. After my first visit to Alila Villas Soori in April last year, I tend to recommend the Alila brand to most of my friends and colleagues who are planning to go to Bali. Our stay at Soori was splendid, and I am so lucky that I have had the chance to experience another one of their properties; Alila Villas Uluwatu. I can’t even really express my excitement to its fullest, especially as I will be staying there for my honeymoon with my wife.
We arrived just after noon and as usual Alila’s friendly staff welcomed us with cold towels, a welcome drink and of course our favorite lemongrass smell. So calming! Without further ado, we were shown to our room.
When we arrived in front of the door of our room, my excitement flourished like a five year old child wanting cotton candy. I must confess I was not completely paying attention to our butler who gave us a small tour as I was caught up in the moment…it was just too perfect. The rooms are harmoniously balanced, no overly fussy design nor are they too simple, they are just right, with a very comfy bed. The day bed directly in front of the pool became our favorite spot. I loved how you could see the sun shining over the mini cabana creating dancing shadows on the wall. The giant window made it feel like we were up close and personal with a nature program on a gigantic life size television.
During our stay we spent so much time in our room enjoying the view having the days melt away in a haze of small talk and relaxation.
I’ve been to a lot of hotels before and it goes without saying that Alila Villas Uluwatu has indeed been one of the most remarkable experiences. I love how the architect used a mix of marble and wood giving a new twist on classic elegance. Another one of the fascinating aspects of the architecture was how there are so many beautiful corners everywhere. I believe these were done by design allowing for the creation of shadows from the sunlight. Another feature we enjoyed, probably the one that most people who visit love, was the Sunset Cabana beside the villa’s main pool, it really is beautiful anytime during the day.
Many people tell me that couples are very lucky when they get the chance to spend their honeymoon in Bali. Now I can really relate and I feel even luckier that I got the chance to spend my honeymoon at Alila Villa Uluwatu. My wife and I are really inspired by the stay and we will definitely come back in the future for an escape or maybe even to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
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