Alila Villas Uluwatu: Where the Eagles Vacation

When we finally picked a name for it, we decided to call it the “eagle’s nest”. Because the parochial term, “cabana”, just didn’t do it justice. Constructed with alternating boards of reclaimed wood supported by bamboo segment frames, these series of box-like sitting areas are perched all over the Alila Villas Uluwatu. And the entire property itself was located at the top of a limestone cliff, where a peak over the drop below reveals the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean.

Here, at the southern most point of Bali, Australia is somewhere just over the far end. India is somewhere in the distance. The sun sets on the west. And the horizon is a clear sheet of endless blue.

There’s a difference between a beach-side property and a cliff-side property like this one. The former, is relaxed, approachable. While here, there is a feeling of mightiness behind the pampering. A sense of dare as your shoes click across the wooden planks that expose slivers of the ocean waves below. And that’s exactly what makes the Alila Villa Uluwatu distinct.

It’s relaxation without the groggy laziness. And comes complete with a glass-constructed yoga pavilion that allows you to look out into the distance while practicing your sun salutations. The Warung restaurant – serving traditional Indonesian cuisine – features bold designs: two sets of sturdy communal tables and large cross section of drift wood for art. Even the bathrooms – in your rooms and on the property – are constructed to incorporate an outdoor, opened-aired component that allows you to keep your privacy while adding a sense of adventure to it all.

We were told that the sunset cabana in the right most corner of the property, has some of the best unobstructed views of the setting sun on the island. Alas, we did not make it back in time to witness it for ourselves.

The next morning, swearing we’d catch sunrise, we overslept. Sitting at the CIRE restaurant where Chef Stefan whipped up the mornings breakfast, we looked out into the distance as it started to drizzle, and witnessed a perfect semicircle in the distance. Alas, even when it rains here, there are rainbows.

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