WINTER SUN IN ASIA

Story by Country And Town House

On the lookout for the best winter sun destinations for 2016? See our pick of the top luxury hotels in Asia; perfect for a New Year getaway, or some much-needed winter sun.

Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali

In an end of the world location, majestic on Uluwatu’s limestone cliffs, Alila’s flagship property presents 65 sublime pool villas, where gorgeous aesthetics and sophistication are flawlessly married with a strong environmental and sustainable commitment. This über-contemporary, all-white property, built semi-open and palatial, comes crafted with locally sourced materials, like terrazzo stone, volcanic rock and recycled timbers. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass windows maximise the sea breezes and views of the private pool and plush daybed cabana. Sensuous indoor-outdoor bathrooms indulge with multi-jet showers and his ’n’ hers vanity zones with all-natural spa amenities, signature products from the in-house Spa Alila. Further indulgences cover round-the-clock butlers, with graded service levels ranging from ‘private’ to ‘eco-conscious’, a jaw-dropping, 50-metre cliff-side pool and fine-dining restaurant with walls covered in over 3,000 antique Javanese batik hand-stamps. Bespoke activities focus on indigenous culture and natural beauty; highlights cover Balinese cooking classes and pilgrimages to neighbourhood Hindu sea temples. The villas are a couple’s ultimate bliss-out; surfers, however, will appreciate Uluwatu’s awesome, world-class surf breaks – ask the concierge for insider tips on the local surfing scene.

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BEST PLACE TO ENJOY INDONESIAN FINE DINING

Story by whatsnewbali.com

We all have our favourites when it comes to Indonesian cuisine. We consider them our comfort food, or dishes that brings back good memories of a place and people. It could be the famous rendang that we tried in West Sumatra, or the pepes ikan that our mom used to make, or a bowl of hot bakso soup. We explore the island and look for the best places that offer Indonesian food and serve it in a fine dining style. They use the best ingredients to get the right flavour and plate it nicely in a way that you won’t even recognize it. Fancy for some Indonesian food?

THE WARUNG
Where: Alila Villas Uluwatu, Jl. Belimbing Sari, Pecatu.
Website: www.the-warung.com
For those looking for great Indonesian food while enjoying stunning cliff top view across Indian Ocean, The Warung is a great choice. A few months ago, they introduced new menus that emphasized their unique take on Indonesian food from across the regions. Some of which are a delicious Ayam Betutu, Nasi Liwet and Babi Panggang. All dishes are made using local produce, fresh from organic gardens and without any MSG. As part of their commitment in bringing Indonesian food to a new level, The Warung is implementing Chef-in-Residence program. They will invite Indonesian guest chefs known for their mastery of Indonesian cuisine to share the knowledge with The Warung culinary team.

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BALI WE NEED TO TALK…

Story and photograph by André Russ, Vice President Sales, EarthCheck

Dear Bali,

Thanks for being such a beautiful place to visit. We adore your enchanting oceans, beautiful mountains, vivid sunsets, and unforgettable food.

Sorry about the landfill sites, greenhouse gases and water shortages your eager tourists and industry which accommodates them has caused. But take heart. If all of your tourism operators did this, we might all be able to enjoy your beauty for generations to come. You deserve so much more than half measures.

Much love,
EarthCheck

 

1) Your guests love to look at the ocean. They want to swim, dive and snorkel in the ocean. Make sure they can continue to do so.

Alila Manggis operates a comprehensive coral reef rehabilitation program comprising clean-up, coral gardening, education and fundraising in partnership with Zen Dive Bali, guests, local fisherman, and the children of the community.

2) Your picture perfect beaches from the photos on your website need to look that way when your guests arrive. Someone has to keep them that way. It probably should be you— and some of your guests might even be willing to help!

The 28th of each month is the ‘Plastic-Free Oceans’ event in the seaside resort of Manggis, East Bali, where staff, international visitors and community locals work together to keep Bali beautiful.

3) You can help create a sustainable industry by employing locals to nurture and support the needs and wants of your guests…and don’t forget to tell your guests what you are doing. From locally-farmed organic vegetables to bamboo drinking straws and community ‘clean-up’ events, it will only add to the stories your guests tell via social media and when they return home.

Greenbank—now in its sixth year—is a social enterprise scheme allowing Alila Manggis to cooperate with the local community to facilitate and source the production of goods and organic produce while educating locals on environmental issues and operations.

4) Walking the talk has never been more important. It’s not enough to say you’re practicing sustainable tourism. Prove it.

Alila Manggis just became the second Bali-based property within the Alila Hotels & Resorts group to achieve EarthCheck Gold Certification. The resort now has more than five years of independently audited data to confirm their environmental, operational and social operations are at best-practice level or better.

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LAVISH SPA IN UBUD BALI

Story by Hello Bali Guide

Spa Alila
Blessed with a breathtaking location and an unrivalled expertise in spa and wellness, Spa Alila at Alila Ubud launches the Rainforest Retreat Experience for those who seek a complete wellbeing escapade. The experience takes place at the resort’s secluded bale bengong, nestled on the edge of the rich green Ayung Valley, and includes a pampering package, a healthy and delicious three-course lunch, reflexology massage, and to put the cherry on top, Alila Ubud’s afternoon tea package.
Alila Ubud, Desa Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Gianyar, T: +62 361 975 963, alilahotels.com

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I BELIEVE IN MAGIC…

Story and photographs by Axioo I believe in magic. I believe in love at first-sight. I believe in true love. Yes, I’m a hopeless romantic. Thus as important as the soul mates we’ve found in each other, finding the place where we’re to exchange our vows for life would be as fundamentally essential. It’s the […]

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BEACH LOVER? ROMANTIC? BEST BALI LUXURY HOTELS TO SUIT YOUR STYLE

By Janice and George from “Sand in my Suitcase” For such a relatively small place, the island of Bali sure offers a deliciously large number of luxury hotels – over 40, by our count. We’ve stayed at so many of these fabulous places, we almost feel like Bali hotel inspectors! Now, we’ve compiled all our […]

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ALILA SEMINYAK COMMUNITY PROJECT “AKU ANAK SEHAT”

As part of the Alila Community Project for two local elementary schools, SD 1 & SD 2, Alila Seminyak held a seminar at the schools on 24 Sept 2016 titled “AKU ANAK SEHAT” – We are Healthy Children. In collaboration with doctors from Surya Husada Hospital, the seminar provided counselling and education to the audience […]

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ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SCUBA DIVING IN BALI

Story and photographs by TripCanvas Trivia: Did you know that Bali is surrounded by not one, but two oceans – creating unique biodiversity, which is a success recipe for an amazing dive experience? White sand beaches dot turquoise blue seas in Indonesia’s most traveled island. Bali is known for its grand resorts and ripping surf […]

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