Bali, Indonesia

Luxe Retreat
  • 02 Jun - 08 Jun, 2018
  • Mag The Weekly
  • High Life

New arrivals here find it impossible not to whip out their smart phones and immediately try to capture the hotel’s phenomenal modernist architecture and Indian Ocean views. Perched atop cliffs on Bali’s peaceful Bukit Peninsula, Alila Uluwatu is all straight lines, vivid whites, shimmering blues and black lava rocks. Villas are stylish and soothing, with private pools and butlers who, depending on requests, either lavish attention or flit around like genies, leaving treats on the table or by the bathtub. Morning yoga sessions are invigorating, as are laps of the 164ft cliff-hanging infinity pool. At the spa, warm coconut-oil massages leave guests suspended somewhere between nodding off and nirvana. An added feel-good factor comes from knowing that this is the first hotel in Bali to receive the highest level of certification for environmentally sustainable design. Food here is sophisticated without ever being fussy. There are two restaurants; the inventive Cire and the more relaxed Warung, which offers an extensive menu from across Indonesia – curried soups and slow-cooked lamb, fried dumplings, aromatic beef, and just-caught seafood. The à la carte breakfast is utterly delicious and can be served in your villa for no additional charge.