Type Alila into Google and you will find a collection of some of the most beautifully designed hotels in the world. Pair that with a breathtaking location such as Ubud and you’re in for quite the treat. Famed for it’s outstanding natural beauty and famous tiered rice paddies, it seems that many of the luxury hoteliers have noted the potential of Ubud and created some of the most sought after resorts in the world. That’s exactly what we found with Alila Ubud.
If you are lucky enough to be traveling to Bali and are seeking a retreat that offers 100% relaxation, look no further than Alila Ubud. Positioned high above the jungle valley, the views afforded to Alila’s guests are second to none. If you needed any assurance that you were in a foreign land, miles away from the stresses of city life, this is it.
We were staying in the resort’s Terrace Tree Villas. A luxury getaway for two, set high above the Ayung river valley and perfectly positioned to capture the sunrise and if you are lucky, a perfect spot for viewing the local primates that venture into the resort every night.
Described as “the most exclusive accommodation in the resort”, the spacious 120 sqm Terrace Tree Villas featured an indoor & outdoor living experience with a huge alfresco wood-decked area providing the perfect place to dine, unwind and stargaze to a backdrop of the sights and sounds of its forest location.
The interior doesn’t disappoint either, with generous King-sized beds, beautiful bathrooms and a service that leaves you wanting for nothing, you’re left dreading the checkout date before you’ve even unpacked.
And we’re not finished there. Wind your way up the stone steps and back towards the concierge and you will find yourself at Alila Ubud’s Plantation Restaurant, which presides over the world-famous infinity pool. Here is where you will taste some of the finest food in Bali. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’re always in for a treat.
We woke everyday to beautiful freshly-squeezed local fruit juices, accompanying traditional Balinese-breakfast offerings, or if like us and you fancy a more indulgent affair, fluffy pancakes with fruit compote. Lunch consisted of incredible dishes, bursting with flavours, a favourite being the Ikan Goreng Kesuna Cekuh. This consisted of battered local fish from the market spiced with Balinese mild paste, purple eggplant, lemon, basil and coconut milk, a real treat for the palate, finished off with the Ice Table, a chef’s special and guest favourite of 8 different ice creams and sorbets. With dinner came the option of either sitting at the Plantation Restaurant or the poolside Cabana Lounge. We were fortunate enough to experience both and can honestly say that it’s simply too hard to choose between the two. Whether it’s panfried locally caught Barramundi or Pork Belly infused with Balinese spices, the dishes at both restaurants offer a wonderful example of the calibre of food available at Alila Ubud.
Finally, once you’ve finished feasting, what better setting to burn off some calories than the resort’s infinity pool. Voted one of the top 50 most spectacular pools in the world, the title doesn’t lie. We could have happily spent the whole trip here gazing over the jungle valley below. The view is all the confirmation you need that you have arrived in paradise.
If you plan to head to Bali and are looking for that special getaway, find out more about Alila’s offerings here at www.alilahotels.com. All in all, Alila Ubud was simply a beautiful resort ran by passionate and friendly people that go the extra mile to ensure you leave with memories that last a lifetime.
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