Perched high on the cliffs of southern Bali, Alila offers jaw-dropping views of the sparkling ocean stretching to the endless blue sky. The striking, multi-award-winning eco-design may seem a little stark and minimalist at first glance but once you settle in to your private villa on the hillside, myriad comforts and mod cons reveal themselves: iPods, espresso machines and fabulous his and hers grooming stations loaded with Alila-customised lip balms, face masks and herbal-scented body spritzers. Before arrival, you’ll be sent a preference list to personalise your stay. Make sure to choose ‘Ploh’ on the pillow menu – you’ll never want to rest your head on anything else.

A popular honeymoon hideaway, you probably won’t become besties with the neighbours or find anything that resembles a party scene but you will be able to swing back the French doors and enjoy the views while indulging in “a chocolate breakfast in bed”. Or take a starlit “champagne and berry bath” infused with essential oils and rose petals as you nibble strawberries and sip on a bottle of Billecart-Salmon. Bliss.  


Uluwatu is located on the southern tip of Bali, a peaceful region typified by towering limestone cliffs, undulating hills and world-famous surf breaks.

Jl. Belimbing Sari, Banjar Tambiyak, Desa Pecatu, Uluwatu, Kabupaten Badung, Bali

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