BALI: THE NEWEST RESORT
Claiming one of the last slices of beachfront real estate in Bali’s fashionable Seminyak, Alila brings its award-winning architectural style and eco smarts to this popular precinct. Opened October 1, Alila Seminyak has 240 guestrooms and suites, including a stunning penthouse, and is the fifth property on the island for the Alila group.
After claiming several design accolades for its clifftop resort at Uluwatu, Alila Hotels and Resorts has taken an equally innovative approach in Seminyak. The new property is styled as a private garden and built along strict environmental lines using local and recycled materials, solar energy and harvested rainwater to reduce eco footprint in an area under intense development pressure.
The resort’s corridors, lobbies and public spaces are softened with vertical plantings and ventilated naturally by ocean breezes; garden areas are extended with the planting of green roofs and landscaped terraces. Guestrooms are arrayed in four-storey blocks and range in size from 46 to 177sq m. Every chamber is decked in soothing colours and cool surfaces and features a luxury ensuite with rain shower and separate tub, king bed, satellite television, free Wi-Fi, and DVD and iPod on request. More than half the rooms boast uninterrupted ocean views; many have balconies or terraces.
The cleverly landscaped grounds manage to incorporate several infinity-edge swimming pools including one for families, adults, and even a private party pool. There’s also a day spa and a children’s club, open 7am-9pm.
DON’T MISS: Book the resort’s very cool vintage Kombi van, complete with on board mini-bar, for a spot of clubbing, sightseeing or retail therapy in the company of Alila’s personal shopping concierge.
DINING IN: Chef Stefan Zitja heads the all-day dining restaurant, sprawling from indoors to the main pool. Breakfast features house-baked breads and pastries; at lunch and dinner there’s an Asian noodle bar and grill and rotisserie. Be sure to try the fish head soup, steamed oysters with black bean sauce or the minced pork balls with quail egg in black pepper sauce.
DINING OUT: You are spoiled for choice in this neck of the woods. Check out Bambu (Indonesian dishes with a twist); Barbacoa (Spanish); Butchers Club Bali for burgers; Grocer & Grind for coffee; Merah Putih (regional Indonesian fare); or old favourites Sarong and beachside La Luciola.
ASK THE CONCIERGE: Join the chef on a Spice it Up tour to the markets and the resort’s organic garden before taking a Balinese cooking class.
CHECKING IN: From $US265 ($376) plus taxes. More: alilahotels.com/seminyak. ALSO TRY: The Library, Koh Samui; Alila Villas Uluwatu; The Miami Beach Edition.