Alila Soori, We are in Love

Ex­plore the won­ders of the Uluwatu area on one of our ‘Jour­neys by Alila’, tak­ing plea­sure in build­ing a new chap­ter of mem­o­ries as a new­ly­wed cou­ple

Maxx-brides Honeymoon - - Love Nest - Text by Ray­naldo Se­muel | Photo Cour­tesy of Alila Vil­las Soori

West Bali has long been Bali’s best-kept se­cret. Off the tourist trail, vis­i­tors to this part of Bali feel like they are on a dif­fer­ent is­land al­to­gether. West Bali is a re­gion of dra­matic beauty, with tow­er­ing vol­canic moun­tains, ver­dant rice ter­races, beau­ti­ful black-sand beaches fringed by palm trees and never-end­ing vis­tas of the blue wa­ters of the In­dian Ocean. In the mid­dle of this trop­i­cal par­adise is Alila Vil­las Soori.

The vil­las were de­signed to con­nect the liv­ing spa­ces with the in­spir­ing sights and sooth­ing sounds of the nat­u­ral sur­round­ings. Each villa fea­tures a pri­vate pool, an out­door din­ing area, pri­vate pavil­ion, in­door and out­door rain shower, lux­u­ri­ous linens and but­ler ser­vice. In­ner court­yards open to the sky, let­ting in nat­u­ral light and ocean breezes. Liv­ing spa­ces open onto an out­door pavil­ion with land­scaped gar­dens and ar­chi­tec­tural ponds. Each villa was con­fig­ured to max­i­mize views of the In­dian Ocean with­out com­pro­mis­ing in­di­vid­ual pri­vacy. Nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als such as wood and stone come from nearby vil­lages that are fa­mous for their ar­ti­sans and qual­ity work­man­ship. Ter­ra­cotta tiles fea­tur­ing ab­stract Ba­li­nese mo­tifs blend tra­di­tional Ba­li­nese cul­ture with the re­sort’s con­tem­po­rary edge. Re­fined, min­i­mal­ist and re­strained, cus­tom-de­signed in­te­ri­ors in dark browns, soft beiges, dif­fer­ent shades of grey and white evoke a tran­quil, in­ti­mate at­mos­phere.

You can re­lax and en­joy the beau­ti­ful scenery from the 50-me­tre-long in­fin­ity pool with views over the In­dian Ocean, or re­treat to one of the beach ca­banas with a good book. There are also tai­lor-made, one-of-a-kind ex­cur­sions and ac­tiv­i­ties known as “jour­neys by Alila,” where you can gain a deeper un­der­stand­ing and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the his­tory and cul­ture of West Bali des­ti­na­tion, while pur­su­ing their per­sonal pas­sions.

Alila Vil­las Soori of­fers beach­front liv­ing at its most stylish and lux­u­ri­ous. Its con­tem­po­rary Asian de­sign is seam­lessly crafted into the land­scape, gen­tly flow­ing from ver­dant rice ter­races down to the beau­ti­ful black­sand beach, with panoramic views across the azure In­dian Ocean. Em­brac­ing Bali’s unique bal­ance of tran­quil­lity and vi­tal­ity, the stun­ning Alila Vil­las Soori com­bines exclusive liv­ing and re­lax­ation with spa well­ness, fully in­te­grat­ing the beach ex­pe­ri­ence to cre­ate a vi­brant mix of spa­ces and ex­pe­ri­ences. A par­adise set­ting de­signed for re­ju­ve­na­tion and stim­u­la­tion of all the senses.

My Hon­ey­moon

We were wel­comed by the smil­ing Alila Soori team, which im­me­di­ately put as at ease, de­spite the un­fa­mil­iar sur­round­ings. Alila Soori is not lo­cated in a typ­i­cal Bali neigh­bour­hood; the en­vi­ron­ment had a pure, un­touched feel that pro­vided a uniquely peace­ful am­bi­ence. Our pri­vate suite was dom­i­nated by the colour white, which some­how em­pha­sised the pu­rity of the lo­ca­tion.

We en­joyed a ro­man­tic af­ter­noon swim, watch­ing the sea and the sun­set from our own pri­vate pool which was di­rectly ac­ces­si­ble from the pa­tio doors in our bed­room. What else to feel but happy and ro­man­tic?

We ven­tured out to dine at one of the restaurants sur­rounded by the beau­ti­ful, well-kept gar­dens and the best sea view in the premises. The food was a real gem as it fea­tured tra­di­tional Ba­li­nese spices in cui­sine that had a dis­tinctly con­tem­po­rary flavour.

The fol­low­ing morn­ing, we took a stroll along the shore to en­joy the fresh air and morn­ing light; it felt as though we had our own pri­vate beach as we headed to the restau­rant for break­fast. The meal was served a la carte in mini­por­tions to en­sure it was both hot and fresh, and al­lowed din­ers to sam­ple a good va­ri­ety of dishes: a great way to start the day!

We then spent the rest of our morn­ing in the li­brary, which has a good range of ma­te­rial on of­fer and a beau­ti­ful lawn ad­ja­cent for al fresco read­ing.

An­other ex­cel­lent guest fa­cil­ity is the cy­cling equip­ment and a track, pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the neigh­bour­ing vil­lage and ex­pe­ri­ence lo­cal tra­di­tions as cool air rushes past.

Horse-rid­ing on the beach is an­other op­tion on of­fer, while a spell at the spa al­lows you to pam­per yourself with a re­lax­ing mas­sage. Reg­is­ter for a yoga class, which can be taken ei­ther in­doors or out­side in a bale (gazebo) over­look­ing the blue sea and clear sky.

As the car whisked us away at the end of our stay, we could not help but feel we would miss the place enor­mously. Mind, body and soul all felt the ben­e­fit: We silently agreed it was a great way to end our hon­ey­moon and pre­pare our­selves for our daily rou­tines in the big city.

Alila Vil­las Soori

Ban­jar Dukuh, Desa Ke­lat­ing, Ker­am­bi­tan, Ta­banan, Bali Phone +62 361 8946 388 www.alila­ho­

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