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“The most stunning luxurious hotel you can imagine” 5 of 5 stars
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Alila Villas Uluwatu
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Jl Belimbing Sari Banjar Tambiyak Desa Pecatu, Pecatu, Bali 80364, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Pecatu
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“The most stunning luxurious hotel you can imagine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

My wife & I lapped up the luxury of Alila for 3 nights in a stunning 1 bed pool villa. You are hit with the sheer beauty of the place as you roll up to the main entrance. Its ultra modern sleek architecture and design is mind blowing. Its hard to understand how they were ever able to build such a property in such a cliff top location.
We were made instantly welcome on arrival and introduced to our amazing villa host, Agus. Agus attention to detail with all aspects of our stay really did make perfection even better. Nothing was too much trouble. The stunning villa was always spotless, fresh water and clean towels seemed to instantly appear whenever needed, the spectacular turn down service would always leave us with a fresh treat to come back to the room to - beautiful hot run baths awash with rose petals, the most incredible towel animals I've ever seen - I had to get Agus to teach me how to make the elephant. It was brilliant! Just flawless attention to detail every time.

Breakfasts overlooking the pools and ocean were delicious and cocktails at sunset in the various cabanas are mesmerising (try Agus the barmans cocktails - wow!). We ate dinner in the Balinese restaurant twice and were really impressed with the quality of the meal at what were comparitively very reasonable prices.

The vast range of his/hers products in the rooms and bathroom are impressive and the lovely little hamper brought to you as you sunbathe by the pool containing cold towels, fresh water, sun screen and cooling lotion are a very impressive touch.

For the more active out there I can highly recommend taking the long set ot steps down the cliff to the beach below - take your camera down there with you as its siimply stunning.

The only drawback of Alila in my opinion is never quite knowing where to position yourself during the day - you really wouldn't need to ever leave your villa with its stunning lap pool and daybed, but then you would be missing out on enjoying the insane shared areas of the property such as the infinity pool that overlooks the ocean...its a nice problem to have!

We will be back...my wife will kill me if not...because places this good need visiting more than once.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

What can I say. We have just returned from a flying tour of Bali taking in 3 hotels and Alila Uluwatu was our last stop and unfortunately only one night. From arrival and be welcomed we knew it was going to work out well. The design of the resort is breathtaking coupled with all of the immaculate staff in white always smiling it was a pleasure even before getting out of the car. After a painless check in with welcome drinks and towels we were taken by our butler for the day Ary. Ary is great, you can see he enjoys his work, nothing is too much trouble and he knows about the hotel and Bali. He looked after us listening to what we said and surprising us throughout with really thoughtful offerings. He even accompanied us on a quick trip to Uluwatu Temple and told us all about it. He was there from the moment we arrived until sending us off to the airport. We asked for indulgent to see how it was and he was indulgent but only when needed, they just know when you need things, amazing.

We had pre booked a special menu at Cire the western restaurant at the resort. We had a nice cabana to ourselves. I love to dine out and have been to many top end restaurants but this ranks at the highest levels. The chef has a talent when it comes to flavours. We looked at the menu and thought how will it work but it did. Attention to service was also second to none, we had to do nothing but again we were not inundated all night for no reason. A faultless menu and experience. Of course out of nowhere Ary turns up at the right moment to whisk us back to our Villa at the right moment.

The villas are also great, really nice features through out, his and hers tailored toiletries, and all of the extras you would expect and more from a luxury resort. Outside you have a nice pool with cabana all over looking the sea down by the cliffs. We had a look at the 3 bedroom villas too, these would be great for a private party or event, loads of room, big pool and garden and great views.

Like I said we did a lot so went to the spa too, really nice individual rooms for couples with their own showers, baths, and facilities. The options are extensive and they really ask what you like so they can tailor the package for you.

As I said our stay was too short and it was really sad to leave, we will be back very soon....

Any body who says the resort is expensive and comment down for this are crazy. This is a luxury resort and yes it isn't cheap but when comparing it to your bog standard international hotel in most cities nowadays Alila Uluwatu in my mind is excellent value for money...

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

My partner and I stayed 3 nights in a one bedroom pool villa in December. First of all the entrance to the resort is just spectacular with the open lobby and views of the Indian Ocean. The staff was friendly and attentive, but not as personable as what we had experienced while at the Chedi Club in Ubud. One thing can be said about this property is that it is simply stunning. The details and architectural design of the resort are just so over the top. Artwork and water features of the resort are just breath taking.

The pool villas are extremely spacious and the beds are extremely comfortable. The inside/outside living that the villas offer is out of architectural design. All of the products in the extra large bathrooms are luxurious. Being a male couple, we noticed that after we showed up there was a lot of scurrying around prior to our arrival at our villa. What we discovered is that they switched out all of the "HER" toiletries and put in another set for "HIM" products. They were truly an outstanding bunch of staff.

As for the food, it was good, but not great. Comparing it to The Chedi club, It was sub-par, but better than the Four Seasons Ubud. The breakfasts were very big and very tasty though. I guess when you have the views from the restaurants that you do, you could be eating a McMuffin from McDonalds and be very happy. For us the western style restaurant was actually better than the traditional Balinese restaurant. Once again, the food was still good, but not amazing. Plus, our bills were extremely high because we ordered hard alcohol which is quite pricey at the hotels. Wine was even more expensive which caught us off guard. We still had an amazing time because the service is great and the setting is spectacular.

We went down to the private beach one day and hung out with no one there all afternoon. It is a long hike down 645 steps, but worth the seclusion. The main pool area is quite beautiful and never seemed crowded which was surprising since you saw people in the lobby etc. I think most people just enjoy their own pool villa and never leave it. They are so nice, we rarely did either.

Uluwatu is sparsely developed with a few exclusive resorts and doesn't offer much within walking distance. So, if you are willing to go to a place and never leave this is the place for you. It is a big surfing area if you are into that. We chose this place since it was our last destination after touring SE Asia for a month. Great relax and read a book type resort.

Room Tip: Try to get a Villa on the end of the property so you have more privacy or the higher tiers (there ar...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

We really enjoyed our stay at Alila due to the beautiful architecture, astonishing views, gorgeous landscape and delicious food. The service at the hotel was great everyone very nice, dedicated and committed especially the girls from the spa.

The only thing I have to say on the bad side is that you must be aware of what implies to share the lovely nature, therefore sleeping with the sound of frogs singing could be challenging, but nothing that a pair of earplugs wouldn’t fix.

The private pool in the room was such a refreshing option afterhours although using the main one with a great view to the ocean is nice for sunset. If you want a nice view from your room you should consider asking in advance because ours (301) wasn’t as good.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Taipei, Taiwan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

I had a wedding here and stayed here for 3 days, twice. The resort is beautiful but not delicate in details. Services here depend on how much you tip. You have to tip everything to meet your expectation of this place. I personally recommend to stay in Bulgari instead here.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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AlilaVillasUluwatu, General Manager at Alila Villas Uluwatu, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Dear Sophyeh,

Firstly, many thanks for taking the time to provide valuable feedback pertaining to your stay with us, much appreciated. We certainly recognize that this took time out of your day for which we are truly thankful.

Moreover, please accept my sincere apologies for your experience pertaining to service. Rest assured that I will endeavour to contact you offline in order to gain more specific information that will assist with our overall improvement moving forward.

Please allow me to reassure you that your experience is in no way indicative of our normally high standards implemented at the property.

For the future, and when you next decide to visit Bali please be encouraged to contact my office prior, to which I will manage all arrangements for you personally. I am certainly confident in our ability to restore your loyalty to Alila and I look forward to this opportunity in the near future.

Once again, thank you for conveying your constructive feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back to Alila Villas Uluwatu, your Balinese Home again soon.

Best regards,

Sean Brennan
General Manager
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Phuket, Phuket, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

many times for me for Thai food at Rungroeng restaurant...really impress real authentic Thai food..good taste....good price....alive seafood in water tank...so fresh...should try... at Uluwatu turn left same way Alila Villa.....yummy yummmy!!!!

Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Alila is truly one of the most beautiful resorts in the world. Perched on the cliffs of South Bali with stunning uninterrupted views of the ocean, Alila is designed to work in with the landscape of its surroundings to offer you the feeling of pure bliss and calmness. I took my partner there for a surprise get away before our friends joined us in Bali for a week of craziness in Seminyak, and we were totally blown away by the resort, our villa, the staff, and the service.

We were welcomed to Alila and whisked away to our villa by our butler Ayun. She was a total superstar who looked after every one of our requests. Our one-bedroom villa at the very top of the resort (Villa 401) was everything that you could ask for. Amazing king size bed with multiple pillows to select from, 100's of Alila products from sun-tanning oil to face mist and pillow spray, huge pool and our own birds nest (cabana). I could spent the holiday in the immaculate bathrooms with an 8 jet shower with rain shower, and an outdoor rain shower with water feature. It was ridiculous! But I loved it.

Down at the resort were two amazing restaurants. We ate at Circe for dinner and had a beautiful meal, which ended up being about $100AU a head without booze. Expensive for Bali standards, but in the scheme of things worth every cent. We ate at Warung on our last trip to Bali and was blown away by the food standards.

The day spa at Alila was an architects dream to work on. Each room its own free standing hut with entry way, treatment room and outdoor bathroom for you to prep and shower afterwards. The treatment was spectacular and just added to the entire experience of being isolated from the rest of the world. Treatments were about $100, which again is expensive for Bali, but when you take into consideration your surroundings makes it all worth it.

Sean, the manager, was on hand to meet guests and to ensure every request you had was fulfilled. A true gentleman and expert in luxury services. Well done to him and his amazing support team.

I have no hesitation in recommending Alila to anyone. You need to experience it at least once in your life. I know we will be heading back!!!

Book it now.

Jules :)

Room Tip: The higher the better... try the 400's as they are right up the top.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Jl Belimbing Sari Banjar Tambiyak Desa Pecatu, Pecatu, Bali 80364, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Nusa Dua Peninsula > Pecatu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Pecatu
#1 Romantic Hotel in Pecatu
#1 Luxury Hotel in Pecatu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Alila Villas Uluwatu 5*
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Alila Villas Uluwatu is the first all-pool villa luxury resort in the Alila Signature collection. Designed by award-winning architectural firm WOHA, each of 84 villas showcase contemporary Balinese-inspired design. Poised on an elevated plateau that meets with limestone cliffs sweeping down to the cerulean Indian Ocean, the view from Alila Villas Uluwatu showcases nothing less than nature's perfection. Each villa offers private pool and cabana with 24 hour host (butler) service. Alila Villas Uluwatu designed in harmony with fully respecting the natural environment, continuing the Alila tradition of a total destination experience that is serene, sensual, and surprisingly different. ... more   less 
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