I recently spent 2 nights at Alila, and then 2 nights at a comparable resort both in Uluwatu. Alila, compared to what I've seen in other hotels within this high price range, is kept very well--especially considering the fast deterioration rates these hotels seem to have in the Bali climate. The staff overall are also very attentive and friendly. It's a large resort and the hotel tries to keep you there--this is the kind of place you check into to not see the rest of the island.
The hotel is designed beautifully and there are a wealth of pictures online for someone to see what it actually looks like. The pros are that it's a high-end resort, with lots of service, bells and whistles. However, I do agree with some of the reviews here that there is still room for improvement in terms of training staff to the standards that Western tourists expect from this high grade of hotel. For example, the waiters are nervous, so nervous that they spill food or water on you pretty often. Also they seem a bit lost and could use some more direction. We spent a lot of time waiting for someone to ask someone else to see if they could answer our questions.
I also agree with previous reviewers that if you're looking for a super private villa experience, this is not it. The "villas" are close to each other and you can hear your neighbors. We did not experience the open sight lines that another reviewer wrote about, but people walking below us (to enter their own villas) definitely could look up into our patio areas if we were standing up. We also can hear everything on both sides, especially if the rooms are opened up--yes, everything.
I actually did not see the beach at all while I was there--it was my fault, I couldn't be bothered to walk the 700 odd steps down the cliff. But no matter, when you're idling in the infinity pool or in your own private pool looking out to the sea and snapping photographs of you in hotel straight out of a fancy magazine you quickly forget that.
I think it's hard to spend more than a few nights here--it is isolated and you need a driver to get anywhere outside of the immediate area.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Alila Villas Uluwatu Hotel Uluwatu
- Alila Villas Uluwatu Bali/Pecatu