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“Cire restaurant is the highlight - chef is tantastic” 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 10 Hotels in Pecatu
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“Cire restaurant is the highlight - chef is tantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2009

We just finished a stay at the Alila Uluwatu and I must say that the highlight of the stay was having dinner at the restaurant "Cire" and their out-of-this-world chef who came from Jakarta (he's Dutch, trained in Amsterdam). We had the 7-course tasting menu and it was absolutely delicious. You can choose your own courses from his list, or he can do the choosing for you. A few dishes were his in-house smoked fish, a variation on Peking duck, snow crab with an infused froth, chilled tomato soup, carrot cake with ice cream, and a hot molten chocolate cake that was mouth-watering! We actually came BACK to eat here whilst staying at the Bulgari resort just up the road - the food was THAT good. I believe in future we will see this chef obtain a Michelin star - wait for it, it is in the cards. We cannot imagine a trip to Bali now without going to this restaurant. We used to love Mosaic whilst in Bali - our favourite is now "Cire"!
The resort itself is beautiful and vast, with outstanding architecture and excellent and friendly staff. The cliff view is gorgeous. The villas themselves are lovely with a good-sized pool and comfy bed. The butler service was also very good and was the "real deal" (unlike the so-called butlers at Ritz-Carlton's cliff villas). Very good value for money in Bali and we will be returning in future!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2009

There are many things to like about Alila Villas Uluwatu. Let me list them down for easy reference.

The architecture
Designed by award-winning architecture firm WOHA, the resort is an enclave of 80 to 100-odd standalone villas that look curiously like a hive of futuristic abodes. These are perched in succession of four tiers on a cliff overlooking a private and rather inaccessible beach. (The path to the beach is yet to be completed when we were there) The main property that houses the two restaurants, spa and main lobby is a series of one-storey corridors that are interspersed with water features like terraced ponds and mini waterfalls. A collection of modern art pieces are displayed in corners. Restrooms in the public areas are breathtakingly beautiful (weirdly so). The cubicles are exposed on one side where a stone pond complete with cascading waterfalls is installed. (The restrooms located adjacent to the spa features a WC that edges the pond) It was truly surreal, and we felt like we’ve stepped into Aeon Flux.

The location
Perched right at the edge of the cliff, the resort is rather inaccessible. It takes about 10 minutes to reach the main roadway leading to Jimbaran Bay and the rest of Bali. This makes the locale absolutely breathtaking and exclusive. We recommend you book airport transfers. Concierge will assist in booking taxis, but from our experience, even seasoned local drivers get lost in this neck of the woods. Hotel transport hires cost US$30++ per hour!

The villa
Every villa has a pool, a cabana with views of the sea, a daybed, a sumptuous bathroom with outdoor/ indoor shower, bathtub and his/ her vanities. The coolest thing about this space is the vanity mirror that opens up with a ring of fluorescent lights. The high-ceilinged indoor area is large and from the very comfortable bed, we could see right through to the cabana at the other end. When we stepped into our villa every window and door is open—from the back of our beds, to the bathroom to the daybed. (Turn down service will close all these to prevent the mosquitoes from organizing a flesh feast). We were spoilt for choice on where to lounge, because every chaise/ chair/ bed was positioned to take in maximum views of the gorgeous surroundings.

The amenities
What we love about the resort is that all toiletries are provided—even candles for the bath, sunscreen, mosquito repellent and lip balm. The TV offers countless channels (more than enough for a beautiful place like this), and there are also a DVD player and an iPod preloaded with songs (although it was tough trying to figure out how to connect the iPod with the entertainment system). The great thing about Alila Uluwatu is it is a Green certified resort. Lights can be adjusted to a bare minimum to save on electricity. We didn’t even have to use the air-con as the breeze coming into our room was cool and lovely. The room also had a coffee maker. In fact, the good people of the resort have thought of everything—straw hats, yoga mats, sarongs and handheld fans!

The service
We understand that this is the resort’s soft opening; only 25 rooms are open at the moment. This may explain why there seem to be too many staff members lingering at the lobby. But if you’re into attentive service, this can be a good thing. We felt that a little discretion was in order to suss out if we wanted to be left alone. We appreciate the kind attention, but for most part, we just wanted to be left alone to enjoy the resort and its surroundings. That said, we must applaud the little effort that has gone into making the room personalized and welcoming. At turn down service, we found bookmarks inserted into our novels, water placed at our bedside table and bedroom slippers placed at the foot of the bed. A thoughtful staff member even recommended and arranged transport to a seafood dinner at Jimbaran Bay Seafood. We were very impressed that he took the initiative to request for a good seat at the front of the restaurant. Restaurant staff are friendly and extremely sincere, and might even go all the way out to please, but we didn’t go that far.

The experience
We had a truly relaxing time. The place is gorgeous—we loved having lunch at the cabanas overlooking the cliff. Thanks to the open design, we were subject to the beautiful weather and dreamlike surroundings. The spa and library are not open when we visited, but we are sure they’d add even more value to the resort. Breakfast came in the guise of a la carte servings, but we could order any amount we wanted. The choices are broken down to categories such as ‘healthy’, ‘Indonesian’, ‘cuts and slices’, etc, making it a breeze to order. The menu changes everyday, so guests can sample a whole array of delicious dishes. Overall, this is truly a sublime resort—so divine that we spent most of our short holiday here.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Düsseldorf
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2009

We have spent 5 nights at Alila Uluwatu on our honeymoon round trip to Malaysia, Bali and Lombok in this new opened and magnificent resort. We stayed at a one bedroom villa, which are very spaceous and stylish with modern design and local influence (all have sea view), the private pool with private cabana are a real eye catcher and offer privacy. Alila has two restaurants with sea view (the resort is located on a cliff top), one is western cuisine with asian influence the other restaurant offers local indonesian cuisine. Both places are first class restaurants with a wide range of dishes. The breakfast is very good with a great view over the indian ocean. Absolutely outstanding is the resort staff, the provided service and upon request the private buttler (included in costs). Though the location on a cliff top the resort offers no access to a beach, which is the only real disadvantage. When we were there the Spa was still under construction, which led to spa treatments in the villa. This was fine for us. To sum it up, we have spent the best days of our honeymoon there.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Hong Kong
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2009

Around 2 months ago we spend 5 nights at the Alila Hotels Resort in Uluwatu and our time there has been excellent to say the least.

Since the resort had only opened 2 months prior to our arrival, we expected there would be a few start-up problems. However none of these small issues (the massage treatment room not yet completed, so therefore the massages were conducted in the villa) had any negative impact on our stay.

The villa we stayed in was excellent. On both ends of the villa you will find huge sliding glass panels that open over the width of the villa. Combined with the high ceilings the villa gives you a very spacious feel. Both the villa and garden are nicely lit and in the evening the place looks and feels luxurious. There are two showers and one separate bath (actually two if you count the pool). There is one rain shower with 6 jet streams inside and one rain shower outside. The Alila care products are replaced daily and are of good quality.

The service we experienced was very good. We were impressed with the staff that all seemed to know our names and greeted us in the hallways with big smiles. We found the room service to be a bit slow at times, but since we were on holiday and not in a rush it did not bother us too much. What we also found very positive was the fact that the staff had the authority to make decisions without having to involving the manager. We were very surprised with the level of English of the staff. Their English was impressive, especially once you know most of them never had English in school and learned it on the job.

During our stay we did a number of activities amongst which a 90 mins Spa Treatment, Sunset at the Uluwatu Temple and a cooking class with the chef cook. We love our massages and have done many in almost every country in Asia. Both therapists from the Alila were very professional and friendly. The sunset evening at the Temple was a nice thing to do and the traditional Balinese dance show was a great laugh. Again the staff that accompanied us was professional, friendly and entertaining. Half way through our staff we booked a morning of cooking with Stefan the chef cook. Part of the cooking experience was a visit to the local wet and fish market, where we bought a tuna that we prepared upon our return to the resort. Excellent.

Every night upon our return to our villa there was a pot of tea waiting for us accompanied by some local candy. During our day out with the chef cook, we found out that the ingredients in both the tea as well as the candy had a positive effect on your sleepiness. As opposed to traditional tea, coffee and sugar that will actually keep you alert.

Overall the food experience was very good. And even though the Eggs Benedict are not on the menu, we can highly recommend these for breakfast.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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 Luxury Hotel in Pecatu
#1 On the Beach 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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