The hotel staff told me this was our 7th visit to the Alila. Says it all, really.
For once the website pictures are an accurate reflection of this beautiful hotel. In fact, the pictures can't convey the sense of peace and well-being this hotel delivers to guests.
Rooms and suites are well thought out (without being over the top) and comfortable but cannot be described as luxurious. If you can, get a deluxe room - the day beds are worth every extra cent! To lie outside, looking over the beautiful lawns and pool, listening to the breeze rustling through the coconut fronds is one of life's small treasures.
I can't speak highly enough of the staff. Professional but always friendly they are genuinely interested in your comfort. Front desk (including the lovely Dewi) are a happy and helpful crew. Restaurant staff know their business and everything tastes better because of the beautiful smiles that accompany every dish. Housekeeping cannot be faulted and the cleanliness of the rooms is excellent.
The large open air restaurant offers good food in a beautiful setting. It features many East Bali dishes (the megibung platter is a must if you get the chance) but all the dishes we sampled were thoughtful and well presented. You can eat more cheaply in Candi Dasa but, given the setting, never so well.
The grounds give the hotel a wonderful feel. Vast expanses of carefully tended lawns and barricades of flowering shrubs frame the large square swimming pool which is surrounded by numerous sun beds and large umbrellas. The pool staff move the beds anywhere you like, provide freshly laundered large towels & bring iced water - all with a smile and a happy greeting.
A free afternoon tea is provided daily, featuring Balinese cakes and confections. Watching the ocean whilst seated under a coconut palm with a mug of "Bali Kopi" was a real pleasure.
My wife tells me the Spa delivered a 1st rate treatment.
To be truthful Allila Manggis is the reason we keep returning to Bali. It's restful, beautiful, small (54? rooms/suites) and utterly delightful. Go now.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Alila Hospitalities includes Complimentary Yoga, Tai Chi, and Afternoon teaAlila Experience includes Cultural learning, Conscious Living, Couple Celebration, Active Spirits, Culinary Journey ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alila Manggis Hotel Manggis
- Alila Hotel Manggis
- Alila Resort Manggis
- Alila Manggis Bali