Bali has always been my favourite retreat whenever I feel exhausted from the day to day hustle and bustle, meeting numerous deadlines and managing expectations.
Alila Villas, as I have found out from an informal survey among my friends and colleagues, is not as well known in Singapore – unless you have been there through travel agencies or word-of-mouth.
With resorts peppered in several asian countries, I checked myself into two Alila Resorts through a Two Faces of Bali package, which I bought via a local agency specializing in resorts and spas, three years ago. The package brought me to two of Alila’s earliest resorts in Manggis (sea facing) and Ubud (forest and padi fields). The experience was so unforgettable (great food!) that I chose to check into their newer resorts the years after.
For 3 years, I have made Alila Villas my first choice for a short annual retreat. In fact, I have become a frequent guest to Alila, making ‘pilgrimage’ to the resort in Soori for the 3rd consecutive year this year. Soori is one of the two newer resorts from Alila chain located on the west coast in the town of Tebanan – near the famous Tanah Lot. Located by a black sand beach and surrounded by a large padi field, it offers a beautiful sunset (on clear days) and the tranquility for those who yearn for it. No noisy kids running around, no nosy butlers that ring your villa a few times a day. Coupled with lots of delicious cuisine and a relaxing spa that awaits within the resort. Just a quiet do-nothing retreat, if thats what you yearn for.
I had booked a vacation through the same travel agent this time for yet another “Two Faces” experience. This time round, the package comes with two nights stay each at Soori and at Uluwatu, the more “premium” resort located at the southern tip of Bali. I am looking forward to my visit to Uluwatu, especially when I have read all the rave reviews about its resort and its breath taking view up on the limestone cliffs.
Definitely looking forward to my stay at Alila!