Shakti Stays: Alila Villas Uluwatu

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If you're really looking to spoil yourself in Bali, look no further than Alila Hotels incredible villas in Uluwatu. Perched on a remote stretch of limestone cliffs, high above the Indian Ocean, the view is nothing less than breath-taking – aquamarine ocean, glorious golden sunsets and, at night, a sea of glittering stars. I've never felt so pampered and "VIP" in all my life! It was enough to make a gypsy nomad like me question my decision to give up all my worldly possessions to become a yoga teacher – almost!

The staff attended to my every desire and I appreciated the effort put into every thoughtful, beautiful detail. For example, I asked them to book me and my friends a table at a restaurant, and returned to my room to find a beautiful gift card with the reservation details hand-written inside. 

These are not your ordinary Bali villas, but come with an incredible private pool and ocean view cabana, and are sustainably designed with the natural environment very much in mind. The open-plan design, lava rock roof and bamboo ceilings allow the gentle sea breeze to circulate for a relaxing tropical feel.

If you ever want to leave the room (and it's tough, believe me!) you can climb down to the beach below – it's in a remote location so you'll most probably be blissfully alone, with nothing but you, the sun, the sand between your toes and the glittering Indian Ocean beyond. Everything about Alila Villas screams seclusion and privacy. A far cry from the hustle and bustle of Seminyak. For the vegans, Alila will happily provide, and you should definitely try the Balinese coconut rice pudding with banana and coconut palm sugar. End the evening sipping cocktails in a private pool cabana or in the incredible 'hanging' bar built onto the cliff top. Watch the sun set and soak in the luxury and opulence... I dream of returning here one day.

take me there...

Alila Hotels
Jl. Belimbing Sari, Tambiyak, Pecatu,
Kuta Selatan Pecatu Kuta Selatan,
Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia