Stunning clifftop location, with Indian Ocean views everywhere
The elegant five-room spa, with half-day and daylong programs
Authentic cuisine at the Warung (from an open kitchen)
Personalized service: A butler is assigned to each villa
All villas have a private pool
The first resort in Bali built to EarthCheck’s building, planning and design standards
What To Know
The location is remote; it’s an hour to Seminyak’s shopping and nightlife
The sea here is too rough for swimming, though there are renowned surfing spots nearby
There’s a 24-hour fitness center with yoga classes
Some verandas are suspended over shared walkways—very romantic but not entirely private
Parking on site
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Modern, eco-friendly villa hotel on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean, with a gorgeous infinity pool and a notable spa
Set along 35 clifftop acres on Bali’s rustic Bukit Peninsula, this resort balances a striking modern style with a commendable environmental commitment. The 84 individual villas feature spacious, uncluttered interiors, private pools and plush outdoor spots, some with panoramic views. In-room amenities run from the expected, like free WiFi and an iPod dock, to aromatic bespoke his-and-hers body products and movie star–worthy sun hats. A butler is assigned to each villa; he or she attends to each guest as much or as little as requested. The staff is so engaging that most guests quickly find themselves reliant. The bamboo-clad spa is a must, with a calming ambience, well-trained therapists, and an extensive menu of creative and restorative treatments. The repeating wood pattern throughout creates a simple but contemporary look that’s sustainable, thanks to renowned Singapore architectural firm WOHA. As for dining, Cire delivers inventive, fruit-filled breakfasts and healthy Western fare like marinated mackerel served with salmon roe vinaigrette and seared king prawns atop black rice risotto, enjoyed in a dining room decorated with 2,500 antique batik stamps. The Warung’s authentic Balinese dishes, like satay lilit and ayam betutu with red rice, are a good choice for sunset nibbles or a full Indonesian feast. And after indulging, it’s off to bed for a night’s rest—with the only sound the croak of geckos under the clear night sky.
In the Area
Head to Seminyak, an hour away, for butter-soft leather bags and python flip-flops at Wrkshp13, Prada-inspired frocks with Balinese prints at Namu (Jalan Petitenget 234X), and some good karma from crystal-infused bling at Anna Michielan. Sate your sweet tooth with homemade raw chocolates and other organic treats at the Bukit outpost of Bali Buddha. The black coral rock and the 11th-century temple of Pura Luhur Uluwatu make for a stunning sight, hugging the Bukit cliffs. Locals believe the temple guards the island against evil spirits. Booked through the resort, Alila Journeys can include visits to leading Balinese artists, private kitchen time with the hotel chef and visits to community projects supported by the hotel.