Multi-awarded for its sleek design as it complements its natural surroundings, Alila Villas Uluwatu is truly one of Bali’s architectural gems. This all-villa resort has already won three international commendations: ‘The International Architecture Award’ from the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, ‘Riba International Awards’ from the Royal Institute of British Architects 2011 and ‘Uli Awards for Excellence: Asia Pacific’ by the Urban Land Institute 2011.

These accolades are a testament to the resort’s unparalleled commitment to design without compromising guests’ comforts. Environmental and social sustainability were carefully taken into consideration throughout the design of the resort – from the public areas down to the filtration system of the pool. Proof of this is Alila Villas Uluwatu’s being awarded the EarthCheck Gold 2014 certification for sustainability.

The beams used in the relaxation pavilions are made of recycled wood and bronze, allowing fresh air to circulate easily as well as making them eco-friendly. The same goes with the villas. Incorporating locally sourced materials, bamboos were used to take advantage of fresh air coming in while large glass windows ensured guests enjoyed uninterrupted views of the ocean. Flat, lava rock roofs complemented the native furnishings of the rooms with Balinese touches. Modern conveniences such as complimentary Internet access were added in subtly. Snug, cozy and comfortable, each villa was carefully designed to evoke relaxation in a natural surrounding, equipped with private cabanas. It is no wonder guests staying in Alila Villas Uluwatu find it hard to leave when the time comes for them to go.

Alila Villas Uluwatu: An Architectural Gem in Bali

Perched on a cliff top plateau on the Bukit Peninsula, the Alila Villas Uluwatu offers panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. As guests enter the lobby, they are greeted with sweeping views of the infinity pool that seemingly reaches up to the sky and the cerulean sea beyond. Rarely found in other resorts, Alila Villas Uluwatu’s infinity pool truly lives up to its name. Guests seemingly swim in an endless sea with the horizon almost within one’s reach. The wooden cabana, also called ‘stick pavilion’, hangs precariously at the edge of the cliff. More than half of the cabana juts out into the ocean making it an excellent viewing deck. Box-like with open-air ambience, it is also perfect for watching the sunset or sunrise as one basks in the breathtaking ocean view.

Alila Villas Uluwatu: An Architectural Gem in Bali

Activities guests can indulge in include yoga in the middle of the scenic surroundings. All 61 villas are equipped with a plunge pool for guests’ thorough enjoyment. Wii and Nintendo are readily available too. A visit to the Spa would surely leave everyone relaxed and rejuvenated. An impromptu request like a scrabble game though not readily available could also be easily remedied. Those who like to get fit will enjoy a trek to the private beach, that is, after going down the hundreds of steps. To be rewarded with a perfectly blissful swim. Those who desire to get connected to the local culture will also be delighted to know that there are customized tours that include a two and a half hours trek through the local town, a visit to neighboring temples as well as a culinary journey, a wellness experience and a visit to the ‘Bali Life Foundation’ orphanage.

Alila Villas Uluwatu: An Architectural Gem in Bali

Those looking to tie the knot will find Alila Villas Uluwatu the perfect venue for their most special day. The cliff-edge sunset cabana is the most sought-after for a wedding ceremony. It robs pool goers the privacy they need though as the pool is nearby. But any of the 61 villas will also do. All of them are set in the middle of lush landscapes. With the help of the resort’s wedding and events planner, couples can look forward to a memorable wedding. Set in eco-friendly and heavenly surroundings. The intimate setup and the serenity of the place make the resort even more intimate and cozy. Combine this with excellent Bali service by gentle and quiet people, and guests are in for a memorable treat.

Alila Villas Uluwatu is located in Bali, Indonesia. It is only 30 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport and 15 minutes from Jimbaran Bay. It is a little off the beaten path but which makes it even more intimate and quiet. Perfect for those looking for a home away from home, a cozy nook at the edge of the world. With all the awards under its belt, Alila Villas Uluwatu promises every guest an unforgettable stay in Bali’s architectural gem.

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