Secluded on top of a hillside overlooking the Ayung River valley, staying at the Alila Ubud is retreat unlike no other. The sprawling driveway, only fifteen minutes away from Ubud town, takes you into an oasis that feels a world away. Upon arrival, it’s hard not to be drawn to the dark blues and greens of the pool that jet out into the lush forests.
“Welcome home” are the very words that greet you at the Alila Ubud, designed to be a Balinese village itself, with its own bikeways and lanes, and a community center. You feel immediately a part of their tribe, with a warm greeting and personal check-in. The modern materials and warm stone blend perfectly with its surroundings, making the boutique hotel feel intimate and part of the valley. Booking with Kiwi Collection, a curated collection of luxury hotels around the world, meant an early check in to settle in (based on availability) at the Alila Ubud. Kiwi Collection carefully selects hotels in destinations worldwide, which means you can trust that each stay is as special as the one before.
Mornings at the Alila Ubud are magical. With coffee provided in the room, it’s hard to leave one’s patio that offers views over the valley. The clever design of each room built high on stilts, creates a treehouse effect. Often you’ll see the local monkeys passing by on the walkways, making it equally entertaining as relaxing. Breakfast starts at the restaurant which overlooks the pool. A menu features fresh local fruit juices, Indonesian dishes, and sweets with ingredients that are sourced locally. The day often blends between yoga or tai chi classes that are offered at the hotel, and slowly turn into afternoons alongside the pool, where it’s the most ideal spot to cool off. The afternoons are lighthearted, with tea and sweets served on the patio. It’s the perfect snack to fuel up on before a bike ride around the hotel. Dinners at the Alila Ubud are equally magical, where the chef prepares dishes from Indonesia set in an open air restaurant where you can hear jungle birds chirping in the distance.
The rooms at Alila Ubud are luxurious and designed to be a retreat. Inside the Superior Room, the patios are set with a daybed and unobstructed views of the valley. Inside, the white sheets contrast beautifully with the dark woods set for the furniture, and the bed is one that surely you won’t want to leave. Many of the in-room amenities like soaps, products, and slippers are made locally to support villages and local community, which is a huge component of Alila’s commitment for sustainable tourism.
The Alila Ubud is one of Bali’s best escapes, a place to come to unwind and reconnect. With a The tranquility of the lush, green forests make for a setting unlike any other in the valley, ensuring your stay will be nothing less than magical.
Bon Traveler’s Tips For Staying at the Alila Ubud
- Book with Kiwi Collection to receive extra perks upon check-in.
- The concierge team can help arrange any guided experiences to places like the Tegallalang Rice Terraces, nearby waterfalls, and the markets in Ubud town.
- Complimentary bikes are available and make for a wonderful way to explore.
- Complimentary return shuttle service is offered into town a few times a day according to a set schedule. If a time does not work, Alila Ubud can arrange a taxi for around $10 each way.
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Desa, Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Gianyar, Bali 80572, Indonesia.
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*Bon Traveler was welcomed as a guest of Alila Ubud and Kiwi Collection. As always, all opinions are own.