Alila Seminyak: understated elegance in Bali
Nestled in what is undeniably the hippest part of Seminyak, right next door to Potato Head Beach Club and walking distance to some of Bali's best restaurants including Bambu and La Lucciola, is Alila's latest property, Alila Seminyak.
Done up in contemporary Balinese style, Alila Seminyak is all light and breezy, done up in earthy, neutral tones, with vertical gardens found throughout the property, lending a refreshing touch of green. Its 240 rooms and suites are spread over four blocks—read: a sense of privacy despite the number of rooms, which includes a stunning 811-square metre, 3-bedroom penthouse suite that comes with its own swimming pool.
On the subject of pools, the infinity pools that overlooks Seminyak beach must be the main highlight of the property. One of the pools is located right next to the pool bar, which means it's entirely possible to spend the whole day poolside—yoga classes are held at the pool deck in the mornings and in the evening, there're sunset cocktail sessions held to the tune of chilled house music by the hotel's resident DJ. When available, make sure you help yourself to a babi guling bao (roast pork buns), or three—soft, juicy and full of flavour, it's the chef's take on the classic Chinese steamed pork bun.
Further relaxation can be had at Spa Alila, which has already built a name for itself at Alila's other properties in Bali. Try the Balinese massage, because where else could you possibly get a more authentic Balinese massage? Otherwise, opt for the Alila Signature massage that combines different techniques including lomi-lomi, acupressure and deep tissue muscle movement that leaves you feeling totally at ease. The spa uses its own brand of products that feature 100% natural ingredients.
Despite its location that's right smack in the heart of bustling, upscale Seminyak, Alila Seminyak proves to be a tranquil beachfront haven where afternoons are long and lazy, a delightful surprise. After all, 'Alila' does mean surprise in Sanskrit.
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