ALILA SEMINYAK (link) (instagram)

Location: Jalan Taman Ganesha No. 9 Petitenget, Seminyak 80361 Bali, Indonesia
Year built: October 2015
Architect: Gaurang Khemka/URBNarc
Ethos: Sustainable secret garden paradise

ALILA Seminyak, one of Alila’s five properties in Bali, is your sustainable getaway in the heart of Seminyak. Located between renown Potato Head Beach Club and Ku De Ta, the location is close to all the action while still being secluded enough to cover all of your getaway needs. I loved walking into ALILA Seminyak every time because the lobby area is semi-outdoors, which is a common theme throughout the resort. Rooms utilize sliding doors and large balcony areas to blur the lines between being inside and outside. The vertical gardens of wall-hugging plants, green roofs, and landscaped terraces make it a truly Balinese and stunning property, common of the ALILA group’s bold architecture style.

Service is friendly and thoughtful – you could tell they anticipated all your needs with every table adorned with Bali essentials: sunscreen, lotion, face mist, and mosquito repellent, all in “his” or “her” options. Cucumber and mint-infused water along with a snack bar of coffee and cookies were also available in case we wanted a pick-me-up. The property is also decked out with five different pools (with a private party pool that you can book) and two restaurants – Sea Salt and the Beach Bar – both on the beach with the first serving Japanese fusion seafood and the latter with more international and grill options. Either destination will give you the perfect sunset with the sound of the ocean while you enjoy your meal.

The award-winning spa is not to be missed! I suggest trying out their spa treatments and taking some of the ALILA spa products home. They’re all natural, handmade, and smell divine. For families, you can drop the little ones off at the Kids Club and get a massage. ALILA is a great choice if you want to be close to all of the food and fun in Seminyak but still get a sense of tranquility. It serves a more sophisticated crowd but its great for both couples and small families.

It’s worth noting that they are a leading development in sustainability and long-term ecological performance, which is shown through its modern and contemporary design that uses a lot of wood and greenery. Much like ALILA Uluwatu, the architecture acts as a frame to the natural surroundings. They used Ulin timber and local stone and terrazzo to outfit the property, and even preserved the local landowner’s family home and ancestral temple. Modeled after Balinese residential compounds, the hotel was designed to maximize views from every angle so that you can see the endless Indian Ocean from almost everywhere on the property. The sunsets are amazing and not to be missed (and if you’re on the property, you won’t!)