Alila Ubud is one of Bali’s most idyllic highland retreats, with gorgeous villas overlooking the Ayung River Valley and the lush rice paddy landscapes of the Payangan village. Secluded and private, the resort is one of the unique of its type in Bali... and that’s saying something. Despite being completely surrounded by nature and away from the crowds, the resort is only five-kilometres from the main Ubud hub, and an hour to Ngurah Rai International Airport in South Bali.
The collection of cosy guestrooms and pool villas at Alila Ubud are enclosed within private stone-walled gardens, and the whole layout is designed to resemble a typical Balinese village. All rooms and villas provide soothing, natural views with the Ayung River rushing below, together with the mountain range on the horizon. Although the photos alone are probably enough to persuade you, here are 10 reasons why you should stay at the incredible Alila Ubud.
- Quad or Buggy Driving Adventure & Tubing Excursion
- Royal Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Excursion
- Bali Hai Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Devdan Show: Treasure of the Archipelago at Bali Nusa Dua Theatre
- Lembongan Island Leisure Day Trip
- Elephant Safari Park & Elephant Ride with Spa
- Highlights Of Bali Full-Day Tour
- Sunset Kecak Dance at Uluwatu & Barbecue Seafood Dinner
- Seawalker, Fly Fish Adventure & Underwater Tandem Scooter Ride
- 2-Day Lombok Island Tour
It’s an old cliché, but location really is everything, and Alila Ubud’s enjoys one of the most stunning on the whole island. Set in a lush valley, all rooms boast amazing views of the surrounding mountains and rice paddies, not forgetting the stunning infinity pool below.
The resort’s centrepiece, its breathtaking infinity pool, is the place to come if you want to wade, float, swim, sunbathe or just drink cocktails all day long in one of the most picturesque and peaceful holiday spots we’ve ever seen in Bali.
Spa Alila offers a range of soothing treatments that combine ancient Asian healing techniques with age-old beauty recipes and fresh, natural ingredients. And with highly skilled therapists who are also trained in anatomical physiology, massage and meditation delivering the treatments, this really is one of the best spa experiences around.
The experience at the 120sqm Terrace Tree Villa is hard to beat, offering the ultimate in privacy with beautiful views over the valley from a large timber-decked terrace. This grand villa features elegant wooden furnishings throughout, and stands on a stilt-like structure, making for an immersive stay with nature sounds and occasional glimpses of wildlife.
Staying at Alila Ubud means you are also doing your part for the environment, as well as participating in sustainable tourism. The Green Globe certified resort is deeply involved in ‘green’ practices such as extensive recycling, waste management and various community support programmes within the local area and Gianyar regency.
Art lovers will find some inspiring pieces at their onsite art gallery, presenting the work of local and international contemporary artists. The space also features rare textile exhibitions and a sculpture garden overlooks the valley – a perfect private spot for a romantic dinner (on request).
Although sipping on a cocktail whilst getting stuck into a good book might be the most energetic of activities most guests partake in at Alila Ubud, the resort does also offer a range of fun activities too. Try one of their open-air cooking classes or go on an excursion through the jungle if you’re feeling particularly adventurous.
All of the ultra-luxurious villas have their own large open-air sunken bathtubs, which are uniquely designed inside a lotus pond - great for romantic soak-in moments for two.
While the hillside village of Payangan welcomes you to experience an exotic and lush location, the resort was also designed to resemble an idyllic village, combining contemporary design with traditional Balinese architecture.
While the Cabana Lounge adjacent the magnificent pool offers a great place for chilling out, Plantation Restaurant is the splendid spot where you can enjoy authentic Balinese dishes and selections from a modern French menu inspired by local seasonal ingredients. An open Balinese-style setting with stunning views over the valley provide you with a most memorable Balinese dining experience.