Located in the heart of Seminyak, adjacent to the beach and with pretty shops on either side, Alila Seminyak is the ideal base from which to explore all that the area has to offer.
Arriving at the property, I am greeted by the friendly and helpful staff. The lobby is spacious and modern, with a high ceiling and a vertical living green wall behind the reception desk. Welcome drinks and cold towels quickly arrive as I check in.
I am staying in a Deluxe Ocean Suite on the ground floor, with a view of the Indian Ocean. This large suite contains a living room, bedroom, bathroom and balcony. The living room is spacious, with a large sofa and flat-screen TV. There is a king-size bed in the bedroom and a wooden room divider between the bathroom and bedroom that also serves as a mirror when closed. The suite is sophisticated, modern and minimalist. It also comes with the full range of modern gadgets and technology, including interactive TV and high-speed Internet. Beautiful Balinese paintings hang in the living room, but the ultimate Balinese touch is the view of the Indian Ocean from the balcony. In the evening, when the sun goes down, I have a front-row seat to the gorgeous tropical sunset from the privacy of my own balcony.
It does not take long to fall in love with this property. In addition to the friendly service, magnificent sights, relaxing and sophisticated ambience, Alila Seminyak also features a selection of attractive dining spots. The resort’s all-day dining restaurant is located between the bar and the main pool, and has indoor and outdoor seating. Breakfast is served and offers an extensive selection, from fresh-made breads and pastries to traditional Western and Asian dishes and local selections. Lunch and dinner menus are served in the open-style kitchen featuring an Asian noodle bar and a grill and rotisserie, offering adventures into authentic and favourite flavours.
Another perfect spot to enjoy the sunset besides my balcony is the Beach Bar, a chill-out space that invites guests to sink into a daybed or armchair, listen to the beach music and sip a signature cocktail. Meanwhile, the Coffee Bar serves up preferred brews and more exotic concoctions such as the Espresso Martini. Whatever you desire, the skilful baristas are ready to brew up pure delight. And don’t miss the breath-taking ocean views by the bar.
There are plenty of activities to choose from at Alila Seminyak, but it would be difficult to top the one-hour signature massage at the Spa. The skilful hands of the therapist hit all the right parts on my body, unknotting my muscles and soothing body and soul. Alila’s therapists are trained in anatomy and massage, and offer a warm, genuine touch that flows from the heart through the hands, to stimulate, rejuvenate, balance and relax mind and body.
Alila Seminyak has an itinerary that is sure to please everyone. The Rom-Antique Roadshow takes you on a journey to the Bali’s west coast and its collection of beaches and beach clubs, with a touch of culture and history, all in a fully restored vintage 1980 Volkswagen Kombi. Cruise through rice fields, visit a 17th century fertility temple built on a rock in the ocean, explore the great beach venues in the area and chill out with signature cocktails and dine as you desire as the sun sets over the ocean. Alila offers so many wonderful activities to ensure an exhilarating stay.
Jl. Taman Ganesha No. 9
Bali – Indonesia
Phone. +62 361 302 1888
Text by Dennis Latif | Photos courtesy of Alila Seminyak