Alila Ubud: secluded luxury retreat in Bali

If you read our Eat Pray Love Travel Guide to Bali and want more recommendations of boutique hotels and retreats on the island (other than the alluring Bambu Indah which we loved), check out the Alila Ubud, perched on a hillside in the village of Payangan overlooking the Ayung River, only 5 kilometres from the center of Ubud. The Alila Ubud is pretty close to Bambu Indah, and both overlook the same river. The resort hotel blends contemporary design with traditional Balinese architecture. The secluded courtyards, spacious terraces and private gardens create an intimate feeling that many of the crowded beach resorts can never match.

The resort offers 56 rooms and 8 villas that stand above a ravine on stilts like tree houses. Rooms are located in 14 two-storey blocks designed to resemble a Balinese village, and all have panoramic views of the magical Ayung River and surrounding volcanoes. The Deluxe Rooms on the ground floor feature individual garden terraces and a back courtyard with an open-air bathroom and shower. The Superior Rooms on the upper floor feature a private balcony and a daybed where you can chill out, read a book or just daydream while enjoying the unobstructed views.

If you want more privacy, book yourself into one of the 8 villas. Four Valley Villas offer a spacious walk-around deck and are perched over the valley affording spectacular views of the river. The four new and luxuriously spacious Pool Villas offer a complete retreat experience with a private pool bordered by landscaped gardens, an open-air bathtub surrounded by a lotus pond, LCD TV and entertainment system, and the exclusive privilege of personalised leisure concierge services and in-villa dining and spa treatments.

Perhaps the most enticing place in this resort is the infinity edge pool which seems to flow endlessly into the jungle. It is surrounded by stone-tiled sun decks and comfortable sun beds. If you want beauty treatments and massage, Spa Alila features open-air treatment areas and bathrooms with waterfall showers. They also use products from the French luxury skincare line, Decleor.

Alila Ubud is perfect for couples on a honeymoon and people who prefer the more spiritual, tranquil environment of Ubud.

Alila Ubud
Desa Melinggih Kelod
Payangan, Gianyar 80572, Bali

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