This is a world away from traditional seaside holidays. Here at the 4-star Alila Manggis, on Buitan Beach, you’re surrounded by coconut trees rather than sandcastles, and overlooked by Mount Agung, the most sacred mountain on the Indonesian island of Bali. Located on the island’s east coast, the hotel is a 90-minute journey from Ngurah Rai International Airport and 10 minutes to Padang Bai Harbour, from where you can travel to Lombok and other islands by ferry.
Spa Alila, in a peaceful forest location facing out to sea, presents a choice of treatments based on ancient Asian techniques using only fresh, natural ingredients. The highly trained therapists offer a holistic service, and can provide everything from facials and massages – using virgin coconut oil sourced from local villages – to reflexology, whole-body wraps and hair treatments.
Housed in traditional two-storey Balinese pavilions, the 53 airy rooms, superior and deluxe, and two suites are designed to give the best possible views of the coconut grove, the sea and the pool area. Following refurbishment, all of the rooms feature a cool terrazzo floor and a private terrace or balcony. Good-quality bedding, satellite TV, tea- and coffee-making facilities, minibar and free wifi all come as standard. The large Seaside Suites benefit from a corner location, ocean views and a separate living area. For a truly luxurious time, you can book Villa Idanna, 45 minutes away. High up in the hills, overlooking the Sidemen Valley, it offers a place of quiet refuge, with its own private pool, open-air seating area and a staff of four to look after you. Best of all – there’s no TV!
You can take a dip in the hotel’s unusual inverted pyramid-design swimming pool, then have a go at one of the tai chi classes or yoga sessions in the yoga pavilion. Or get on your bike to try out one of the three suggested cycle routes. A shuttle service will take you to the nearby town centre, if you fancy exploring a bit further afield, and there’s a range of trips and experiences on offer (fees payable), from scuba diving to a walking tour to one of Bali’s sacred Hindu temples or the mighty Mount Agung. Keen cooks will enjoy the half-day ‘Cooking Experience’ in the organic garden, just 10 minutes from the hotel.
At the Seasalt restaurant you can enjoy a wide-ranging menu, including the signature dish, the traditional Balinese Megibung, a meal to share with friends and family. Or just a short car or ride away is the hotel’s organic garden – you can eat here, at the outdoor Ocean Bale, from a menu that can be designed round your own personal preferences using ingredients fresh from the ground. Why not try the Bebek Betutu – slow-cooked duck in banana leaf? There’s also the Living Room lounge, a relaxed space where you can enjoy a drink while playing a board game or simply sitting with your nose in a book.
Buitan , ManggisKarangasem 80871BaliIndonesia