Bali has been on my bucket list of places to visit and it did not disappoint. My friend recommended staying at the Alila Ubud and it was like a slice of paradise. If you’re looking for a place to escape and be at one with nature, you can’t get more remote than at the Alila. I thought I’d share a few photos from the stay.
The rooms are quite spacious, but I should mention that the bath tub and showers are outdoors. There’s a small garden and tall walls to block any peering eyes. At first, it felt a little strange to take a shower outside, but then it’s actually relaxing being in the outdoors.
While we were there, my sister and I took a Balinese cooking class offered by the hotel. The sous-chef of the restaurant took us on an early morning tour of a local wet market. Afterward, we had a private tour of the hotel’s organic garden and cooked up a storm of 7 dishes. The spread was really quite impressive and we had a great time learning how to cook local delicacies.
We were both really impressed by the activities that the Alila plans for its hotel guests. Every day from 4-6pm, the Alila hosts free afternoon tea and coffee by the poolside cabana. One night, they played “Eat, Pray, Love” and the hotel did an amazing job setting up candles and lights by the pool. On Friday nights, they also host a Balinese feast and roast a whole pig. We were both sad that we had to leave before Friday night.
If you do visit the Alila, I highly recommend bringing some very effective mosquito repellant/sunscreen with repellant. The Alila is in the middle of rice paddies and so it’s full of mosquitos. On a completely separate note, there are also a lot of monkeys by the hotel, especially around afternoon tea time. They like to come around the pool and scavenge for food.
Ubud is more inland and so you won’t find any beaches close by. If you’re looking to get some sand between your toes, I’d also recommend the W Retreat & Spa Bali in Seminyak. We stayed in the W for one day and it’s right on the beach and also hosts an amazing pool.