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Alila Ubud Editorial Review
by: Galuh Wulandarie

For two years in a row, Alila Ubud won the Tri Hita Karana Tourism Awards (2004 & 2005) for tourism enterprises which are environmentally friendly and socially and spiritually acceptable to the local community. The Award gave credit to Alila Ubud’s commitment to the artistic culture in the local region of Ayung River. Alila Hotels and Resorts have also been awarded with the Green Globe 21 certificate due to their proper management system, cultural education programs, environmentally-friendly waste management, use of local organic products and profit sharing with suppliers.

At Alila Ubud, I had the chance to stay in the Superior room. The bed was so comfortable that I slept like a baby. When I woke up at around 7 am, I saw the beauty of Alila Ubud… the combination of the morning mists and hill sceneries was beyond expectation. Just close your eyes and imagine yourself standing on the top of a hill overlooking a beautiful river and having the best time of your life swimming in a pool seemingly the length of infinity. This pool in reality was once chosen to be one of the 50 Most Spectacular Pools in the world (Travel & Leisure, June, 1998). Nature is absolutely the main theme of this resort. Most areas use Balinese architectural designs and yet they still fit nicely with contemporary designs and lifestyles. Once you enter the room, you can indulge yourself with the ambience of green and wooden colors, which are dominating most areas. The traditionally high thatched roof also makes the room appear more spacious. Both Superior and Deluxe rooms have their own uniqueness. If you choose the Superior Room, you will have your own private terrace with an outdoor day bed, a romantic table for two overlooking the hill and the great Ayung River. If you choose the Deluxe one, you will have your own private garden with an outdoor bathroom. “We want our guests to feel and be as outdoor (one with nature) as possible”, said Yessy Hidajat, the Communication Manager of Alila Ubud. Both Alilas in Bali care a lot about nature. That is why they both work together with a local supplier and use organic bathroom amenities such as hand made soap from volcanic ashes and orange essence, organic shampoo, conditioner, and body oil. 

Besides the 56 Superior and Deluxe rooms, Alila Ubud also has 8 private villas consisting of 4 Ayung River villas and 4 Garden villas. All villas offer intimate privacies as they are separated from the other 56 rooms housed in 14 blocks. The Ayung River villas have their own walk-around decks with amazing views of the Ayung River, wooden walls, beautiful spacious bathroom, and transparent glass sliding doors for easy access to the deck. Sit down and relax at the walk-around bench and observe some of the birds swaying on the tree’s branches with the binoculars provided at the villas along with a book about Balinese birds! As for the Garden villas, you will be in your own sanctuary with a private tropical garden and an outside bath with a lotus pond around you.

A Word from Alila Ubud Communication Manager, Miss. Yessy Hidajat
Yessy Hidajat, the Communication manager, was helpful enough to accompany me stroll along the length and breadth of Alila Ubud from top to bottom. This attractive young woman keeps her hands full with work keeping both Alila Ubud and Manggis as sustainable tourist destinations.

To quote one of her sayings about Alila Ubud, “We have the green concept because we care about the environment and the local community. We also realize that nowadays we share the same concerns with our guests who are getting more and more sophisticated as they are highly educated.” The green concept refers to the nature and all support that Alila Hotels and Resorts give to Bali and the local community. Green is also the main and dominant color you will find in rooms and villas. She added, “Green is nature, let’s get back to nature.”

SD Verdict on Alila Ubud

  • Great Hideout. The location of Alila Ubud climbs to the top of my list as it’s the best place to retreat, especially for honeymooners.
  • Great Symbol. One of the best points of Alila is their awareness of environmental issues and support for the local community.
  • Diverse Activities. The various kinds of activities provided for the single travelers, families and honeymooners are definitely worth a try.

Alila Ubud
Desa Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Gianyar, 80572, Bali
Tel: +62 361 975963

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About The Author

Galuh Wulandarie, Writer, Indonesia, Bali
Achieved her bachelor degree in Communication science, Padjadjaran University, Bandung, Galuh Wulandarie is a seeker in adventure. Having worked in Bandung and Bali to start her journey, now she finds her true passion writing articles for Streetdirectory Indonesia  and so her journey continues.

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