The newly opened Alila Seminyak takes its cues from its perfect beachfront location a short walk from Seminyak town’s hippy slash hipster collection of smart restaurants, art galleries, itsy local spas, and surf-shops.
As a group, Alila flies its eco-friendly flag high, eschewing air-conditioning for sea-breezes and natural ventilation. Brief in hand, Singapore firm URBNarc has laid out the resort’s 240 rooms around a sequence of naturally shaded public spaces that are dominated by four swimming pools, one of which literally sits atop the entire length of the restaurant. The low-slung green-roofed four-storey buildings are clad in vertical green walls, and landscaped terraces courtesy of Chang huai-yan and Lee Berlin of the deliciously named Singapore-based outfit, Salad Dressing.
The best rooms are in the house front the ocean, the floor to ceiling glass doors sliding open to uninterrupted views of white-foamed surf. Enjoying a spin around town in the resort’s vintage Volkswagon Kombi, a lomi-lomi treatment in the fragrant, mood-lit spa, beach yoga, and a chilled cocktail from the beach bar are the part of the offer of this new Indonesia’s luxury hotel.
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