Certainly one of the most anticipated hotel openings this year was Alila’s biggest hotel to date, the stunning new Alila Seminyak in Bali, Indonesia. In a prime Seminyak location next to Potato Head Beach Club on the Seminyak beachfront, Alila Seminyak opened on October 1st 2015 to much excitement and fanfare. Alila Hotels attract considerable loyalty and adoration, and we can now be counted amongst those who “want to collect them all” and stay in each of the Alila properties.
We were fortunate enough to stay at the new Alila Seminyak just a couple of weeks after it officially opened, the fifth Balinese Alila resort. Although the property is purpose built and brand new, there was very little to indicate a recently opened property. The staff were flawless. Many senior staff had been brought from other well established Alila properties in Bali and all staff had three months of training in preparation for the opening. This resulted in the warm, friendly professional service the Alila Hotels group is known for. At the time of our stay, the kid’s club was not yet finished but the service was available in a temporary room. Full Spa services were available in a temporary facility and offered in room, as the Spa premises were not yet ready. We had no issues with the Internet or TV in the room but did hear from another guest that there were some minor glitches.
The location really is in the beating heart of hectic Seminyak near popular restaurants, bars and shopping district of Seminyak. Though while in the Hotel grounds you feel completely removed from hustle and bustle. The hotel has 240 guest rooms and suites, including a massive rooftop Penthouse with private pool. The property was close to full occupancy during our stay, yet never felt busy. The five swimming pools were occupied but never overloaded. Though the prime cabana spots were taken early as the weather was spectacular.
Alila Seminyak has taken a serious approach to being environmentally friendly, using local and recycled materials, solar energy and harvest rainwater, and as a result is the first resort in Indonesia to surpass the rigorous EarthCheck standards, achieving a 44-point best practice score against the industry norm of five points.
From the huge open air lobby with a view to the Indian ocean, the infinity pools, and stunning design the hotel is as spectacular in real life as in the pictures. The Restaurant opens direct to the beach and the food was spectacular. One of the most surprising features of the hotel is the stunning temple located in the grounds, giving a touch of the traditional to this very modern hotel. The open plan design continues throughout the resort, and floor to ceiling windows in guest rooms give an uninterrupted view of the grounds and ocean. Tall palms have been brought in to the gardens and the lobby vertical living wall incredible. The garden suites will continue to become more lush as the plants become more established. Our favourite spot to spend time was the Pool Bar, next to a stunning infinity pool with access to fabulous cocktails and delicious snacks and meals.
Alila isn’t holding back on their plans for growth, the new Alila Solo Java opened on November 1, and Alila Anji in Zhejiang, the first of many Alila properties planned for China is due to open next year.
Jalan Taman Ganesha No. 5, Petitenget,
Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta,
T :(0361) 3021888
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