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Mystical Alila Ubud

March 7, 2010

The search for accomodation in Bali was indeed tumultous. It took at least 4hrs x 1week of searching on the net, clicking reviews and matching the hotels with the areas in Bali. From Seminyak, to Nusa Dua, Uluwatu to Ubud. Finally, we landed ourselves with Alila Ubud. The main draw is the award winning swimming pool, the rice terraces … and away from the crowd.

We landed in Bali and was immediately greeted warmly by the hotel staff at the airport. We were given an ice cold towel each to freshen up as we be heading to the hotel (which will take about 50mins). Wonderful reception right from the start! And obviously, when we were sold immediately to what Alila can do.

But Alila gave us something much more than we can imagine… as we drove past Ubud centre, and turning into Alila, one will expect the hotel to have the usual drive way to the hotel lobby.

Instead, it was a 5 mins drive past a narrow track, flanked by lovely trees and rice paddy fields on both sides… it was well hidden and no one will expect there will be a hotel at the end of this road!

The service was great. Warm, genuine and sincere…

Even though this property has been around for awhile, the furniture is slightly old. But because the hotel maintained the hotel pretty well… in fact it seems like the whole place blends into the environment…

Something very bali and charming about this place. Mystical is the word here.

It’s not like the usual contemporary, modern, chic hotel like Alila’s recent properties… It is tranquil and secluded, blending traditional Balinese architecture and heritage. Somehow, it brings a fair bit of Bali to you.

The deluxe room we stayed in overlooks the green terraces with a private balcony. Lush greenery, sound of nature…. and occasionally you hear water sound from Ayung river.

Only draw back – no TV and any form of entertainment in the room. Well, guess the whole idea is to get away right… šŸ™‚ Hmm, 4 days without TV … a little strange though.

Vodoxus > no travelling tunes for me in Bali this time round. It was a “back to nature” trip – only sounds of the forest, unique noises of Creepy crawlies… and birds chirping!

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