Places & Spaces: Alila Villas Uluwatu

Alila Villas Uluwatu is an opulent resort where travelers can indulge and relax.

Alila Villas Uluwatu is delicately perched above the Indian Ocean on a clifftop plateau on the Bukit Peninsula of southern Bali. The resort is fragrant with opulence and indulgence. Each villa (there are 84 total) boasts flat lava rock roofs, bamboo ceilings, and unobstructed outdoor views.

Sea breezes flow gently through the accommodations and each villa is embellished with a private pool. The architecture and interior design is a combination of contemporary influences balanced with accents of Bali.

This excerpt from Richard Hassell of WOHA, an architectural firm in Singapore, details some of the sustainability efforts:

“We are very pleased that Alila Hotels has embraced the Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) principles, and we are using many ESD measures including local materials, water conservation with soaks and rain gardens and recycling with grey water systems, using local plants from the special Bali Savannah ecosystem on the Bukit, which are being raised in a nursery on site to encourage local bird and animal life, heat pumps for water heating, salt water pools – among many others. The resort is registered for Green Globe certification, and will be the first hotel in Bali to get the highest level of certification for ESD. As it is built into the resort from the beginning, there will be a strong combination of the built fabric and on-going operations side working together to reduce the long-term ecological footprint of the resort.”

Rates start at $520/night – breathtaking views, private sanctuary, and endless (responsible) opulence included.

This is the first in our seven-part series, Places & Spaces at EcoSalon, a travel guide that will inspire you to carve out a vacation on your calendar. All of the gorgeous locations and accommodations in our guide share our concern for the environment. From tent glamping to lavish built environments, fair warning, you’ll feel compelled to pack your suitcase.