Following our stay at Alila Manggis, we drove two hours and arrived at Alila Villas Uluwatu! Checked-in the resort at around 16:00. It could have been earlier if we didn’t go for the massage at Alila Manggis.
It was our second visit back to this beautiful heaven. Till today, I still can recall the first time I stepped into Alila Villas Uluwatu and got blown away by the insanely gorgeous view of the Indian Ocean. It felt like I have walked straight into a painting!
Everything appears to be looking the same, aside from their library. They have shifted the location of the library. It’s much smaller now as compared to the previous time we came in early 2016. Also, they’ve since added a new wedding cabana on the right (east) side of the resort. Set atop of a limestone cliff, the Sunset Cabana is no doubt the highlight of the resort. Such a smart move to build a new one for those hosting their wedding in Alila Villas Uluwatu. The new cabana is hidden away from the lobby/restaurant and offer more privacy.
Unfortunately, no picture of the gorgeous view yet, as there were a group of guests at the pool when we arrived. So instead of showing you the iconic view (which can be seen a thousand times all over Instagram), I’ll give you a virtual walk-through of our One Bedroom Pool Villa.
One Bedroom Pool Villa
If you have read my earlier post, you probably would have come across pictures from my last visit. Likewise, we stayed in the One Bedroom Pool Villa. Though not the same unit, the room looks identical.
When you first walk in the door, you would see a desk and a big mirror. The mirror helps to reflect light and make the entire room bigger than what it already is.
Turn around, and there’s a king-size bed on one side; a table, tv and mini bar in the centre; and a day bed on the other side.
The huge daybed is easily one of my favourite features of the room. I love it more than the outdoor cabana.
Walking out, we have the pool and our own private cabana.
Since we don’t swim, we actually didn’t spend much time in this area.
Taken from the cabana.
You can enter the villa using either side of the door. The glass door on the left leads to the bathroom, while the wooden door on the right opens to the living room. The main entrance is on the opposite side of the wooden door.
Nice area to chill and have afternoon tea.
Back inside, we have the bathroom/shower area/wardrobe. When you first walk in (can be entered from the pool area, or on either walkway next to the tv), you will see a big vanity area with two separate sinks. Bathroom amenities are divided into ‘his’ and ‘hers’.
There’s a full range of products; shampoo, shower gel, body lotion, lip balm, etc. The lip balm is my favourite because it leaves a minty/cooling feeling on the lips. If you took one away, they would replenish it the following day; so I ended up leaving with so many lip balms.
The walkway that leads to the outdoor shower. There’s also a separate indoor shower area.
At 291 sqm, the One Bedroom Pool Villa is really spacious for two. Including in our stay, we also get a host/butler. We never really need a butler but is good to know that they have someone assigned to take care of us.
Prior to our stay at Alila Villas Uluwatu, we also did a simple questionnaire online. In the survey, we could select the type of pillows we prefer, the music we love and what level of service we require. The music we picked ended up being the one that is played in the room when we first enter. As for service, we can either choose to have our butler with us at all times, or if we prefer to have more privacy, we can choose other options.
These answers help the resort to tailor our stay to our preference.
Since we had a late check-in, we didn’t get to do much on our first day. For dinner, we decided to have ours at the Cire Restaurant. There is a total of three restaurants in the resort – The Warung, Cire and Quila.
Didn’t really get to catch much of the sunset.
The key is to be early and camp at the Sunset Cabana if you want to get a good view of the sunset. Provided there’s good weather too.
Cire Restaurant | Dinner
We had a wonderful dinner that night.
Sadly, the lightings were terrible, and the pictures turned out to be less than ideal.
Before we begin with our 3-course dinner, we were given some complimentary bite-size dishes. Can’t exactly remember what they were, but I think there were some potatoes and pumpkin?
For starters, the Fiancé had the Australian Beef Tenderloin Tartar, while I had the Slipper Lobster and Light Coconut Cream Soup.
He didn’t like the beef tartar, but I thought it was pretty tasty. I love it as much as I love the lobster soup. So I ended up having most of the beef tartar, while we shared the soup.
For our mains, we both got the Grain Fed Australian Beef Tenderloin. We both love a good steak, so it’s a no-brainer for us to choose that as our main course. The beef was as good as what I’ve imagined.
Lastly, for our desserts, we got ‘Roasted Pineapple, Old Brown Rum’. The only reason we both chose that was because of the coconut ice cream that came along with it.
It was a really satisfying meal, and we both left the restaurant with a happy tummy.
Past by the library while we were on our way back to our villa, so went in to have a look. It looks almost the same as their old library, with the exception of the size. Aside from reading, they also have two Macbook and printers around. Printing is complimentary, and we saw guests making use of it to print out their itinerary.