Far from the madding crowd of Kuta, dreamy designer den Alila Villas Soori hotel in Bali is on the wild, less visited south-west shores of the island. Languishing between verdant rice paddies and a shimmering black-sand beach, it promises delicious dining, spa pampering and cultural thrills…
Style Sleek sea-kissed sanctuary
Setting Jet-black sand, jade green rice paddies
Why this week? Who doesn’t love a luxury holiday that also includes free stuff? If you bag Smith’s exclusive Three-Day Escape, you’ll get breakfast daily, return airport transfers and a half-hour Segway journey through the rice paddies and local villages. That’s on top of the best available rates and a 90-minute Balinese massage for each guest already included when you book through Smith. The offer applies to stays of three nights or more in Mountain or Beach Pool Villas from 6 January to 28 March 2013 (excluding Chinese New Year from 8–11 February).
Our favourite bits Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside and the Ocean Pool Villas have sublime vistas – from the day-beds by the private plunge pool – of the beach and sapphire-hued water beyond. Inside, the minimalist luxe approach is a breath of fresh air for those who shudder at the thought of carved wood and local handicrafts. If you can bear to leave your serene idyll, afternoon tea – accompanied by gamelan (percussion) players – is served each day at the Reading Room. Enjoy the slick spa and decadent dining, or you’re just a hop from famous Tanah Lot sea temple.
Mr & Mrs Smith says… ‘Rested beyond our wildest dreams, we venture out of the Alila grounds on our final morning. The resort’s leisure concierges can organise all types of sightseeing opportunities (they call them ‘journeys’) and we opt, perhaps unsurprisingly, for the gourmet variety. Alila’s sous chef, Made Suriana, acts as our guide to the real Bali. Made, a man of great dignity and knowledge, gives us a crash course in the island’s culinary culture, taking us to markets and showing us deep-fried elvers (baby eels) caught in the local rice paddies.’ Read the full Alila Villas Soori review.