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The football teams of the globe may be battling it out over in South Africa, but the hotel world needs no such contest. There’s only one trophy worth winning: the Smith Hotel of the Week (only they don’t get a trophy, not even a dodgy medal – just week-long digital reverence)…

Style Eco-glam minimalism
Setting Crashing waves, cliff-top views

Why this week? Ocean-based luxury is yours with 25 per cent off if you book in at Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali for two nights before 15 July 2010. Where do we sign?

Our favourite bits The host and butler assigned at arrival, the choice of menus (one spa, two gourmet), the private overwater cabanas that act as dining spaces, the share plates of Balinese satays, the panoramic Indian Ocean views, the serene, minimalist interiors, the five-room bamboo spa offering day-long indulgences…

Mr & Mrs Smith say “Even before you arrive at Alila Villas Uluwatu, someone will have been in contact to discover the things that will make your stay all the more pleasant – what your preferences are in everything from pillows to music and magazine offerings. It’s the first indication that your holiday is being taken very seriously by those in charge. Certainly, for lovers of high style, the ambience and design cannot be faulted. Each of the 84 spacious villas opens up to sea breezes and views of the ocean and has every modern feature you could desire, from preloaded iPod to espresso machine. From the living area to the chi-chi cabana beside the lengthy private pool, there are endless areas to rest your weary head, making meandering from sun to shade and back again a pleasure. Spend days floating in your elegant oasis and nights dreaming on super-comfy mattresses to a soundtrack of frogs, crickets and geckos singing outside…”

Read our review of Alila Villas Uluwatu

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