By Nichola Zed, Travel Editor
This stunning hillside resort is set in the foothills of Bali’s Ayung River valley, in the traditional hill village of Payangan.
The resort is just minutes from the centre of Bali’s spiritual and cultural heart of Ubud. Alila Ubud uses traditional Balinese architecture with a touch of contemporary design. With secluded courtyards, spacious terraces and private gardens it creates an intimate oasis for the perfect getaway.
Most of the walls are constructed with rock from the Ayung River and pillars of local coconut wood support the roofs. The terraces benefit from the breeze created by the hillsides of alang-alang grass. Alila Ubud’s philosophy has always been one of environmental and social sustainability. The resort has 56 rooms with 12 villas, ranging from charming rooms to pool villas. Alila Ubud is one of the first hotels in Bali to seek international certification for environmental sustainability, were one of the pioneers to adapt the GreenGlobe 21 program and certification in 2007 and continues to be an industry leader in responsible tourism.
Image Credit: Alila Ubud