Relaxation is not hard to come by at Alila Villas Soori in Bali, located in one of Bali’s most fertile and picturesque locations. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful panoramic vistas from green and lush rice fields, black volcanic beaches and the rough Indian Ocean. Off the beaten track, away from the hustle and bustle of the lively areas of Bali, one would not even suspect a place like this. The secluded and rural area is definitely what makes this place so very special and I can hardly think of a better place to enjoy some peace and tranquility.
The resort is about an hour and a half drive from Denpasar airport and it was already dark by the time we arrived. We were greeted with a delicious ice cold drink before we were shown to our private ocean pool villa by our friendly ‘Villa Host’ i.e. private butler which is part of the incredible experience at Soori. The villa was absolutely stunning with floor to ceiling windows, a small cabana, indoor rain shower and its own infinity pool. I can only recommend to get an ocean pool villa which are on the first floor – the views from these villas are fantastic and offers a lot more privacy than the ground floor villas. The villa also came with a pre-loaded apple tv that had lots of movies and music to choose from, a Nespresso machine and Soori’s own signature products. Even though that it was already quite late, we could not resist to have a little walk around the resort as it was beautifully lit with countless candles and impressive fire bowls.
Jet lagged and tired I decided to take advantage of the spa menu the next morning as there is nothing better to beat jet lag than a relaxing massage (it might not be scientifically proven but just trust me on this ;-)). Merely entering the spa area was deeply relaxing with its beautiful water features and the sound of running water. After choosing one of their three oils (signature, relaxing or purifying) for my massage and a delicious glass of ginger tea I was swept into the treatment room and felt completely rejuvenated after an absolutely fantastic massage!
The long black volcanic beach with its diamond sparkling sands was beautiful and something I have not encountered before. The beach goes on forever and invites long walks – there is even a bat cave close to the resort – the bats sleep during the day (they are visible from the entrance of the cave, happily hanging upside down) but come out in the hundreds at sunset.
Working up quiet an appetite we headed to Cotta, Soori’s high-class restaurant which features both regional and international cuisine. Seating is available outside as well as inside which also cleverly doubles up as a library from which guests can choose their holiday read (whilst the real Cotta is being renovated).
We ordered the soft shell crab with vegetables and red nahmjim and San Choy Bau – wok fried pork belly with ginger, chilli, spring onions and soy, served in lettuce cups for starters. For mains we had Mie goring ikon dang – wok fried egg noodles with prawns, fish, tomatoes, tofu and egg.
The food at lunch and dinner was continuously delicious throughout our stay and completed an already perfect stay!
What sets a place apart for me in terms of food is most importantly breakfast and there are not many places that excel at that. Soori’s breakfast menu changed daily with smoothies, fresh fruit, pastries different sweet dishes like waffles and pancakes with various toppings as well as fabulous savoury dishes. The portions were purposefully small to allow you to order more than just one plate and to taste various dishes which is my kind of breakfast!
After two nights it was time to leave our picture perfect pool villa to head to Soori’s sister property in Uluwatu. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here, the healthy food options, yoga, the sound of crashing waves and the many friendly faces – most people working at the resort were from the surrounding area and often knew each other since childhood which creates a lovely and charming atmosphere. Dewa, our private butler of whom we got very fond of during our stay, walked us to the car and said his goodbyes before we left.
We were a little bit sad to leave this beautiful and relaxing place but were also looking forward to our stay at Alila Villas in Uluwatu. A transfer between the hotels was included in our package with a stop en route at Surya Mandala Cultural Park, famous for its many little shrines and Tanah Lot Temple.
When we arrived at the park, our driver suggested to have a little walk around. The walk along the shore offered fantastic views of the sea as well as Tanah Lot Temple which we reached after about 15 minutes. What we did not realise at first was that we became sort of an attraction ourselves for the tourists from nearby islands. For them seeing tourists from other parts of the world is something special. A group of girls giggled when they saw us and kindly asked whether they could have a picture with us (I am the one in the middle in white). This went on for quite some time and seeing their happy faces truly made my day.
In the meantime our driver prepared a picnic for us in one of the nearby huts with beautiful views of the sea. The food he served was absolutely superb – little delicious gems, wrapped in banana leafs. A great experience which made us curios of what to expect next.
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