I’m already in love with Alila Soori even before I’ve laid eyes on it. I’ve stayed at two of the Alila’s here in Bali and am hooked on the level of personalized service and understated glamour each offers.
After a 90-minute drive bumping along pot-hole riddled roads through small villages and past rice paddies we arrive at Kerambitan village and the resort.
I’m expecting fabulous. What I get is rock star cool. The lobby is a combination of black and grey volcanic stone, wood and polished teak leading to a reflecting pool that shoots out towards the ocean and seems to touch the sky. The only thing more blinding than the sun reflecting off the water are the huge smiles from the staff.
Designed by Singapore architect and design guru, Soo Kian Chan of SCDA, the Alila Soori is breathtaking in it’s use of sharp angles, contemporary design and wide opened living spaces, yet the 48 villas (15 pool villas, 15 ocean pool villas, and a further 18 terrace villas) while dramatic are understated and feel like beach homes.
Mine is a one bedroom Ocean Villa, which affords me a postcard view of the beach and a living room that opens to my own pool and outdoor deck area.
My personal host/butler takes enormous pride in showing me the Nespresso machine, my beach towel and slippers and the Apple TV and iPod filled with movies and music that I have requested.
While many resorts offer personalized service, these guys take care of it via an email questionnaire after you book so settling in is easy and nothing is left to chance—including the skin care and bathroom products and my favorite fruits in a bowl.
This kind of service continues when I arrive poolside for a spot of lunch. The staff aware of my “no gluten and hearty lunch but light dinner rule” point out what they think I’d like for lunch. And a cold beer is presented before my rear hits the chair.
The Soori, due to its remote location is the kind of resort you don’t leave or explore (even though you can).
But it’s the remoteness that gives me permission to do what I came to Bali to do. Chill. I arrive. I lay in the sun. I lay by the big pool. I float in my private pool. I sleep on the day bed. I enjoy the day spa. I watch people horseback ride along the beach. I update my twitter with “Eat. Sleep. Stay the Alila Soori way.” My friends are envious. Ahhh, this is my kind of resort. I’ll be back for more.