The Elegant Resorts & Villas Collection
Zen goes down to the sea
Alila Manggis is a modest retreat in the lee of sacred Mount Agung. It sits in a landscape of idyllic palms, gardens and unspoiled oceanfront. The facilities, the staff and the award-winning cookery school have a legendary reputation.
Rooms and suites are unassuming and attention to detail is evident in the artwork and sculptures once collected by a former Italian artist owner. Guests never fail to be completely wowed by the vistas from the vast open foyer. Eye-catching views are what the cheerful accommodation is all about: lawns, lily ponds, a cleverly designed pyramidal pool, black sand and the sea.
Distractions range from earthy massages to snorkelling as well as a trek through forests and rice fields that culminates in a lunchtime banquet served on the terrace of a private guesthouse. If you choose to stay poolside, it’s all refreshing cold towels, ice tea and afternoon delicacies to endure.
A relaxed state of mind is given a nudge with fabulous food served in a thatched balé. The menu at Seasalt consists of Balinese and Western options that include delicious curries and grilled local fish. They are almost always best complemented with a chilled beer and the sound of waves on the shore.
If Alila Manggis alone is not enough to sate your appetite for this region, then 45 minutes from the resort there is Villa Idanna at the base of Mt Agung where there is nothing except joyous views of a lush green valley and fields. You are cared for by four staff who themselves hail from the same valley. There are some mod cons to please and a private 20-metre pool but no television.
Alila Manggis is a godsend for those who can’t decide on a holiday by the sea or in the mountains. Romantics, families and budding photographers will find the overall package a fulfilling experience at stress-reducing rates.
Elegant Resorts & Villas
332 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
P: 1800 079 965 or +61 2 8270 4850