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Alila Villas Uluwatu: sustainable beauty

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Care for ecological sustainability and enhancement of the rich cultural heritage of Bali: on these principles the well-known architecture studio WOHA designed Alila Villas Uluwatu, a beautiful resort located on the Southern coast of Bali, Indonesia.

Designed by WOHA architecture studio, famous for its innovative projects in tropical areas, Alila Villas Uluwatu rises on a charming upland of the Southern coast of the Bukit peninsula, just 15 minutes away from Ngurah Rai International Airport.

The complex, made up of 50 suites and 35 houses, is a great example of how vernacular architecture and modern design can coexist. The hotel’s rooms are designed as “inhabited gardens” rather than standard rooms. The garden’s walls are also the walls of the room, within which all activities like sleeping, eating, relaxing etc. take place in a “garden-setting”. Each house is equipped with a pool with a private cabin overlooking the sea. The houses on the hills are instead designed as pavilions connected to one another through bridges and crossing water gardens on the sides of the terraced hill.

The construction materials of the resort are all local: from the local stone to the sustainable woods, including coconut and bamboo. Also, the interior furniture, the lamps and the accessories are made by artisans from Bali and from the neighbouring island of Java. A strategy useful to enhance local materials and workers. The service offered is of excellent level just like the facilities which include, among others, two restaurants, a panoramic terrace rising sheer from the sea, an outdoor swimming pool, a spa, a library and a fitness centre offering yoga classes.