25 Nov 2014

ALILA VILLAS ULUWATU: THE VILLA

Walking into your private villa at Alila Uluwatu will not leave you disappointed. No, I can in fact quite confidently say that Alila Villas Uluwatu is the nicest place I've ever stayed.

You can opt to walk up the stairs towards your villa if you're in the mood for a stroll, but if you're feeling the heat, are too tired or simply want a bit of a joyride, any one of the staff will be happy to hop in a golf buggy and drive you up there, with a cheery, "Hold on tight! Are you ready?"

You could easily lock yourself away here for a week and have everything you need (and just about anything else delivered to you). We called and asked for more coffee one afternoon, only to have a knock at the door ten minutes later with an entire tin of coffee and numerous packets of tea presented for our enjoyment. 

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Alila Villas Uluwatu, inside the villa - bedroom
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Alila Villas Uluwatu, inside the villa - living room

A soundbar is available for you to hook your phone up to if you feel like lounging (or dancing) around to your own music.

There's an iPad menu, from which you can order breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks, as well as downloading movies to watch on the TV. The TV does extend out and twist towards the bed, for those who prefer to watch movies snuggled up under a duvet. 

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Alila Villas Uluwatu, inside the villa - lounging area
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Alila Villas Uluwatu, inside the villa - living room
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Alila Villas Uluwatu, inside the villa - pool and cabana

There are his and hers sinks. On each side you'll find cotton buds and pads, lip balm, body lotion, sunscreen, soap, cooling facial spray and more for either 'him' or 'her'. There's a basket by the bath with a mud mask for your face, too.

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Alila Villas Uluwatu, inside the villa - bathroom sink
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Alila Villas Uluwatu, inside the villa - bathroom amenities

There's an indoor shower and bathtub, but the outdoor shower feature is just...*heart faced emoji*. It's exactly what I'd have in my dream home. A waterfall shower rains down upon you in a torrential pour. 

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Alila Villas Uluwatu, inside the villa - outdoor waterfall shower
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Alila Villas Uluwatu, inside the villa - bathtub

Aside from a hat, beach bag, fans and yoga mat, you're provided with two dressing gowns (each); a lighter, woven one and a heavy, thick cotton gown. Because only one just won't do!

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Alila Villas Uluwatu, inside the villa - dressing gowns and beach bag
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Alila Villas Uluwatu, inside the villa - pool area

Although the 'public' pool is stunning (who couldn't love an infinity pool overlooking the ocean? More on that later...), you have your own little dipping pool if you want to cool off in the privacy of your villa.

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Alila Villas Uluwatu, inside the villa - pool and cabana
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Alila Villas Uluwatu, inside the villa - private cabana
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Alila Villas Uluwatu, inside the villa - outdoor dining area
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Alila Villas Uluwatu, inside the villa - outdoor dining
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Alila Villas Uluwatu, inside the villa - outdoor dining and pool

It doesn't get much better than this...if it even gets better than this at all.

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Alila Villas Uluwatu is located just half an hour from Ngurah Rai International airport, and a driver will pick you up and drop you off at the airport, as well as having a member of staff accompany you and carry your luggage all the way to security.

Find out more about rates and availability here.

Look out for more about Alila soon on Euriental, featuring the Warung restaurant, sunset cabana and pool.

20 Nov 2014

WARDROBE BASICS: STRIPES

Before I share this incredible location with you, first I want to post this outfit. Snapped up in the Banana Republic sale, I fell in love with the easygoing style and nautical stripes of this dress. Images of beaches, hot summer days and sailboats filled my head, and it was mine.

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Banana Republic striped dress, Diesel sunglasses and H&M hat
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Banana Republic striped dress, Diesel sunglasses and H&M hat
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Banana Republic striped dress, Diesel sunglasses and H&M hat
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Banana Republic striped dress, Diesel sunglasses and H&M hat
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Banana Republic striped dress, Diesel sunglasses and H&M hat

The dress is now sold out at Banana Republic, but get a similar look with these options:

18 Nov 2014

AN UNDERWATER WORLD

I love scuba diving. It's serene and thrilling all at once, being one with the ocean, experiencing the calm underneath the waves on the surface, watching turtles, sharks and fish go about their daily business in their natural environment. It's incredible. 

We spent 2 days diving with a company called Bali Diving. The first was a boat dive in Padang Bai, the second, a shore dive off the coast of Tulamben, in a World War II wreckage (The USAT Liberty). It was my first time shore diving (I've been a qualified diver since the age of 12), and I loved it! Sure, it's not easy trying to stay balanced with a 15kg tank on your back as you wade in through the waves, but it was a fun challenge and not all too difficult in the end.

In the past, I've dived a lot around Thailand and in parts of Malaysia, and to be honest, I did find the visibility in those countries a lot better, and the coral a lot more beautiful and colourful. However, I did see sea turtles in Bali, which I haven't come across before and have been desperate to see, and we saw many gorgeous fish, including puffer fish, pipe fish, stone fish, box fish, eels, lion fish, sting rays and more. There certainly wasn't a lack of sealife. 

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | scuba diving in Bali, Tulamben, on the USAT Liberty shipwreck


Bali Diving are a great team - our dive instructor, Sammy, was a chilled out, easygoing guy, and a knowledgeable and thorough instructor. My only issue was with the equipment - the mask was ill-fitting and the regulator's mouthpiece was too small, I think, for my mouth, causing me to have to spend both dives holding it in with one hand, and leaving my mouth with ulcers for 2 weeks afterwards. That part wasn't so enjoyable. However, it is unrealistic to expect rented gear to fit you perfectly, and in future I'll probably purchase my own mask and mouthpiece so as to avoid any issues.

In all other aspects, it was a really positive experience. They even send a driver to pick you up and drop you off from wherever you are staying on the island, and provide dry-cleaning and suit dropoff for those with their own wetsuits. They're very reasonably priced, and you'll score an extra 25% off if you book online via their website.