When your car pulls up to Alila Uluwatu and you step out and into the lobby, it's a sight that takes the breath away. An endless stretch of blue greets you - from pool to pool to ocean, travelling out to infinity (and beyond).
I've already talked you guys through the journey up to and in your private villa...
So, onto the next area. Although we spent a fair amount of time in our villa, we spent an equal amount of time enjoying drinks in the sunset cabana, swimming in the main pool (I'll save that for an update of its own) and dining in the delightful The Warung restaurant.
The sunset cabana is this incredible structure built on a plateau right on the edge of the cliff, with a slight overhang, so that when you step right up to the edge and look out to sea, you see nothing but cliffs and water for miles.
It's an extremely popular wedding location, of which we saw two during our stay. It's not hard to see why.
It's called the sunset cabana for a reason. We spent every evening watching the sunset from here, because it's truly an unforgettable view. But I'll let the photos do the talking.
Then there's The Warung. Warung literally means "family-owned small restaurant, cafe or shop" in Indonesian. Alila Uluwatu has two restaurants, The Warung and CIRE. We didn't even get around to trying CIRE, eating almost every meal at The Warung instead, becoming especially enamoured (obsessed, even) with the bebek (duck).
The most delicious coconut-filled pancakes...I NEED to make these at home.
This cheeky guy even snuck up to the temple for a bite of lunch too:
An evening (or afternoon) stroll was the norm after a meal at The Warung, if not to soothe our protruding bellies then at least to soak in the peaceful beauty of the place.
On our final day at Alila, we booked one of the two private cabanas to stuff our faces with one final meal at The Warung, with the most outrageously beautiful views. Stuff we literally did, rushing to finish it all before our car to the airport arrived. We were ten minutes late, literally grabbing dessert off the plate with our hands as we stood to leave. Worth it!
Stay tuned for the final of this three-part Alila Villas Uluwatu tour, and quite possibly my favourite photos of the bunch...the infinity pool.