Travel Review: Alila Villas Soori

SEEKING SECLUSION. While there is no doubt that more and more chic restaurants and stores are opening every day in Bali, there is also a very real concern that some parts of the island are getting overdeveloped.

But there are still plenty of places filled with serene beauty on the island of the gods, which the Alila Villas Soori (Desa Kelating, Tabanan, Bali; 62-361/894-6388; amply displays. Set along the southwest coast of Bali and surrounded by villages and rice paddies, it is far removed from tourist centric areas of the island like Ubud and Kuta. Featuring stylish modernist designs courtesy of Singaporean architect Chan Soo Kian, the Soori’s 48 villas come replete with a host of well-thought-out amenities such as shaded decks, deep soaking tubs, and of course, private pools. Beach lovers will be able to spend the whole day on the pristine black sand beach, while couples can enjoy an incredibly romantic dinner listening to the waves crash at the resort’s restaurant, Cotta, which serves elegant modern cuisine with an emphasis on using the freshest organic produce. The remarkably attentive and friendly staff, many of whom live in the nearby villages, will make sure that you have no lack of things to do if you wish to do more than soak up the sun. A stop at their superlative spa is highly recommended, but if you are looking for a surprisingly fun way to take in the local sights, you can go on an eco-friendly tour of the surrounding villages atop a two-wheeled Segway.