If you are chasing typical Bali friendliness and none of the typical Bali noise and nonsense, this is your place. Alila is so well-priced and beach front quiet gold. Huge pool, yummy breakfast and not a loud typical Aussie holidayer to be heard for miles. This is absolutely worth the effort of the 75-90 minute drive to come out here and relax with a book and not a care in the world. Thank you Alila for having us.
Arriving at 10 p.m., we were greeted by friendly, welcoming staff bearing a refreshing ginger and lemon grass drink. We didn't know it then, but that level of service, care and concern would continue throughout our five-day stay at this very special retreat. Every meal in the restaurant was delicious. The menu was interesting and the service was always outstanding in an understated way. That's the key to Alila Manggis. There is nothing pretentious about this boutique hotel but everything they do for their guests is of the best quality - from the traditional afternoon teas served poolside every day through to the myriad activities they are more than happy to arrange. We went snorkeling, walked through rice paddies and jungle (with a guide), cooked lunch in the resort's organic garden under the watchful eye of their head chef and visited local markets. Nothing is too much trouble to arrange. All Manggis is a perfect mix of the old and new Bali. It has to be doing something right: this resort has been catering to international travelers for 20 years or so! We will definitely be back.
a traveler Netherlands
We had a unique experience during our stay in this hotel. We had a special dinner in a traditional Balinese house in Tenganan in private setting with own cook, Marianni, and butler Joni. Arriving at the house at dusk, with candles burning at the the entrance is magic. The hosts are very kind and hospitable and they tell about the house, traditions and their craftsmanship with the ikat and carving. Joni, in beautiful traditional costume, takes charges in a very pleasant and professional way. The food cooked by Marianni was delicious and the live music was a very nice touch. A night to remember!
a traveler New Zealand
We have been to Bali many times but this was our first time to East Bali. It's a lot quieter than Seminyak but that's why we chose to come here first. Alila Manggis is a wonderfully designed hotel and comprises about 55 rooms and so even if it is busy it is still quiet. We had a second floor room which had a wonderful view of the sea and pool. The room had a balcony with table chairs and a day bed. Perfect if you want to get out of the sun. There is no real beach at the property but there is a beautiful pool in the center of the gardens. If you do want to swim in the sea there are a few stairs leading down the sea wall to the water. Other than at high tide you can swim sea if you want. The Alila Spa was superb. Well trained staff and two massage rooms right by the sea. The sound of the waves crashing adds to your spa experience. There is only one restaurant at the property, Sea Salt which is a pavilion surrounded by a Lotus Pool. A lot of the food is organic and is always fresh. Breakfast was a la carte. With a daily changing menu there were always plenty of options. Lunch and dinner had a great choice of Asian and Western food. I have read some complaints about the price at the restaurant, but you need to put the pricing into perspective. Given the location and surroundings, we did not find it expensive but, as you should expect, it is dearer than eating in a local warung. The property is a bit of a distance from Candidasa, but transport options were always available and there was no feeling of isolation. For a quiet and stylish experience, this property meets expectations.
a traveler Australia
We stayed at this resort for four nights and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The staff were friendly and went out of their way to ensure our visit was great. Our room was perfect and clean, with a view over the pool and out to the ocean (just like the photos). The restaurant there is very good, however, we only ate there once because we usually went into the little town and experienced the food there (it was also a lot cheaper). We had an early dinner by the pool one night and the food was excellent. It was my birthday and because we didn't go to dinner at the restaurant, we had a knock at the door later that evening and two of the lovely ladies delivered a delicious chocolate mouse cake with a 'happy birthday' message and a card from the manager. They even sang happy birthday which was lovely! The afternoon tea by the pool was also a highlight each day with coffee or herbal tea and different cakes each day. The spa was also a gorgeous experience, set right next to the ocean, so relaxing! The only thing that was a little frustrating was the mozzie coils were very difficult to light. At another villa that we stayed at previously, the staff would light the coils in the early evening when the beds were turned down. This was a nice touch. Overall, our experience was excellent and I'm looking forward to returning one day.