With 84 spacious, open-plan villas, all with private saltwater pools, sun terraces and ocean-view cabanas, this Alila hotel is a stunning, five-star take on alfresco living. Singapore-based design partnership WOHA has instilled a green ethic into the stylish resort: rooms have ceilings of local bamboo; hardwood is recycled from old railway carriages; flat roofs are insulated with local volcanic rock; and water from washing machines and baths is filtered for garden use. The resort also has a spa, two restaurants, a bar and a spectacular infinity pool on a cliff edge hundreds of feet above the beach. Alila Villas features an art gallery displaying modern Indonesian artwork, and a library for quiet reading. The fitness centre includes a yoga and Pilates studio. Guests enjoy the convenience of personalised butler services and free Wi-Fi. The modern Balinese-style villas boast an elevated outdoor pavilion overlooking the ocean. Each villa has an outdoor dining area and oversized bathroom. Amenities include a 32-inch flat screen TV and an espresso machine. Balinese and Indonesian specialities are prepared at The Warung restaurant’s open kitchen, while CIRE offers Western dining at 70 metres above sea level. Set atop cliffs along Bali’s southern coast, Alila Villas Uluwatu is a 30-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport.