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Overall this was a decent stay but I'd still be tempted to look elsewhere when returning to Melbourne. The sports facilities are fantastic as is the location but the dark and noisy rooms detracted from the overall experience, as did the quality of the offerings in the club lounge. This is a city that seems to struggle with delivering true luxury. I can't help but feeling that it needs a Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton or MO to really raise the bar for the current crop of properties...
I booked this flight between Sydney and Melbourne in business, in the hopes of securing some time in Qantas' flashy new seats. As is customary in the world of aviation, Qantas was familiarising the crew with the new cabin on a short flight before rolling out the seat on longer routes.
Deals to South Africa are pretty tough to come by, flights to Jo'burg take 12 hours from London and you most certainly don't want to be taking the trip in Economy.
There are often deals out of AMS, OSL, ZRH etc. but discounted airfare out of London is a rare thing indeed.
Although the lounge is very busy and distinctly lacking in privacy, the views of the planes, the barista made coffee and the healthy food options mean I would make an effort to arrive half an hour early to relax and refresh ahead of boarding my flight.
The drive from Ubud to Uluwatu took around 1.5 hours, passing the airport and continuing to the far southern cliffs of Bali.
Alila Villas Uluwatu are quite well hidden, seeing the sign from the road you'd have no idea that a resort of this calibre was hidden at the end of the narrow, twisting road.
One of my favourite things about travelling far away is that there are always going to be residual elements of jetlag. You may wake up thirsty at 5am, have a sip of water and suddenly feel like you can't get back to sleep.
"What's good about that"? You may well ask yourself.
Sunrises in bed. That's what.
Staying here actually feels like an exciting architectural experience, just like Alila Uluwatu, albeit without the wow factor of the sunset cabana and the sliding walled villas. To live within the confines of such considered design is a truly wonderful thing.