By Dian Hasan | November 28, 2009
The Singapore-based Alila Hotels & Resorts, has never forgotten its Indonesian roots, where it started during the challenging times of the Asian Crisis, in the late 1980s. Positioning itself as a hotel company that values the immediate community and environment, as much as it understands the need to create a compelling stay experience, through its exquisite hotels, that never fail to make a bold design statement. Giving Bali their latest luxe villa property, Alila Villas Soori, that is making its debut next month.
Alila’s making serious inroads as an eco-responsible player, taking a lead into identifying and putting to work green initiatives, that are adapted to the local setting. Among the first recipient of international green certifications in the country, Alila’s chose Green Globe, an Australian benchmarking and certification for eco-tourism standards equivalant to America’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Green Globe’s standards are based on the Agenda 21 Principles for Sustainable Development endorsed by 182 heads of state at the United Nations Earth Summit 1992 held in Rio.
Alila’s latest baby – Alila Villas Soori is a testament of going from strength to strength, a first-time luxury entrant for Southwest Bali, near the famous Tanah Lot Temple. Featuring 48 villas ranging in size from 1,680 square feet for a one-bedroom villa, to a 49,500-square foot 10-bedroom villa. Each villa integrates elements from the surrounding environment with a graceful expression of contemporary Asian design. Located off the tourist trail, the resort is situated on a gentle slope between lush, green rice terraces and black-sand beaches overlooking panoramic vistas of the Indian Ocean.