Immersing guests in a fantastic beachfront experience, Alila Seminyak Bali is a lush secret garden. Designed by Gaurang Khemka at the award-winning Singapore architectural firm URBNarc, the resort is a distinctive blend of contemporary architecture woven through with vertical greens, wall-hugging plants, green roofs and landscaped terraces designed to enliven the senses. Green spaces abound, replicated in corridors, lobbies and all public spaces, naturally ventilated by ocean breezes. Beyond the visible aesthetics, Alila Seminyak is wholly committed to minimising its environmental footprint. Sensitive site planning, use of local building materials, and the incorporation of environmental, energy and resource-efficient systems are integral to its design and construction - all in accordance with the rigorous standards of the internationally recognised EarthCheck benchmarking and certification programme.
About this Destination
Situated at the quieter end of an eight-kilometre beach that stretches north from Kuta and Legian, Seminyak has evolved into one of Bali’s hippest scenes. There are plenty of things to do in Bali Seminyak, for instance the sea here is great for surfing, the sunsets are legendary, the beaches are some of the best in all of Bali, and the streets pulse to the beat of fashionable shopping, a world-class dining scene and notable nightlife.
Seminyak is also a great base for exploring Bali’s hotspots, lush landscapes and cultural gems, from Uluwatu Temple in the south and Tanah Lot Temple to the north, to the beautiful rice terraces that stretch as far as the eye can see. Everything you could want in one perfect Balinese getaway.
First inhabited around 2000 BC, Bali’s cultural roots run deep. Below, we’ve rounded up a few key things to know about the culture of an island justifiably known as “The Island of the Gods.”
Hindu influences reached the Indonesian Archipelago as early as the first century. There are two major theories for the arrival of Hinduism. The first belief is that South Indian sea traders brought Hinduism with them. The second describes how Indonesian royalty first embraced Indian religions and culture, and soon after, the masses followed their lead.
Bali has been known to leave mouths agape with its dramatic dances. These intricate dances express a story of drama using the whole body. The Balinese like a blend of seriousness and slapstick and their dances reveal this; like a vaudeville show, the audience cheers on the good guys and cringes at the bad guys. Dancers learn the craft at an early age. While the aspiring dancers are taught to dance with their hands before they can walk, official training starts as young as seven. Balinese dance is inseparable from religion. Based on their religious functions, traditional Balinese dances can be divided into three categories:
Wali means “sacred,” but the literal meaning of the word is bantén, or offering. This refers to the direct link to deities, and is not just a form of entertainment for the Balinese, but a formal exchange of energies. These dances are considered sacred and must be performed in the inner court of the temple.
Bebali dances, usually performed in the middle court of a temple, comprise ceremonial performances. They fall in the middle of sacred and secular. These dances are considered more as entertainment for the deities than as a direct means of contact.
Balih-balihan (To watch) Dances
These dances are often considered secular and take place solely for the entertainment of people. They are performed in the outer court or even outside the temple.
Though Bahasa Bali is the local language spoken in Bali, Bahasa Indonesia is the most common spoken language around the tourist areas.
Helpful Words & Phrases in Bahasa Indonesia
Good morning: Selamat pagi (S’LAH-maht PAH-ghee) Good afternoon: Selamat siang (S’LAH-maht PAH-ghee SEE-yang) Good evening: Selamat sore (S’LAH-maht PAH-ghee soh-ray) No: Tidak (TEE-dah/) Yes: Ya (EEYAH) Thank you: Terima kasih (Tuh-REE-mah KAH-see) You’re welcome: Terima kasih kembali (Tuh-REE-mah KAH-see kem-BAH-lee) Excuse me: Maaf (mah-AHF) Excuse me (to get past): Maaf, permisi (ma-AHF, pehr-mee-see)
The rupiah is the official currency of Indonesia. Issued and controlled by Bank Indonesia, the ISO 4217 currency code for the Indonesian rupiah is IDR.
Weather and Climate
Bali has a tropical climate, hot all year round, with a rainy season from November to March, and a relatively dry season from April to October, when, however, some showers can still occur.