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This place really makes me want a vacation. The Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali’s Uluwatu region is clean, modern architecture- blended with the local vernacular. The result is an ‘eco-resort’ designed for the Green Globes GG21 standard, with the highest ranking for Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD).

 Design WOHA – Photographs: Tim Griffith


Built in a location straddling on one side white limestone cliffs and on the other, arid savanna- this picturesque locale, deigned by WOHA, is one of harmony and connectivity. Indoor and outdoor spaces seem to blend into one another. Verandas, canopies, passages and bridges wind throughout, drawing all of the resorts spaces into a kind of common zone. Locally-sourced and reclaimed ironwood clad many of the resort’s surface, including the doors, cabinets, and the trellises and paneling of the external cabana.

Design WOHA – Photographs: Tim Griffith

The individual villas which make up the resort all command a stunning view of the Indian Ocean and follow the natural contour of the sloped site. Around each, the local fauna has been preserved- giving a strong grounding to the structures.The roof of each collects rain water, slowing storm runoff and providing cooling for the interiors. This is coupled with an extensive grey water reclamation system which provides for the toilets and garden irrigation. One last aquatic fact: Each villa has its own pool. All of these pools are salt water pools. This is important to know because of A) salt water’s natural cleaning powers- no need for chlorine, and B) no need to haul in fresh water just to have sweaty bodies jump into it rather than drinking it.


Design WOHA – Photographs: Tim Griffith

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