Sunday, June 2, 2013

Destination wedding in Bali Part 2 - Alila Villas Uluwatu Review

Venue 2: Alila Villas Uluwatu

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I LOVE this place. The award-winning architecture is astounding and it has a sunset cabana situated over the cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean. Amazing.

The Indian ocean is waiting to welcome you from the lobby, coupled by infinity pool reflecting the sky, you will think that you are in paradise. The box structure on the right is the sunset cabana, which is situated over the cliff.
Stunning walk-in view of Alila Villas Uluwatu
Stunning walk-in view of Alila Villas Uluwatu

Walking towards the sunset cabana.

Nearing the cabana at Alila Villas Uluwatu
Nearing the sunset cabana at Alila Villas Uluwatu

The sunset cabana. During wedding ceremony, the lounge chairs will be removed.
Sunset cabana at Alila Villas Uluwatu
Sunset cabana at Alila Villas Uluwatu
The view from the cabana.
View from the Sunset cabana at Alila Villas Uluwatu
View from the Sunset cabana at Alila Villas Uluwatu


The beautiful sunset cabana at Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali
The beautiful sunset cabana at Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali




This is how it would look like during wedding.


AND.. this is not all!

They have a stunning private dining room that fits up to 30 pax.

Private dining room at Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali
Private dining room at Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali

The interesting pattern on the wall closer to the ceiling is made up hundreds of moulds used for batik printing. I have a special soft spot for intrinsic design that appear very simple at the first glance. This is definitely one of them. 

Interesting art work at the private dining room of Alila Villas Uluwatu Bali
Interesting art work at the private dining room

I was so tempted to cut my guest list after seeing this place.




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In 2011/12, the standard wedding package starts at USD3500++ (reminder: tax rate of 21%) and includes:

  • Welcome drink and cold towels for guests
  • Wedding celebrant
  • Commemorative certificate
  • Wedding programs for guests
  • Wedding guest book
  • Standard decoration
  • Sound system with CD player and 2 microphone
  • 6 hours usage of wedding preparation villa
  • 1 night stay for bride and groom in one-bedroom pool villa (inclusive of breakfast)
  • Spa treatment for Bride and Groom
Compared to Conrad Infinity Chapel, Alila Villas Uluwatu throws in a night stay and spa treatment, which can cost quite a sum if purchase separately.    

For wedding reception, Indonesian set menu starts at USD55++ per person while Western set menu starts at USD80++ per person.

Drinks package starts at USD25++ per person per hour for 2 juice, 2 soda and Bintang beer. USD35++ will get you an additional selection of 1 type of cocktail. I personally find these drink packages are ridiculously priced. How much can a person drink in one hour? I am guessing this is adopted from Australian wedding since a lot of Australian choose to get married in Bali. Perhaps Australian can really drink?


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Pros:
1. Drop dead stunning location and architecture

Cons:
1. The sunset cabana is an open air structure, so we will be at the mercy of sun and rain.

2. The dining room can only fit up to 30 pax. And if more than 50 pax attending your wedding, they require you to reserve a minimum of 25 hotel villas. With the villas rate going at ~USD700++ each, that will cost us USD17.5K ++ before any wedding arrangement. Ouch!

I really LOVE Alila Villas Uluwatu. In fact, I would really love to reserve this place as our wedding venue. However, we knew that our guests list would never be at 30 pax and very likely to exceed 50 pax. Financial sense kicks in and I have to let this option off. *cry*

Next stop, we will head towards to Tirtha Uluwatu by Tirtha Bridal, the place we almost pay our deposit. It didn't happen in the end, but it has nothing to do with the venue.

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