Nestled in rice paddies, about an hour from Bali along treacherous roads, the beachfront Alila Villas Soori has the feel of a tropical paradise, with infinity pools and Balinese-style architecture by SCDA Architects that blends the 48 villas into their surroundings. After the horrific, death-defying traffic of Kuta, the isolation is a major draw.
The resort was my host for one night, and for me, it was also paradise as the first hot water shower experience in nearly a month of eco-travel in Indonesia -- not that you really need it in the scorching heat.
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