From majestic gates of heaven to stunning beaches and underwater worlds, Alila Manggis, a secluded stylish seaside resort in East Bali invites you to unveil the hidden gem in surrounding. Take the trail less visited and discover East Bali on your next holiday to the Island of the Gods. Here are 12 best destinations and experiences to inspire you.
BEAUTIFUL BEACHES AND BAYS
Take a traditional jukung boat out to the islands of Gili Tepekong, Gili Mimpang and Biaha, which are located close to each other and are great dive spots for exploring fabulous coral reefs. Or simply relax on the beach, a quiet haven to enjoy the sunset.
Nestled in a beautiful bay surrounded by cliffs and tropical rainforest, Virgin Beach is one of the best white-sand beaches in Bali. A perfect spot to sunbathe, relax in the gentle sea breeze and swim in crystal clear waters.
Blue Lagoon Beach
Situated next to Padang Bai Harbour, Blue Lagoon Beach is great for snorkelling and diving to explore one of the most magical underwater paradises along the east coast. Make a day of it here or explore this stunning spot before departing for your next destination from the harbour.
Labuhan Amuk Bay
For a surprisingly different underwater experience, make your way to Labuhan Amuk Bay, located only 15 minutes from Alila Manggis in Antiga Village, to enjoy a dive walker sightseeing adventure.
ROYAL PALACES OF KARANGASEM
Tirta Gangga Water Palace
This royal legacy of Karangasem kingdom is distinguished by its classical design that differs from other palaces in Bali. The palace was built in 1948, when the king of Karangasem wanted to build a bathing palace for the royal family. The two iconic ponds at the entrance to the palace provide the best spot for an Instagram-worthy photo.
Taman Ujung Soekasada Karangasem
Located at the edge of East Bali with a beautiful clear view of the ocean, this picturesque former palace was built by the king as a meeting place to receive guests. It is one of the most visited sights in this region and a favorite destination for pre-wedding photos in Bali.
EXPLORING EAST BALI TRADITIONS AND WAY OF LIFE
Traditional Seasalt Farming
Follow the journey of a traditional seasalt farmer in Kusamba village to learn about East Bali’s centuries-old seasalt-making process using natural sun and wind evaporation to turn sea water into salt crystals.
Immerse in the buzz of a traditional market filled with freshly harvested produce. Enjoy the rhythm of local life as you watch the Balinese go about their morning routine, buying fresh fruits and vegetables to cook at home.
AMAZING SPOTS TO GREET THE SUNRISE
Gates of Heaven – Lempuyang
The sacred Lempuyang Temple is one of the oldest and most iconic temples in Bali. Located high up on Mount Lempuyang, it is famous for its “candi” which is known as the “gates of heaven”, facing the majestic Mount Agung. The perfect time to visit here is early morning, when you can witness the sun rising and the day beginning in East Bali. Spend a bit more time here to capture a spectacular view with Mount Agung in the background.
Located only 30 minutes’ drive from Alila Manggis, Bukit Cinta, which translates as “love hill”, is an incredible place to watch the first rays of light rising towards the peak of Mount Agung across the landscape of verdant rice terraces below. A truly epic view.
Overlooking picturesque Amed Beach, Jemeluk Viewpoint stands out for its amazing panoramas. From the hilltop, admire the curving coast and see how neatly the local fishermen dock their traditional boats, or get closer to watch them bringing in their catch from the sea against the backdrop of a magical sunrise on the horizon.
Surya Shala at Alila Manggis
‘Surya’ means sun in Sanskrit, and is inspired by the yoga practice of ‘surya namaskar’, or sun salutations, normally performed in the morning to greet the new day. Aptly located overlooking the ocean along Bali’s east coast, where the sun rises, this 10m x 10m yoga shala offers a spacious, graceful and peaceful environment for the pursuit of wellbeing, centred around specially created wellness programmes designed to help guests find a balanced lifestyle, rediscover health and enjoy themselves.
I Wayan Dedi Yustirawan (Dedi)
Cluster Digital Marketing Executive – Bali
Alila Ubud | Alila Manggis
About Alila Manggis
One of Bali’s best-kept secrets, Alila Manggis is a secluded, stylish seaside resort in Manggis, East Bali. Set amidst a coconut grove, the resort nestles between the sea and the majestic Mount Agung, Bali’s most sacred mountain. All rooms and suites face the ocean with clear views across the straits to Nusa Penida. A contemporary interpretation of traditional Balinese architecture is artfully combined with modern amenities to create a relaxed environment in harmony with its natural surroundings.
The hallmark of Alila hotels is the combination of innovative design and luxury in unique locations, set apart by an unprecedented level of private space, crafted artisanship, personalized hospitality, and bespoke journeys. Alila means “Surprise” in Sanskrit, which suitably describes the refreshing character of our properties and impressions of our guests when they stay with us. In support of sustainable tourism, Alila hotels adopt EarthCheck operating standards, integrating the natural, physical and cultural elements of their environments. To stay at any Alila hotels and resorts is to embark on a destination experience – be it in recreating the flavors of the local cuisine, enhancing your well-being through ancient healing arts or the thrill of adventure sports, you will re-discover the luxury of living at Alila. For more information visit, alilahotels.com, follow us on Instagram @AlilaHotels or like us on Facebook