Alila Hotels & Resorts believes in immersive family journeys, designed for memorable moments. Here are the best of its curated experiences across the portfolio. In keeping with Alila’s philosophy, each personalised programme has a sense of place which celebrates the local community and its environment.
The extensive collection includes learning how to make traditional Balinese offering baskets from an experienced craftsman, how to play the gamelan – the ensemble music of Java and Bali, cooking classes in China, and a butterfly walk in Oman, all in the company of a local Leisure Concierge team.
1. BEST FOR FAMILY VACATIONS
In June 2016, Alila Anji made its debut as the brand’s first China property. Families are made to feel at home with a stay in one of the 74 stately villas and rooms, each designed to provide understated comfort within a peaceful oasis.
For the adults and the little ones, the resort unveils its new cooking class series in ‘You are the Chef’. Guided by the hotel chef, adults can learn how to recreate the flavours and local dishes of Anji while the children bake tasty local treats under the supervision of the pastry chef. Other activities offered at the hotel for families include ‘Little Craftsmen’ – where parents can enjoy Kite Making Magic with their little ones in reminiscence of their childhood play times, making from scratch and flying their own creations.
The Alila ‘You are the Chef’ series starts from USD $50 per adult and USD $27 per child; the ‘Little Craftsmen’ and ‘Kite-Making Magic’ activities start from USD $27 per family (up to two adults and one child). Rates at Alila Anji start from USD $340 for a Lake View Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
2. BEST FOR CULTURAL LEARNING
Alila Ubud is a hillside retreat that sits high up on the edge of the rich green Ayung River valley in Bali’s central foothills, in the Balinese village of Payangan. Offering a plethora of traditional activities, this holiday will have the whole family immersed in rich Balinese rituals.
Children can learn how to make traditional offering baskets from an experienced craftsman or learn to play the gamelan – the ensemble music of Java and Bali.
Whilst the kids are busily engaged, parents can enjoy a ‘Balinese Organic Culinary Masterclass’ or learn about the delicate art of batik textiles.
The ‘Coconut Leaf Crafting’ and the ‘Gamelan Class’ activities start from USD $18 per child. The ‘Balinese Organic Culinary Masterclass’ starts from USD $105 per person and the ‘Batik Class’ starts from USD $45 per person. Rates at Alila Ubud start from USD $381 for a Deluxe Room on a Bed & Breakfast Basis.
3. BEST FOR ACTIVE SPIRITS
Alila Jabal Akhdar is a LEED-accredited hotel with 86 beautiful rooms and suites, built in the traditional architecture of old Omani stone dwellings amid a mountain landscape. Offering several activities and experiences including nature walks, hiking trails, mountain biking and off-road drives, sporting families won’t be disappointed.
The new ‘Butterfly Trail’ invites families to embark on a three-kilometre trek around the resort. With a scavenger map in hand, the little explorers will set off on a journey of active discovery, learning new facts about the mountains and its inhabitants along the way which include 11 species of butterfly and over 40 species of birds.
Guests can choose from a variety of other activities including ‘The Village Walk’, the ‘Cave Adventure Via Ferrata’ and ‘Stargazing’. The ‘Butterfly Trail’ is free on selected times and days. Rates at Alila Jabal Akhdar start from USD $532 for a Mountain View Suite on a Bed & Breakfast basis, excluding tax.
4. BEST FOR FAMILY RELAXATION
Alila Diwa Goa, in the southern part of the region, sits amid verdant rice plantations. The Family Terrace Rooms are located on the ground floor near the club facilities and children’s pool.
Families can enjoy a host of activities including cricket, board games, arts and crafts, indoor movies, as well as family spa treatments for pampering with traditional treatments tailored exclusively for children. For more family time, the resort will organise a kids’ beach picnic complete with lessons on sandcastle building.
The ‘Kids Picnic at the Gonsua Beach’ is available from USD $31 per child. A 30-minute body massage for a kid starts also from USD $31 and is suitable for children aged between four to 13. Rates at Alila Diwa Goa start from USD $189 for a Terrace Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis.