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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Ocean-view pools

    Free yoga classes

    Indulgent spa

  • Kids will love

    Kids club

    Bicycles to borrow

    Vintage Volkswagen vans

  • Don’t expect

    Calm waters

    A white-sand beach

    Maximalist style


Cool, calm and cosseting, child-friendly hotel Alila Seminyak faces a tempting stretch of volcanic sands on Bali’s lively southern coast. Sleek and resolutely modern this luxe resort may be, but it also embraces the island’s traditions of indoor-outdoor family life: slide the glass walls open to the balmy sea breeze and make the most of its enticing spa, drop-in kids club and heavenly trio of infinity pools.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Alila Seminyak with us:

A daily afternoon tea


‘A stylish retreat dressed in clean lines, pared-down palettes and modern Asian aesthetics, this luxurious retreat hasn’t forgotten Bali’s indoor-outdoor approach to family life. ’

Smith & Family


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Alila Seminyak – Bali – Indonesia

Need To Know


240, including 141 suites.


12 noon. Earliest check-in time, 2pm. Late check-out up to 6pm subject to availability and a half-day charge.


Double rooms from £297.49 (IDR4,740,299), including tax at 21 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude buffet (IDR250,000 each excluding tax and service) and à la carte breakfast (hot dishes from IDR40,000 excluding tax and service), but include a scheduled shuttle to Seminyak Square. Children One under-12 can stay for free on an existing bed. All suites have space for a free cot or an extra bed (US$50 a night). Under-4s eat free.


All rooms are accessible to wheelchair users; one Deluxe Garden Suite has been adapted for disabled guests. If you’ve fallen for the hotel’s understated Balinese style, stop by Alila Living (open from 9am to 9pm) to pick up a souvenir from the carefully curated collection of local arts and crafts.

Hotel closed

No check-ins or check-outs are allowed on 28 March 2017, when Bali observes Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), although stays are still possible. Bali’s airport also closes for the day.

At the hotel

Spa, restaurant, bar, lounge, yoga classes, bikes to borrow, boutique, free WiFi throughout.

In your room

Flatscreen TV, DVD player, minibar, black-out curtains, kettle, free bottled water, Alila toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Opt for a suite for handy butler service and plenty of sprawling space. Just steps from the ocean, Beach Suites have a separate living room with a sofa bed than can serve as a second bedroom; the wrap-around balcony and sweeping sea views aren’t to be sneered at, either. The three-bedroom Penthouse has its own infinity lap pool high above the beach – a superlative setting for family frolics.


The three freshwater infinity pools are sleek, wood-decked numbers perfectly positioned to blend into the blue, blue sea. They’re open from 7am to 7pm and all are unsupervised; two are for adults only.


Taking inspiration from ancient Asian medicine and Balinese therapies, Spa Alila (open 9am–11pm) takes a tailored approach to pampering. Book one of the nine treatment rooms for a blissful four-hand massage, a traditional lulur body polish or a spot of reflexology. After a citrus-scented foot bath, 6–12 year-olds can indulge in a gentle massage with coconut oil, as well as manicures and pedicures. Don’t miss the creme bath, a nourishing avocado and coconut hair mask combined with a blissful neck and shoulder massage.


If you’d rather leave your stroller at home, the hotel can help you find a local rental. There are bikes to borrow for little ones, but you’ll need to bring your own helmet.


Alila Seminyak is a showcase for environmentally sustainable architecture, with an open-air design that keeps lighting and cooling needs to a minimum. The resort meets Earth Check’s stringent standards thanks to its water conservation and management programmes, the use of local and recycled materials and a considered approach to environment protection.

Food and drink

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A welcoming indoor-outdoor space with communal tables, low loungers and ocean-view tables, the Restaurant spills out around the main pool. Chef Stefan Zijta perfected his modern take on pan-Asian cuisine at Alila Villas Uluwatu: embark on a whistlestop tour of the region with fragrant Thai curries, freshly steamed dumplings and moreish Korean-style ribs, or have the day’s catch from the fishing village of Jimbaran grilled with a side of Indonesian bumbu. Tots will make a beeline for the dessert bar, a spectacular display of tempting sweet things lined up alongside the kitchen’s open pastry section.

Family fare

Children are welcome at any time. There’s plenty to choose from for picky eaters (colourful stir-fries, roasted Tabanan chicken, hummus and falafel) and staff will happily heat up milk or baby food.

Hotel Bar

Pick a day-bed at the Beach Bar for Middle Eastern snacks and expertly mixed cocktails. Little Smiths, who are welcome at any time, can order milkshakes and freshly squeezed juices. The Coffee Bar brews a mean flat white and an even sharper espresso martini.

Last orders

The Restaurant is open 7am–11pm; the Beach Bar pours drinks 11am–11pm. The Coffee Bar is open 24 hours.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Grab one of the laid-back loungers by the pool bar for plenty of shade and uninterrupted sea views.

  • Room service

    Tantalising classics such as burgers, noodles and steamed buns can be brought to your room in compostable paper boxes around the clock.


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Parent approved

‘A stylish retreat dressed in clean lines, pared-down palettes and modern Asian aesthetics, this luxurious retreat hasn’t forgotten Bali’s indoor-outdoor approach to family life. ’

Smith & Family

Kids Club

Open from 7am to 9pm, the supervised drop-in kids club caters to kids up to 12. Little Smiths can unleash their creative genius in playful playdough, face-painting and kite-making sessions, or spend laid-back afternoons catching up on DVDs or competing with new friends on the Playstation. Under-4s are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.  


Babysitters are available for IDR100,000 an hour for each child (excluding tax and service); book a day in advance.


To make the most of the balconies and terraces at nap time, pack your own monitor to use in your suite.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Steriliser • Weaning spoons • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Baby monitors • Changing mat • Baby bath • Bath thermometer • Crayons • Board books • CBeebies

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Cutlery • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Changing mat • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • Picture books

For older children

• Bikes to borrow • Lego • PlayStation


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Things to do

Take some time to pick out your favourite swimming pool – all three have uninterrupted sea views, but elevated positions, strategically positioned sunloungers and proximity to the beach should all be considered carefully. Petitenget beach beckons just beyond the hotel’s manicured lawns, an alluring sweep of warm, dark sands dipping into the Indian Ocean. Waves can be rough here – Bali’s southern coast is popular with surfers – and the beach isn’t supervised, so keep an eye on little ones. Children can monkey around at the kids club, a supervised space running both indoor and outdoor activities. Alila Seminyak specialises in tension-busting ministrations: try one of the free daily yoga classes, a spiritual healing session or a course of soul-soothing pampering in the modernist spa.

Sunny days

Start the day with a walk on the beach and a serene yoga session; the hotel can organise a private class if you’d like to fine-tune your asanas. Bali’s lush paddy fields make for scenic bike rides through the countryside: ask staff to pack a picnic and give the whole family a glimpse of traditional Balinese farm life. Indian Ocean’s strong breezes make perfect kite-flying conditions; test your little ones’ creations on the beach to make local friends in no time. After all that exertion, the call of the sunlounger may be hard to resist. Grab one of the glossy design magazines from the lobby and spend a few idle hours idly flipping through its pages.

Rainy days

Follow chef Stefan on a tour of the market to pick fresh produce for a Balinese cooking class. You’ll pick ingredients from the resort’s organic garden and learn the secrets to the island’s exotic, fiery flavours. For a more grown-up treat, book some time in the cocktail lab – an afternoon of mixing, stirring and shaking rewarded by tantalising sunset snacks.

And there's more…

Stop by Pura Dalem Segara, the resort’s aptly named ‘temple by the beach’. As a place of worship for three local families, it’s a testament to Bali’s vibrant Hindu heritage, but don’t be fooled by its traditional appearance: it was erected in the 80s.

Local Guide

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Don't miss…

Nusa Dua’s Pirates Bay (+62 361 915815), a treehouse restaurant with life-sized ships for the children to commandeer.

On the quiet end of a long stretch of beach that stretches from Kuta to Legian, family-friendly Seminyak is Bali’s hub for all things bright and beautiful. Laid-back Biku (+62 361 8570888) has a bookshop, colouring books and games for little ones; its kids’ afternoon tea is a pint-sized three-tiered affair. Take a break from a strenuous regime of snacks, sand and sunsets with a spot of retail therapy: Jalan Laksmana’s upmarket clothes and interiors boutiques are just a leisurely stroll away, but guests can also hop on the hotel’s free shuttle to the air-conditioned comfort of the Seminyak Square shopping centre. You’d be remiss for leaving Bali without a taste of its grown-up, hedonistic pleasures: book a babysitter and head to Ku De Ta (+62 (0)361 736969) for day-beds, fabulous cocktails and legendary sunsets. Next-door neighbour Potato Head Beach Club has much of the same, but with an added sprinkle of new-kid-on-the-beach cool (+62 361 473 7979).

If you’re in the mood for more active pursuits, nearby Santai Surf School (+62 819 3653 8139) runs family-friendly classes. Bagus Café (+62 812 390 7681), beachside off Jalan Four Seasons, is considered the best of Jimbaran’s many seafood joints: feast on freshly barbecued fish with your toes in the sand.
A 20-minute drive away in Canggu, Bali Equestrian Centre (+62 361 844 6533) offers lesson for over-3s, pony rides and scenic hacks from the paddy fields down to the beach. Its Aravina restaurant overlooks the pool and riding arena.

Further afield, Bali’s lush paddy fields and rich heritage beg to be explored. The hotel can arrange excursions to nearby temples and sundowner hotspots aboard one of its vintage Volkswagen vans, or a well-deserved beach picnic at the end of a scenic cycle. Brave the slippery stones to picturesque, wave-kissed Tanah Lot, or catch a hypnotising kecak dance at Uluwatu Temple – the fire displays and dramatic choreography are sure to mesmerise little ones. Make sure they mind the monkeys: they may be cute, but they’re also rather feisty.

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Alila Seminyak
No. 9, Petitenget, Jl. Taman Ganesha, Kerobokan Kelod, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, 80361
Hotel setting

Petitenget paradise

Getting There

Alila Seminyak is a tranquil beachfront resort, just a short stroll from Jalan Petitenget’s cosmopolitan bars and designer boutiques.


Just south of capital Denpasar a 30-minute drive away, Ngurah Rai Airport is the nearest international hub, serving flights from Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Australia.


A car is a must to explore the island, but hiring one with a driver is often safer than trying to come to grips with the chaotic local driving. There’s free parking at the hotel if you do come with your own wheels.

Parent travel tip

The hotel can provide a car seat for under-5s, but make sure you ask in advance. If you’re dreading a litany of ’are we there yet’s from your little ones, book one of the resort’s vintage candy-coloured Volkswagen vans for long sightseeing trips: they’re just the thing for painless journeys for up to five people.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Alila Seminyak – has been selected and approved by parents.

A short stroll from the friendly buzz of Seminyak’s stylish main drag, Alila Seminyak overlooks tranquil Petitenget beach. A stylish retreat dressed in clean lines, pared-down palettes and modern Asian aesthetics, this luxurious retreat hasn’t forgotten Bali’s indoor-outdoor approach to family life. Vertical planting has turned its walls into luxuriant tropical frescoes; rooms have floor-to-ceiling sliding doors to let the sea breeze in. A free drop-in kids club gives parents plenty of down time, but you needn’t compromise on precious moments with your little ones, either. Much of the resort’s focus is on making the most of the island’s bounty: indulge in fragrant scrubs and lomi-lomi massages in the child-friendly spa, feast on fresh-from-the sea produce in the Restaurant, or simply fly a handmade kite in the Indian Ocean breeze. Away from the beach, Bali’s verdant landscape, playful cafés and fascinating heritage await: hope aboard one of Alila’s vintage Volkswagen vans for a personalised tour of this idyllic island.

Smith & Family

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