A Brief Affair with Bali and Alila Seminyak

Sunday, October 30, 2016

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We were swept away from one dream to another, from Labuan Bajo to Bali. It was a little past noon when our plane landed on Denpasar. Quickly, we were herded to Warung Europa for a delectable lunch. Anxiety was slowly creeping in me. The knowledge that something's about to close was taking its toll. My stay in Wonderful Indonesia is nearing its end.
Over lunch, I got reprimanded (sort of) for not extending my stay in Bali. As it were, I wouldn't be able to properly experience the luxurious hotel that was Alila Seminyak. I would not even be able to sleep on my bed! See, my flight was in the wee hours of the next day, so I had to leave for the airport right after dinner.
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We wasted no time upon arriving at Alila. We were taken to a tour of the complex. Everything was undeniably indulgent and fit for the most revered members of society. I felt totally out of place, honestly. We were taken to the penthouse, where there was a private infinity pool overlooking another infinity pool and the expanse of Balinese beach. In the middle of the courtyard was a repurposed temple, much older than the hotel. The structures looked so clean, precise, without hint of an afterthought. After the hotel tour, we were given our card keys.
where to stay in bali

where to stay in bali

where to stay in bali

where to stay in bali

where to stay in bali

where to stay in bali

where to stay in bali

where to stay in bali

where to stay in bali

where to stay in bali

where to stay in bali

I held my breath upon seeing my room. It had its own living room, a bath tub, a queen-size bed, and a veranda with a serene view of the beach. Never have I imagined myself staying in such an extravagant accommodation! I threw my things on the bed and hurriedly started packing. In a while, we will be having our farewell dinner. It took me a solid fifteen minutes and a Facebook Messenger conversation with Sheila before I found the toilet. Sheila, meanwhile, spent 30 minutes fiddling with the espresso machine that came with our rooms. 
I had a quick dip in the bathtub, just to experience it, really. I dumped a handful of bath salts in the water, not knowing what it was actually for. Everything was redolent of lemon, the scent I will forever associate with Bali. I did not tarry, however. I cleaned myself up with the intensity of a mad man then threw on a dress before running to Sheila's room. Together, we walked to the banquet where the program was already starting. 
where to stay in bali

where to stay in bali

where to stay in bali

Vesta was speaking, reminiscing the happenings of the 12-day trip. The early call-times, the baggage drop-offs, the minor mishaps – all only made me realize how spoiled we were throughout. We giggled at the recollections. In the midst of the laughter and happy faces, I felt an unbidden wave of affection for every single person in the room. Goodbyes are made harder by good people. And these people were some of the bests.

Read: Labuan Bajo, Futures, and Believing

Some connections are flimsy and temporary. Some are transcendent. And the connections I made in Indonesia are bound to go beyond the confines of time and distance. I've written it once: the friendship I got to forge here will always be the main thing I'd be grateful for.

Several "special awards" were given out. Team Philippines bagged almost every one. Lloyd won Most Social Media Posts, Potpot won Most Curious, Darlene and Cai were both Most Cheerful, and I... Well... The announcement of me winning the Most Favorite International Blogger filled me with a pleasant warmth that I can still remember to this day.  I did not know what I did, perhaps being myself was truly enough, but thank you to my Indonesian friends who thought I was worthy of this award.

As for Alila, I only experienced it so briefly. But the things I'd gotten to see and feel were top notch, and I hope it wasn't the last time I'd be able to experience things like that. I hope to return and make the most of it! For rates and more information on this hotel, go to their website or check here for discounts. 

Cheers to the 12-day Trip of Wonders! Big hugs to all the people who made this possible. And lots of love to Indonesia. See you all again soon!

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