More than great food, more than excellent service and more than jaw-dropping pools, what Bali luxury resorts tout the most is seclusion—that you’re going to feel utterly and completely relaxed because you’re immersed in a tropical paradise surrounded by nature, not tourists. But one quick look at Google Maps can tell you these boasts aren’t usually true, especially down south. The vast majority of Bali resorts are just a stone’s throw away from the action in Seminyak, Ubud, Uluwatu and beyond.
But not Alassari Plantation.
This new Bali resort talks the talk and walks the walk. And after spending time there last month, believe us when we say that if you’re looking for something truly out there—completely tucked into our island’s breathtaking greenery—it doesn’t get much better.
But first you have to get there.
Alassari Plantation was built into the southern slope of Mt. Batukaru in Central-North Bali, and the road there is half the fun. If there ever was a reason to hop on your first motorbike, it’s right here, weaving through terraced rice fields that stretch towards the horizon. And here’s a pro-tip: if coming from Ubud, set your GPS to ‘walking’ directions for a no-highway, all-jungle commute.
Alassari was created by Australian couple—and completely adorable lovebirds—Craig and Valarie Glenister. They live on the property, and you immediately get the sense that they’ve put tons of love into the Plantation to really make it a home. Just take a look at the near-novel they’ve assembled in each room, telling the story of their resort and their love story (seriously, it’s incredible).
Each villa at Alassari is set in it’s own bubble of beauty; you won’t be wondering if your neighbors can spot you in your, ahem, more romantic moments. And the details of these teak masterpieces are astounding. As you sit down on your grandiose leather couch, or lay in your massive wood-carved bed, or lounge on your sprawling balcony, you’re going to have to pinch yourself.
As much fun as it is to feel like a king in Alassari’s villas, the property’s placement in nature is the biggest draw. Alassari’s land is steep, full of ridges and valleys, all lined with stone pathways—you can go hiking without leaving the hotel. Go find the jungle Buddha, or navigate down to the river, or simply wander and see where you end up. We loved feeling full-on Indiana Jones on the wooden bridge, connecting Alassari’s two halves, which leads you down to the resort’s own set of small but lovely waterfalls.
There’s a sense of adventure here that you simply won’t get at other resorts of this level—and for couples not content with sipping away their whole trip with cocktails by the pool (which is also great, no hate), Alassari deftly balances luxurious pampering with more organic excitement.
Alassari was exactly what we’d hoped for and more: a beautiful slice of nature in a part of Bali we’d never visited before, and a villa that we never wanted to leave. We’ll be back, swinging on that bridge, as soon as we can.
Find it: Alassari Plantation, Banjar Biyahan, Desa Wanagiri, Tabanan.