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Alila Manggis is a beachfront resort on the unspoilt east coast of Bali – a pretty good position if you ask us.
There are 55 rooms at Alila Manggis, housed in two Balinese pavilions, which overlook the pool. They are all spacious and have all of the latest mod cons, as well as balconies for making the most out of the views of the pool, coconut groves and the sea.
A great way to get involved in Balinese traditions is through food. Firstly, the Seasalt restaurant, which is surrounded by a lotus pond, serves delicious local food such as freshly caught fish served with chilli and coconut. We recommend opting for the Balinese Megibung, a traditional way of sharing food in Eastern Bali. The other option is eating in the hotel's organic garden, which is just a ten minute drive away. The gardener takes guests through the different vegetables used in his Balinese cooking, and cookery classes are also available.
Whether it is relaxing on the huge day beds on the room's balcony, swimming in the pool, or trying yoga or tai chi, there is plenty to do and see in the area. Take a tour of the paddy fields and plantations, having a cup of Balinese tea with the locals along the way, or watch the sunrise from the top of Mount Batur, an active volcano - an early start yes, but well worth it for the sensational views and natural hot springs.
There is also a fantastic spa offering a range of treatments. Its setting in the Pandan forest, and facing the sea, is all the more relaxing.