Alila Hotels & Resorts believes in immersive family journeys, designed for memorable moments. Here are some of their best curated experiences across the portfolio. In keeping with Alila’s philosophy, each personalised program has a sense of place which celebrates the local community and its environment.
The extensive collection ranges from handmade sugar making, playing in a tent, to a butterfly-walk in Oman and cooking classes, kite making and painting in Bali, all in the company of their local Leisure Concierge team.
1. BEST FOR LEARNING EXPERIENCES – ALILA YANGSHUO – CHINA
Until December 2018, Alila Yangshuo is promoting a two-night Play Alila package. This experience offers families the chance to share treasured moments whilst learning and spending time together. The package includes either a family baking class with the chef or the option to learn how to make sugar by hand. Kids will also love the creative painting class. Quality family time can also be enjoyed by all during lunch and dinner which are included in the experience.
The newly opened Alila Yangshuo is set amongst karst mountains, rolling green hills and meandering rivers. The hotel is a former working sugar mill, now transformed into a modern, retro resort with 117 rooms, suites and villas combining stylish simplicity with exceptional comfort and convenience.
Alila Anji has introduced a family Play Alila package which is the perfect excuse to get together. This includes a two-night stay with breakfast, one family lunch box and family dinner at Hidden Dragon, the resort’s traditional Chinese restaurant. Play Alila tents can be set up in the villa for children to enjoy and kiddies under 12 will have a complimentary kids’ activity at Play Alila kid’s club.
Overlooking the spectacular Tianfu Lake and abundant white tea plantations, Alila Anji is ideal for a family break away from the city to restore balance of mind, body and spirit.
The package is available until 31 December 2017 and starts from US$322 per person. For more information or to book visit www.alilahotels.com/anji
3. BEST FOR ADVENTURE – ALILA JABAL AKHDAR – OMAN
The ‘Butterfly Trail’ at Alila Jabal Akhdar offers an irresistible adventure for families who can enjoy a 3km expedition 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 bird.
Alila Jabal Akhdar is a LEED-accredited design-forward hotel with 86 beautiful rooms and suites, built in the traditional architecture of old Omani stone dwellings amid a stunning mountain landscape. Offering several activities and experiences including nature walks, hiking trails, mountain biking and off-road drives, families looking for adventure, won’t be disappointed. 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 US$532 for a Mountain View Suite on a Bed & Breakfast basis, excluding tax. For further information on the other experiences visitwww.alilahotels.com/jabalakhdar
4. BEST FOR A CULTURAL LEARNING HOLIDAY – ALILA UBUD – BALI
Offering a plethora of traditional activities, a holiday at Alila Ubud will leave the whole family immersed in rich Balinese rituals. Children can enhance artistic skills by learning the process of egg painting and creating masks which has been part of Balinese history for centuries. The masks are made from recycled wood, which kids can enjoy decorating as a one-of-a-kind work of art
Alila Ubud is a tranquil and secluded 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.
The ‘Egg Painting’ and the ‘Balinese Mask Painting’ activities start from USD 25 per child and USD 29 per child. Rates at Alila Ubud start from US$381 for a Deluxe Room on a Bed & Breakfast Basis. For more information or to book visitwww.alilahotels.com/ubud
5. BEST FOR FOODIES – ALILA MANGGIS – BALI
For little budding chefs, Alila Manggis offers the ‘Junior Chef’ cooking classes. Guided by the hotel chef, children will bake ‘Jaje LakLak’ – a local delicacy. While these are baking, the children get to visit the kitchen garden to plant a new herb and learn the names of some of the existing plants. This experience supports Alila’s “green bank” initiative which incentivises the local children in their plastic rubbish collection activities to make Bali a cleaner place. Other activities offered at the hotel for families include ‘Kite Making’ – where parents can enjoy Kite Making Magic with their little ones in reminiscence of their childhood play times, making them from scratch and flying their own creations.
Alila Manggis is a secluded, stylish seaside resort in Manggis, East Bali. Set amidst a coconut grove, the resort nestles between the sea and the majestic Mount Agung, Bali’s most sacred mountain.
The Junior Chef class is 3.5 hours and is suitable for children aged 4+. The class costs US$25 per child. The Kite-making class is available from US$20. Rates at Alila Manggis start from USD 185 for Superior Room on a Bed and Breakfast basis. For further information visit www.alilahotels.com/manggis