Alila Seminyak

Just when we wondered if Bali could sustain another high-end hideaway, the much-anticipated Alila Seminyak opened this month on a stretch of beachfront near Petitenget Temple in the heart of Seminyak's retail throng.

The group's fifth hotel in Bali is bigger than its usual boutique scale - 240 rooms in signature pared-back style, with a beachfront restaurant, spa, gym and plenty of vertical and rooftop greenery.

It's the first of a trio of Alila openings this year and among 19 properties being developed by 2018. Due to open next month is an Alila city retreat in Solo, Central Java, known for its art scene and an hour's drive from Borobudur, the world's largest Buddhist temple. And the group's first property in China, Alila Anji, is due to open in December among the white-tea estates and bamboo groves of Zhejiang province, used as the location for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

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