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Culture & Food Travel in Bali

There is a story behind every extraordinary meal. Alila Manggis Bali invites you to join a unique culinary trip where you will discover how delicious Balinese dishes made, from buying ingredients in a traditional Balinese market, learn to prepare them in a cooking class, to finally enjoy the food you make for yourself. Along with great food, Bali also offers great culture. Pay a visit to a fascinating bat cave used for religious ceremonies and also to Kusamba Salt Pans, famous for its organic sea salt. To complete your trip, you will also enjoy the chefs menu in a candlelit dinner by the ocean and under the stars.


  • Hands-on cooking class
  • Feast on Balinese cuisine
  • Hop on a Klungkung market visit
  • Experience a sea-salt making class
  • 4 nights luxury accommodation
  • Visit the Goa Lawah bat cave
  • 4 breakfasts a la carte


1 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Indonesian, English
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Alila Manggis Bali Hotel, Designer Boutique Resort - 4 stars

Alila Manggis breathtaking location between the sea and Balis sacred Mount Agung inspired a seamless concept for the resort by its designers at Kerry Hill Architects, with free-flowing interaction between the buildings and surrounding nature. A traditional alang alang thatched roof covers the lobby, beautifully offset by polished ivory and coloured concrete floors. A latticed screen of diagonally laid stones is a feature at each end of the lobby.

Four two-storey buildings of cool white stone, lit up in geometric beams of warm tones after dark, house the guestrooms. Each block is a skilful execution of traditional and contemporary Balinese architecture, set at a 45 angle to the beach, allowing all rooms and suites a view of the sea and the resorts centrally featured pool.

Leisure concierge

Real! Original! Traditional! These three words have become synonymous with East Bali. The simplicity of the folk around, the relatively unspoilt and age-old traditions, the smiling faces, the swaying palms and narrow streets set against a backdrop of paddy fields and volcanoes. Buitan beach and Alila Manggis are a truly and surprisingly different experience in East Bali. 4 star hotel tours and trips can be booked through our Leisure Concierge to discover all this and more!

Swimming pool

The swimming pool is a central feature of the resort and is designed as an unusual inverted pyramid. This creates deep water in the middle and shallow water around the edges, allowing guests to relax and enjoy a cooling afternoon dip at this boutique resort. Balis swaying coconut palms, and beautiful landscaped gardens provide the perfect setting to lay back and enjoy the resort's peaceful, sunny environment.

Yoga Pavilion

The ocean-facing yoga pavilion runs yoga sessions every Monday and Friday from 17:00 to 18:15 for guests in-house.


  • Silver Certification for Environmental Practices 2013-2014 by EarthCheck Certification
  • Certificate of Excellence 2012 by Trip Advisor
  • Best Affordable Beach Resort in the World in 2009 by Travel + Leisure Australia
  • Winner in the category of Mid-range Resorts & Hotels by Wild Asia
  • Best Value Hotel, Asia and Australasia 2011 by The Sunday Times

Seaside suite

Upholding the reputation of a superior family hotel in Bali, the seaside suites at Alila Manggis provides spacious accommodation and a double daybed for our younger guests. The 114 square meter suites are located at the upper level corners of our 4-star hotel. Balis beautiful ocean is within direct view from the large balconies that surround these Bali suites which are perfect for outdoor dining, entertaining, lounging or as a sundeck. The rooms are furnished with a living area and large entry hall which may be used as a dining area.

Superior and deluxe rooms

The 53 rooms and 2 suites are housed in traditional two-storey thatched Balinese pavilions reminiscent of the village Wantilan, meeting hall. The Superior rooms, located on the lower floor of each block, boast a private terrace while the Deluxe rooms on the upper level have a balcony with day bed. All rooms are designed to maximise the views across the coconut grove, the swimming pool and the sea.

In-room amenities include cable TV, In-room safe, IDD telephone, Mini bar. Enjoy new bedscapes comprising down comforters and high-thread count soft bed sheets, a pile of plump pillows - and a new fresh, white look. The bedding is inspired by the new niche brand "Ploh". Discover hand-finished, distinctive bedding that's all about understated luxury.


  • Afternoon tea and coffee with snacks between 15:00 and 17:00
  • Alila Living boutique
  • Bicycling anytime with three suggested routes
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the hotel
  • Laundry service
  • Ocean-facing bale
  • Shuttle service to town centre every two hours between 09.00am and 05.00pm
  • Taichi every Tuesday and Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00 at Spa Garden


  • Coffee/tea-making facilities, In-room safe, Mini bar, Umbrella
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, LCD TV with satellite channels
  • One queen-size bed or two separate twin beds, one shower
  • Private terrace
  • View of Indian Ocean, the Straits of Nusa Penida and the island of Nusa Penida


Market tour

The activities will begin at 07:00 and ends at 13:30. Understand how the cycle of daily life translates to the plate in traditional Balinese dishes. After an early morning breakfast, experience the amazing sights, sounds, and aromas of Klungkung market, one of the busiest village markets in East Bali.

Balinese cooking class

Back at the hotel, learn how to use the ubiquitous Ulekan (traditional Balinese mortar and pestle) to make the embodiment of Balinese cuisine - Bumbu Bali (Balinese curry paste) and Bumbu kacang (peanut sauce) - and prepare Balinese style nasi goreng (fried rice) in a wok and sate ayam (grilled chicken skewers). Savor the mornings handiwork over a leisurely lunch in the restaurant.

Romantic candlelit dinner

Surprise your loved one with an intimate dinner for two. Savor the amazing food of Seasalt Restaurant at a location of your choice, a candlelit dinner in the seaside bale, a secluded spot in the garden, or in the privacy of your own balcony. Together with the chefs, design your own menu and cherish the moment.

Goa Lawah bat cave excursion

Visit the famous Goa Lawah (Bat Cave) located 15 kilometers southwest of Alila Manggis. The cave is home to thousands of bats and has a temple built in front of its entrance. The combination of squeaking bats, crowds of kneeling devotees, burning incense and priests prayers makes a visit to Goa Lawah during ceremonies a fascinating experience.

Sea salt making

On your return journey, stop at the Kusamba Salt Pans, famous for its organic sea salt. Witness the process of sprinkling seawater over the black sand until one gets concentrated sea salt. This will be 3 to 4 hours trip.

Seasalt restaurant

Inspired by a neighboring organic salt farm, the Seasalt Restaurant is set in a traditional Balinese pavilion on a lotus pond. Serving both a contemporary menu and a range of Indonesian and Balinese favorites with Executive Chef I Nyoman Santika and Food & Beverage Manager Made Putra Arnaya. Seasalt is also an integral part of the Alila Manggis Cooking School. Elegant and relaxed, the restaurant looks out on to the ocean and the resorts beautifully landscaped grounds. Guests can also enjoy poolside or garden dining, set beneath the tranquil coconut grove.

The organic garden nearby also presents a "surprisingly different" dining option. The sea salt they use is farmed from the salt pans in Goa Lawah nearby, thus the name of the restaurant. They bring you flavors that are both local and international, some inspired and others traditional, some simple and a few slightly more complicated, some meals for one and others to share, some spicy and a couple that are not too spicy.

Alila Manggis Bali recommends some flavors to share, their signature meal, the traditional Balinese Megibung, which is a unique and very traditional way of sharing food with friends and family during village ceremonies in East Bali and some parts of Lombok. This is an excellent way to sample the local cuisine and is decoratively served to you on a carved timber stand called the Dulang.


One of Bali's best kept secrets, Alila Manggis is a secluded, stylish seaside resort in Manggis, where modern European shapes meet open, tropical design. Set amidst a coconut grove, the resort is nestled between the sea and the majestic Mount Agung, Bali's most sacred mountain. Alila Manggis is situated on tranquil Buitan Beach within the regency of Karangasem, close to the town of Candidasa, and provides the perfect base from which to explore the unspoilt East. This area of the island is renowned for its spectacular beauty where the steep rise from coast to mountain creates magical scenery.

This boutique hotel in Bali is the gateway to the dive islands of the east coast, the mother temple of Besakih and the great water palaces and kingdoms of East Bali. Alila Manggis is also just 10 minutes from Padang Bai harbor where ferries leave for Lombok and other nearby islands. Head away from the crowds to an unspoilt east coast hotel in Candidasa such as Alila Manggis, where modern European shapes meet open, tropical design. Bali's perfect ocean views are captured from four two-storey buildings built around a palm-fringed pool, ideally demonstrating simple forms and Balinese touches.


Indonesian & Balinese cuisine sample menu

Organic garden breakfast

  • Discover the organic garden, a hidden paradise just 10 minutes from the hotel. Surrounded by rice paddies, enjoy the sights and sounds of our local Balinese village farmers tending to their cows, ducks and beloved rice. Recommended timing: 07:00-11:00.
  • Fresh tropical fruit platter, Pisang goreng fried bananas, Nasi jinggo (local style breakfast of rice, chicken and vegetables)
  • Your choice of any fresh seasonal fruit or vegetable juice
  • Locally grown Ngis village coffee or garden fresh lemon grass tea
  • Explore the garden with our gardener; pick a selection of fresh herbs to make into your own tea

Breakfast on the beach

  • Just a twenty-minute drive and about 10 minutes down a bumpy dirt track will lead you to Pasir Putih a secluded sandy beach. Your private butler will be waiting with a picnic style breakfast. Sit and relax or take a walk down the beach and see the local fisherman haul in their daily catch. Then stay the day and enjoy some sun bathing and snorkeling. Recommended timing: 08:00-11:00. (Tide permitting)
  • Freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Baker's basket
  • Tropical seasonal fruit platter
  • Egg and bacon tart with organic basil
  • Balinese coffee or Alila blended herbal tea

A romantic breakfast

  • Sunrise at Alila Manggis is a delightful time of morning. This Seaside Bale, Segara Madu is the perfect spot to savor the moment, allow another day in paradise to envelope you with a glass of sparkling wine. Recommended timing: from 06:30-10:00
  • Your choice of any fresh seasonal fruit or vegetable juice
  • Baker's basket
  • Alila blend coffee or fresh herbal tea
  • Tropical seasonal fruit platter
  • Sunrise eggs any style with a roast tomato, bacon and brown toast
  • A glass of chilled Alila sparkling wine

Balinese / Indonesian breakfast menu

  • Balinese open omelette: Pan fried eggs with shredded chicken, ginger, shallots, spring onion, tomato and soy sauce
  • Bihun Goreng: Stir-fried glass noodles, chicken, casein, carrot and Chinese cabbage slice fresh celery
  • Bubur Injin: Black rice pudding served with coconut milk and toasted shaved coconut
  • Bubur Masak Sayur: Rice porridge with Balinese spice, fresh local vegetable, crisp red beans celery leaf & fried shallots
  • Coffee and tea: Choice of Indonesian or fresh herbal teas, Alila's own blend of coffee
  • Fresh Seasonal Fruit Juice: Banana, papaya, watermelon, pineapple, or honeydew melon
  • Fresh tomatoes on toast: With organic sea salt and long pepper extra virgin olive oil & Bali lime
  • Homemade toasted granola: Topping with yoghurt, fresh fruit and crispy shaving coconut
  • Nasi Goreng Kampung: Stir-fried rice with pork and Sune Cekuh paste, beans and vegetables
  • Seasonal tropical fruit platter: Papaya, pineapple, watermelon, honeydew melon, banana and seasonal Balinese fruits

Authentic Balinese starters

  • Ayam Mesisit Sambal Matah: Shredded chicken with Balinese salsa served with long bean, apple eggplant, Chinese cabbage and Balinese salsa
  • Bakso Be Celeng: Glass noodle soup with minced pork meat ball served with bean sprout and white cabbage
  • Be Awan Panggang Sambal Matah: Grilled mackerel fish with Balinese salsa and sauted green vegetables
  • Classic Street Food Martabak (vegetarian): A fried pastry parcel of whipped egg, vegetables, tofu and soy bean cake served with pickled vegetables
  • Ikan Kuah: Clear fish and green young papaya soup with Base Rajang, crispy garlic and Bali lime
  • Kacang Barak Bayem Mekuah (vegetarian): Spicy red bean and spinach soup with Balinese spices
  • Kuwah Ares Bebek: Fragrant of young banana stem and braised duck with Bali lime leaf, galangal and turmeric
  • Lawar Kacang Be Siap: Young coconut, long bean and chicken salad with aromatic ginger spices and crispy garlic
  • Palem Udang dan Ikan: Chopped fresh prawn and fish with young coconut, ginger, chili, lemongrass and tamarind wrapped in See leaf and steamed
  • Pecel Sayur (vegetarian): Steamed vegetables salad served with a spicy peanut sauce, soy bean cake and tofu
  • Rujak (vegetarian): Shredded young mixed fruits with tamarind, palm sugar and chili dressing with crispy peanuts
  • Sate Campur Bumbu Kacang dan Acar: Chicken, pork and fish skewers served with pickled vegetables and peanut sauce
  • Sate Campur: Marinated beef, pork and fish grilled on bamboo skewers served with peanut sauce and Balinese pickles vegetables

Authentic Indonesian main courses

  • Bihun Goreng: Stir-fried glass noodles with tiger prawn, bean sprouts, carrot, mushroom and vegetables
  • Gedang, Nangka Muda dan Klongkang Kare (vegetarian): Green papaya, young jack fruit and wing bean curry cooked in coconut milk served with steamed rice
  • Mie Goreng: Stir-fried egg noodles, chicken, bok choy, carrot and Chinese cabbage with beef or fish sate
  • Nasi Goreng Be Pasih: Seafood fried red or white rice with fresh vegetables and fish in lemongrass skewers with peanut sauce
  • Nasi Goreng Kampung: Stir-fried Balinese rice with pork and chicken in Balinese spices served with fish sate lilit
  • Sayur Mesanten (vegetarian): A fragrant exotic squash and vegetable curry with tofu and soy bean cake
  • Tahu Isi Goreng (vegetarian): Crispy tofu with bean sprout & carrot stuffing served with wok sauted vegetables and rice

Authentic Balinese main courses

  • Gedang, Nangka Muda dan Klongkang Kare (vegetarian): Green papaya, young jackfruit and wing bean curry cooked in coconut milk served with steamed rice
  • Iga Babi Bakar: Grilled pork rack with spicy sweet sauce served with mixed vegetables salad and steamed white rice
  • Ikan Kare: Fresh caught fish of the day with Balinese spices and coconut milk served with steamed rice
  • Nasi Bungkus Sayur (vegetarian): Balinese style rice mixed with braised vegetables sate, urab campur and tomato sambal wrapped in banana leaves (non vegetarian option: with braised chicken and fish sate)
  • Pepecak Be Siap: Marinated roasted chicken leg with garlic, ginger, lemongrass, chilli, light coconut milk broth and long bean served with steamed white rice

Authentic Balinese dishes

  • Ayam Kare: Chicken curry of leg with Balinese spices and coconut milk served with sauted green vegetables and steamed rice
  • Ayam Panggang Sereh: Grilled chicken leg fillet marinated with lemongrass and garlic served with sauted ginger bok choy and lemongrass tomato sauce
  • Babi Kecap: Slow cooked pork with shallots, ginger and sweet soy sauce served with Balinese salad & steamed rice
  • Bebek (Duck) Or Ayam (Chicken) Betutu: Duck or chicken, marinated in tamarind, coconut oil and Bumbu Bali, wrapped in palm husks and traditionally roasted for 8 hours. Served with duck eggs, Cassava leaf salad, Pandan flavoured organic, Balinese rice and a long bean salad, (Please order one day in advance)
  • Bebek Goreng: Crispy fried duck leg with triple Balinese sauces, served with long bean salad & steamed white rice
  • Gurami Goreng Or Panggang: Whole fresh water fish, crispy deep fried or grilled served with three sauces, Balinese salad and steamed white rice
  • Gurita Sambal Tomat: Stir-fried of baby octopus in tomato & chili sauce, garden greens and baby corn served with yellow rice
  • Rendang Sampi: Slow cooked of beef Sumatran style served with sauted fern tip & bok choy and yellow rice

The Balinese Megibung

  • Pair the Megibung with a bottle of Balinese Chardonnay
  • Ares Bebek: Fragrant braised duck, lime leaf, galangal, turmeric and banana stem
  • Es Puter: Local sorbet of coconut, green bean and jack fruit
  • Lawar Ayam Kacang Panjang: Snake beans and poached chicken with Bumbu Bali and fried shallots
  • Nasi Kuning: Turmeric flavoured rice
  • Palem Udang: Chopped fresh prawn with young coconut, ginger, chili, lemongrass and tamarind, wrapped in See leaf and steamed
  • Rendang Sampi: Slow cooked of beef in Sumatran style with dried coconut and spices
  • Sate Asem Be Celeng: Pork marinated in Balinese spice grilled on bamboo skewers
  • Sate Lilit Languan: Finely chopped trevally, lime leaf, fried shallot and coconut wrapped on bambu sticks
  • Urab Campur Gedang dan Timun: Green papaya, cucumber and red bean with spices dressed with a fragrant coconut sauce
  • Urab Campur Nangka: Young jackfruit, green papaya and red bean with spice dressed with a fragrant coconut sauce
  • Urutan: Balinese spicy pork sausage

Spa treatments

Spa treatments

At Spa Alila, they are committed to providing unique treatments from the heart, blending ancient Asian healing techniques with age-old beauty recipes featuring the curative benefits of fresh, natural, quality ingredients. Trained in anatomical physiology, massage, meditation and service, the local therapists combine the latest organic nutrition and health knowledge with the most essential element - warm, genuine care that flows from the heart through the hands, to stimulate, rejuvenate, balance and relax your mind and body. Spa Alila products are made from a creative blend of ingredients; indigenous plants, fruits, herbs, and spices and use a carrier massage oil that are a pure blend of sweet almond and virgin coconut oil.

Their blends feature combinations that are fragrant and so fresh that they are almost edible - cucumber and aloe vera to soothe, lemon grass and ginger to refresh, coffee and coconut to tone and condition. From facials to aromatherapy massages, these spa experiences are presented in the haven of two outdoor spa bales located right on the grounds of the Pandan Forest, facing the sea, allowing nature to soothe you towards total relaxation.

What's included

  • 1 lunch
  • 4 breakfasts a la carte
  • 4 nights luxury accommodation
  • Hands-on cooking class
  • Hop on a Klungkung market visit
  • Sea-salt making class
  • Visit the Goa Lawah bat cave

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Book your flight to arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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