Alila Ubud is a member if design hotels TM and a tranquil and secluded hillside retreat that sits high up on the edge of the rich green Ayung River valley in Balis central foothills. The resort is located just minutes from Ubud, the islands cultural heart. Blending contemporary design and traditional Balinese architecture, the secluded courtyards, spacious terraces and private gardens create an intimate feeling like none other. All rooms offer stunning views across the meandering Ayung River Valley. If you were to rank the 50 most beautiful hotel swimming pools in the world, then the Alila Ubud would be right up there at the top. Moving from the pool bar into the cool depths, the water's surface seems to flow endlessly through the terraced jungle and reach up to the sky. The resort's rooms and suite villas stand above a ravine on stilts like treehouses. The architecture makes use of traditional Balinese design, but it is transformed into a strict modern geometry. Smooth plaster walls and concrete meet with straw roofs terracotta tiles meet gravel or crushed rock wood meets glass.