Anyone thinking about taking a vacation this spring or summer? Or perhaps right about now, as most of the country is being slammed by blistering cold and snow. If the thought of escaping to somewhere tropical sounds right up your alley, keep reading, because I’ve got the scoop on one particular property on the forefront of an emerging travel trend I can definitely get behind.
One of the growing trends in the travel world is the fitcation. Simply put, a bit of luxury combined with adventure activities, exclusive exercise sessions, and healthy living and/or cooking classes. Boost your fitness game, while also getting a chance to unwind from the real world – it’s hard to beat a combination like that.
While on a recent trip through Indonesia, I was lucky enough to be have been invited by Alila Manggis to stay on their property and experience their version of the fitcation.
Situated on the eastern coast of Bali, the resort sits in the shadow of towering volcanos, surrounded by emerald green palms, crystal clear water, and sugary, white sands.
Each suite at Alila overlooks the beautiful pool and lush, green grounds. Everything you could possibly need is conveniently located to your room. The resort maintains an intimate, boutique feel that is often lost when staying at other corporate locations.
Just a short walk away is the properties’ restaurant. Typically, I stray away from resort food, but I thankfully made an exception at Alila. Hands down some of the best food I’ve had in all my travels. Leaning heavily on tropical, Indonesian tastes, with an eye for health, everything was spot on and one of the highlights of our stay.
Breakfast options were vast, and provided the perfect start to our days at Alila.
As I mentioned above, Alila offers a wide variety of adventure activities to keep you fit and healthy while away from home. We chose a mountain bike tour, led by Concierge Ngurah, which brought us down the face of a volcano, through small local villages, and eventually finishing on the beach where we had a fresh seafood lunch. A strenuous ride, covering nearly 12 miles from start to finish, left us absolutely exhausted but grateful for the experience.
We got further instruction into maintaining a healthy (and tasty) lifestyle by executive Executive Chef Santika. We signed up for a healthy cooking class, which involved personal instruction from the culinary genius responsible for everything that comes out of the Alila’s restaurant. This was easily the greatest experience of our time at Alila – the food was amazing, and the recipes, complete with easy-to-find ingredient substitutions at home, was an added bonus.
Check out the spread of Indonesia cuisine we helped Chef Santika put together. Unbelievable chance to see how fine dining and healthy eating can go hand-in-hand. *Recipe below
The sun setting on another perfect day at Alila.
If you’re looking for a combination of health and relaxation, look no further than Alila. I enthusiastically give my full recommendation for a stay of any length. The cheery staff, talented kitchen, and endless options for staying active while away made for a perfect few days.
Tum Ayam (Spiced Chicken Parcels)
- 100 g Chopped Chicken
- 1 tbsp Grated coconut
- 1 tbsp Bumbu Bali
- 1 tbsp Coconut cream
- 1 tbsp Fried shallot
- 1/2 Bali lime juice
- 3 pc Lemon basil crushed
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Mix all ingredients together and check the taste
- Wrap in banana leaf into the special shape
- Steam, grill, or bake for about 15-20 minutes