Alaya Resort Ubud’s New Wing and Restaurant
Alaya Resort Ubud, a well-known name for serenity in the culturally charged village of Ubud, Bali, has announced the grand opening of its new wing and second restaurant, Manisan.
THE NEW WING features 40 additional guest rooms, 5 suites, a gym, boardroom and another swimming pool. There is also a 350 year-old wooden joglo that has been repurposed as a wedding pavilion or venue for intimate events.
Certainly, the wing is built to answer growing demand from regional and international travelers looking to bask in Alaya’s blend of luxury, tranquility and cultural artistry.
These new guest rooms and suites take cues from tropical luxury with thoughtfully designed interiors, bespoke furnishings and personal touches that reflect Alaya’s penchant for Indonesian elegance.
Also within the new wing is the resort’s highly awaited restaurant, Manisan. Under the guidance of celebrated Indonesian gourmand and food ambassador William Wongso, Manisan is a culinary theater that showcases koki masak. This is a form of local food preparation involving spontaneous cooking surprises honoring the diverse and authentic flavors of the Indonesian archipelago. Incidentally, William Wongso set the stage for the restaurant prior to its opening by hosting two sold-out dinners at the resort.
“The creation of a balanced menu that will bring to the table an all-new dining experience requires the expertise of a connoisseur whose knowledge of Indonesian cuisine is second to none. We are most fortunate to have William Wongso on board to steer Manisan in the right direction,” said Jimmy Gunawan, CEO of AIM Hospitality, which manages Alaya Hotels.
“With an eclectic mix of mainstream food traditions from places such as Minangkabau and Bandung, not to mention specialities native to cities like Pontianak and Ambon, we will ensure that Manisan’s menu embraces the food culture within our nation.”
Manisan sits in the middle of a productive rice field adjacent to the resort with space to comfortably seat up to 128 diners. It is housed within a reclaimed joglo (a traditional Javanese wooden home) that was sourced from Central Java and reassembled in Ubud. The building melds age-old architecture with modern features.
Prior to his sudden passing, Made Wijaya, an Australian born authority on Balinese culture, tropical gardens and island-inspired aesthetics, took the lead on the restaurant’s interior to complement its traditional façade. The overall look has been styled with classic table settings, hand-painted ceramic floor tiles and selected artworks to balance the splendor of the joglo’s elaborately carved ceiling. Manisan is Made Wijaya’s final project and it has been finished to exacting standards in a fitting tribute to his creative spirit.
Located in “downtown” Ubud, the resort shares the same rice paddy views as the renowned Bebek Bengil “dirty duck” diner. It is also within walking distance of the popular Monkey Forest Sanctuary, a sacred nature reserve and temple complex. Let’s prepare for our next escape!
ALAYA RESORT UBUD
Jalan Hanoman, Ubud, Bali
T: +62 361 972 200