Monday, May 02, 2016

Journey by Alila

In Pursuit of The Naga – A Journey Through The Lenses

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Alila Villas Soori recently hosted “Naga’s Diaries” a photography exhibition by Spanish artist Lorena Martínez Acha, which was inspired by the artist’s journey through Bali in search of the legendary NAGA, the mythical dragon, symbolic of eternal love, prosperity and protection for the Balinese. Following the success of the exhibition and the fascinating inspiration behind it, Alila Villas Soori now brings Lorena’s photographic story to life in a new Journey by Alila.

Lorena’s photographic journey took her on a discovery of the heart and soul of Bali, to its sacred mountains at dawn, its fertile rice paddies, and to the slopes of majestic Mount Agung, observing the island as though through the Naga’s protective gaze. Armed with their cameras and accompanied by one of the resort’s Leisure Concierge team, guests of Alila Villas Soori will be able to follow in Lorena’s adventurous footsteps, tracing the extraordinary route of Naga’s Diaries through the lens to discover exotic and lesser-visited sites across the island.

Guests can choose from a one-day experience, setting out before dawn to capture the sunrise, or a three-day experience that explores three different routes through the most breathtaking and hidden landscapes of Bali.

The different locations along the routes will be specially signposted with terracotta tiles that are designed to replicate the dragon’s footprint and its fire breath. The tiles are aptly crafted in Pejaten, a hub of Bali’s terracotta industry located about 10 minutes’ drive from the resort.
Designed to provide an interactive journey, each tile will feature a QR code that is linked to a video of the photography journey and the resort’s social media, where guests can post their pictures instantly.

Those who manage to scan all QR codes and complete the journey can indulge in a well-earned reward such as a culinary experience at Ombak restaurant or a pampering treatment at Spa Alila.

In addition, participants will have the opportunity to engage directly with Lorena in Spain in an e- learning workshop conducted via skype or email from the resort. They will be able to share their photos with her and receive technical advice and guidance on capturing incredible landscapes with greater depth and dimension.

Designed for small groups of up to 10 or 12 guests, this fascinating journey following the trail of the Naga’s Diaries embraces the joy of discovery and the beauty of photography, while offering an unforgettable way to uncover the real essence of Bali.

About Alila Villas Soori
A private and luxurious retreat where you can hide away and heal the soul amid the beauty, warmth and rich culture of Bali. Surrounded by UNESCO’s world heritage protected rice fields, guests can experience the ultimate in personalised service, the luxury of space and the boosting elements of the unique volcanic sand which defines this incredible coastline. 

About ALILA - Surprisingly Different
The hallmark of Alila is the combination of innovative design and luxury in unique locations, set apart by an unprecedented level of private space, personalised hospitality and destination experiences. Alila means “Surprise” in Sanskrit, which suitably describes the refreshing character of our properties and the reaction of our guests when they stay with us. In support of sustainable tourism, Alila hotels adopt EarthCheck operating standards, integrating the natural, physical and cultural elements of their environments. To stay at any of Alila's hotels or resorts is to embark on a learning journey. Whether recreating the flavours of the local cuisine, enhancing your well-being through ancient healing arts, tasting the thrill of adventure sports or participating in volun-tourism, you'll find life at Alila an inspiration. Re-discover the luxury of living at Alila

Commune Hotels & Resorts is an international, multi-brand lifestyle hotel management company which manages and operates Alila Hotels and Resorts, an exclusive luxury brand; Thompson Hotels, a sophisticated lifestyle brand; Joie de Vivre Hotels, a collection of independently branded boutique hotels; and tommie, a new micro-lifestyle hotel brand. The COMMUNE office in Singapore oversees the Asia Pacific development and hotel management for all four brands, with upcoming developments in Indonesia, Cambodia, China, Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia and the Philippines.

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