Sprawling rooms; the smallest are 1,615 square feet
Peaceful rainforest setting and dramatic views
The striking aesthetic: Traditional Balinese design meets modern minimalism
Not part of the Viceroy hotel chain; this is an independent hotel run by an Australian family
What To Know
It’s a 10-minute drive to anywhere in town; the hotel runs a free chauffeur service from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Book spa treatments more than a day in advance (same day booking is available, subject to availability)
There is a helipad onsite and guests can transfer from Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) to the hotel by helicopter in 15 minutes
Though permitted, children are not encouraged; parents will have to sign an indemnity form
Parking on site
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Luxe all-villa resort in Ubud with a jungle backdrop and thatch-roofed villas with private infinity pools
Built into a steep hillside, the Viceroy overlooks the Petanu River gorge at the east end of Ubud. Tropical flowers cascade above rough-hewn stone walls that look as if they’ve been around a lot longer than the hotel, which opened in 2005. The place looks and feels like bona fide Old World Bali: weathered thatch roofs soar above the jungle floor, women balance trays of frangipani blooms on their heads, and there are life-size statues of Hindu deities everywhere. Indoor and outdoor spaces flow easily together in the spacious open-plan guest rooms (none smaller than 1,500 square feet). Elaborately carved teak furniture, canopy beds shrouded in gauzy white fabric, and framed vintage photographs punctuate the otherwise minimalist decor. The Terrace Villas and Viceroy Villas feature a private outdoor terrace with an infinity pool, a bale (a raised daybed) and a small dining table. Bathrooms are fit for a king, with caramel-hued marble soaking tubs and glass-encased outdoor showers. Amenities such as a personal DVD library and an espresso machine make it tempting not to leave your room. The hotel’s facilities are impeccable. There’s a poolside bar, a restaurant and a sybaritic spa. And, as Ubud is Bali’s epicenter for culture and art, it would be a shame to miss out on the many local traditions. Want to learn how to prepare a Hindu offering? Build a kite? Or practice yoga with a master? Talk to the concierge. The young and enthusiastic staff is eager to keep you busy with its personal recommendations.
In the Area
Pedaling the quiet backroads is the best way to escape the marauding masses in central Ubud. Bikes (and maps) are available at the Viceroy for a per-day fee. Guided half-day tours start at Mount Batur and finish 10 miles downhill. Or ask the hotel concierge to help set up a trip. On any given night in Ubud you can take your pick from a handful of different dance and gamelan performances. Kecak, barong and the graceful legong dance are among the most popular shows. Ask the concierge for recommendations on where to try kopi luwak, considered by some the best coffee in the world. It's made from beans eaten and passed through the digestive systems of civets (Kopi is Indonesian for coffee, and luwak is the local name for the bean-eating critter.) Ask the concierge for recommendations on where to try it.