What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
How to Get There
The rooms are really big, the infinite pool a gem, the service impeccable, but the food at the restaurant was superb. We had an 8 course meal, every dish unique in taste and texture. Highly recommended for professional service from the moment you stepped in hotel.
This hotel has to be the best we have stayed at and exceeded our expectations.
Welcomed with flower garlands cocktail and friendly reception staff. The room had a heated indoor pool which was amazing, a walk in shower and a big bed. Came back one evening to a rose petal bath which was a nice touch. Always stocked with enough water bottles in our room.
The outdoor pool with the most stunning views from the infinity pool, given cold water when near the pool area. We ordered food around the pool daily because of how nice it was - including the room service, amazing!
Breakfast daily had a amazing choice.
Sadhu and Balik's service stood out to us too with remembering our names when they saw us.
The shuttle service into the center was really helpful too which made it easy for us to go to the centre if we wanted to get anything.
We went for a cocktail at Aperitif, beautiful interior in there - worth a visit.
It would be a dream to be able to return back to this hotel again!
This is really a luxury ‘top end’ hotel. They provide real luxury but it’s relaxed, informal and very comfortable. The villa’s are brilliant, get views and real privacy. Sitting in a pool looking over the valley and jungle. Great food, a breakfast you look forward to each morning. The staff, they are really, genuinely, friendly people. The staff seem very happy.
Margaret and Otto have developed a real team here. Obviously we really enjoyed our stay, we feel relaxed and privileged to have had our stay at the Viceroy.
We recently stayed at the Viceroy for our Honeymoon - and what a fantastic experience we had! We had a beautiful stay from the moment we arrived, tranquil pool villa right on the edge of the rainforest. The honeymoon package included cake and champagne on arrival, couples in-room massage and we were treated with too many flower baths too count! We enjoyed a relaxing and indulgent stay at the Viceroy and couldn't fault a thing. Staff were friendly, with excellent service. In room meals were quick to be delivered and the cocktails excellent! Would love to come here every year for an anniversary stay!! Would highly recommend any honeymooners to stay here - you won't regret it !
We recently stayed at The Viceroy for our honeymoon after our wedding in Bali. Our stay was so peaceful and romantic. The private villa we had overlooked the forest and we enjoyed a lovely heated pool. The room was very comfortable and had great facilities including filtered water from the tap so you could brush your teeth without having to use bottled water! The staff were so lovely and attended to our every need. The shuttle service was fantastic as we were able to be dropped in the city centre free of charge every time. Overall the ambiance of the hotel was so lovely and tranquil. We would highly recommend to anyone!