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
An amazing few days. The setting is truly beautiful and the level of service is second to none. The staff there literally could not do enough for you. There were a couple of small hiccups in our stay but management went above and beyond to ensure everything was resolved. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend if looking for perfection.
My husband and I recently spend a magical four days at the Viceroy Bali. From the first moment we arrived we were in awe of the attention to detail and the beauty of this property. From the fresh flowers at check in, to the cake they presented to us for our anniversary, we were in awe. I would make sure if you are really wanting to have the full experience to book the Terrace Villa. We loved the private pool and the terrace overlooking the valley. Breakfast was incredible. Unlike most places who do a buffet this is a seated (or in-room) experience including pastries, smoothies, fresh fruit, and gorgeously plated main dishes. The pool is lovely and includes a swim up bar area, great drinks and food and really comfortable loungers. While we were there we arranged an in villa spa service and a private yoga class as well that was just wonderfully done. There are two restaurants and we only were able to try the Cascades restaurant which had some live dancing which was lovely. The other, Apertif I would check out if we had time. The bar was lovely there- some slow service but being a former New Yorker I often have to slow down my expectation with that. If you are on the fence I would book this property again in a heartbeat! Also- an added perk is a luxury car service for free back and forth from Ubud. The taxis’s will rip you off in Bali and having that saved a lot of stress getting back and forth.
The most beautiful hotel with the most stunning views! We couldn't believe it actually looks just like the photos on the website. The hotel is an oasis of peace and tranquillity that is lovely to come "home" to, after the bustle and noise of Ubud. Spacious, elegant rooms in immaculate condition, just like the test of the hotel and so many thoughtfully chosen 'details' in the decoration, design and the little extra touches provided. Wonderful restaurant with delicious, beautifully presented 'fine dining' food. I loved the daily breakfast smoothies in their rustic wooden bowls and loved the surprise of discovering what the flavour was for that day. But far and away above anything else, the staff here are the most friendly, helpful, attentive staff I have come across anywhere in the world. I must particularly mention Ayan and Agung, the two restaurant staff who looked after us and really made our time special. It doesn't feel right to talk about 'service' at the Viceroy: this is a family hotel and the staff here make you feel like you are their favourite family member coming to stay! I cannot recommend this place highly enough! Thank you to all at the Viceroy for an amazing 10 days!