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
My wife and I stayed for a honeymoon and it was hands down the nicest place we have ever stayed and probably will ever stay at in the future. The service provided, the villas, the food, the massages....every single thing was a 5 star experience. Highly recommend the multi-course meal at APÉRITIF. The desserts were particularly noteworthy and they just didn't stop coming.
Wow; what a place! We came here for our honeymoon and were blown away with the beauty of the place and above all, the fantastic service and perks, having booked as honeymoon guests.
From day one we were made to feel like VIPs - from the honeymoon cake and spiced mojitos on arrival, having a golf buggy on demand to bring us up to the top of the hotel (which we only used once FYI!) and the flawless hospitality throughout.
The service really was impeccable, and they couldn’t do enough for us. The hotel is small, meaning you do really feel like a VIP - the main infinity pool and huts are never crowded, and this just adds to the tranquil, exclusive feeling of the place.
We loved the perks from being honeymoon guests - the welcome cake, the couples spa treatment (which was AMAZING), and the cocktails at Aperitif, and the icing on the cake - the poolside 5 course meal. Everything was stunning and impeccable - we could not fault anything! The shuttle service into Ubud was also very useful.
Thank you so much to the amazing staff for making our holiday so enjoyable.
We had a lovely stay as part of our honeymoon. We loved everything about Viceroy Bali; from the wonderful villas to the amazing service. Truly an unforgettable experience! Thanks very much for everything!!