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
Everything is perfect at the Viceroy. Honestly it is incredible, food - amazing, rooms - amazing, staff - amazing. If you get the chance to stay at this beautiful hotel you will love it! All of the room types are great, the lead in room is just as spacious as the deluxe - but the infinity pool in the deluxe room really does make it super special. I couldn't rave about this hotel enough in all honesty - perfection.
Beautiful resort in an incredible and natural setting in a Balinese jungle ravine.
Service impeccable from absolutely all the staff to provide the very highest quality of hospitality.
CasCades restaurant and bar offered great food and refreshments - don’t miss breakfast!
Deluxe Terrace Pool Villa was outstanding in all respects and left wanting for nothing.
The spa was outstanding and simply unrivalled.
Whilst the on site Apertif restaurant is expecting Michelin stars for sure.
Very highly recommended for couples who are seeking the very best to celebrate a special moment together.
Thank you to all at the Viceroy Bali.
Went there for a high tea, but as we were too early, we decided on lunch instead. We were too early for high tea, so we decided on lunch. There were only the 4 of us for the lunch. We were possibly a little early for that too. :-)
Food was excellent. Staff were excellent. Because I managed to say "kopi susu panas", they said that my coffee was free. :-)
We had appetizers and palate cleansers that were given free, and I'm pretty sure that the 2 lots of warm crusty bread was also free.
While I can't guarantee that your experience will be precisely the same as ours, you will be treated with kindness and professionalism. It was a wonderful experience.
It would have been lovely to have stayed there as the place was immaculate, but we were already staying nearby in Ubud.