Viceroy Hotel in Ubud, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: May 10, 2019

Review of Viceroy Bali in Ubud, Bali.

Viceroy Bali – Romantic, award-winning boutique resort in a pristine tropical setting.

This very sophisticated resort offers truly personalized service, with the owners living on-site and their children helping to run it. Villas (with one or two bedrooms) are perched along a hillside and offer uninterrupted panoramas of the rice fields and valley. The very spacious and airy villas feature a subtle Balinese design and décor, and luxuries like private pools, marble bathrooms, and espresso machines. The main infinity pool seems to blend into the valley facing it, while the spa and elegant bistro, with home-grown ingredients from their own greenhouse, also share the same extraordinary views. The Viceroy is isolated, however, with no shops or cafés within walking distance, but is only a short ride from Ubud via the free resort shuttle bus.

Viceroy Bali – The Location

  • Address: Along an access lane, about 500m from the main road (Jalan Raya Andong), which extends northeast of Ubud, the most popular tourist region in central Bali. About 3km northeast of central Ubud.
  • Area: Facing a valley amidst an untouched forest. The few facilities along the main road, 500m from the resort, are more suited to locals rather than tourists.
  • How to Get There: Best to arrange an airport pickup with the hotel, which is about 1.5 hours (39km) away, depending on traffic. See other options under “Local Transport” below.
  • Handy to: Birdwatching at Petulu village.

Viceroy Bali – The Basics

  • Guests: Almost all guests are couples, with a definite focus on honeymooners.
  • Views: Some suites/villas face private gardens, while most overlook the valley and pristine forest opposite.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Every type of accommodation features a private pool, which is sizeable and more than just a plunge pool. Some are even heated because it can get surprisingly cool in hilly parts of Ubud.
  • Extras: Free shuttle bus service to downtown Ubud.
  • Wi-Fi: Included free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Enough free and secure parking spots at the reception, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 971 777
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: viceroybali.com

Viceroy Bali – Amenities

  • Pool: The extraordinary pool faces the undeveloped valley and features infinity edges that somehow blend into the forest all around. Also, luxurious gazebos and a swim-up bar.
  • Spa: One of the premier settings on Bali facing the valley, Lembah Bali Spa provides a unique combination of traditional treatments and modern techniques.
  • Fitness Center: Very good size considering the limited number of guests.
  • Activities: Yoga. Cooking classes. Tours of the region by foot or bicycle. Lessons in Balinese culture.
  • Other Facilities: Boutique. Library.

Viceroy Bali – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Many ingredients are grown organically within the glasshouse near the pool. CasCades Restaurant – Exquisite position facing the valley. World-class cuisine, very romantic at night, and degustation menus available. The attached Viceroy Bar shares the same wonderful views and provides a vast selection of wines, cocktails, and liquor, best enjoyed with live piano music. • Apéritif – Opened in mid-2018 and aiming to feature among the world’s Top 50. Probably Bali’s greatest wine list, and décor that must be seen to be believed; even the bathrooms seem to be from a Great Gatsby movie.
  • Breakfast: Included in all rates.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

Viceroy Bali – Rooms

  • Room Types: Pool Suites • Terrace Pool Villas • Deluxe Terrace Pool Villas • Vice Regal Pool Villas • Viceroy Pool Villas
  • Smoking Rooms: Strict no-smoking policy. Check with reception before lighting up.
  • Best Room: All are truly gorgeous, so it’s almost impossible to define the ‘best’. The signature Viceroy Pool Villas are truly presidential: sumptuous, with 2 bedrooms and marble bathrooms, living/dining areas, and extended heated pools.
  • For Families: Some villas have 2 bedrooms, with a separate open-air lounge/dining area. And some with 1 bedroom have connecting doors.

Viceroy Bali – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Some pleasant strolls among rice fields just up the street, but too far for anything else on foot. The roads are too steep, narrow, and potholed for cycling. Ask the hotel about bike rentals.
  • Public Transport: There is no reliable public transport anywhere in or around Ubud.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Car rental can be arranged at the hotel, but driving anywhere in Bali is not recommended. Motorbikes are easy to rent and popular for visiting local attractions without the traffic of southern Bali. Metered taxis from southern Bali can drop passengers off in Ubud but are forbidden to operate here. So the best (and really, only) option for day trips is to charter a car with a driver through the hotel.
  • Shuttle Bus: For towns popular with tourists (e.g. Kuta and Lovina), shuttle buses are comfortable and cheap, if a little overcrowded at times. Local operators, including the major island-wide company, Perama, will pick up (but not drop off) guests from hotels, but they probably won’t come out this far, so get a transfer with the hotel to/from Ubud. The Kura-Kura Bus company links Ubud with southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.

Viceroy Bali – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • The only places within walking distances are in the neighboring Kamandalu Resort, 350m down towards the main road. Includes Alun-Alun, which is particularly romantic and specializes in 6-course menus, but is only open for dinner. 4-minute walk.

Otherwise, hop on a hotel shuttle bus and head into Ubud:

  • Bebek Bengil Dirty Duck Diner – Local institution serving crispy duck in a dazzling garden setting in the middle of downtown. 12-minute drive (4km).
  • Ibu Oka (0)361 976 345 – Offers almost nothing but babi guling (roast pig), a Balinese speciality. The outlet along Jalan Suweta is more spacious, and guests can peek into the kitchen (animal lovers beware). 13-minute drive (4km).
  • Murni’s Warung – On 4 levels, facing a river and ravine. Local favorite since 1974 for Indonesian, Thai, and French food. Art shop inside. 16-minute drive (4.5km).
  • Bridges Bali – Super-swish and award-winning, with an extensive wine list, live music, valley views, and 5-star service. 16-minute drive (4.5km).

Shops

  • A very basic grocery shop along the access road to the hotel, and better stocked minimarts along the main road 500m from the hotel. Otherwise, get a hotel shuttle bus to Monkey Forest or Hanoman streets, or the produce and art markets.

Attraction

  • Petulu – About 2.5km up the main road (ask for exact directions at the turn-off to the village). For reasons no-one understands, 100s of white herons and egrets have been flocking for decades to trees in this village only. Arriving en masse from about 4pm daily, it’s a remarkable sight, best enjoyed from a low-key café among the rice fields. 7-minute drive.

Viceroy Bali – The Hotel

The resort is located northeast of the popular tourist region of Ubud.

The resort is about 3km northeast of Ubud, one of the most popular tourist regions in central Bali.

The resort is located in a quiet and attractive location away from the main road.

The Viceroy is in a very attractive and serene position about 500m from the main road.

The traditional design of the lobby is reflected in the rest of the resort.

The traditional design of the lobby sets the tone throughout this exquisite resort.

Views in all directions are of lush greenery.

Facing an undeveloped valley, views in any direction are void of any other buildings.

The pool is amazingly perched right on the edge of the hill.

The striking pool is perched along the hillside facing the valley and forest.

There are several gazebos by the pool.

The hotel pool is flanked by enticing gazebos.

The Viceroy Bar had a good selection of wines, cocktails, and liquors.

The Viceroy Bar between the CasCades Restaurant and pool offers an extensive range of wine, cocktails, and liquor.

The Lembah Bali Spa also faces the valley.

Also facing the valley is the Lembah Bali Spa at the hotel.

CasCades Restaurant offers heavenly views which are very romantic at night.

Views from the CasCades Restaurant are heavenly and even more romantic at night.

CasCades serves contemporary versions of traditional Indonesian food.

The menu at CasCades is impressive, with contemporary versions of traditional Indonesian food.

The newly-opened Apéritif restaurant/bar is remarkable.

Opened in mid-2018 is the remarkable Apéritif restaurant/bar at the Viceroy.

Apéritif offers romantic seating.

Some tables at the Apéritif are purposely positioned for a romantic meal.

The bathrooms at the Apéritif are amazing.

The bathrooms at the Apéritif must be seen to be believed.

The extensive grounds require buggies to traverse the hillside.

The grounds are surprisingly extensive, so buggies are often needed to reach villas down the hillside.

Some villas have high stone walls.

Some villas are secluded behind lofty stone walls.

The extremely spacious villas have exquisite furnishings.

Villas are very spacious and exquisitely furnished.

Villas have a lot of delightful old-fashioned furniture.

Villas are packed with delightfully old-fashioned furniture.

The villa bathrooms are very beautiful.

The bathrooms in the villas are as beautiful as imagined.

The villas feature a wonderful mix of traditional art and modern amenities.

Villas wonderfully combine the traditional (e.g. art) with the modern (e.g. sound system).

All villas come with private pools.

All accommodations feature private pools.

The spacious outdoor areas features a lot of comfortable furniture.

The outdoor areas of the villas are spacious and full of comfortable furniture.

The renowned Ibu Oka café can be reached by shuttle bus.

Worth visiting in Ubud by hotel shuttle bus is Ibu Oka café, renowned since many years for its roast pig.

Bebek Bengil Dirty Duck Diner is known for its crispy duck.

Also in central Ubud, Bebek Bengil Dirty Duck Diner is an institution specializing in crispy duck.

The 5-star Bridges Bali restaurant is also accessible by the hotel shuttle bus.

On the other side of Ubud, but still accessible by hotel shuttle bus, is the 5-star Bridges Bali restaurant.

Murni’s Warung has been a local institution since the mid-1970s.

On the other side of the river from Bridges Bali, Murni’s Warung has been serving tasty food since the mid-1970s.

Going north from the hotel entrance leads to beautiful fields of rice.

Immediately north of the hotel entrance, the road leads past rice fields.

The facilities around the hotel are more for locals than tourists.

The hotel is about 500m from the main road, where the facilities are more for locals than tourists.

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