A Review of the Viceroy, Bali

Bali is a tourist magnet, and with so many hotels on the island it’s so hard to choose which one to stay at. We chose The Viceroy, near Ubud and are so glad that we did. I can honestly say it’s one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed in. Here is a review from my stay there, in case you need convincing that it’s worth a visit.


Location

Ubud is about 45 minutes from Bali airport, which is a short and easy transfer that the hotel organise for you. The hotel itself is slightly outside of Ubud and although you could walk it, it’s easier to get a tuk tuk. Again, the hotel organise this for you so it’s easy to nip in and out of the town for a day trip or dinner.

Ubud’s Mount Batur

Within Ubud there are many things to see and do, though the one thing Ubud lacks is a beach. So if you’ve come to Bali for the beautiful beaches, then this isn’t the area you want to stay in. If you’ve come for a bit of culture, luxury and a slightly quieter, non party hotel, then The Viceroy could be for you.


Accommodation

Wow is all I can say about the accommodation. The villas are open plan, with a huge bed, living area and open shower and bath. The rooms are kept spotless, and cleaned daily. We even had a rogue bird fly in one day, but the staff quickly and safely managed to usher it out within minutes.

The main selling point of the villas though is the private pool overlooking the jungle. Complete with a little pagoda overhanging the pool and sun loungers on the terrace, it really is the perfect place to sunbathe and relax. By the end of the holiday I felt completely replenished.

The pagoda and pool


Service

Every single member of staff was brilliant at The Vieroy. On arrival, we were presented with a little welcome cake, as well as cocktails. Each morning there were fresh flowers in our room, and at night little chocolates at the side of the bed.

Service in the restaurants was quick, friendly and efficient, and nothing was too much trouble. I have a nut allergy, which is always so hard to manage when visiting Asia, but the hotel and staff went out of their way to provide me with nut free meals which were all totally delicious.

A little thank you cake from one of the staff

Our pool and sun loungers were also cleaned daily, and our pagoda cushions regularly changed. Little touches like that made the whole experience truly 5 star.


Food & Drink

Food and drink at The Viceroy was delicious. We ate most of our meals in the hotel restaurant. At the time we stayed, there was only one restaurant, but another was under construction. It honestly didn’t matter though.

The main restaurant with incredible views

Breakfast overlooking the jungle had everything to offer – from fresh fruit, to omelettes, to pancakes to cereal. Everything was delicious. Lunches ranged from club sandwiches to spicy prawns to pizza; you could sample local cuisine if you wanted to, or have more western food as well. The dinners were amazing – we ate everything from traditional Rendang curries, to local spicy pork. We enjoyed the food so much we now regularly make Rendang curries at home.


Amenities

The main hotel pool is truly special, plunging out over the jungle. Also on site is a spa, with in-room massages also offered. We chose the in-room traditional Balinese massage which was great. I also had a wellness bath run for me, full of flowers and rose petals which was picture perfect.

Wellness bath and main hotel pool

The hotel also offers yoga lessons, private dining, cooking classes, dance lessons, kite making courses and local nature treks. We didn’t do any of those things but I’m sure all would have been interesting.

The hotel also offers day trips and tours across Bali – from visiting the local temples to exploring further afield, all with a private tour guide and driver so you can explore the island easily and hassle free. You can read about my favourite things to do and see in Ubud here.


Overall, the hotel was incredible. It is expensive, but the private pools are truly something special and worth paying a little extra for. I’d thoroughly recommend staying at The Viceroy for anyone considering a trip to Bali. Stay safe and happy travelling!

20 Comments

  1. Gosh Hannah, the Viceroy looks an amazing place to stay. It must have been hard to leave! Let’s hope tourism picks up for everyone soon. It must be especially difficult in Bali as they are so reliant on it.

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    1. It was sooo hard to leave, I could have stayed for weeks! I really hope so too, the economy of so many countries depends on tourists. Have a lovely long bank holiday weekend and Happy Easter! 🙂

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  2. I’ve not been to Indonesia before, and certainly not Bali. I’ve always hesitated to go, just because it’s crazy-touristy and seemingly caters to “Influencer” tourists, which rubs me the wrong way. But there’s no denying that it’s popular for a reason, as those views are STUNNING. The food you had looks decadent, and perhaps I just might give Bali a chance someday!

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    1. Yes for sure Bali definitely caters to ‘insta tourism’, especially around the beaches and some of the jungle swings etc. But I think with every place, there’s an opportunity to discover beyond instagram shots. We found ourselves having dinner one night with a local family after we got lost on a walk, and also spent a lot of time exploring the temples and learning about the various different Hindu gods which was very interesting. And yes…the crazy beautiful hotel definitely helped too!! 🙂 Have a great Easter weekend 🙂

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  3. Wow, this hotel spells absolute LUXURY (yes in capital letters 😉). I will have a big problem staying in a beautiful room like this … I would never want to leave again!
    As many other countries, I’m sure Bali rely hugely upon tourism to strengthen their economy – I keep my fingers crossed they will survive.

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    1. Haha – you are so right it does!! I definitely didn’t want to leave either, I could have stayed for months! I really hope so too, and that the country’s whose economies depend on tourism are able to let in visitors again this summer. Have a wonderful easter weekend 🙂

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