After four gorgeous days staying at The Four Seasons in Jimbaran Bay it was time to head north to the countryside to stay in Ubud, Bali’s capital of culture. I’m not exaggerating but when we entered grounds of The Viceroy Bali, our home for the next couple of nights, our jaws just dropped.
Stepping down from the two-tiered lobby we were greeted by the most amazing infinity pool with a view across the Petanu river gorge and across into the jungle…
The hour and a half drive from Jimbaran to Ubud had a been an easy one but we were still grateful for a refreshing cool tea and fresh towels and a speedy check in before a buggy was called to take us to our villa.
We entered the villa by a pathway that was embellished by pretty elephants and from the look of the space it was already clear that our villa would be incredibly private.
Our Vice Regal Villa was huge with marble floors and beautiful Balinese wood carvings on the walls…
With a comfortable indoor seating area, desk space and wardrobe. I loved the fact that though the room was modern but it had been styled with traditional Balinese architecture.
The bedroom opened out directly into the bathroom…
And this gorgeous bath with a carved elephant clinging on to the tap with it’s trunk.
Anyway…the best bit was our beautiful outdoor living space and private pool:
We had an outdoor living and dining area on our patio and a large pool with a fountain…
The views out to the valley were simply spectacular and I loved our little flower garden and the pretty pink flowers fringing the lawn.
We had our coffee machine and fridge in our outdoor living room and I loved this
throne bale, in which I could regally recline whilst Mr Silver soaked up the sun.
Though we didn’t want to leave our room we were definitely ready for food after our drive and headed out of our heavenly hideaway for some food at Cascades, the hotel’s restaurant…
….on the way taking in the statues and other interesting touches that gave this hotel its unique character. The Viceroy is a small hotel with only 25 Villas and service was perfect, located on the mountainside with steep roads it was definitely more convenient for us to use the hotel’s buggy service which was always prompt and efficient.
Unlike the much bigger Four Seasons, all the main public areas of the Viceroy are located together so that the lobby leads directly down to the boutique and then it’s only another short flight of stairs to the pool area where the restaurant and spa are also located.
The hotel’s restaurant, Cascades is a gorgeous indoor and outdoor space over looking the Valley of the Kings, a name given to the area because Balinese royalty used to live nearby. And I certainly felt like a princess in this absolutely stunning hotel that was my favourite of the trip.
The award-winning Cascades restaurant at the hotel is actually one of the best restaurants in Bali and we were keen to try it out. The menu features Indonesian dishes along side European cuisine infused with Indonesian flavours.
Mr S ordered some beautifully tender chicken wings to start but I decided to save myself and not have a starter as we were having a tasting menu that night.
My lunch was a traditional Balinese dish called Ikan Panggang, a beautifully cooked whole fish marinated in Balinese spices. I loved this dish and I really wish we could get it easily over here.
Mr Silver also went for one of the Indonesian options on the menu, a Gule Kambing which is lamb slow cooked with cardamom and ginger with sweet corn perkedel (fried patties), steamed yellow rice and green chilli sambal. Our dinner that night was also in Cascades and we sampled their European degustation menu, I’m planning to blog about the meal separately but I just wanted to note that at some hotels we found the Indonesian food to be far better than the European offerings, whereas at The Viceroy they were certainly on an equal footing and both excellent.
Directly adjacent to the restaurant was the Lembah spa, which I will also cover in more detail in my next post but I just wanted to give an idea of the layout of the hotel, and of course we had to have a full nosy around the spa.
Just check out that beautiful view….I’d actually choose those verdant valleys and tropical trees over an ocean view any day.
I just wanted to show you a few more pictures of the pool area which was so beautiful and uncrowded with people. I think as every room has a private pool, a lot of the guests just hang out in the their villas for the privacy.
Though I personally liked the fact that it featured a swim up bar!
Around the property are beautiful traditional Balinese bales, padded out with cushions and adorned with curtains if you need a moment’s respite from the sun. Though actually the weather was really beautiful and not too hot, a little cooler than it had been in Jimbaran.
You can have breakfast in the privacy of your own villa or you can head to Cascades and once again take in the view of the Petanu River Gorge. Now I have to say, as exciting as a huge breakfast buffet is, I much prefer the option of ordering an a la carte breakfast. At Cascades you’re encouraged to order a starter and main course for breakfast, while it’s tempting it can a bit too much for breakfast, and I just chose fruit for my starter with smoked salmon and poached eggs on toast for main course.
Isn’t this beautifully presented? And actually breakfast is well-portioned to allow for you to have a starter and main course without really over-indulging.
Mr S was all over the starter and main course idea, choosing a yogurt crumble to start and an omelette for main, once again the food at Cascades was prepared beautifully and the service was so perfect that I will let them off for the fact that the toast was slightly cold 😉
After the holiday Mr S and I were discussing what we thought about the hotels (we had stayed at 6!) and I said, for me The Viceroy was hotel perfection. It was my favourite of all the hotels that we went to because it was small and intimate, the room was just beautiful, the food was delicious but most of all the service and the attention to detail from the staff. Thank you to everyone at The Viceroy, the hotel is a little slice of heaven!
The Viceroy Bali
62 361 971 777
I paid the full rate for my room but by booking through Chinmoy Lad at Virtuoso I received exclusive benefits and an upgrade on arrival. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for similar benefits worldwide. Not sponsored and no affiliation, just a great service that I recommend.