Viceroy Bali Indonesia
Jln. Lanyahan, Br. Nagi, Ubud
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
Owned by the Syrowatka family, Viceroy Bali is an independent luxury hotel managed day to day by the owning family. Amanda has been involved in the hotel from since pre-opening as part of owning family.
5-star luxury hotel / Boutique resort. SLH affiliated.
History & Story
Set in the luscious jungle wilderness that surrounds the quaint and cultural town of Ubud, Viceroy Bali hotel was the fulfilment of a lifelong dream for Australian/Austrian owners Margaret & Otto. They moved to Bali when they fell in love with the stunning natural vistas and the kind hearts of the Balinese people. The site where the hotel now sits was rice fields and a steep jungle ravine owned by a farmer named Badjra who still works at Viceroy Bali. The surrounding area remains untouched, creating a sanctuary in paradise.
Margaret drew on her design capabilities to create the architectural plans and interior design for the hotel, ensuring all villas have jungle views and a timeless elegance to them.
Date Renewal and added extensions
11 villas opened in 2005, renovated in 2014
14 additional villas opened in 2014
5 additional villas opened in 2019
10 additional villas opened in 2022
Main Strengths, Special Touch
The owners personally manage the property, and are there every day to engage with guests. The design, service standard and luxurious feel of Viceroy Bali rivals the world’s best large hotels, but with the added warmth of guests meeting the owners and friendly Balinese staff. There are 150 staff for 40 villas.
Activities can be personalised to guest requests due to the boutique size of the property. For example, guests are able to see Balinese village life in the family home of one of our staff or partake in a Balinese blessing ceremony at the hotel or in the village.
Facilities are world class and include private helipad near reception, fine dining restaurant (with second restaurant currently being designed), infinity main pool and luxury spa centre.
Viceroy Bali is a 5-minute drive from the centre of Ubud town – an animated hub for culture, dining and shopping. The town and region is a must-see for visitors to Bali despite not being on the coast, it provides insight into ‘real’ Balinese lifestyle with small villages and vibrant markets whilst surrounded by spectacular greenery.
Key sites/activities in the area
• Cycling or walking through green rice fields, trekking to waterfalls and hidden swimming holes.
• Hiking Mt Batur volcano to watch the sunrise.
• Touring the Balinese temples and sacred monkey forest.
• Cooking classes learning the use of traditional spices in Indonesian cuisine.
• White water rafting and canyoning.
Noël Coward and his travelling companion Charlie Chaplin were some of the first visitors to Ubud in the early 1930’s.
Ubud was recognised by Condé Nast Traveler as Asia’s most fascinating city. Bali consistently appears on the CN Traveler reader’s choice awards list for Best Islands of the World.
Obama recently vacationed in Ubud with his family.
Children of any age are accepted at Viceroy Bali however we provide no children’s services or facilities on site. One extra bed available per villa.
Viceroy Bali has 40 pool villas in six categories of accommodation.
• Junior Suite
Added in 2021, the four Junior Suites are the entry level accommodation at Viceroy Bali with an impressive size of approx. 70sqm. Offering generous, elegant interiors, the suites contain large windows flooding the rooms with natural daylight. Each suite features a separate bedroom and living area.
• Pool Suite
Renovated in 2014, there are four one-bedroom Pool Suites of 150m2 (1,615ft2). This ample space is comprised of a spacious bedroom and sitting room with a relaxing living space; an open-plan bathroom that integrates with the heated plunge pool, terrace and day bed.
• Terrace Villa
Renovated in 2014, there are four one-bedroom Terrace Villas of 150m2 (1,615ft2). The distinguishing features of this villa include the traditional grass thatched high roof, an outdoor terrace, heated private pool and a Balinese bungalow (bale) perched
overlooking the jungle.
• Deluxe Terrace Villa
Built in 2014, there are fourteen one-bedroom Deluxe Terrace Villas of 150m2 (1,615ft2).
With more modern design and features that still stay true to traditional Balinese style, the Deluxe Terrace Villa has a similar outdoor area to that of the Terrace Villa with an outdoor terrace, heated private pool and a Balinese bungalow (bale) perched overlooking the jungle. Two Deluxe Terrace Villas can be inter- connected to form a large two- bedroom villa.
Note: Two Deluxe Terrace Villas are designed with wheelchair access.
In 2020, there are ten additional of new Deluxe Terrace Villas.
The two one-bedroom Garden Pool Villa and Elephant villa provide a very generous 2583square feet of space comprised of an expansive yet intimate bedroom and lounge and dining area, a large open bathroom; the outdoor living area incorporates a spacious swimming pool and a garden overlooking the Petanu River valley.
• Vice Regal Villa
The newest villa in the Viceroy collection, the Vice Regal villas are one or two bedrooms at 280 or 320sqm respectively; and boast an expansive master bedroom plus living area that steps out to a deck with stunning jungle views. Upstairs is a smaller, mezzanine bedroom that can be configured with twin or king beds making it ideal for families. The large outdoor heated pool is partially shaded and overlooks the lush vistas, providing the perfect spot to perch all day.
• Viceroy Villa
The two-bedroom Viceroy Villa, often referred to as the Presidential Villa, provides 400m2 (4,306ft2) of expansive luxury. Both stunningly appointed bedrooms can be configured to be main bedrooms, with high grass-thatched ceilings and commodious
marble bathrooms. A central open-air living room leads out to the 15-metre heated swimming pool, balé, and grass garden; all of which have the ultimate view of the jungle ravine and immersion into nature.
Restaurants & Bars
Cascades Restaurant and Bar are open all day for in-house guests and 24 hour room service is offered. A la carte breakfast with extensive options, casual and fine dining menus with Indonesian and Western dishes. Our Belgian executive chef meets all long stay guests to discuss their dining preferences. Romantic candlelit dinners and degustation menu offered. Half or full board are also an option and can cater to all dietary requirements.
Apéritif Restaurant & Bar
Apéritif is Bali’s newest and most unique fine dining destination opening in October 2018. Combining the highest quality ingredients from their own greenhouse, the island of Bali and the world; Apéritif presents the best of contemporary global cuisine touching on the archipelago’s diverse culinary heritage and ingredients. Settle in for an allencompassing dining journey, where Executive Chef Nic Vanderbeeken and his team have created an eclectic blend of global cuisine that takes pride in its sense of place.
More details here: https://www.aperitif.com/
Lembah spa has full facilities including cardio-resistance gymnasium, couples spa treatment rooms, steam room, Jacuzzi and hair salon. With Swiss trained therapists, the service offering is extensive and includes couples’ packages. Spa is expanding in 2017 (original spa remains open) to include Vichy Shower massage and other aquatic treatments.
Corporate & Celebration Events
With only 25 villas we do corporate or celebratory buyouts of the property. There is a small conference room seating up to 18 pax with projector, computer, internet and AV equipment, however with a full hotel buyout other equipment and areas can be used for this purpose.
Extra Notable Features
There is a private helipad for VIP airport transfers or tours that allows guests to avoid traffic congestion and see the natural beauty of Bali from the air. We also have extensive gardens to relax in and a Greenhouse where we grow all of our own vegetables, guests can walk through and select ingredients for a fresh salad. Cooking demonstrations, cocktails making class, Balinese offering lessons available within the hotel as part of complimentary weekly activities.
Hotel and restaurant Awards
TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards
Top 10 Hotels in Asia
World Luxury Hotel Awards 2021
Best Luxury Resort in Asia
Serandipians Grand Hotel Champions
1st Grand Hotel Champion
Loved by Guests “Most Wanted” award for 2021
Forbes Travel Guide
TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards 2020
Best of the Best
Small Luxury Hotels of the World Awards 2020
Travel Agent Hotel of the Year Highly Commended
Now! Bali Awards 2019
The Most Decadent Dining Experience- Bali (Apéritif Restaurant & Bar)
Exquisite Awards 2019
Best Fine Dining Restaurant- Bali (Apéritif Restaurant & Bar)
World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2019
Best Food Style Presentation, Eclectic/International Cuisine and Best Cocktail Menu
categories – Asia (Apéritif Restaurant &Bar)
World Best Places Star (WBP Star) 2019
#50 List on the World Best Places Star Restaurant – World (Apéritif Restaurant &Bar)
TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards 2019
Winner Top 25 Luxury Hotels — Asia
Winner Top 25 Hotels for Romance — Asia
Wine Spectator’s Awards 2018
Award of Excellence Restaurant (Cascades Restaurant)
Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2018
Winner of Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2018 in category of Luxury Hotel in Ubud, Indonesia
Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2018
# 1 Resort in the world
Luxury Lifestyle Readers’ Travel Awards 2018
Best Hotel in Asia
TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards 2018
Top 25 Hotels for Romance — Asia
Top 25 Luxury Hotels – Asia
Best Luxury Hotel – World Luxury Hotel Awards
Best Hotel in Asia – Prix Villegiature Awards
Top 25 Luxury Hotels Worldwide – Trip Advisor
Bali’s Leading Villa Resort – World Travel Awards
Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year Indonesia – Luxury Travel Guide Asia & Australasia
Best Service in the World – Conde Nast Awards of Excellence
Top 25 Luxury Hotels Worldwide – Trip Advisor
Best View in the World – Conde Nast Awards of Excellence
Indonesian Resort of the Year – Indonesia Travel Tourism Awards
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