The Viceroy Bali has been on our list for quite some time. I think I’ve talked a little bit about it on here before, but Dane and I are one of those couples that sees these magical resorts on travel Instagram accounts and keeps these places on a running list to visit. Maybe it’s cheesy, but it’s one of “our things”. Do other couples do that? Anyway, we have stayed at some luxury properties where price didn’t match experience, so I’m always a little hesitant when we pull the trigger on a luxury resort, but work hard, play harder is our shared mentality. And so when we had our plane tickets to Bali in hand, we also had a reservation at The Viceroy. To say we were anticipating our stay would be a colossal understatement. It’s all we talked about for months and we would tag each other in posts of it leading up to our arrival.
Needless to say, it met AND EXCEEDED our expectations in every single way. This is a good time to point out that our expectations for a hotel are set incredibly high. Price should match experience, website should match face-to-face, you get what you pay for is kind of our mentality and that includes hotel and resort stays. We were also visiting over our anniversary (traveling to a new place is our gift to each other every year), so the bar had been set.
As soon as we walked in, I knew staying there was going to blow us out of the water. We were greeted with fresh plumeria leis, given a private tour of the property via golf cart and escorted to the bar where we were welcomed with their signature drink while we overlooked the rainforest. The words “dream world” come to mind as I think back on sipping spiced mojitos and watching monkeys sway between branches.
When we were finished we were taken to our villa (#17!) and I think I audibly gasped. Sometimes things don’t appear in real life like they do on the internet, but this did! And because it was our anniversary, the staff had left us a delicious plate of fruit and roses on our bed.
We wasted absolutely no time jumping into our private plunge pool and ordering room service. The entire trip we told ourselves that our time at The Viceroy would be the relaxing portion of our trip, so we had no plans and felt so content to lay around and enjoy our surroundings. It’s not hard to do with views like this, let me tell you.
We took showers and watched the sunset from our lanai before ordering room service again for dinner and being treated to a special anniversary dessert.
Now, let’s chat about the breakfast. It’s all-inclusive during your stay and the spread every morning is something I will dream about for a very long time. By the time we left the waiter knew my entire order (extra coconut rice pudding, please) and joked with me about my picture-taking obsession. One morning he told me that I really should consider sitting in the cabana for the best view and lighting….don’t have to ask me twice! It goes without saying that the food is divine. The Balinese Eggs Benedict served on a corn fritter (no dried beef, add hashbrowns) was my go-to and I’m trying to figure out a way to replicate the spicy vegan hollandaise. I also added coconut rice pudding, ice water and a cappuccino with a design. I don’t hold back when delicious food is at stake, folks.
Just to be sure I wasn’t missing out on anything else, I was also sure to sample the waffles, pancakes, French Toast, fruit platter and omelette. All are delicious and it was a risk I was willing to take for the sake of a well-round review 😉 I also tried out their assorted coffees – espresso, cappuccinos, French press, traditional Balinese coffee and flat white. All are amazing, but my go-to was the cappuccino. I couldn’t get enough!
There is a main infinity pool, which is spectacular. We got there early every morning (we wake up at the crack of dawn no matter where we are) to get a good seat after our workouts and to enjoy our breakfast in the sunshine. You can also sit inside the restaurant, but that seemed silly when this was the pool view.
We used their gym facilities, private yoga instruction with meditation, movie library and shuttle service into Ubud’s town center. All are fabulous, which seems to be a recurring theme with this place.
The worst part of our entire stay was leaving and I can honestly say I’ve never, ever felt sad about leaving a hotel the way I did about leaving the Viceroy. It was like I was leaving friends I had known for a long time, except those friends were a plush bed with weighted blankets, a delightful lemongrass scent that seemed to follow me everywhere and views like I have never experienced before.
If you haven’t guessed, we would 100% go back to Viceroy Bali again and if you are in the market for a real treat, this is it.
Have you been to a Viceroy property? Have you ever been sad to leave a hotel?!