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Two for One Luxury at Viceroy Bali
2015-10-05 09:03:30
By Carole Dixon


Bespoke, exclusive, and luxurious, Viceroy Bali is a unique destination resort poised on a ridge overlooking the verdant Valley of the Kings in central Bali. Located just seven minutes’ drive from central Ubud, this tropical paradise feels like another world, with 25 Bali-styled luxury pool villas, bespoke amenities -- including a complete gymnasium and wellness-centered spa -- award winning restaurant, peerless service, and stunning surroundings. It’s the perfect place for discerning travelers to relax and renew in utter tranquility – or experience everything Bali has to offer.

There is the resort itself, of course. Every aspect of the Viceroy Bali experience is infused with the unique and exotic. First there are the accommodations. Surrounded by the sights and sounds of the exotic flora and fauna of Bali, each has its own open air living area, complete with private pool. Inside, the décor is beautifully Balinese-themed. Each villa includes a living room with sectional sofa, oversized king bed, nicely-sized bathroom, and carefully selected amenities. The villas range in size from 1,615 square feet (Garden Villa) to 4,306 square feet (Viceroy Villa), complete with balé . Included in the resort’s rates are the á la carte breakfast, Wireless Internet connection, daily restocking of the mini bar with free non-alcoholic drinks, complimentary Illy coffee, 24 hour room service, evening turn down service, and all the other luxurious touches one would expect at an exceptional destination resort.

One can imagine, then, that the guest seeking complete immersion in a world of topical sensuality and sybaritic indulgence might choose never to step outside the villa. From fine dining à deux to sun worshipping to en-suite massages, guests can create their own little world of privacy and privilege at Viceroy Bali. And that is just fine with Viceroy Bali’s professional staff. Every whim is catered to, every wish fulfilled, at this luxurious retreat.

On the other hand, for those who seek a more active vacation, all of Bali is on offer, with the resort serving as a jumping off point. The adventure begins on property, with very special amenities. Relaxing under the thatched roof of Viceroy Bar and dining at CasCades Restaurant are unforgettable experiences. The views of the Petanu River Gorge and the serenity of the reflection ponds are spectacular, matched in their excellence only by the restaurant’s delightful Asian-influenced French cuisine, superior wine offerings, and attentive service. Guests should consider scheduling their stays so that they can experience one of the monthly Full Moon Dinner & Dance events.

           

Such decadence may be offset by a visit to the first-class air-conditioned gymnasium, featuring free weights as well as cardiovascular and resistance training equipment. Private yoga classes are offered too, and group classes can be arranged to learn the art of Balinese dance or cooking. The large infinity-edge pool is well sized for serious swimmers as well, while the romantic balé overlooking it provides a serene resting place.

A visit to Lembah Spa is another spectacular experience. The skilled staff specializes in combining the best of western and Balinese techniques to provide wellness treatments in a tranquil setting that reflects the spa’s therapeutic focus. Treatments range from traditional massage to special themed treatment courses to reflexology sessions, and packages are available. Guests might wish to nurture the glow a bit longer by dropping by the Viceroy Boutique to peruse its offerings of quality casual resort wear, jewelry, artifacts, and hotel memorabilia.

More adventure awaits, as the dedicated Guest Service Manager stands ready to assist with planning off-property outings. Indeed, he will design the ideal itinerary to suit the inclinations of groups large or small; honeymooners or families; groups of friends or business associates. Guests appreciate the guidance, with so many forays on offer, from a trip to quirky and artistic Ubud on the free shuttle for some shopping or museum-going, to a bicycle ride through the rice paddies to one of the many nearby temples, to a grand helicopter tour of the island’s coastlines, volcanoes, monkey forests, and nature parks. Birders, cyclists, golfers, culture-lovers, botanists, and armchair anthropologists will all find something to love with Viceroy Bali as their base camp.

Offering something for everyone, intimate, exclusive, and exquisitely relaxing Viceroy Bali is the ideal destination resort for those who value the best. A member of Small Luxury Hotels, the Viceroy Bali is located near the village of Ubud in central Bali. For more information or reservations contact Bali via phone (+62.361.971.777), website (www.viceroybali.com), email (resv@viceroybali.com), or through the Small Luxury Hotels of the World website (www.slh.com/viceroy).