A cool sanctuary on Ubud’s Valley of the Kings
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Viceroy Bali is a sanctuary in paradise, a sublime lovers’ retreat.
Just five minutes from the centre of Ubud, through rice paddy fields, lies the Viceroy Bali. The hotel’s open lobby with its marble floor and high-vaulted bamboo and grass thatched roof immediately washes away any stresses.
Australian owned and operated, Viceroy Bali feels like a home away from home. Owner Anthony Syrowatka explains, “We’ve created a luxury haven… my family are on site every day with a passionate staff of 140 people. For guests, there’s always a sense of something they can’t describe – they have this amazing feeling of being in the jungle, and also feeling the warmth and kindness from the staff that is so inherent in Balinese culture.”
A soft, artfully manicured garden rolls gently off to the side of the main infinity-edged pool overlooking the jungle valley opposite. Nearby, a path leads down to CasCades restaurant, the beating heart of the resort with its 10 metre cone-shaped grass thatched roof. Here Belgian executive chef Nic inspires Balinese and Western creations imbued with classic European sensibility. The perfect setting for a romantic or special occasion, the restaurant offers world-class dining using only the freshest and highest quality international and local produce.
Ease into a long lunch or the evening with a relaxing drink at the bar that overlooks luscious jungle vistas; before CasCades’ attentive and smiling staff guide you to your table. It makes for an auspicious beginning to what is a special night of fine dining matched with great wines and simple, unobtrusive service. The comprehensive wine list takes a tour through many of the world’s great wine regions and caters for a wide range of tastes and budgets; a difficult feat on the island of Bali.
The dining journey starts with the burst of flavour of the amuse bouche – translating from French literally as “mouth amuser” – it introduces diners to new flavours and textures. What follows next depends on whether to go down the a la carte or degustation path. With an array of Indonesian, European and Vegetarian dishes the menu is unlikely to be narrowed to just one selection.
For those of you who are celebrating Christmas in Bali, our Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas day lunch will be made ever so much more cheerful by a 4 hand collaboration with the guest chef Bruno Timperman of Bistro Bruut in Belgium.