Review: Viceroy Bali (Vice Regal Villa)

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Nightly rateMedia Stay
Length of stay2 nights
Date of stayAug 2021

What to expect when you stay at Viceroy Bali as a World of Hyatt Globalist member?

Viceroy Bali opened in 2005 with just 11 villas. 29 more villas were opened from 2014 till 2020 and I was told that there are more being built. It is an all-villa property and will remain that way.

It is a Small Luxury Hotels of the World property and also a Category 7 World of Hyatt property requiring 30,000 points (worth S$600) per night. A category 7 free night can be earned by staying 60 nights a year in World of Hyatt properties.

This family-owned property has won multiple awards in recent years and was in my bucket list of Balinese hotels to stay in for a long time!

Check out photos on our Instagram page:

SLH x World of Hyatt benefits

SLH and Hyatt formed a partnership in late 2018. Till today, standard World of Hyatt benefits are not included with stays at SLH properties. However, ALL World of Hyatt members receive the following benefits:

  • 5 Base Points per eligible $1 USD spent
  • Complimentary continental breakfast for two
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Early check-in at 12:00 p.m. (based on availability)
  • Late checkout at 2:00 p.m. (based on availability)
  • One category room upgrade (based on availability)
  • Nights count toward elite tier status
  • Elite members receive their standard tier Bonus Points on room rates only

World of Hyatt membership is free to apply and it’s great that anyone can receive complimentary breakfast, upgrade, early check-in and late check-out!

Unfortunately, aside from the usual bonus points on room rates, top-tier Globalist members do not qualify for guaranteed multi-category upgrades and 4pm checkout.

However, there is no harm making a friendly request at check-in! 🙂

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Location

The hotel is located in Ubud. There were no shops or restaurants within walking distance from the property.

  • 10 mins drive to Ubud Centre
  • 1 hr 5 mins drive to Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)
  • 1 hr 10 mins drive to Seminyak Beach

Arrival

Upon arrival, we had our body temperatures taken and were assisted with our luggages before being directed to the reception.

Because of the distance to the villa, we were offered buggy service to get there.

Drop-off area
Lobby
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Waiting area near the lobby
View from the waiting area
World Luxury Hotel Award
Welcome drinks
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Buggy drop-off at the villa
Welcome letter

Vice Regal Villa

Villa 60 is a whopping 320sqm / 3,444sqft in size!

It is a 2-bedroom villa with a private pool and the second bedroom (with an ensuite bathroom) on the second floor.

I was told that this is one of the newer villas in the property.

The view from the villa is fantastic! It overlooks the Petanu River gorge and you can sometimes see monkeys swinging from tree to tree in the forest in front! I did not see any monkeys within this property though, and that’s not a bad thing! 🙊

I also liked the wireless mobile phone charger on the night stand.

Here’s a video tour posted on our Instagram page:

View from the entrance
Bedroom
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Bedroom
Sanitization kit
Wireless phone charger and universal port by the bed
Work desk
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Coffee machine
Minibar snacks
Storage area
Bathroom
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Reversed angle of the bathroom
Bath robes
Bathroom amenities
Bathtub
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View from the tub
Hand soap
Bath soaps
Outdoor area
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The 2-storey villa
The 2-storey villa in the evening
View from the villa
Outdoor area
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Pool entrance and dining area
Turn-down chocolates in the evening

Breakfast

Breakfast is complimentary for all World of Hyatt members and was served at Cascades Restaurant from 7 to 11am. Food quality and presentation was fantastic! Coupled with the jungle views, it was truly a great way to start our day.

Cascades Restaurant
View from the table
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Our breakfast spread
Salmon Scramble
French Toast

Here’s the menu for breakfast and all-day dining:

Cascades-Viceroy-Bali-Room-Service-Menu-092021

Dinner at Apéritif Restaurant

We enjoyed the 6-course Degustation Dinner Menu at Apéritif Restaurant. Service was fantastic throughout and it was a memorable culinary journey!

Pro tip: This restaurant is sometimes listed on First Table, where you can get 50% off the total food bill for 2 to 4 pax at certain times of the day!

Aperitif restaurant
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Reception at Aperitif
Indoor area at Aperitif
Indoor area at Aperitif
Fish tartar with potato waffle
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Tapioca crackers with chicken betutu and sambal
Black puff with smoked salmon
Breads and spreads
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Oyster Chawanmushi
Gado – Gado
King Kobia
Martino beef
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Mushroom Forest
Fruit Tomatoes
Aged Duck
Octopus
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Venison Wellington
Venison Wellington
Milk & Honey
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Purple Garden
Bar area
Pandan eggnog
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Chocolate cigar

Here’s the 6 and 8 course degustation menu:

6-8-Course

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Swimming pool

The infinity pool is located next to Cascades Restaurant and is fairly near to the lobby and gym.

Infinity pool
Infinity pool
Infinity pool
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Infinity pool and villas on lower grounds
View of villas from the pool area
Relaxing hut near the pool

Helipad

I was told that this is the only property in Ubud that has a helipad. And yes, you can book helicopter airport transfers (for about US$1,600 per trip) and other tours directly with the hotel.

Helipad

Here’s the price list for activities and tours:

Viceroy-Bali-Activities-2021

Garden and green house

I was pleasantly surprised when a staff member told me that there is a garden and greenhouse that directly supply ingredients to Cascades Restaurant and Apéritif Restaurant.

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Garden
Greenhouse
Fresh produce

Gym

The gym is a little small but acceptable for a property of this size. I was told that the hotel is building another gym near Cascades Restaurant and it looked like there will be much better views from there.

Gym
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Reversed angle of the gym
Clothing shop

Here’s the spa menu:

Lembah-Spa-Viceroy-Bali-Menu-092021

My ratings

Breakfast10/10
Service10/10
Location9/10
Room furnishing10/10
View
(from the room)
10/10
Peace & quiet10/10
Facilities9/10

Viceroy Bali vs Alila Uluwatu

If you are looking to use a World of Hyatt Category 7 free night in Indonesia, you will find that there are just 2 properties in that category. Aside from Viceroy Bali, Alila Villas Uluwatu is the other option.

Of course, you can use the Cat 7 free night at other World of Hyatt properties in Indonesia with lower categories, but where’s the fun in that? 😛

Although both properties are from the same category, I find that Viceroy Bali typically has a higher cash rate.

Having stayed in both properties as a Globalist member recently, here’s what I feel..

It is pretty much impossible to receive an upgrade at Alila Villas Uluwatu. In this regard, Viceroy Bali will give you a better bang for your buck as there is a very good chance of you getting an upgrade to a more expensive villa!

Breakfast quality at both properties was very much equal to me.

The only Globalist member recognition that I received at Alila Villas Uluwatu was welcome snacks and another one before check out.

In-room amenities and bath accessories felt more premium at Viceroy Bali.

Service felt a little more personal at Viceroy Bali.

The views between these 2 properties are completely different, of course. I personally prefer the ocean view from Alila Villas Uluwatu but I could hardly see any ocean from my villa, which was already on the highest level.

In short, pick Viceroy Bali for overall quality, pick Alila Villas Uluwatu for the ocean view (from public areas).

Bottom line

It was an enjoyable stay in a family-owned paradise on the mountain foothills of Ubud. While this is already a solid option for World of Hyatt members in Bali, I hope that the SLH x WOH partnership goes to another level one day, to better recognize elite members from the hotel loyalty program.

2 thoughts on “Review: Viceroy Bali (Vice Regal Villa)”

  1. Do you think there’s a good chance of being upgraded when booking the base pool suite? I’m hoping for a deluxe terrace Villa

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