Viceroy Bali Spa Lembah

Where to stay in Ubud, Bali

I think I know what it’s like to be Kate Moss. For a few days at least. When I travelled in Bali, Indonesia, I stayed at an Ubud hotel that allowed me to channel my inner super model.

If you’re considering where to stay in Bali, The Viceroy really is an amazing option that will be a highlight of any Bali holidays.

The very name conjures certain expectations and I’m sure the infinitely discreet staff would never tell me if Ms Moss stayed here. But I’m sure this is just the sort of Bali hotel she would choose, and here’s why…

On a lawn overlooking the lush Petanu River valley, shaded by coconut palms, a path of smooth stones leads to a white pavilion and two day beds.

Lying there, listening to the faint sound of gamelan music playing at a temple ceremony along the valley, I am serenaded by birds and insects. I can even hear a cow lowing.


Nena is a very skilful masseuse and her strong hands left me worked out and dreaming the scent of frangipani essential oil. I really thought she was going to go through my traveller’s feet and hands.

Next came a body scrub of brown rice, turmeric, Balinese spices and essential oils that made my skin feel impossibly smooth and soft for a week afterwards. The final touch was being slathered in yoghurt – cold but no doubt wonderfully good for the skin.

For many visitors to Bali island, a spa treatment or massage is a must do and what’s on offer at The Viceroy is simply amazing.

After showering off inside the spa complex came the piece de resistance: the flower bath. I’m not talking about a few rose petals scattered over the surface of the water as in the below photo. No, I was luxuriating under an inch-and-a-half of multi-coloured petals carefully arranged into an attractive pattern.

Viceroy Bali spa flower bath

The sight of my toes emerging through the floral display made me feel like a super model. Or at least that modern-day princess Kate Moss. Fortunately I have much better taste in men.

Finally I spent some time relaxing in the Jacuzzi, gazing out at the nearly full moon rising through the soft tropical night.

All this decadence at the Viceroy’s Spa Lembah only costs around $60. Can you believe that? Really, to cross this bridge is to enter a kind of spa paradise:

Viceroy_Bali_Spa Lembah

The Viceroy also managed to fulfil another fantasy of mine – being greeted with a garland of tropical frangipani flowers. Heaven indeed.

By Natasha von Geldern

Thanks to The Viceroy hotel in Ubud, Bali, for hosting me but all opinions and fantasies remain my own.

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  1. Oh my gosh, that bath looks absolutely divine! What a treat to enjoy a spa treatment somewhere so luxurious, and at such a reasonable price. Definite spa envy 😉

  2. Oh…my….god….that view and that pool!!

  3. Hmm.. looks a bit different to the places I normally stay…

  4. Do I ever wish we had something of that caliber in that price range here in Calgary. Looks like a fabulous time.

  5. That looks and sounds absolutely fabulous. I haven’t been in Bali since 1992. Such a magical place for children that was. I was just thinking I should take my youngest for a visit, since she hasn’t been – and now this… must be a sign. 🙂

  6. This place looks like heaven! Those views alone are sensational =)

  7. “Bliss” is right. WOW! Absolutely stunning… I would give anything for a weekend there right now!

  8. Another reason to go to Asia. I love their spas (secretly). No one can blame you for indulging once in a while.

  9. So now you’ve sorted out my non-existent travel plans for 2013 in one blog post. Bali it is. Time for vitamin D and some spa goodness. Those hills look great for hiking too if I get restless from all the rest 🙂

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