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.
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:
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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