I first heard of the township of Ubud in Bali through Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestselling book, Eat Pray Love, depicting one woman’s search for pleasure and devotion.

I knew that Ubud’s surrounds were the stunningly structured rice fields; and I knew that it would be a place of tranquillity and self-reflection. But what I experienced was truly beyond anything I could have imagined.

We stayed at the five-star luxury hotel, the Viceroy Bali. As you steer past the rice fields and the hustling township of Ubud, you arrive to an oasis of modern luxury combined with the most beautiful and authentic traditions of Balinese culture.

The Viceroy Bali is tucked away on a secluded ridge above Valley of the Kings. As you enter the Viceroy Bali, it feels as though you’re in your own private, ancient city – with stone walls, statues, and gorgeously designed gardens to surround you with Balinese beauty.

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Between the main area of the hotel – which includes private spa, infinity pool complete with swim-up bar, the open-aired world-class Cascades Restaurant – every detail has been considered – from the frangipani welcome leis to the turn down service with beautifully crafted flower arrangements and hand made beaded baskets.

You cannot help but feel like royalty here. And if you’re so inclined, the private helipad provides the perfect door-to-door service, and outstanding aerial views of the Valley.

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Each of the 25 private Villas on site have mesmerising views of the serene valley below – where you can endlessly wile away your time taking in the view, as you listen to the waterfall below, and contemplate the universe – while lounging in your own private horizon pool and bale (thatched gazebo).

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Once your amazement at the surrounding subsides, it’s hard not to be relaxed here. Thoughtful contemplation, and the ultimate in relaxing experiences is here.

And then there’s the food. With award-winning chef, Nic Vanderbeeken, at the helm, Cascades Restaurant presents the most considered dining experience. Elegant cuisine with an eclectic feel, Cascades locally-inspired, using only the best locally-sourced ingredients.

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The must have menu-item to try would have to be the Tuna Tartar, or Crisp Barramundi, or the Crepes. Oh, the Crepes. But regardless of your taste, the Cascades Restaurant has the most stunning, uninterrupted views across the Valley.

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We know we’ll be back.

For the ultimate in a luxurious, tranquil stay in South East Asia, the Viceroy Bali is one destination that should be on your list. Book your next Balinese luxury getaway -> Make a reservation

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