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Escape To Bali For A Destination Wedding

Words by John Roark
Photos courtesy of Viceroy Bali

Escape to the mythical island of Bali, where gods walk through ancient forests, princesses dance by moonlight and romance floats on the lemongrass-scented breeze. 

Our coach carried us past filigreed palaces into an emerald landscape, traversing impossibly green terraced rice paddies. We spied macaques surely on their way to some mischief and herons silently sailed the sky. When we reached our destination, we were instantly enveloped by the magical spell of the Viceroy Bali.

Family-owned and operated, it was the World Winner of the 2015 Conde Nast award for “Best View” and one of TripAdvisor’s 2015, “Top 25 Romantic Hotels in Indonesia.” Viceroy Bali is the go-to for discerning travelers craving privacy and luxury. The 5-star Viceroy’s 25 expansive villas are carved into the steep hillside overlooking the Petanu River gorge. Garden and terrace villas with private pools immerse you in a sense of peaceful serenity and hypnotic views transport you to a place where fairytales come true. 

For an intimate, traditional Balinese wedding for two or a ravishing event for 50, the Viceroy team will make your day as beautiful and unique as a brilliant sunset.

It’s hard to believe Viceroy Bali is not make-believe. Entranced by the spell of this magical kingdom, once-upon-a-timers return again and again. 

EXPLORE

  • Take a Helicopter Tour - Viceroy is the only hotel in the Ubud district with its own helicopter pad. Tour Bali and the neighboring islands by helicopter, arranged by the resort staff.
  • Ubud - Bali's center for arts and culture is a short drive away, ideal for wandering day or night. Museums, shops, galleries, restaurants and cafés abound. 
  • Pura Taman Saraswati (Water Palace) - Commissioned by the royal family in the 19th century and named for the Hindu goddess of learning, literature and art, this temple features lush gardens with thousands of blooming lotus flowers.
  • Pasar Seni (The Art Market) - We found the best bargains early in the morning and bartering is part of the fun. Keep an eye out for exquisite Indonesian batik fabrics, known the world over for its vibrant colors and intricate detail.

This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Fall/Winter 2015 issue. You can order a copy here.
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