Activities that can be arranged by Viceroy Bali Reception
Puri Saren Agung, the Royal Palace
Currently home to descendants of Ubud's last king, Puri Saren Agung was the seat for the village's ruler from the late 1800s to the mid-1940s. Parts of the grounds are open to visitors for a glimpse of what the royal abode holds: well-preserved pavilions with intricate carvings furnished with colonial-era European pieces, and hand-carved stone reliefs dotting the premises. A traditional Balinese dance is held in the evenings - good weather permitting - at the courtyard, which forms a dramatic backdrop for these entertaining performances.
Pasar Seni, the Art Market
The Pasar Seni is a treasure trove of local handicrafts, home wares and quaint souvenirs for anyone looking to bring home a made-in-Bali product, spread over two floors. Fresh produce such as fruit, vegetables, poultry and local snacks can be purchased from the wet market located at the basement of the building. To snag the best bargains, arrive early in the morning and do not be afraid to haggle with the shop owners – it is a way of life here, and they enjoy the exchange.
Pura Saraswati, Water Palace
This temple and water garden was built at the end of the 19th century, by commission of the royal family, and named after the Hindu goddess of art and learning. The "padmasana" or, main shrine, features fine carvings. Traditional Balinese dances are performed to a gamelan orchestra at the outer courtyard, next to the lotus pond twice a week.
Museum Puri Lukisan
Follow the evolution of art in Bali through the collection of paintings and sculptures at the Museum Puri Lukisan, which was founded in 1956 by a prince of Ubud and a Dutch artist. The museum was recently renovated and its gate is a fine example of traditional Balinese architecture. There is also a space committed to a revolving showcase of up-and-coming local artists.
Padangtegal Monkey Forest
Commonly known as Ubud Monkey Forest, the Wenara Wana is home to Padangtegal's Pura Dalem or temple of the dead. It is also home to a group of mischievous long-tailed macaque who will entertain you with their antics. Do keep shiny objects out of their sight, as they have been known to kidnap such items for ransom of a sweet or treat.
US$25 per person, includes bicycle, guide and mineral water,
US$10 per bike per day without guide.
Take a leisurely bicycle tour around the Ubud area to see the culture and diversity that Bali's heartland has to offer! Your English-speaking guide will entertain you with mythical stories and various facts to enhance your experience. Recommend early morning or late afternoon due to the midday heat. Please book the day before at our reception.
Rice Paddy Trek
US$25 per person, includes mineral water
Start time 07.00 am. Allow 2 hours.
With an English speaking guide, this trek will take you to the rural wood carving village, Nagi, where you will catch a glimpse of everyday Balinese life. On your way down to the beautiful Petanu River, your guide will wind you through picturesque rice fields and coconut plantations so you may truly capture the essence of Bali's magical countryside. Please arrange the day before at our hotel reception.
Petulu Village Tour
US$20 per person, includes mineral water
Allow 1 hour.
An English speaking guide will accompany you to visit Petulu village as thousands of white Heron birds return to their nests lined along the village road. The visit can be by car, bicycle, or trekking and begins at 5.00pm.
Bali Bird Park
Adult: US$ 23.5 | Child: US$ 11.75
(price is subject to 10% general tax)
Here you'll find the largest and finest collection of Indonesian birds in the world along with birds from Africa and South America. Encompassing two hectares of botanical landscape, the park provides sanctuary to almost 1000 birds of 250 different species accommodating a rich display of flora with more than 2000 tropical plants including 50 varieties of palms attracting numerous butterflies.
Elephant Safari Park
Lauded as the "World's Best Elephant Park," facilities include a full reception and Information centre, a comprehensive museum with a large collection of elephant memorabilia and the only mammoth skeleton in South East Asia. Get up close with these incredible animals in a beautiful tropical park setting.
The coffee plantation and tour combines a Kintamani and Mount Batur volcano tour. Arabica coffee and robusta coffee are mostly found in the central highlands of Bali. Balinese families who live in the countryside typically grow coffee in small plantations or merely in their backyards and process beans traditionally with a unique powder the result of their labour.
Bali Marine and Safari Park
Bali Safari and Marine Park, built on 40 hectares of land, presents an authentic experience in a natural habitat.
White Water Rafting
Adult: US$ 79 | Children (7-15yrs): US$ 52
SOBEK pioneered white water rafting in the 1980's and 16 years on are known widely for their safety and quality of product. If you are thinking of a decent degree of adventure, fun and a good exciting laugh in nature with friends, consider this operator your first choice.
Diving Bali's numerous reefs and atolls is an adventure that will capture your imagination. The coastal fringe and islands around Bali are replete of fish and colour too numerous to mention. For beginner snorkelers or advanced divers, the experience will amaze you. Discover great dive locations led by excellent operators and some of the last watery frontiers on earth to explore.
Adult US$ 65 | Children US$ 52 | Family US$ 210
Enjoy horseback adventures along a beach before passing through bamboo and alang-alang plantations where wild banana and pineapple grow in abundance. Heaps of wild scenery at every glance along with special temples dedicated to the annual rice harvest. Head back onto the beach and ride amongst resplendent traditional fishing boats called 'jukung'. (No experience necessary!)
Batur Mountain Cycling
Adult: US$ 79 | Children (7-15yrs) US$ 52
Escape from the tourist centres to the cooler climes of Bali's mountainous region. Expect top of the line mountain bikes and safety equipment for downhill trail blasting from Mount Batur through sleepy traditional villages.
Sun Rise Trekking
from US$ 55 - US$ 70
Hike Batur volcano at sunrise, the only private trekking tour that combines eco-tourism and culture. This once in a lifetime experience is ideal for those who don't mind early rises and the payoff is witnessing Mount Batur and Mount Agung, the latter being Bali's most revered and its highest, at sunrise.
Harley Davidson Tours or rental
With a reputation for providing only the best quality American motorcycles, our affiliated tour operator, Dewata Harley-Davidson, offers guided motorcycle tours by professionals who know their bikes and who know the island and its most memorable ribbons of asphalt.
Golfers refer to the lush heartland course of Bali as "Absolutely Green." At an altitude of 1.142 meters surrounded by rolling mountains, crater lakes and ancient forest, the course is designed to blend fairways and nature creating dramatic backdrops for tea shots and approaches.
Balinese 'Offering' Lesson
US$ 20 per person.
The Balinese hand-make the daily offerings to the deities of the island, and you can learn how to create the various traditional designs using white coconut leaves. Our Balinese staff will guide you and share tips on the significance of different items used in the offerings. After which, you can don a sarong and offer your creations to the Gods at the hotel's family temple.
Balinese Dance Lesson
US$25 per person.
Imagine yourself dressed in traditional Balinese costume, dancing to gamelan music playing in the background. Make your dreams come true by learning basic Balinese dance moves from one of our Balinese staff, and then performing for your loved ones! Lessons have to be booked through reception one day before. Balinese costume, props and music supplied.
Traditional Kite Making Lessons
US$ 20 per person, includes materials and mineral water.
Flying kites is a source of fun and leisure for Balinese of all ages. Partake of this activity by making a kite under the guidance of an instructor. The highlight of the session is when you test your personally handcrafted kite alongside fellow Balinese kite fliers in the rice fields around the hotel.
Tours are charged per flight, which means the cost is the same for 1 or max. 6 passengers per flight.
Uluwatu Temple Coastline Flight
Flight time: Approximately 30 minutes
Cost: please contact us
Max payload: 420 kg
Uluwatu means "the head of stone", and is one of the most spectacular Hindu temples along the Bali coastline. Built by a high Hindu priest from East Java named Dang Hyang Dwijendra in the 11th century, this beautiful temple is located atop a limestone cliff towering 90 meters above the Indian Ocean. Flying south past Jimbaran Bay and Dreamland surfing beach, we view this ancient temple and then continue over deserted beaches, seaweed farms and limestone cliffs. Before turning north towards the airport we briefly fly over the Bukit and the famous Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue.
Flight of the Temples Coastline
Flight time: Approximately 40 minutes
Cost: please contact us
Max payload: 400 kg
This is a panoramic flight of the west and south coasts of Bali that highlights the beaches of Kuta and Legian, the mysterious Tanah Lot temple, and remarkable rice terraces. Tanah Lot temple was founded in 1481 AD by a famous Hindu priest Dang Hyang Nirartha. It is situated in the ocean, and can only be reached during low tide. The temple has a reputation for being dangerous, partly due to the many poisonous snakes that live in the surrounding caves. It is believed by the locals that these snakes are protectors of the temples, guarding it from intruders. We proceed towards the southern Bukit Peninsula, pass Jimbaran bay and Dreamland surf beach. Then we fly onwards to the ancient Uluwatu temple, where the coastline of limestone cliffs, remote beaches and seaweed farms are truly spectacular.
Kintamani Volcano Flight
Flight time: Approximately 60 minutes
Cost: please contact us
Max payload: 360 kg
Fly to the breathtaking volcanic crater of Mt. batur via the famous Kuta Beach coastline and Tanah Lot temple on the west coast, we reach Mt. Batur volcano after 25 minutes of flight. The Batur crater is the remains of a huge explosion that occurred thousands of years ago. Lake Batur, Bali's largest lake, situated within this crater, next to a younger active volcano. The small volcano is constantly recreating itself in periodic eruptions of ash and rock. We explore this sometimes-smoking volcano by circling the crater. The return journey to the airport take us via Ubud villages over river gorges and beautiful rice fields.
Superior Kintamani, Agung Volcano & Besakih Temple
Flight time: Approximately 90 minutes
Cost: please contact us
Max payload: 300 kg
Fly to the breathtaking volcanic crater of Mt. Batur via Tanah Lot Temple on the west coast. We reach Mt. Batur volcano after 30 minutes of flight time over diverse landscape. This crater is the remains of a huge explosion that occurred thousands of years ago. Lake Batur, Bali's largest lake, situated within this crater, next to a younger active volcano. The small volcano is constantly recreating itself in periodic eruptions of ash and rock. We explore this sometimes-smoking volcano by circling the crater. Proceeding east can we then fly over Lake Batur and past Mt. Abang, reaching Besakih temple, Bali's biggest temple complex. The aircraft now starts to climb to an astonishing 11,000 ft. to reach the crater of Mt. Agung. In 1963, this massive volcano erupted, causing the death of 1,148 people. Pyroclastic flow, ejected glowing rock fragments and volcanic ash falls proved deadly for the victims. Thousands of hectares of agriculture land and forest were also destroyed. Upon reaching the top, we circle the crater and then start to descend towards Besakih temple at the foot of the mountain. In the distance Mt. Rinjani on the neighboring island of Lombok is visible. On the return journey to the airport, we pass numerous rivers, valleys, hotels and villas and of course – luscious rice fields. Prior to landing, the route takes us via eastern coastline to see the beaches of Sanur and Benoa harbor.
For more detailed information on the above activities, please ask our experienced staff at Reception.