APR12_60-61 copyRelax and unwind with a serene getaway to Viceroy Bali Resort in the Valley of the Kings.

Words by Sammy Wong | Photography by Viceroy Bali

Indeed, Ubud would have been just a quiet little village, the cultural heartbeat of Bali had the movie “Eat, Pray, Love” not been filmed there. Ever since the movie which starred Julia Roberts hit the silver screen, many more busloads of tourists have stopped there in search of their own version of “balance and harmony”. The enterprising Balinese did not lose the opportunity to cater to that ‘mass spiritual hunger’ – don’t be surprised to find many “Eat, Pray, Love” tours that take you around to the different locations in the movie.

Despite being overrun by tourists, Ubud somehow manages to retain its rustic charm and serenity found only in isolated villages. Even more intriguing, Ubud pulses with a creative vibe rarely found elsewhere with many artists’ studios and galleries dotting the landscape. At the same time, timeless temples and museums make up the rest of the Balinese cultural heartland.

‘Valley of Kings’

To experience the strong creative and spiritual vibe offered by this gem of a location, I decided to stay at Viceroy Bali Resort, which boasts the most dramatic location in Ubud, a secluded ridge of the Petanu River canyon along Bali’s “Valley of the Kings”. The title was given by the locals due to the generations of Balinese royalty who have lodged in nearby villages.

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