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Monday, November 18, 2013

SIL in Bali: Spa Day at Lembah Spa, Viceroy Bali

Viceroy Hotel Bali Review - Gluten Free in Bali

Viceroy Bali Review - Gluten Free in Bali - Deluxe Terrace Villa HoneymoonWell I've already told you about our first day at Viceroy Bali, so I wanted to share some more of our trip with you. Whilst staying at Viceroy this was what we got to wake up to. 

We weren't really on Bali time, so we'd be awake at around 5am which was actually a bonus as we got to see our gorgeous jungle view change from night to the golden sunny glow of early morning. 

Breakfast at CasCades Restaurant doesn't start until 7am so we early risers hung around our villa until it was time to head over to the restaurant. Our villa, number 25 was one of the closest to reception so we had just a short little walk to the restaurant (maybe 200m), however, if you were staying further away all you had to do was call a buggy to come and get you!

Viceroy Hotel Bali Review - CasCades Restaurant Gluten Free Food in Bali

Viceroy Hotel Bali Review - CasCades Restaurant Gluten Free Food in BaliI love eating al fresco so I loved that CasCades restaurant is all open - allowing you to soak up the golden sunshine and feel the cool jungle breeze of an afternoon. We started our day with coffee and tea - a cappuccino for Jesse (definitely not Kopi Luwak - yuck!) and a fresh ginger tea for me. 

One of my favourite things about being on vacation is long leisurely breakfasts so I had to slow Jesse down so that we could enjoy just that - I mean, breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, so why not make it last as long as possible?!

Viceroy Hotel Bali Review - CasCades Restaurant Gluten Free Restaurants in Bali

Viceroy Hotel Ubud Review - CasCades Restaurant Gluten Free Restaurants in BaliWe were seated at one of the low dining tables by the bar which are basically a coffee table with cushions for sitting on. Jesse was a fan, but this long legged girl had a bit of trouble sitting comfortably whilst still making sure she looked like a lady. 

We had the sun streaming in on our backs and it was perfect - just how a Bali breakfast should be!

It was our first breakfast at Viceroy and Jesse found some new favourites with his order from the breakfast menu - the freshly squeezed grapefruit juice was a big hit.

Viceroy Hotel Ubud Review - CasCades Restaurant Gluten Free Eating in Bali - Buttermilk Pancakes

Viceroy Hotel Ubud Review - CasCades Restaurant Coeliac Disease in Bali - Steamed Rice, Banana and Coconut MilkJesse started with two thick and fluffy little pancakes, served with cream and maple syrup which got a thumbs up from him, whilst I went for my favourite Bali Breakfast - steamed rice with fresh coconut milk and banana. 

Heaaaaaaaaaaven I tell you, my loves. I think everyone thought I was an absolute weirdo for the combination, but trust me - it works and it works well!

All you had to do is drizzle some coconut milk over the rice, add your banana and devour

Viceroy Hotel Ubud Review - CasCades Restaurant Gluten Free in Bali - Omelette with Bacon and Sauteed Cherry Tomatoes

Jesse also had a traditional style omelette with some crispy bacon and sauteed cherry tomatoes which was light and fluffy and looked really good!

Viceroy Bali Review - Lembah Spa, Ubud Couples MassageViceroy Bali Review - Lembah Spa, Ubud Couples Massage

But we had big plans for our day so after relaxing for a little while in our villa after breakfast, we headed over to the gorgeous Lembah Spa which is just over the bridge from the restaurant. 

We were there for the Lembah Spa's Romantic Couples Spa Treatment a 2 hour treatment which included traditional Balinese Massage, a body scrub with Balinese lulur, a moisturising treatment with natural yogurt, a soak in a warm flower bath and then time in the steam room, cool pool and jacuzzi.

Viceroy Bali Review - Lembah Spa, Ubud Couples Massage

Viceroy Bali Review - Lembah Spa, Ubud Couples Massage - Cinnamon Iced Tea
We arrived at the Spa and headed down to the bottom level where we were greeted with a cool drink - some type of Cinnamon Iced Tea which Jesse drank. 

We filled out our forms, letting the staff know about any medical conditions and our individual massage preferences - what amount of pressure we preferred, which areas they should focus on or avoid etc.

Before we knew it, it was time to get changed and we headed into our treatment room.

Viceroy Bali Review - Lembah Spa, Ubud Couples Massage

I often find massage treatment rooms to be a little cramped and claustrophobic so I was very happy to see that Lembah Spa's treatment rooms were big and beautiful - Two massage tables laid facing one another with a huge bath tub in one corner and a sitting area and shower area on the other side. 

Viceroy Bali Review - Lembah Spa, Ubud Couples Massage - Warm Flower Petal Bath

That big bathtub was all ready for our warm flower bath and it was super cute! One thing we always noticed whilst in Bali was the abundance of flowers - they're everywhere you look! From fresh flowers in vases to stunning orchids, flower filled offerings, petal lined paths and frangipani trees wherever you looked.

Viceroy Bali Review - Lembah Spa, Ubud Couples Massage - Fresh Watermelon and Orange Juice
Our spa treatment was incredible and if you ask me, there are few things more relaxing than a massage. The only thing we both weren't too big of a fan of was the yogurt moisturising treatment - but only because the yogurt was absolutely freezing. Good if you're out in the heat but not so good if you're in an already airconditioned room. Both massage therapists did a wonderful job and consistently made sure we were both comfortable. 

We finished our treatment, got changed and sat down with a refreshing drink (well, Jesse did) - a freshly juiced watermelon and orange juice which Jesse loved

Buddha with Flowers at Lembah Spa, Ubud - Viceroy Bali Hotel
The rest of our day was super relaxing and filled with some delicious meals - but I'll have to share those with you in another post. 

Viceroy Bali
Jln. Lanyahan, Br Nagi, Ubud, Bali 80571 Indonesia.
Phone: +62 361 971 777 - Fax: +62 361 970 777

In the meantime, tell me - 
- Are you a fan of long leisurely breakfasts or would you rather get up and get going?
- Also, what breakfast are you loving at the moment?

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  1. I'm definitely with Jesse. I love eggs, omelettes, bacon and toast. A typical American breakfast for sure : )

    1. I was always a toast for breakfast girl but now it's the last thing I want! Totally odd how our preferences change so much!


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