We thought we would never make it…well not literally, but after what was meant to be an hour an a half drive from Uluwatu, we finally arrived at the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan after a three hour drive. I am one to do a lot of research but I guess I missed the part where we arrived on the eve of Galungan, the Balinese Hindu event that commemorates the battle of good vs evil, so a lot of the streets heading into Ubud were closed.
Getting out of our taxi, stretching our legs, we were welcomed by the head concierge to one of the best resorts in Ubud. Cocooned in the amazing Ayung Valley you come to the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan to be at one with nature and to step out of this crazy, busy world into a world of relaxation, yoga and perfection. With the resort being around 10 minutes out of the town of Ubud, you are far enough away to escape, but still close enough to go into town to explore the art and culture of what this part of Bali is known for.
Having been recognised as one of the world’s best resorts by Conde Nast Traveler, a walk around the resort you understand why. I feel that with every blog article that I write, I always go on about how this was one of the best resorts I have stayed at and although each luxury property I review is completely different, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this was the best place (well one of haha) that I have been. With only 60 suites and private villas on 18 acre’s, guests come here for the ultimate luxury, pampering and privacy and the rooms, spa, restaurants, pool and resort reflect that to the tee as the resort is surrounded by the lush green forest and working rice paddies.
Let’s start with the rooms and for a rating I’m going straight to a 10 out of 10. From reception, we are taken to our room by buggy and as you step down the stairs to the villa, you are greeted by a small lily pond where small frogs live. Enter the first door to the villa and I was expecting to enter the room, however you walk into your own outdoor living area beside your very own plunge pool. Wow! Absolutely stunning. The next door takes you into your room which is absolutely massive and has a mix of modern and authentic Balinese feel. Next is the oversized bathroom and walk in closet and when I say oversized, I mean it. With both an indoor and outdoor shower, this lavish bathroom is something that I wish I had in my own apartment here in Sydney. Stunning!
As we arrived at night, you couldn’t see the view from the outdoor area of our villa, but waking in up the morning you are surrounded by views of the gardens and valley and one has to see it with their own eyes. It was amazing. A short stroll down to the restaurant, breakfast is a mix of buffet and a la carte and as I like to eat the local cuisine when I travel, an Indonesian breakfast of Nasi Goreng was on the cards. If Indonesian breakfasts aren’t your cup of tea, there are many western choices and the staff were more than happy to help out to make sure there was something for everyone.
We had grand plans of exploring Ubud and the surroundings, exploring the temples, visiting the famous art markets and galleries, and sampling the food but over the 4 days that we stayed here, we realised that running around on this trip wasn’t what it was about…the resort was an outlet for relaxation and to take a break from our hectic lives. Days spent by the pool that is situated on the river, sun tanning listening to the river rapids and the occasional white water rafting trip making its way down beside the resort, with the tourists waving at us as they went by, we were at a place we never wanted to leave. The afternoons were spend at the Dharma Shanti Yoga Bale with Fera, the Resident Wellness Mentor and former Buddhist Nun, learning about yoga and relaxation with her outdoor classes located in the resorts rice field and the evenings were a time to pamper ourselves even more with spa packages at The Sacred River Spa.
Although the price tag to stay at the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan was high (well no more than any other luxury five star villa resort) but none the less, it was worth every single dollar. You are paying for service, luxury, wellness, location, and an exclusive escape from the outside world. You leave here feeling rested and relaxed with the staff making sure that you have enjoyed your stay, I couldn’t recommend this place more and would say to you that if you are heading to Bali, make sure you head up to Ubud and spend two to three nights staying out the Four Seasons.