Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

The Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is one of my favorite resorts by far!  That is saying something since I’ve traveled to over 20 Four Seasons properties around the world. Their service is phenomenal and the ambiance is simply serene!  The staff is quick and friendly in every department. They make great recommendations for dining and activities and almost every staff member knew me by name by the second day.  It’s awesome!

Four Seasons Bali Sayan

I’ll be honest.  I was not impressed when we approached the property.  I whispered under my breath, “Where the hell am I and why is the driver turning into a small, dark alley?” Once we got through the two security gates (three if you want to count the dog), my view on the property changed for the better. The short drive to the front entrance was very winding and narrow, enough room for just one car or two golf carts.

I was immediately greeted by two bellmen and a woman beautifully dressed in Balinese clothing  She bowed her head with palms pressed together in a prayer-like way.  She splashed water around me, wiped water on my forehead, wrapped a colorful sash around my waist and placed a Plumeria flower in my ear.  She led me down a set of stairs and over a wooden bridge to the reception area. I literally stepped into a dream and was awed by my surroundings. There were rice fields across the valley, a lily pond that looked like it was floating, a river flowing below, all totally surrounded by lush tropical landscapes.  All hidden by a dark alley! Who would know?

I reserved a one bedroom duplex suite and loved it.  The upper level was the living area which included a sitting room, small office, mini bar, a half bathroom and a cozy balcony with an incredible view of the property. The lower level included the bedroom, a master bathroom with a walk-in closet and balcony that ran the length of the room.  The bedside tables included outlets in the drawers that made it convenient to charge all my electronic devices after a whole day of exploring.  The walk-in closet had tons of storage space to fit my 3 huge luggage rollers and carry-on and to spread out and organize my clothes, shoes and accessories. The resort provides all the necessities I was looking for – bug repellent, shavers and shaving cream, bath salts, toothbrushes, bottled water and a fulled stocked coffee station.  They made sure we had enough OFF mosquito spray and bottle water to last each day!

The resort also offers one bedroom suites and family suites in the main building, as well as one, two and three bedroom villas scattered around the property.  The villas are great for large parties or for those who want more privacy with their own plunge pool and outdoor living space.  Villas start at approximately 2500 sf and go up to 11,000 sf. in the Royal Villa.

Upper living area

Upper living area

Downstairs Bed

Bath tub and sink

There is one swimming pool, located next to the Riverside Café.  It’s a double level pool that overlooks the river with plenty of lounging areas. I was a bit concerned the pool would always be crowded but each time I went there were more than enough seats to pick from and lots of room to swim.  Sadly the pool closed quite early because the restaurant next door opens for dinner. I wished it stayed open all day because it’s a great way to spend time in Bali’s hot and muggy weather.  A second pool on the property would definitely help.

I chose to order lunch poolside and enjoyed an juicy burger.  Pool staff brought frozen yogurt and coconut water shots to keep loungers cool. My favorite part of the pool is listening to the river flowing below. The soothing sound of the running water was relaxing and therapeutic.

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The huge fitness center and the spa open every day until 9 p.m.  Right outside of the fitness center are three plunge pools, all set at different temperatures and open 24 hours.  Perhaps these pools are the reason there are no complaints about having just one swimming pool.  There are no attendants after 9 p.m. but that worked out perfectly for me. I visited the plunge pools in the early mornings and late evenings for my daily water therapy – listening to the wildlife and running river is so soothing.

Fitness Center

Upstairs Pool

Hot Tub

The Ayung Terrace, Jati Bar and Riverside Cafe all have beautiful views and friendly staff.  On day one I was adjusting to the time zone change and woke up extra early (or really late coming from Hawaii). I took a stroll around the property and surprisingly found a coffee and pastry station already set up at the Jati Bar. It was perfect since the restaurant wasn’t open for breakfast yet.  I walked over to the seating areas behind the Jati Bar and watched the dark sky turn blue as I sipped on my latte.

Breakfast is served in Ayung Terrace.  It is located a floor down from the main lobby.  Breakfast was my main meal on the property since I spent most of my day exploring the island.  The buffet selection was huge and I had no problem starting off with fresh fruit and pastries.  My second course was made-to-order omelets and waffles.  Each day the buffet served different Balinese and American food selections so I didn’t get tired of eating the same offerings.  At first I was hesitant to try the Balinese food and get “Bali belly” at the beginning of my trip.  Thankfully I tried it and ended up loving Balinese food for breakfast!  Each day my breakfast plate consisted of more Balinese food than traditional American offerings.

The large property is situated on a hill and unfortunately there are no elevators – just stairs and pathways.  Don’t worry, if you prefer not to walk around the property you can call the Concierge to schedule a bellmen to pick you up in a golf cart.  I suggest walking around the property. I found a temple, lush gardens and many quiet places to soak in the serenity of Sayan.

The resort offers a wide range of activities like cooking, fitness classes, garden tours, rice field experiences, biking, etc. Some are free.  I didn’t partake in any of the activities since I was out exploring Ubud’s many attractions.

Ubud is about a 20-minute drive from Four Seasons Bali at Sayan.  There are complimentary scheduled shuttles to and from Ubud town and the resort.  I used a taxi to Ubud which was very inexpensive (To date around 70,000 IDR = $5 USD).

My favorite part of the Four Seasons Sayan is waking up to a spectacular view of a tropical PARADISE! Everything here is perfect – the lush green grounds, pristine hotel facilities, yummy food and phenomenal service.  I love this place so much that I’ve visited the Four Season Bali at Sayan twice in the last three months! You should too!

U Paasha Seminyak Bali

The U paasha Seminyak Bali is a part of the U Hotels and Resorts and my first boutique hotel I’ve stayed at outside of Hawaii.  It was difficult to make a decision on where to stay with so many hotel options in Seminyak.  I made a good choice since Upaasha is located in the heart of town, surrounded by restaurants, shops, beauty salons and local vendors. If you want to have access to all of these things and be in the middle of the night life, this is the perfect place to stay!

They have two different Room options: the Suite and the Penthouse. I was unfortunately unable to book the Penthouse but was surprised when we entered the Suite that we confirmed.  The Suite was bright, sleek, modern and very spacious. Complimentary bottled water, coffee and Tea were offered as room amenities along with free wifi. There was no bathtub which didn’t bother me since I didn’t have time to relax in the room anyways. The Coffee maker, hot water kettle, outlet adapters, ipod dock/clock and bath amenities all came in handy.

Located on the roof top is the Pool, Rooftop Bar & Restaurant and Fitness Center. Each one of these facilities had fabulous views! The gym is conveniently open 24 hours a day and offers yoga instruction.  Each time I went to the pool right before sunset it was empty with about 5 -10 people. Most guests were sunbathing, getting spa treatments or just lounging on the pool deck, not a person in the pool!

Our room rate also included breakfast. The breakfast buffet was served at the Alcove right off the main lobby and had a wide variety of food and beverages.  The servers would offer specialty coffees and a waffle and crepe station were also available.  I went straight for the fresh fruit, fried noodles, fried rice, sushi, cereals and Iced Mocha Lattes!

We did not have a chance to enjoy the Rooftop Bar & Restaurant or Alibi (ground level) but both restaurants looked modern and comfortable.

The service at U paasha was great, it took some time to get some orders in at breakfast but I knew it was because they were jammed packed with guests.  Everyone tried their best to assist you with your requests.  I’d definitely stay here again and recommend it to others, the price you pay daily is well worth the amenities, accommodations and location is PRIME!  You can find their promotions and room rates on their online reservations.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is located on the Big Island, Hawaii.  Many guests fly into the Kona airport and take a short 20 minute drive to the resort. We drove the scenic Hamakua route from Hilo, through Waimea which took us about 3 hours just so we could stop to get some warm, fresh Malasadas at Tex Drive Inn. There’s a faster way to get there from Hilo by taking saddle road that has you driving Mauka (mountain) and through Waikoloa Village.

Hualalai is a dormant volcano and now home of some of the most fabulous hotels, residences and sports clubs. Hualalai Resort, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hualalai Sports Club & Spa and the Kona Village Resort (currently closed since the 2011 tsunami) are all located in this lavish community. Once you turn into the entrance of Hualalai you’ll shortly approach an attendant that will allow you to enter after explaining your reason for visiting.  The drive down to the Four Seasons property is lined with black jagged A’a lava and a golf course.  We made sure not to stray off the path, that sharp lava rock will surely pop someone’s tire!

The beautiful blue ocean as we approached closer to the resort.  Once we passed through the tall lava rock walls we could see the Bellman anxiously waiting to welcome us.  They kindly greeted us with an orchid flower lei and led us to the main building to get checked in while they removed all of our belongings from the car.  One of their Receptionist presented us with tropical fruit drinks and chilled oshibori towels.  Once we were checked in the Bellman drove us to our room on the golf cart with our bags packed nicely in the back.  They answered all of our questions and showed us the amenities around the room, so informative.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai has a bunch of accommodation options: Guest Rooms (7 Options), Suites (13 Options), and Villas (3 Options). Our room was a nice size with a king bed, sofa bed, walk in closet and exterior dresser. We were on the lower level that has an outside shower accessible from the indoor shower. The bathroom has a spacious double sink counter, deep tub with a large window looking out to the private garden and outdoor shower.  The room also had a little terrace over looking the lush, colorful landscape that allows you to walk directly to two different pools.

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One of the first things that caught my eye as we entered the room was the table filled with a huge platter of fresh fruit and other Hawaii made goodies. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts know exactly how to welcome their frequently return guests!  Convenience and amenities are one of the great things about these properties.  Four Seasons Hualalai has purified water stations throughout the resort where you can refill the carafes provided in the rooms or your own personal reusable containers.  This is optional since they still refresh your room daily with bottle water.

Four Seasons Hualalai has 7 pools on there huge property. The Beach Tree, Sea Shell, Palm Groove, Lap (at the Fitness Center), Keiki and Ocean Pool (naturally carved out oceanfront pool with natural sea water) are all open from sunrise to sunset. The Kings Pond is open from 10 am – 4 pm. Both the Kings Pond and the Ocean Pool is fun for anyone that like to interact with marine creatures.  As terrified as I was, I participated in the feeding of the Eagle Ray. That thing got a mouth that feels pretty funky and sucked up the oyster in my hands within seconds.

Having pools in every little cove of this ocean front property makes it easy for all guests to find a comfy seat.  We perched at the Kings Pond under what looked like Ohia branches that were used to make natural cabanas (correct me if I’m wrong). It wasn’t crowded and each time we got hot we jumped in with our colorful fish friends and eagle ray.  We also visited the Ocean pool often to see if the Honus (turtle) were floating around or sunbathing on the warm golden sand.  This was my second time to this property and was excited to finally be able to enjoy the Palm Grove pool now that I’m 18 years of age.  It’s an adult only pool with a whirlpool and swim up bar.  This is my favorite spot to get some work done in peace and be able to enjoy the pool with tropical fruity beverages in hand.

There are three restaurants on property : The Beach Tree Restaurant is an open air Hawaiian style beach house and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 11:30 am – 8:30 pm. The ‘ULU Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge is open for Breakfast 6:30 am – 11:00 am and dinner from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm and is located between the King’s Pond and Sea Shell pool. Hualalai Grille is located on the upper level of the Golf Clubhouse from  5:30 pm – 8:30pm.  If you’re looking for a meaty dinner, head to Hualalai Grille. Craving for some sushi and fresh island ingredients, ‘ULU is the place for you.  Not in the mood to dress up and want a nice outdoor setting to end the day, Beach Tree is the place to be. We ate breakfast daily at ‘ULU and hit the buffet as usual.  We’re always super hungry in the morning since we usually don’t get out of the room until after 9am.  The buffet is a huge spread with a made to order waffle, crepe, omelet and eggs benedict station.  There’s a wide selection of cereals, breakfast meats, pastries, fruits, cheese and beverages.

Looking forward to a workout?  The expansive Fitness Center is open from 6:00 am – 8:00 pm. This Fitness Center is a workout-holics dream.  There’s a basketball court, tennis courts, rock wall, lap pool, weight training and cardio room, sauna, steam room, whirlpool and studio for classes.  There’s daily fitness classes and private instructors for a fee. The Spa is across the lap pool and will provide guests with the typical amenities like bath necessities, towels, robes, water, sports beverages and fruit. Lockers are available (on a first come first serve basis) making it easy for you to bring your belongings and extra clothes.

One of the unique amenities and facility at this property is the Ka’upulehu Cultural Center where you can play hawaiian games and learn how to make flower leis, play the ukulele, speak the Hawaiian language and much more. I enjoyed playing a game of Konane (Hawaiian Checkers) after operating hours at the Cultural Center .

There’s so much to do at Four Seasons Hualalai, you can chose to enjoy water or land activities and connect with the hawaiian culture at the same time. There’s snorkeling, standup paddle boarding, outrigger canoe trips, ping pong, golf and much more.

We enjoyed taking a morning stroll towards Kona Village looking for shells and turtles. We’d walk the opposite way to enjoy the ocean breeze and see some beautiful residences and jagged lava coastline.  This Four Seasons is a five star resort and you can tell by all it offers, it’s beauty and superb, attentive employees.  The staff make sure everyone is comfortable and that we all enjoyed ourselves no matter where we were or what we were doing.

Plan ahead if you want to visit this fabulous resort, they book up quickly! They offer many different promotions throughout the year which can be found on their website.  You can easily find available rates and package on their online reservation page.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay was an absolutely wonderful getaway. As soon as we drove through the gates and down driveway towards the resort the excitement started stirring up in my belly.  The colorful, nicely manicured flowers and landscaping along side the pathways and buildings lead us to the main lobby with breathtaking views of Jimbaran Bay.

We were taken to our Villa on a golf cart, luggage handled and set in the dressing room area, doors opened and delicious amenity treats ready for our arrival.  The villas are private and large inside and out.  The outdoor area had a private plunge pool, lounge area, open air shower and living area with lots of seating.

The room had me speechless and gave me the feeling of “home” as soon as you entered.  The vaulted ceilings, poster bed with netting and open concept had me giggling inside that this was my home for the last three days of my Bali vacation.  I continued roaming through the room and found the deep tub with plumeria flowers on the neck pillows.  There were large windows lining the bath area with a clear view of the beautiful landscaping and outdoor shower.  There was a door that led to the shower area making it easy for us to rinse off before heading into the indoor shower or tub.  The room amenities were as usual plentiful and always stocked daily.

There are three dining options on property:  Sundara is a beach club during the day and ocean front restaurant and bar at night.  We had dinner at Sundara the first evening we were there and couldn’t get enough of the jaw dropping sunset views.  The food was fantastic, service attentive and creme brûlée so creatively done.  I absolutely love creme brûlée and order it each time we go to a different restaurant, this particular one had fresh berries on the bottom which made it even more scrumptious!

The Pool Terrace Cafe serves lunch next to the infinity pool, just down the stairs from the main lobby area. We didn’t dine here but did enjoy the views and dipping our feet in the pool. Instead we went back down to Sundara for lunch so we could stroll the beach for shells, eat sushi and nachos, and jump in the pool!

Breakfast and Dinner is served at Taman Wantilan with two large open air Balinese designed structures overlooking the property.  We had breakfast here each morning and enjoyed the selection of Balinese food.  The breakfast buffet was HUGE and had lots of options to chose from, my belly was filled to the limit each morning.  The staff was very prompt in taking away our plates and also assisting us with figuring out what each dish was. The fried rice, noodles, eggplant, banana fritters and other Balinese offerings were so darn good. I was already excited to see what their menu was going to be like the next morning!

With three pools spread out around the property there was more then enough space for everyone.  The large infinity pool is located next to the Pool Terrace Cafe. There were covered tables, lounge chairs and stunning views of the ocean.  Right below the infinity pool was another pool which looked like the family pool with a large waterfall wall and two hot tubs across from the pool.  The Sundara pool is steps away from the beach and the best place to watch the sunset. We spent most of our time at this pool since it was closest to the beach.

I had plans to use one of the resort’s paddle boards but ended up curling up in bed instead.  There are first-come- non-motorized water equipment, some free some with fees. Having the option to enjoy these water activities were great, it’s unfortunate that I didn’t have the energy to make use of them.

There was no need for me to visit the Fitness Center while we were there since a lot of walking was done getting around the huge property.  We could’ve used the complimentary golf cart service but decided to walk around the property so we could see as much as we could. The property is situated on the hill so we got our daily leg workout!

Even though my stay here wasn’t very long I enjoyed every second of it. I’m always wanting to explore and see new things, this resort made me want to stay put.  I couldn’t get myself to leave the property, that means this was one of my favorite places I’ve been to yet.  I can’t stop thinking about our gorgeous villa, the fabulous pools and yummy food at Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay and hope to visit again in the future!