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!
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.
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.
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.
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!