“Welcome to the Jungle” that’s what you are told upon arrival at the Four Seasons Sayan in Ubud, and you actually do find yourself in the middle of the jungle! The hotel is located in the middle of a hidden lush paradise surrounded by the Ayung River and rice fields in Ubud, perhaps, the most beautiful and cultural area in Bali.
The premises of the resort are just so wonderful, not only you are on the Island of Gods as Bali is usually referred to, but you feel like you are in paradise, greenery everywhere, the sound of nature, so calm and peaceful, the perfect place for a relaxing few days. The entrance of the hotel must be one of the best I’ve seen, you walk down a long bridge where you look out onto a pond that seems to be floating in the middle of the jungle, I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of this floating pond (tip: you can request a private romantic dinner on the pond). The lobby and bar are located underneath this, it’s an incredible architecture, no windows whatsoever, it’s submersed in the middle of this beautiful jungle.
We were greeted in such a friendly, professional way, it was almost unbelievable. I received flowers and for each of us a cold towel and a fresh watermelon juice so we could relax until everything was completed for our check in to our room.
And off we were to our room, but first, a tour of the resort and all the possible almost daily activities you can do, of course the spa (we will get to it in a bit), complimentary yoga classes in the yoga shala (with a view on the rice fields), the cycling tour, mediation, sayan valley and village walk, and also the Balinese dance class performance. What’s even more interesting is their A Day in the life of a Balinese rice farmer experience which makes you dive into the techniques of rice farming (by the way, all the rice available in the resort has been grown right there and harvested by Four Seasons farmers, how awesome is this!).
To summarize it all, you will not get bored even if you tried! Just a tip, make sure to book everything as soon as you arrive or even in advance if you are a super organized person, as the places are limited.
Four Seasons Sayan has a total of 60 suites and private villas. The Villas, well, our villa was superb, we were greeted by a little pond and a meditation area, upon opening our villa main door we entered an outdoor living area with a dining table, a sitting area, sun loungers and our private plunge pool, all of this overlooking the jungle. (You can also get a room with the river view, which must be incredible as well.)
You find yourself surrounded by loads of trees, palm trees, flowers, birds and all sort of living creatures… how exotic is that. The little plus is the booklet you can find inside the room, which explains to you what is around you, and the sounds they make, so you are aware of everything that is surrounding you.
Inside the room, I have to mention at first that the room is huge with top to bottom glass windows so you can watch the view all the way from your king size bed. A super comfortable accented with a delicately carved wooden screen and sheer white canopy so that no mosquitos can come in and bite you while you are sleeping. It feels so cozy, I just can’t explain it with words, you need to go to experience it. The bathroom is big, with two sinks (his and hers), an egg shaped bath tub near the window overlooking the view, a dressing room with two sides (his and hers) with a safe box, and finally a rain shower, and amazingly scented amenities.
There’s a door in the bathroom, this door leads to the outdoor and to my probably favorite part… An outdoor shower, I was so in love!
The privacy you experience is amazing! The resort is built in a way that even if it was full at the time of your stay, you wouldn’t feel it. In the evening the turn over service closes the white canopy and turns on some very soft relaxing music. When you enter your room at night, you feel so relaxed and at ease. It feels like home.
The Sacred River Spa, is an experience not to be missed, it is by far the best massage I’ve had! Their spa takes inspiration from ancient Balinese beliefs and practices and conduits them into a selection of treatments that target mind, body and soul. They have two different locations for the spa, the main spa within the central building, and the couples spa villas which are overlooking lotus pond.
Of course you should order in breakfast a day and enjoy the serenity ofyour own villa. Though the main breakfast selection is great. On top of the buffet there are a la carte items, and let me tell you, the banana smoothie bowl is to die for! Once back home I emailed the hotel to get the exact recipe, I was craving it.. Which they were kind enough to send me!
Dinner at the main restaurant is delicious as well. I love eating local when travelling, and there nasi goreng was to die for. On another day I was craving a hot and sour soup which wasn’t available on their menu.. The chef came to our table to know exactly what I was looking for and made me the soup! He served it to me himself and made sure it was it.
To sum it in a simple phrase, Four Seasons Bali at Sayan is luxury taken to another level. I cannot wait to be back! Thank you for the hospitality and the profssionalism.