Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
What We Love
- Trekking and biking through neighboring villages and rice paddies is free
- Harmonious integration with nature and emphasis on cultural activities
- Private villas are ripe for romance
What To Know
- Free shuttles to Ubud run five times daily
- In-room Internet costs extra
- Food and drinks at the resort can be expensive, but other options are 15 minutes away
- Electric carts are available to tackle the hilly grounds
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Like something out of a James Bond film, the ultra-luxe Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan receives no shortage of accolades for its want-for-nothing service and license-to-thrill views. The curvaceous, modern 18-suite main building clings to the side of a gorge with widescreen vistas from the bar, restaurant, fitness center and lily-pad-filled pond on the roof. The 42 traditional thatched-roof villas wind to the Ayung River and bring the symphony of the jungle even closer with outdoor living rooms, showers, private plunge pools and deep soaking tubs, while rich teak and Sulawesi silk add a dose of contemporary Balinese flavor.
In the Area
Ubud is known as the cultural heart of Bali, not just for its central highlands location — and starring role in Eat, Pray, Love — but for its almost mystical vibe. While hiring a knowledgable guide is a good idea to get the most out of the surrounding cultural highlights like Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave), Puri Saren Agung royal palace, Gunung Kawi (Poet Mountain), or the hotsprings of Pura Tirta Empul, the Bali Bird Park and Ubud Monkey Forest are great places to see on your own. In town, Gaya Art Space, Neka Art Museum and ARMA showcase some of the area’s best art exhibits.
How to Get There
Wow. My husband and I decided to splurge for an early 5 year anniversary trip and we did not regret it. The grounds are gorgeous. The staff are all so lovely and friendly. We were upgraded to a villa. Loved our little private pool and outdoor seating area. The main pool overlooking the Ayung river was fantastic as well. The food was spectacular, from breakfast to dinner at the restaurant and room service (Nasi goreng was fantastic). We loved being able to order whatever we wanted off the breakfast menu each morning, along with eating the tasty fresh fruit. The iced lattes were the best. Easy to get a taxi into town, though I think the rates are higher than usual (I assume the drivers pay a cut to the resort for the privilege of free advertising). I was amazed that despite being in the tropics, we had no bug issues. We did have a lizard friend who we never saw, but did hear his mating call a few times (earplugs provided by the hotel blocked him out).
Overall, this place is pretty amazing. Super beautiful and peaceful. I feel relaxed even thinking about my prior stay there. Would not hesitate to stay there again if we ever make it back to Bali.
I cannot recommand that place. Missing items out of room in total value of 800 euro. The property was nice located that’s it. Totally overpriced services. Spa, breakfast and restaurants and even the in dining room experience is over the standards of Zürich, Amsterdam or San Francisco any big metropole.
We had the pleasure of staying at the Four Seasons Sayan resort for 4 nights as the first segment of our Bali vacation. Everything was superlative: the impeccable level of service, the food, ambiance, grounds and feel of the resort. Very clean and well maintained throughout. It was impressive that so many of the resort personnel addressed us by name, although I'm sure that we hadn't interacted personally with some of them. My wife and I had a couple of spa treatments, the first a couples massage one day, and followed by one of the "Chakra" massage / ritual treatments the next day. Both massages were excellent and the ambiance was great, but the treatments were definitely at the Four Seasons price point (expensive). We ate at the resort during our stay, and the favorite was the breakfasts which were excellent, the food freshly made and made to order, and the service without compare. Special thanks to they young man (Widi) who was very helpful and friendly to us during dinner and breakfast. The resort provides a shuttle to Ubud, the town relatively nearby, but which we found very overrun with traffic, tourists, and general chaos. That was the only time we ventured from the sanctuary of this most excellent resort. I can honestly say this was I think the best resort hotel experience I've had and I've been to some nice places. Expensive, but worth it. Would definitely recommend.