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
Just back from the Four Seasons at Sayan. It's easy to see why this location is often voted the best in the world. The hotel is uniquely designed, embracing the river, the jungle, and the agricultural richness of Bali. The views are spectacular -- the lushness of the jungle looks like a painting every day, views of the mountains, the sounds of the water throughout the hotel and the river surrounding the hotel -- its all so amazingly relaxing.
We had a large villa (number 63) overlooking Sayan -- our views were spectacular every morning -- large outdoor sitting areas, a private pool, an indoor and outdoor shower. It was lovely. The villas are incredible but the hotel rooms also looked amazing. Lots of windows, great views. There are yoga options throughout the property, rice growing everywhere, vegetable gardens, herb gardens. It's such a unique place.
The food at the Four Seasons was incredible -- they showcase the local unique fruits of bali and offer a wide range of options that are made to order (not some big mass produced buffet). With western, eastern, and local options each day. All fantastic. The romaine salad bites at the pool were great, as was the tuna poke.
We took the bike ride down the mountain -- it took a few hours -- and was not very strenuous -- just coasting down the mountain but it was wonderful to see the orange groves, the coffee plants growing with the orange trees, the marigolds blooming, the agricultural richness throughout the ride -- we also had a chance to stop for lewak coffee (look it up - it's odd and maybe a gimmick but fun nonetheless), and we were able to ride through rice fields (maybe like some Eat Pray Love scenes). Our guide (August -- I'm sure that's not how you spell his name)... was amazingly positive and energetic. I would recommend the outing.
We also did the white water rafting -- it's also great -- we had a private raft - two guides with us. Not too strenuous but the rapids are frequent and it keeps it interesting. The silent area was really cool and it was fun to see the makeshift tents along the way selling snacks and bintang. The hotel says this might take 3-4 hours but it's more like 2.5 hrs even including the 30 minute drive to the launch place. The coolest thing is that the rafting trip ends right at the hotel so you just walk up the stairs to the pool area. Awesome. (President Obama and his family did this outing as well so it's got to be good!)
The gym was pretty good - and the sauna/steam rooms were fantastic. We also had a massage -- wonderful as you might imagine.
There are shuttles throughout the day into Ubud - a super cool town - and the hotel offers a guided tour I think for free. If you dont catch a shuttle, the car service is really easy -- about 100,000 rupias to town (around $7 US) and back. We had the best driver and we used him throughout our stay -- including a ride to Seminyak when we switched hotels. His name is Putra - +62 812 3675-281. Super responsive, super fair and clear on pricing (we checked with other drivers too), always on time, always pleasant, great English, and so businesslike. If you go to Ubud, whatsapp him -- he was great, especially the ride to Seminyak. it's hard to drive in Bali and he was awesome.
I loved Ubud - hiking the trail, walking to Sun Organic (not great food but a great view overlooking the city rice fields -- and a nice walk without without too many people crowding the way) -- some Ubud restaurants that were fantastic - Melting Wok (small, small menu, but awesome food -- we went 2x in one day), Batan Waru (old school place but delicious - try the Pepes and the pica pica and the satay...) Spices was also solid.
Amazing place. I would readily go back..
We stayed for 2 nights on our honeymoon. We got upgraded to one of the small villas (note: still massive!) with our own private pool and yard. The room was very nice, though nothing special. It was what was on the outside that was incredible; peaceful and picturesque (we also LOVED the outdoor shower).
Service was fantastic, everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. Breakfast was incredible, and we had a truly excellent time at the spa.
Only minor issues were I asked via email about potentially booking the rafting, and clearly said I wouldn't book til I got there, but for some reason they booked me anyways rather than asking first (it was extremely easy to tell them I didn't want to go anymore, however). Also just the price was a bit steep, at the restaurant and spa for example, though this is to be expected and it wasn't crazy. Only thing that was truly and terribly overpriced was the rafting (this needs to be about half as expensive, I ended up doing a different rafting trip for 1/5 of the price).
For the amount you pay, you do get a world class service. The spa was one of the most amazing amenities on the ground. I wish I participated more in the in-house activities such as yoga or cooking class, but the food and overall experience was amazing. I recommend this hotel if you seek utmost tranquil and relaxation.