Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
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Historical Traveler Reviews Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
Stayed in a villa overlooking the sea.
The villa had a wonder bathroom with an outdoor shower.
The villa is very big with an outside sheltered area.
It also has a deep plunge pool to relax in.
The breakfast menu was fantastic.
The food at the restaurant was ok.
Don't expect much from the beach which seemed to have oily patches.
The spa was excellent.
The main attraction is the villa which is much nicer than the Banyan Tree in Phuket and Bintan.
Wonderful place due for an update
I just returned from a 17 day trip to the Four Seasons Resorts in Langkawi, Sayand and Jimbaran Bay. Overall, FS Jimbaran Bay is a wonderful place with incredible landscaping, a great view and impeccable service.
I agree with the general consensus that that the villas need an update. They are still spacious, charming and very comfortable. All they need is new furniture and new commode and shower and they will be world class. The grounds are amazing, the service is perfect with hordes of friendly staff who are so welcoming, and the food is wonderful. I had heard complaints about the beach, but it is a wide public beach with lots of activity and well maintained, so I found it to be very nice. The gym and spa are nice, although they need a bit of an update as well. The pools are wonderful except for the smokers by the main pool! I had heard complaints about the airport being so close, but I liked the planes and it was otherwise a very quiet place. The view of the Bay is remarkable. The villas have a terrific outdoor area with ample seating,a great eating area and a nice plunge pool. Splurge for the oceanfront villa and you will not be disappointed. There are many small touches which make this place memorable. If you go to the FS in Sayan which is just an hour away, don't believe all the rave reviews. It has some serious problems! Jimbaran is supposed to be the ugly stepchild of the two, but I liked it much more than Sayan! It is much more welcoming, the staff is superior and it runs like a well oiled machine.
I can't imagine a better place
Worth every penny and every minute spent in an airline seat to get there (35+ hours door-to-door from SF).
Okay, first things first: there is a difference between cost and value. Yes, $475+ a night is (at least in my book) a bit on the higher-end of the price scale (paticularly for Bali). However, the value recieved for this place is truly incredible. If I had to guess, I bet comperable resorts and rooms would be at least $1500 in the US, Mexico or Europe. So, while far from cheap, you're DEFINITELY getting more than what you pay for. What sets this place appart are the details. Taken individually, they're just nice touches. But when you add up litterally HUNDREDS of perfect small things over the course of a week, you find perfection and relaxation.
The strength of this resort hinges on three things: service, setting and culture.
Service: I think its fair to say that every single person who works at this Four Seasons has ESP. They know exactly what you want, when you want it, and how you would like it. Want a quiet/discreet week without much chit-chat? Done. Or, do you want service that is more open and oriented toward converstion? No problem. Want somebody to wait on you hand-and-foot every second of the day? Sure! And strangely, they just SENSE it. Bottom line, I can confidently say there is no more gracious, meticulous and perfect service anywhere in the world.
Setting: As all the reviews say, the grounds of this hotel surely are among the most amazing in the world. The villias themselves area perfect, with the outdoor living rooms, plunge pool, soak tub being the obvious benefits. But - again - what really makes it work are the little details in every SINGLE ROOM: teak furniture, intricate statues, mini-garden, fresh fruit daily, free water, comfy bed, lit moquito coils in the evening, a small gift waiting each night. Outside the walls of your own villa, I can't really find words to descirbe the lush grounds, but they truly are amazing and help pull the who experience together. We spent the bulk of our time by the pool, but the beach is also beutiful (albeit not the tropical white sands and warm water one might expect).
Culture of Bali: For those who haven't been there yet, the culture and setting of Bali is something that everyone should experience. The hindu-offshoot culture creates an expereice that I really don't think cold be matched by any other destination. The people could not be more gentle, at peace and generous with their guests. In fact, it makes me incrediby sad to think that this little gem of an island was marred by that terrible "tragedy" (as its reffered to by the locals) years ago. For what its worth, despite the State Department warnings, we never once sensed that Americans were anything less than welcome or that there was any type of danger.
Finally, if you make the trip across the world to get there, don't miss the opportunity to see the FS Sayan resort too. They're reasonably close to each other, but offering a completely different jungle experience.
Bottom line, this place is perfect. Bring your Visa card, try not to worry about the money you're spending, and open yourself up for experiencing heaven. Don't miss Bali and don't miss this resort. You will never find a more relaxing, peaceful and comforting place on this earth.
Perfect Place to Stay
We stayed here for 5 days after getting married on the Island, and it was definately the most amazing place. The staff were fantastic, the privacy is perfect. We ate in the room most nights, can be fairly expensive, but worth it. We wandered down to the beach and ate there 1 night (had a 1KG lobster!) amazing. Overall - definately worth it, we are currently planning on going back there this year. Not sure what the previous comment was about with bugs, we had none - maybe they need to wash more!
Somehow the Four Seasons management and staff have brought the art of running this hotel to perfection. Just everything here feels right - the warm welcome at arrival, the beautiful landscaping of the place, the large, nicely decorated and well maintained rooms, the personal welcome you get in any of the restaurants, and so on. Many other hotels with five stars behind their name don't even come close to the standards of this place. I think this resort will fulfill the needs of even the most demanding traveler. Our impression though was that the hotel is not only a place for the well-to-do, but also popular among honeymooners like us - not too demanding, but very much appreciating this paradise-like resort.
There are no hotelrooms - just villas, in Balinese style, nicely decorated and nicely integrated in the beautiful landscape. All these villas offer at least a seperate open living, terrace, private plunge pool and a sumptuous bathroom which includes an entrance to private garden with a second outdoor shower.
Of course the resort has everything to offer that you would expect from a hotel in this range. Such as: a few excellent restaurants, swimming pools, a really impressive spa, a fitness center, tenniscourt, bikes to take and a daily shuttle services to Nusa Dua and Kuta (in case you can get yourself moving to leave this resort..).
What really makes this hotel stand out is the level of service. It is a special feeling to be in a hotel where everything that you could possibly wish for is provided by the staff mostly before you even have the opportunity to ask. It was very nice to experience such a smoothly run, well-managed hotel with such a great staff.
Generally we never really thought of Bali as a real beach destination, but a nice stretch of beach of about 5 kilometres - from the hotel all the way to the airport - starts right at the foot of the resort. The first stretch that belongs to the hotel offers a restaurant, plenty of sunbeds (with of course the staff waiting for you with towels, cold water and anything else you might wish for) and - lucky us! - windsurfboards and a catamaran that we have used quite frequently. Thanks to the shelter of the bay, the sea is relatively calm (especially compared to the high waves of Kuta). Further down this beach you will find some local restaurants and a few other hotels; if you go even further you will run into a busy local fish market right on the beach.
This hotel made us feel as if we had arrived in paradise. Of course, paradise comes with a price, but if you can afford this it's probably among the best Bali has to offer.
Dissapointed Not Number one in My Book
We arrived here from the Four Seasons Sayan (which was wonderful) and were very disappointed.
We found the bungalows too close together .
Our biggest criticism however was that we had travelled 18 hours too find that our room had the best view of theairport!!Planes were constantly flying in and out.
This was not what we expected from the Conde Neste Voted Number One resort in Asia.
Privacy and Romance Pure
We have just returned from our vacation in Four Seasons in Jimbaran, and although we have already seen a number of hotels with a label "luxury hotels" it was definitely the best experience we have had. The hotel gardens are sinking in flowers, green but all made to look natural as if it was created by the nature this way. The villas offer as much privacy as one could only dream. Hidden in the lush gardens each villa overlooks the ocean and offers your own pool, an outdoor living room, a beautiful bedroom with a huge bathroom and a traditional outdorr bamboo shower in a "secret garden." Although I have already heard a lot of the superior service characteristic of Asia, I was still impressed by this non-bothering attention every guest receives at the FS. With over 150 villas at the resort any staff member addresses each guest by his/her name! We can highly recommend this hide away for those looking for intimacy and romance!
Went to Bali on our honeymoon. Unbelievably beautiful hotel. The layout of the villas and intricate attention to detail is mind blowing. The service is fit for a Queen. I would highly recommend it to people who are not concerned about the price they are paying for the experience. The beach was really ugly but i didn't really think of it as part of the hotel. There are other beaches in the area you can easily get to.
We also stayed at Hyatt in Nusa Dua which was also amazing and great value for money for travellers on a more moderate budget.
Best Hotel in the World! The hotel is great, the beach is ugly, but you dont need the beach. Your private pool saves you. Great for Honeymooners!
Save your money or go to Sayan
This hotel was nice but not worth the money. We stayed here after staying at 4 Seasons Sayan. It just doesn't compare. The beach was not that great. Lot's of bugs flying around our plunge pool. We didnt have this problem in the jungle at Sayan so not quite sure what the deal was here. We stayed at the Grand Hyatt also (twice). We loved it there. Lots cheaper, great food, room right on the beach.
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