Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
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Four Seasons luxury in the jungle. Bali and the Indonesian Islands were a Dutch colony (Dutch East Indies) and traditions include the Rijsttafel dinner - a meal of several small courses based on rice.
Being in Singapore hadn't felt any different to being in any other western city really. However arriving in Bali we really felt we were in south east Asia! The airport terminal we arrived at, although new, has been built incorporating some traditional local architecture. We were whisked away by the Four Seasons car to their resort at Sayan near …
Dave spent most of the day feeling feverish, so sleeping and puzzles filled much of our time. We went for an Indian lunch at Sitara (which helped clear our sinuses!), then hid from a downpour in a souvenir before making a run for our room.
A lazy afternoon was spent catching up on touring cars, and we didn't feel like much for dinner, so tried out the local Indomaret's "Pop Mie" noodle cup making facilities.
More rain and a power cut made for an early ...
... still for a few minutes.
Our walk also took us past a collection of statues both old and new, an amphitheatre, and a group of deer. It wasn't possible to enter the temples themselves - further evidence that the monkeys were now the star attraction - but we were able to most of the brick buildings from outside the gates.
A walk back past the stalls gave Jacqui a chance to do some clothes shopping - everything ...
... royalty currently reside so this may well be an explanation as to why so many parts of it are closed off, and in fact only a courtyard is open. At least it was free to enter!
We then had a somewhat mediocre meal at a warung. The meal all together cost just over a $3 a head so once can’t complain but it’s needless to say we were not satisfied.
So not the best of days, but they do say don’t except too much in Bali!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan Ubud
Stayed for 4 nights in March at The Four Seasons Sayan. What a place!! An architectural dream. We stayed in a villa - the first was river front - if you like the ear thundering noise of a river all night then this for you. We didn't and struggled to sleep - made worse by our late night next door revellers - "charming" Italian group. We asked to be move and were given a villa higher up the gorge. This was so much better. Wonderful veiw, river at a lower decibel range and lushy secluded amongst vegetation. Nice plunge pool, efficient and friendly staff. Drinks from the bar staring over the jungle was mesmerising. Ubud was 10 minutes away - take the hotel car - although charged it was far easier than haggling with the local driver offering as a cab service in rickety old cars. Make sure to look when Nyepi is as one is confined to the hotel grounds for 24 hours - Day of Silence - it felt that the hotel was ours for the day and the staff did not seem to resent having to be there on a public holiday. Wonderful relaxing end to the holiday.
Incredible service, incredible rooms!. The only little detail is you have 1 restaurant, but it is incredible get-a-way!,, a must Do it!
We can't say enough about this place
It's truly the best resort we've ever stayed at-- small, architectually stunning, beautifully managed, and incredibly atmospheric. The secret to Bali seems to be this: the beaches are nice but not amazing, at least as compared to Hawaii, Great Barrier Reef, the best Caribbean beaches, etc. Instead, it's the Ubud experience that's so incredible, and I can't imagine a better version of it than this one. Even the suites (the cheaper rooms) are amazing: they're actually duplexes, with two bathrooms, gorgeous living rooms, decks, etc. But the private villas (we were upgraded after a construction noise problem) are really the best; there's nothing that compares to staying in your own little palace, with private plunge pool. Avoid the villas right on top of the driveway-- there's some noise, though it isn't terrible. And try Cafe Batan Waru, an amazing, airy, inexpensive restaurant in town. Bali's food isn't especially great, but this place is.
Architectually stunning hotel...A phenomenal experience
I have been at the hotel for three days now and it is truly unbelieveable. The hotel exceeded all my expectations in terms of style, quality and service. The villas are spacious, thoughtfully laid out and done in Four Seasons' (very tasteful) interpretation of Balinese.
Speaking to the hotel staff, the villas built into the upper hillside are about three years newer than the original villas built overlooking one of the two rivers flowing thru the property. I am in one of the hillside villas which is totally secluded and nestled in the lush, verdant hillside. The view from my plunge pool and room are the tops of the giant bamboo, coconut, and banana trees blanketing the hillside overlooking the valley below. It truly is dramatic.
The hotel was nice enough to give me a tour of the other villas. The lower villas look over the rivers and are equally if not more impressive. You can hear the roar of the river from your villa and twice a day, river rafters can be seen maneouvering downstream the rapidily flowing river.
Hands down the best hotel Ive ever stayed at (this is coming from someone who does quite a bit of international first class travel...Peninsula/Four Seasons/Mandarin Oriental...of course, paid for by my Firm).
My wife and i stayed in sayan and jimariin bay four seasons two years ago and found both properties great but the sayan property had the edge. jimarin bay hotel was grea grea but the beach and ocean were not that nice and there was not much to do there so we ended renting a car and explored the island and came upon the sayn property and switched hotels. the frank loyd wright influence in the architecture was apparant and the villa we stayed in was great. the food, massages, staff was excellant. can't wait to go back. when we were there, many guests from other hotels were trying to transfer to this property.
A tranquil, exotic destination
My husband and I honeymooned here in June. We split our time between Four Seasons Sayan and Jimbaran. There is truly something magical about Sayan. The hotel is tucked away among the lush trees, definitely a jungle-like feel. The grounds are gorgeous (the sound of the river was so soothing) and the rooms incredible. We stayed at a villa in Jimbaran, but at Sayan we stayed at a suite in the main building, which we adored. The room was extremely large and spacious. Staff is more than helpful. Ubud is great for shopping and the resort is great for relaxation, privacy and serenity. If you have a week in Bali, I would recommend 4-5 days at Sayan and 2-3 days at a villa in Jimbaran. I liked Ubud better, it is more of a cultural center. We hope to return.
This resort is spectacular! My wife and I just returned from our stay at the Four Seasons - Sayan and we couldn't have been more pleased. Our expectations were very high and we were not disappointed. We spent our honeymoon on Turtle Island in Fiji ($1100+/night) and didn't think anything could compare to that experience but this resort is in a class by itself. The property is top notch, the rooms are beautiful and the staff managed to cater to our every whim without ever seeming the least bit pretentious. I would recommend this resort to anyone who is looking for an unforgettable experience.
Pure bliss !!
We've just left the Four Seasons at Sayan, having stayed there for three nights as part of our honeymoon.
Having spent a few nights at the Ritz, my wife didn't believe that it was possible to beat our experience there - which was wonderful. However, everything about this place is of the highest quality - the location, the achitecture, the rooms (!!)the service, the swimming pool, the food - all impecable. It is SOOOO relaxing it's beyond belief.
We are now staying at another renowned 5* hotel (I won't ention it's name here - as it's half the price so it's probably a little unfair) and it's very easy to see what the additional cost gives you.
Everything about this place is pure bliss. If I win the lottery I'll be going back !!
My husband and I have traveled extensively and stayed at some of the world's best hotels. This one continues to stand out above the rest. We went here for our honeymoon in 2001 and it was phenomenal! The setting is truly magical and the intimate resort is located in the best part of the island of Bali (near Ubud). Also, the service was impeccable. I suggest paying the extra money for the riverfront villa - despite the steep price. You won't be sorry. Being next to the river will help you make the most of the incredible setting. We have stayed at other Four Seasons as well and this one has been the most special so far. I highly recommend a combined stay at the Four Seasons Jimbaran and the Four Seasons Sayan for probably the most romantic and luxurious vacation you will ever have!
Every day I dream of Sayan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is the most incredible place I have ever been in my life. We went here for our honeymoon. It was a little piece of heaven (we were even there during the Bali bombing in 02). The staff was incredible. THe manager called us to make sure we were ok. There is not one bad thing that can be said about this hotel. Definately go to the spa. I can still smell the beautiful flowers all around the hotel.