Having spread the news about the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan in Ubud, Bali many years ago in a previous PR role, but never personally visiting, I had the great pleasure of putting that right this year.
The design audacity of the resort really took me aback. From the ground looking up, it does look a little like the USS Enterprise in dock, but oh, from on high, the views it affords takes your breath away. Its unexpectedness is part of its greatness.
Perched on a hillside, with cascading gardens and rice fields melting away to a river coursing through the valley, you have a wonderful view of lush vegetation from the restaurants …..
The staff of course are wonderful: considerate and graceful – and the interiors are, how can I put this, full of contemporary Balinese style.
Nods to historic woodcarving, an Ubud artistic tradition, marry well with contemporary clear cut lines.
And did I happen to mention the unbeatable views from the villas which is exactly where I would stay – or am going to stay (ahem) – when I next return?
Because return is what I definitely intend to do.
Suggestion – split your stay between the two Four Seasons Resorts in Bali. I would personally do four or five nights at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay for that beach experience, before moving up and inland to Ubud for a two or three night stay.
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