Deep in the heart of a verdant river valley, the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is an architectural marvel, seamlessly incorporating the property’s original trees and rice paddies and offering 60 secluded suites and villas, many with serene views of the rushing Ayung River.
Even though the resort is just ten minutes from Ubud, Bali’s cultural and artistic center, you’ll find plenty to do on-property: the spa’s signature Anahata treatment, designed to balance the body’s heart chakra; walking tours that provide insight into Hindu rituals and rice farming traditions; and evening cocktails at Jati Bar, with its spectacular panorama of the surrounding jungle.
Below, the general manager of Four Seasons Resorts Bali at Sayan, Uday Rao, tells us about the most sought-after room on the property.
The most requested room:
Villa No. 21.
It’s one of 11 Riverfront Villas that we have, but it sits on a particularly lovely stretch of river, which makes it special and unique. Private, intimate, and secluded, it’s close enough to the forest and river to hear the “forest symphony.” Sounds of nature!
$1,100 and up per night.
Your personal favorite:
Two-Bedroom Villa No. 11.
It’s the only villa in the entire resort that has views of the forest, sacred Ayung River, rice paddies, and—the icing on the cake—a small shrine directly in front. It’s absolutely special and close to my heart; it takes my breath away each time I escort a guest there or visit during an inspection. I just love it.
In order to protect and respect the privacy of our guests, including our high profile guests, we cannot share specific names. It’s always our top priority to keep guests’ personal information confidential.
Architect John Heah, who sought inspiration through Buddhism, has described the design as a “rice bowl”: guests enter along a “spoon” (a teak-and-steel footbridge spanning a tributary of the river) and pop out into the center of a “bowl” (the spherical main structure, with its sweeping, 180-degree views of the valley). The 42 villas blend ingeniously into the landscape, and the two-tiered swimming pool is shaped like a rice paddy. The resort interiors, also designed by Heah & Co., incorporate many Balinese features, including local and antique found-pieces, commissioned ikat textiles, and luxurious hand-polished plasters applied by local craftsmen.
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