Four Seasons Sayan
Set in the heart of the Ubud rainforest and backing right on to the Ayung River, this hotel feels like a hidden natural haven. The entrance welcomes you with a huge lotus pond rooftop, and the natural theme continues throughout the resort. The main building is a tall tower overlooking the valley floor, where a winding road takes you amongst lily ponds, rice terraces, vegetable patches, herb gardens and eventually to the riverside pool at the edge of the resort.
This hotel has 18 suites and 42 villas which are all opulently decorated, using the finest furnishings and providing lavish luxury. Each villa has a private plunge pool and a choice of scenery; river, rice terrace or forest – you cannot go wrong. A special part of this hotel is the yoga veranda; hidden away from the rest of the resort looking out over a lush green rice field – like a private open air stage – the perfect place for meditation. The spacious resort is 7.8 hectares in total and has the feeling of being in a traditional Balinese village, enhanced by the numerous cultural events that are held here; life talks and meditation classes from Buddhist monks, professional musicians playing Indonesian Gamalan and tours of the surroundings landscapes as well as rafting on the Ayung.
For such a brand as well-known as the Four Seasons, it really respects its environment and celebrates the nature of Bali.