The Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan resort it’s stunning. It’s tucked into the crevices of the tiny hillside village of Sayan, surrounded by rolling gardens heavy with the scent of tropical flowers, with the Ayung River bubbling and tumbling through its midst. Ubud, Bali’s artistic and spiritual epicenter, is around 10 minutes away by car. The airport is more of a trek, taking up to two hours in bad traffic, but the Four Seasons leather-clad, air-conditioned, Wi-Fi-enabled limousine certainly makes the transfer easier to bear.
Scattered around the sprawling grounds are 60 spacious suites and villas, all of which come with splendid rice terrace and tropical forest views. Recently refurbished, they mix traditional Balinese craftmanship with jetsetter-like luxuries; think swathes of glossy teak, carved wood headboards, marshmallow-soft beds draped in fine white nets, and grand marble bathrooms. Wi-Fi is available on a two tier system.
The hotel has two restaurants; Ayung Terrace, where peppy Indonesian specialities are served by batik-wearing staff under swaying palm trees; and the Mediterranean-leaning Riverside Café, a more intimate space perched above the swimming pool. If you’re planning on popping the question, ask for a table to be set up on the Riverside’s lower level.
The Obamas are staying at the Royal Villa, which costs $2500 per night. The Royal Villa is a palatial, three-bedroom residence, surrounded by stunning views of the Ayung River, forest highlands and rice terraces.With a secluded entranceway, the villa is entered through its rooftop, where your own lily pond and private meditation areas await.
The ground level welcomes with a spacious sun terrace and swimming pool, adjoined by a living area, kitchen, indoor and open-air dining areas and the spectacular master bedroom. On the upper level awaits a small living area, plus two additional bedrooms – one with a king bed, one with two queen beds.
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