My wife and I traveled to Bali for our honeymoon in November 2010. We had originally intended to spend the entire time at the Four Seasons Jimbaran but as an afterthought decided to spend three nights in Sayan to break up the trip a bit. In retrospect we should have spent the entire time at Sayan. After getting off the plane in Denpasar we took a long and winding ride to Sayan with Agusta (sp?). We actually thought we might have made a mistake by even coming to Bali during the trip. That feeling was quashed the moment we made that sharp left hand turn into the gates of the Four Seasons Sayan. Once past the security gate we realized what an amazing choice we had made. When you first walk across that foot bridge and the wide expanse of the valley below opens up before you you will have a sense of wonderment like never before. From that moment on for the next three days we experienced the best of everything that the FS Sayan had to offer: Here is a break down of the individual portions of the resort.
Riverfront Villa 31: If you can manage it, request this exact room! It is the last villa from the main hotel which makes it a bit of a trek but it is the most secluded villa in the entire resort. As honeymooners we were looking specifically for seclusion and we got it. Our outdoor living room and pool were not visible to any other guests. The river is right below and we did once see a group of rafter come down the river on the day we left but other than that it was total privacy. Let's just say that if you wanted to spend an inordinate amount of time outdoors without clothing you could do that without care. The outdoor living room was great with a beautiful set up of a couch, coffee table, dining table, chains, etc. The room itself was also great. The bed was very comfortable. The sheets were of good quality and were very soft to the touch. The bathroom was awesome too. There was a large dressing room and an outdoor shower which we used frequently. Laundry service was expensive but they took great care of our clothing. Overall the room was amazing, though there was some wear and tear to be seen. This was nothing that wasn't overcome by the amazing environment of the resort.
Stunning, beautifully landscaped, integrated into its surroundings. A lot of people have commented that the giant spaceship of a main building sticks out in the jungle, but I found its aesthetic blended right into the side of the valley walls. Tremendous amounts of time and labor go into the grounds on a daily basis and it shows. You never hear a lawn mower as they cut the grass by hand with an old fashioned sickle (I think that's what the tool was).
Second to none. Every request was met with a sincere smile and can do attitude. Our driver Agusta took us out on a tour one day. While expensive it was definitely worth it. We covered a lot of ground that day going to Taro Elephant Park, the Volcano (I forget the name), the rice terraces, the coffee plantation, and a few village specializing in different mediums of artwork. Agusta was polite, helpful, and in general a very fun tour guide for us. He was so great we requested him for our drive down to Jimbaran during our resort transfer later in the week.
We did one of the couples packages in a private spa villa. It was a little bit much for me as I get a bit antsy with spa treatments but the wife loved it. It was a foot scrub followed by a body scrub, then massage. Overall a nice experience but also very expensive.
The food was just OK. The Ayung Terrace is good for breakfast but other than that we found the food to be a bit bland. We ate lunch off the resort all days. Dinner we ate once at Ayung, once at another resort, and once at a riverfront table for a BBQ. This dinner was very nice, very romantic. Again, the food was just ok, but the ambiance and experience were great. In the end we didn't go for the food.
Simply put the most amazing, relaxing, peaceful place on earth. I don't think I could get across in this review the beauty and amazement that is FS at Sayan. The three days we spent there were some of the most memorable of our lives. Our trip to Sayan was an afterthought but should have been our primary focus. As we were leaving head to the Four Seasons at Jimbaran, my wife started to cry for fear that Jimbaran would not live up to Sayan. She was right. While Jimbaran was an experience in and of itself the two are completely different animals. My advice, if you are going to visit both Four Seasons resorts in the same visit definitely go to Jimbaran first because if you leave Sayan for Jimbaran you will be disappointed. Culture shock to say the least. I do recommend Jimbaran, just not as highly. If you want to know more read my Jimbaran review as well.
Go to the Four Seasons at Sayan. Request Villa 31. Don't leave until they make you leave.
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