This is a perfect spot to recharge your batteries. We’ve been to Bali many times and always head out to Ubud. We simply love the location of Ubud – the rivers, ridges, rice fields, small cafes and shops, and the peace and calm simply beat the craziness of Kuta and Seminyak. We’re fans of boutique options – and there are many in Bali – but decided to try the FS this time round. To begin, it is simply such an architectural wonder. We love dramatic entrances – and the FS Sayan takes its spot as one of the grandest openings we have ever seen for a hotel. We stood we think for a good several minutes in awe of the lush foliage in front of us before we were escorted to our duplex suite, which was well appointed, albeit somewhat tired, using a good balance of Balinese elements and contemporary design. We also had the chance on the final night to upgrade ourselves to a riverfront villa facing the Ayung River which was an absolute treat in itself – your own private pool, large bathroom and outdoor shower, and the river as your backdrop – not the best villa we have been in, but what more can one ask for than this! We also booked ourselves to a 3-hour long spa treatment which must have been one of the best 3-hours of our lives.
One issue which we felt the hotel could improve on would be to increase the frequency of the shuttle to town, including the evening to allow guests to explore dining options in Ubud town without having to incur the inconvenience of securing a taxi to-and-fro and keeping guests captive to the dining facilities in FS. The FS, as with all of its other outfits, come with a hefty price-tag, but too hefty in our opinion. This was an excellent hotel in many regards and we were glad we had tried it out but there was still one caveat – we had previously stayed in the Kayumanis Ubud (see separate review) – twice in fact – and we felt the Kayumanis was much better value for money, with beautifully appointed villas (at least for its newer villas) and your own private pool, very personable staff, manicured grounds, complimentary access to the shuttle to-and-fro from anywhere in Ubud as and when you require it, and less commercialised than the FS, with many more inclusions for a fraction of what FS charges. Not that the FS was terrible in any way, but for us, we felt we just found a much better option in Ubud than the FS.
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