My wife and I (mid 30's) spent four nights at this amazing resort in late November 2013. The resort is absolutely beautiful and the river villa we stayed in was exquisite. I could go on for hours about how amazing it was to sit on the covered portion of the outdoor patio of our villa and look at the river and, because it was rainy season, watch some quite incredible thunderstorms with the beauty of the jungle around us. Keep in mind that when they say rainy season, they mean it. It rained every day for at least a few hours and when I say rain I mean torrential down pour! The rain really didn't take away from our enjoyment of the property or of Ubud. The food was decent although extremely overpriced (particularly the alcohol which was RIDICULOUSLY expensive). The price for one glass of wine, for example, was around $15-20 and the cheapest bottles were around $100+ for bottles that were $10 back in the United States. Obviously, prices at a resort like the Four Seasons are going to be high but these prices were out of control and far higher than other resorts we stayed at (including the Banyan Tree Ungasan) while in Bali. I would also note that the private plunge pool was, just that, a plunge pool and relatively tiny given the cost of the room. To be clear, these are minor complaints and did not, in any way, take away from our enjoyment of the property.
Our biggest problem, and the reason we only gave four starts rather than five, is that there are so many amazing things to do in and around Ubud that we found ourselves wishing we had stayed closer to town. The Four Seasons is a good 15 minute drive away from hundreds of amazing restaurants and cafes that serve food and drinks that are equal to, and in many cases better than, the Four Seasons for a fraction of the cost. We found ourselves abandoning the relatively generic (and as mentioned way over priced) hotel restaurant for restaurants in town for the majority of our stay. This is not to mention you can get an AMAZING massage in town for $10-15 and a lesser massage at the resort for 10-15x that price.
There are also endless fun activities to do in and around town. We spent a day touring the ancient ruins and temples and also a day biking down from Mt. Batur to Ubud through all these tiny villages (highly recommend Infiniti mountainbiking tours http://www.infinitymountainbiking.com/mount-batur-to-ubud-great-off-road-trail-ride.html).
Basically, given all these amazing things to do and places to eat/drink around us, we felt the Four Seasons was too isolated for our tastes and believe we would have preferred to stay closer to town at a fraction of the cost. If you're looking for a more relaxing vacation, however, we can't imagine a spot more beautiful than the Four Seasons.
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- 4 Seasons Resort Bali At Sayan
- Four Seasons Hotel Bali
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