Its early in the afternoon and I’ve just stepped off a 5.5 hour flight, which is nothing to moan about when thrown around comparatively to the day-long treks taken by international visitors to arrive in Bali. I did however wake at 4:30 am in order to make my first flight, a 6:00am flight out of Tasmania, followed by the 9:00am departure to Bali, Indonesia. A doable 8-9 hours of flying later, I’m welcomed to Bali’s chaotic Denpasar International Airport by a representative of the Four Seasons Sayan, a health and wellbeing retreat neatly tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Bali.
After a 1.5 hour drive north into the depths of Bali, we find ourselves at the Four Seasons Sayan – a tranquil oasis nestled inside the lush greenery that is Ubud.
If when you think of Bali you imagine rolling hills of rice fields, smiling local Balinese people and yoga in the late afternoons… then you have thought of Ubud. Located in the uphills of Bali and far secluded from the hustle and bustle of tourist favourites Seminyak and Kuta, Ubud feels a world away from the Bintang branded clothing and speeding scooters.
It is here where you can enjoy an abundance of tranquility, calmness, and of course, take the time to hone in on your health and wellbeing. The Four Seasons Sayan have a strong focus on providing guests with a wellbeing getaway – including great food at the Riverside Cafe, yoga and meditation classes throughout the day, and lets not forget the private accommodation offered to each of the 60 villas, each surrounded be greenery to ensure seclusion.
Ubud is without a doubt one of the best opportunities to immerse yourself in Balinese culture. Nearby to the resort you’ll find many handicraft stores, small boutiques and great cafes. The resort offers a complimentary shuttle to Ubud Town, so here’s a few suggestions for when you’re there:
Cafe Pomegranate – Healthy cafe. Find them @ Subak Sok Wayah, Ubud
Pica South American Kitchen – Amazing gastronomic restaurant. Find them @ Jalan Dewi Sita, Ubud
Locavore – Great modern restaurant with healthy cuisine. Find them @ Jalan Dewi Sita, Ubud
Cafe Organik Ubud – Great, organic food with an even better view of rice fields. Find them @ Raya Tjampuhan, Ubud
The Yoga Barn – Regarded as one of the best yoga studios in Ubud. Find them @ Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud
If you Want to Go…
THE BEST ROOMS according to us are Sayan Villas – offering oodles of room and a large private plunge pool.
AROUND THE RESORT be sure to visit the lillypad at sunset or sunrise for unrivalled photo ops! The two-story pool is also a must.
FOOD, YOGA, WELLNESS… while the food at the Riverside Cafe Restaurant (French cuisine) was incredible, you might want to venture beyond the resort to taste local cuisine. Yoga classes are offered in abundance, as are complimentary introduction to meditation classes… There’s plenty to try, see and do whilst here, so be sure to ask on of the guest relations staff for a program of whats on.
RATES start at $585 USD per night in villas, or $441 USD per night in a standard duplex.
World of Wanderlust was welcomed to the FS Sayan as a guest of the hotel.