A Bali Vacation: Ubud Edition

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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.

Four Seasons Ubud

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.

Bali Four Seasons

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Around Ubud

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

Four Seasons Bali

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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.


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    March 27, 2016 at 5:57 am

    I would be charmed with travelling in some occasion on to a place as special as this one. it would be very happy if it was obtaining it.
    Beautiful retirement to relax the mind and to enjoy.

    kisses Sara.

    alfredo ciano
    July 15, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Paradise Location…

    June 30, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    forgot to mention the abundance of tourists. the place has been destroyed by the tourist trade. the real bali is further north on the island.

    June 29, 2015 at 7:33 am

    You look amazing Brooke! I guess Bali treated you really well (: x

    alfredo ciano
    June 28, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    One Word : Heaven…

    June 27, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Looks beautiful, we had a quick visit a few weeks back but we will be there before we fly back to Aus.
    I think this place needs a visit.

    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    June 27, 2015 at 5:16 am

    I feel calmer just looking at these photos. This hotel sounds absolutely amazing, and I’m so glad you got some time to rest and relax here.

    Jake Ryan
    June 27, 2015 at 4:22 am

    Looks stunning 😀


    June 26, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    That hotel seems so peaceful to stay and I’m interested to visit this place as soon as possible. Do you know any adventure places near in this hotel?I might go with my family and we will surely enjoy if you can recommend some of the best places near in this hotel. I will highly appreciate it. Thank you.

    Anna @AnnaEverywhere
    June 26, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    The hotel looks amazing indeed BUT… how is this a real Bali experience when it’s just a hotel?

    June 26, 2015 at 5:13 am

    Ive been seeing Bali everywhere these days and heard nothing but good things. Cant wait to be able to go one day 🙂
    XO Janina

    June 26, 2015 at 12:35 am

    This looks amazing! Like paradise!

    Kimberly Purcell
    June 25, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Gorgeous per usual! Do you have any recommendations for traveling through Bali on a budget?

    Jennifer Stevens | Adventurous Appetite
    June 25, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    God I wish I could afford that. So beautiful.

    Andrea Petersen
    June 25, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    I’m desperate to go to Bali and this post has made me have worse wanderlust than ever before! So beautiful. Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Ivy Kriste
    June 25, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Wow…its a beautiful place..

    June 25, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Hi Brooke, I’m the same age as you and I wonder how you go travelling alone to Bali? I’ve travelled alone internationally a few times before and have generally felt really comfortable doing it. I would love to go to Bali and have come very close to booking a holiday there a couple of times, but I always feel slightly apprehensive about travelling there on my own. I would consider going with a friend, but after getting used to travelling solo, I like the freedom of doing what I want and when I want to do it (I’m sure you can relate!), plus my friends and I have different ideas of fun. Do you recommend staying in higher-end places?

    flight vintage
    June 25, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Been wanting to visit BALI considering their vast amount of nature friendly resorts.

    June 25, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Looks like a beautiful place to say and pretty reasonably priced!

    Ally @ Edibles and Travels
    June 25, 2015 at 11:41 am

    I want to check out Ubud later this year – definitely considering staying here!

    June 25, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Amazing photos! I love Ubud and Bali. Last year I stayed in Beji Ubud Resort and it was perfect and for very good price.

    jessica wright
    June 25, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Love this! Hoping to get to Bali this next year and excited to add this to the list of places to go! Great post Brooke!