In March, Four Seasons Jimbaran, Bali concluded renovations throughout their premium ocean suites (remaining rooms/suites will be completed by November). The completion aligned perfectly with Lura's spring break (if you enjoy traveling, marrying a teacher is a bad idea, too late for me, though). Naturally, we took this as a sign for a quick tour across Bali!
We visited: Four Seasons Jimbaran, Four Seasons Sayan and the famed Amankila. Note that Four Seasons highly recommend splitting time between the Jimbaran and Sayan properties for a fuller Bali experience.
We live on the east coast (U.S.), which is a minimum of 20+ hours from Bali. While it sucks to be in a pressurized tube at 40,000 ft for that long, it does present a great opportunity to try out some awesome First Class products (Lufthansa, Thai Airways and Cathay Pacific). I'll be posting reviews over the upcoming week.
Okay, 30+ hours (and lots of Dom and Caviar) later we've arrived in Bali. Sunny and 90 degrees, met our driver from Four Seasons and soooooo ready to see our suites...mostly, just want to shower. Check in was done in the lobby with cold towels and welcome drinks (ginger and coconut based). 15 minutes later, we were on our way in a golf cart to our newly renovated Deluxe Ocean Suite.
As we entered our suite and passed the courtyard, my mind was immediately blown at the sight and at the same time, reassured myself..."the past 30+ hour journey was worth it!".
The interior space was just as gorgeous as the exterior. (Unfortunately, I've misplaced the photos of the bath tub and out door rainfall shower)
The Resort was really expansive. Most of the time, we called for carts to chauffeur us around the property. The Resort had multiple pools segmented into family friendly and adults only.
One thing I learned during my stay was that many resorts cannot legally own the beach, which means it's public property. Each afternoon and evening, tons of locals would flood (pun intended!) the beach, walking, playing football (soccer) and etc... We actually really enjoyed this aspect of the resort. It brought some authenticity to the place and we got a slight glimpse of the Balinese culture. Of course, I'd imagine not all will appreciate it so it's good to keep this in mind when advising clients.
The service was as impeccable as you'd expect from a Four Seasons property in Asia. Our water never went empty, in fact, it never went warm. Every 10 minutes or so, someone would come by our lounge chairs to replace our water with refreshed glasses of iced water. My favorite was having my sunglasses cleaned (without asking) while I took a few laps in the pool, nice touch! Each staff we came across addressed us by name and always smiled, which made us feel like family or at least good neighbors.
Lura and I also had the pleasure of taking a Balinese cooking course. The class started with a visit to the local markets, followed by cooking next to the beach. It was one of the many highlights of our trip!
Overall, we had a fantastic stay! We came for the renovated suites but received so much more in return. Though, it was difficult for us to leave, we were excited to check out the Four Seasons Sayan in Ubud...I'll leave you all with the sunrise from our first morning! (There is an upside to jetlag)