Sayan is a small village near Ubud, Bali’s artistic and spiritual heart. The countryside is unique, dominated by the huge rich tropical forest hiding numerous Hindu temples, rice fields and raiding macaques. The Bali at Sayan is tucked away in the heart of this paradise. A Four Seasons resort which has won many prizes and international recognition.

The unique nature of this building is evident, starting with its spectacular entrance: suspended over the void, it is a long walkway made of teak which leads to the main lobby.

Inside the hotel, gardens full of tropical flowers and plants enrich the scene, as does the enchanting Ayung River, separating the grounds of the hotel from a beautiful valley of suggestive paddy fields. The river banks are the background to many of the Four Seasons’ residences, and this helps its guests enjoy a visual and acoustic experience which is difficult to convey in words.

Bali’s main religion is Hinduism, and this has influenced the principal recreational activity at the Bali at Sayan, namely Yoga. And it is precisely because of the many locations dotted around the hotel’s most suggestive corners that those who practise this discipline find it easier to attain peace of the spirit. Or, more appropriately, of the senses.

Sayan, February 2017