Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan has been voted #1 World’s Top Hotel in the travel industry’s most prestigious awards, in recognition of the unique location, architecture and experiences that connect guests with the cultural heart of Bali.
In announcing the winner of the World’s Best Awards 2018, Travel + Leisure highlighted the resort’s “sense of calm” combined with “innovative and modern” new experiences awaiting guests. These include Balinese and plant-based cooking classes at the new riverside culinary school, Sokasi; private guided tours to secret temples, river rafting and UNESCO-listed ricefields; chakra balancing spa treatments and dynamic yoga programme with renowned practitioners; Balinese Chef’s Table dinner; and the ‘Sacred Nap’ experience where guests are rocked to sleep amidst the ricefields by resident wellness mentor Ibu Fera, a former Buddhist nun.
Located in the central highlands of Ubud, Four Seasons Sayan is simultaneously an intimate hideaway nestled between two rivers, and a global architectural icon. Guests make a dramatic entrance via a footbridge high above the treetops, leading to a stunning rooftop pond from which their descend into the lobby and the resort’s natural paradise. Submerged in the jungle greenery, 42 private pool villas and 18 suites enable guests to retreat from the world and embrace the valley’s healing energy. Interiors are appointed with a mix of contemporary and Balinese décor including rich teak furnishings and exotic hand-loomed fabrics, while service is both friendly and discreet with the impeccable Four Seasons touch.
Speaking to the resort’s achievement, General Manager Uday Rao said: “It is an honour to be recognised as the best hotel in the world for the second time by Travel + Leisure. I would like to thank Resort Manager Sean Mosher and the entire team for all that they do every day to provide our guests with a lifetime of memories. They truly exemplify hospitality of Four Seasons – it is why our guests return year after year.”
Uday continued: “This tremendous achievement also recognises the support and investment from our ownership, HPL Hotels & Resorts Pte Ltd, ensuring the resort maintains its leading role in catering for the needs of luxury travellers. I thank everyone who voted for us and look forward to continuing to welcome guests to experience the world’s best resort first-hand – and to make an authentic connection with Bali.”
This is the second time Four Seasons Sayan has been voted #1 by Travel + Leisure readers, as it continues to elevate its service and offerings. Sister resort Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay also previously received the top honour as the world’s best hotel — highlighting the two distinct experiences Four Seasons offers in Bali from Jimbaran’s ocean-front location to Sayan’s riverside setting.
The annual Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards showcase the best islands, cities, hotels, cruise lines, airports and more – as voted by readers. Hotels were rated on facilities, location, service, food and overall value, with results independently collated and audited. Four Seasons Sayan achieved an overall score of 98.22% to win the #1 ranking