Imagine a beautiful crescent-shaped, white sand beach, bright blue water and the lush palm trees marking the property the entire way down – this is the view you get from the top of the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay property in Bali. It’s stunning, beautiful and utterly relaxing. From the moment you step into the oasis, you can start to completely unwind. It’s hard to even remember you’re set in a bustling, touristy island nation. We spent an entire day enjoying all that the Four Seasons has to offer, and to say we were gutted to leave at the end of the day is an understatement.
We arrived at the Four Seasons in the morning to be greeted by the staff and explained the itinerary for the day. We were amazed by the view at the top of reception. I could’ve stayed there all day just looking out at the view. But we had a lot of activities to enjoy and we got right to it. We were taken to the beautiful spa and fitness center and given a tour of the space before I participated in an Anti-Gravity Yoga Class. They have a beautiful, calm spa with a Quiet Room, full service spa, spacious fitness center and an awesome wet and dry spa in both the women’s and men’s changing rooms. I utilised the sauna, steam room and cold/hot plunge pools throughout the day. Certainly is a treat to experience after moving around as much as we have!
There were three of us total for the Anti-Gravity Yoga Class. I’ve been practicing yoga for 8 years, but have never brought myself to trying this type of yoga. I was nervous and excited at the same time, but comforted knowing we had a well-trained yogi in the class. The instructor, Kenneth, had such an incredibly calming voice and was very knowledgable of proper alignment and fundamentals. I never felt unsafe or scared – even when we were completely upside down above the ground! I must say I loved the way my spine was completely lengthened and aligned after class. My favorite was the end of class when we lied in our hammocks with relaxing music and a beautiful closing speech by Kenneth. It was an amazing way to end the class.
After class was over, Sam and I were taken to lunch at their property restaurant, Sundara, which is also open to the public. The restaurant is located right on the beach with an open air plan, overlooking their infinity pool, which happens to be the longest infinity pool in Bali. Sundara has both Western and Asian influenced dishes and a wide variety of beverages. Each dish we ordered was absolutely heavenly. I may or may not still be drooling. You can tell from the pictures, I’m sure! We ordered the Maki Maki (sushi), Salt and Pepper Crush (seafood tempura), Balinese Mixed Satay, Lamb Curry and the Beer Battered Fish and Chips. Between the ambience, the view and the food, we were in heaven for quite some time. The food was delicious and the service was even better. After the meal, we went out by the infinity pool and relaxed on a day bed. We were drifting off into a food coma.
After relaxing by the pool, we were taken on a tour of the property. We saw a private residence, the private beach club, an oceanfront villa and another restaurant on the property with one of the most beautiful infinity pools I have ever seen! The entire property is flawless. You really get a local Balinese vibe, and the Four Seasons tries to incorporate local flavours to each section of the property. The property is also really big, which makes your time secluded and quiet. This is what it’s all about – relaxing in privacy and forgetting about the “real world” for a little.
After the tour, Sam had a one-on-one lesson with their Jim Courier Tennis certified coach. They have a great court set up outside the spa and fitness center. He spent an hour re-learning the basics from one of the best in the field. The court is in tip-top shape, and the equipment is in good condition. Sam really enjoyed the lesson and learned a lot. He says he’s ready to play tennis with my Dad – the ultimate competition!
When Sam was done with his lesson, he was over-heating a little bit, as you do in Asia all the time, so we decided to hit up their big infinity pool overlooking the entire bay. As the sun was setting, we relaxed in the pool with the beautiful background. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was our last day in Asia after spending 8 months traveling, and it couldn’t have been better.
We went back to the spa at the end of the night to do some more relaxing before we headed to the airport to fly back to Sydney. It was incredible to be able to have a spa and yoga day before going home. It truly made our time in Bali just that much more special.
The team at the Four Seasons were so kind and accommodating. We never had to lift a finger if we needed anything. I left with a huge smile on my face and I highly recommend spending a bit of time at the property if you have time in Bali.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay in exchange for this review. As always, I would never endorse or recommend a service or product that I didn’t honestly love.