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Close to Perfection at Four Seasons Bali at Sayan

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  Site Where: Sayan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia, 80571
February 1, 2007 at 12:33 PM | by | ()

Can a Luxury Hotel be only four-tenths of a point shy of perfection? The Conde Nast Top 100 says that's the case with the Four Seasons Bali at Sayan.

It takes a while to get through all the travel magazines stacked up under the coffee table, especially when we know we've got a lot of purse and watch ads to slog through to find the articles. So we're just getting around to digesting the Top-100 hotels list Conde Nast Traveler published a few months back. Fortunately you can find it here on, without your hands smelling like perfume afterwards.

We take these reader's polls with a huge grain of salt, because it's obvious from the results that you get people voting for places they'd like to visit someday or a hotel where they had afternoon tea once and thought it was lovely. What caught our eye on this one though was the score for Four Seasons Bali at Sayan. A 99.6 out of 100.

It's hard for any hotel to please all the people all the time and to have staff so perfectly trained and content that nobody ever slips and annoys a guest. This place has apparently figured it all out.

So for $460 a night, what do they serve up with that slice of perfection? Personal service, first of all: there are only 18 suites and 42 villas, all filled with high-end Balinese furniture, hardwood floors, French doors opening onto a terrace, and all the expected Four Seasons amenities. A fantastic spa is a given and several pools and plunge pools look over the forest and valley. This is meant to be a place to unwind with nature: it's in the interior of Bali, not at the beach, so yoga and meditation classes are held regularly.

When it comes to making guests happy, this Four Seasons---one of many on that top-100 list---is at the head of the class.