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Award recognises iconic architecture, Balinese experiences and legendary service

July 2018 – 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

About Four Seasons Resorts Bali
Showcasing Bali at its authentic best, Four Seasons offers two distinct experiences. The iconic all-villa beach retreat of Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay cascades down 14 hectares of hilly headland and tropical water gardens adorned with hundreds of statues and shrines, to the sparkling Indian Ocean. Signature experiences include onsite Cooking Academy, a curative journey at The Healing Village Spa, surfing tours with Tropicsurf, and all-day dining and beachclub at Sundara. In the central highlands near Ubud, Four Seasons Sayan invites you to an intimate hideaway nestled between two rivers. Entrance to this architectural icon is via a footbridge high above the treetops, which brings you to a stunning rooftop lobby pond to start your descent into paradise. Retreat from the world in spacious suites and private villas submerged in the jungle and embark on a culinary journey at Sokasi cooking school. Visit Sacred River Spa for chakra-rebalancing treatments, meet the resident Wellness Mentor for meditation and Life Talks, and take a private rafting journey down the Ayung River.

About Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Founded in 1960, Four Seasons continues to define the future of luxury hospitality with extraordinary imagination, unwavering commitment to the highest standards of quality, and the most genuine and customised service. Currently operating 111 hotels, resorts and residences in 46 countries, and with more than 50 projects in development, Four Seasons consistently ranks among the world's best hotels and most prestigious brands in reader polls, traveller reviews and industry awards. For more information and reservations, visit For the latest news, visit and follow @FourSeasonsPR on Twitter.

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