Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay
Whenever I arrive to Bali it’s like a wave of calmness comes over me. It’s a feeling that’s hard to explain, other than I feel like I’m ‘home.’ Going this past October was my third time and most deifnitley not the last. Each time I go I experience something different than the time before, whether it be a new hotel, making a new friend, or going to a new place.
So this time around, I felt like a seasoned pro when it came to the culture and where to go (I mean, I have written about Bali only a fewww times now!). Having this feeling about a place I already love meant that I thought I had seen it all. I’ve been all over Bali, stayed in many villas, hotels, and traveled a ton. So you can imagine my shock when I walked into the newly renovated Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay; it is absolutely breathtaking.
As you pull up and walk out into the open-air lobby, the Balinese flowers take over your sense of smell while your eyes feast on the beautiful blue sky and water down below. They great you with a local drink, fresh lavender towel, and after a blessing in the temple, you are taken to your room. If you can, stay at the villas, which have been redone and are out of this world beautiful. Indulge in your private pool, take an outdoor shower, or sit in the cabana while you listen to the birds chirping.
Now, I could go on about how spectacular this hotel is, however I want talk about the wellness aspect because this property had so much to offer.
Each morning, my friend and I would get up early (thanks jet lag!) and either head for a run on the beach or to the gym to get a workout in. The gym has state-of-the-art equipment and you can play whatever music you like, something that was really nice. We would finish our session and head to breakfast, which is one of the best buffets I’ve ever seen.
They had everything from freshly made bread and pastries, to the egg station, the best sautéed mushrooms I’ve had, a whole salad bar with anything you might want in it, a fresh fruit station of dragon fruit, watermelon, papaya, passion fruit and more, along with local style of foods that changed ranged Balinese noodles, Indian style curry and rice dishes, to a gado gado (my favorite) and a ton of other options.
I would recommend asking for a black coffee with fresh coconut milk, jamu jamu, and eating as many different colors as you can during the meal. It will leave you feeling pretty incredible and satisfied.
During my days here, I would lounge by the pool getting some rays of sun, using sun screen of course, walking around the property which I highly recommend as it’s stunning, heading down to the beach to play in the water, and learning how to cook Balinese food with a local chef at the hotel.
This was one of the coolest things that I got to do out here, because we learned how to make things like yellow rice, which you use turmeric to color, then take the pulp of the turmic and use it in a spice mixture for a tofu dish. Everything was so tasty and you really get to see how they use so many ingredients to flavor foods, instead of just adding butter, cream, and salt. There is a depth of flavor that you don’t really get anywhere else and I highly recommend doing this. Our teacher was so knowledgable and gave us options on how to keep things vegan as well as swap out ingredients for the ones we wouldn’t have in America, like padang leaves.
One very interesting spa treatment that I was able to try was called the Kundalini Massage. This was based around a form I filled out prior to the trip that delved into my chakras and what might be imbalanced. The spa director chose this one to me, which was a treat in itself.
This treatment was really focused on working through any blockages I had in my seven chakras, so the massage therapist worked on each one throughout my body in conjunction with specific music. It was incredibly relaxing and a unique experience that I would definitely say to try if you know anything about the chakra system and feel you want to get more balanced.
The last part that I feel you must know about, and I say this because you need to try it, is fire yoga at night. We headed out to the beautiful yoga shala after the sun had set to find mats laid out and torches surround the shala, where we practiced for over an hour as the ocean waves hit. This definitely tops the list in terms of cool yoga practices I’ve done and think it’s a must on your list.
Overall review: I had been told this hotel and Jimbaran Bay were good, but not somewhere to go out of your way for, however I will full-heartedly say that if you are coming to Bali this place needs to be somewhere you go. The property has done some major upgrades and paired with the layout where it sits on the Cliffside overlooking the water, it has a beautiful and unique feel to it. The food was spectacular, especially the breakfast buffet, the staff are incredibly warm and lovely, and it’s in a pretty good location where you can get to Seminyak for a day of shopping or head to Uluwatu for some surfing all very easily.
While it’s not Ubud (a place where you can get wheatgrass shots in almost every restaurant), I found that of most hotels I’ve been to in Bali, it had a great wellness program with activities to help you stay fit, food that will not pack on pounds, and options for surfing (apparently they have a epic program that you take a helicopter to where there is amazing waves on a nearby island) and other water sports.
Now, if you’re looking for something that is less beachy and more in the spiritual epicenter of Bali, then check out my review on Four Seasons Sayan (Ubud).