Not content with being ranked among the world's best spas by Conde Nast Traveler (2000 & 2001) and Travel & Leisure (1999, 2000 & 2001), the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is determined to continue to dominate the top echelons of the world's best spas with the opening of three lavish Spa Villas at the Resort's world-famous hillside retreat near Ubud, Bali. Nestled among rice terraces and herb gardens on the banks of Bali's sacred Ayung River, the three new spacious spa pavilions enhance an existing range of spa offerings by providing unique herbal and ancient Ayurvedic traditions.
In keeping with the natural elegance and the Balinese architectural values of the resort, each of the spa pavilions will combine the textures and native warmth resulting from the combination of local stone facings; teakwood cabinets and flooring; innovative hand-blown glass wash basins; glass windows discreetly shielded with Japanese rice paper blinds; furniture covered in natural hand loomed silk from Sulawesi; customized terrazzo massage tables and stand alone soak tubs; and layered alang-alang thatched roofs. Each of the three treatment rooms has been designed to accommodate tandem treatments for couples and are connected to outside bathing pavilions offering steam showers and large treatment tubs - discreetly positioned overlooking private garden courtyards with an open-air shower. The close proximity of the fast flowing Ayung River provides a meditative ambient and a soothing natural sound accompaniment to complement the treatments provided by the Resort's highly trained therapists.
Measuring an overall generous 93 square meters and designed to encourage prolonged full and half day visitors, the Cendana Pavilion - the largest of the three units, features dual Vichy shower fixtures suspended over two massage beds permitting invigorating "tropical rain ritual" treatments. Also within the pavilion, a large sunken bath, suitable for couples, is set in the middle of a private salon surrounded by luxuriant panels of local raw silk. Outside, a private swimming pool and lounge area set in the middle of a lotus pond overlooking a verdant rice terrace suggests happy hours of pampered idolatry punctuated by specially prepared respites of spa cuisine prepared by the Four Seasons highly regarded chefs.
The Spa Pavilions at the Four Seasons Resort at Sayan will be the first spa in Bali to offer the treatments based on the based on the healing traditions of Bali, Java and India using wholesome natural - herbs, spices, oils, aromatics, flowers and Ayurvedic formulations. More than 5,000 year old, the Ayurvedic "Science of Life" offers holistic approaches to preventive health care believed to enhance longevity and natural healing. Herbal oils dripped on the individual's Cakra Dahra (energy points), followed by simultaneous massages from two therapists are intended to detoxify of the human system.
Resort Manager, Royal Rowe, explains that the Resort's decision to add the Spa Pavilions to its existing state-of-the-art fitness center and highly regarded spa services reflects the high demand of the treatments already on offer and as being emblematic of the Four Season's commitment to continually redefine the ultimate in guest comfort and customer care.
Royal Rowe explained, "the quest to achieve an unequalled level of customer care and then, once achieved, to immediately raise the bar and redefine that standard, epitomizes the unending challenge the Four Season's management and staff have set for themselves. In that quest we'll continually seek new levels of service we can offer to our guests, whether that requires that we call on the latest technology or delve back 5 millennia to uncover ancient Ayurvedic healing traditions to do so."
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