on October 21, 2000
At least once in your life, you should experience the type of personalized, full service luxury offered by the Bali Four Seasons'. They have managed to incorporate all of the Western amenities one could hope for (idyllic spa, private plunge pool, excellent gastronomy), with local decor, furnishings, and staff.
We opted to have a Four Seasons representative greet us at the airport. After standing in line three hours to get through immigration, we spotted our driver at about midnight. He drove us to the resort and told us of the many things to see and do in Bali.
Upon arrival, we checked in at the open-air lobby overlooking Jimbaran Bay and changed some money. As in any other country, this could have been done at a much better price at a local currency exchange. We collected literature on the hotel and area attractions and were driven to our villa in a 'buggy,' the motorized golf carts used to transport guests around the vast grounds.
Our villa was fabulous! The villa is entirely surrounded by a high stone wall so you have complete privacy. Howvever, the villas are staggered in height, so each offers a mesmerizing view of the ocean. Upon entering, there is an open air 'dining pavillion' with a thatched roof which houses a loveseat, dining table, minibar, and cocktail table. The stone paved walkway leads to a private (nonchlorinated!) plunge pool with fountain. The bedroom is quite large, and has a king size bed surronded by mosquito netting, spacious closets, CD player, VCR (where you can play movies from the on-site library), and cable TV. The indoor bathroom has an oversized clawfoot bathtub and a separate marble shower, and there is an additional outdoor shower in the back garden, which always smells of frangipani.
We immediately grabbed the room service menu, disrobed, and jumped in the plunge pool. Starving from the 20 plus hour flight, we had a hard time deciding what to order - even the limited 24 hour dining menu had a wide range of vegetarian and vegan choices. We settled on the fresh fruit plate, homemade limeade, spaghetti pomodoro, and balinese vegetable satay. We played in our pool while waiting for our order, and when it arrived, we threw on our Four Seasons provided Batik print robes, collected our order, and went to town eating while looking at the moon and stars from our dining pavilion.
After our delicious dinner, we took a moonlit walk to the ocean and played some more. When we returned (about 4am), I decided on a soak in the big tub (with fresh flowers from our garden thrown in), and my companion opted for an outdoor garden shower.
Scrubbed clean and smelling of flowers, we retired from our perfect arrival night.
Later in the stay, we would enjoy the wonderful spa, dining, beaches, exercise facilities, and gift shops offered by the Four Seasons.
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