Bali is an ideal island for holidays of all sorts – partying at the most happening beach clubs and bars, dining at some of the top tables in Bali, enjoying a whole range of water sports like jet-skiing, diving or parasailing, or simply to have a nice and quiet spot to escape from the world.
If you are looking for a getaway in Bali to recharge yourself, the luxurious and spacious oceanfront villas at Four Seasons Resort in Jimbaran Bay is the top choice. Tucked at the end of Jimbaran Bay, it is one of Bali’s most exclusive hideaway resorts. Blessed with a spectacular view of the ocean, it s the kind of resort that would stop you in your tracks and take your breath away. Believe me when I say that it feels like a heaven. The word that describes the resort for me – apart from gorgeous and beautiful – is idyllic.
Few things could be more relaxing than having a drink by a sexy beachfront restaurant, watching the beautiful sunset from the comforts of the private plunge pool in the villa, and taking long strolls on a quiet beach.
It is somewhere you won’t feel guilty about not doing anything, because the beauty of the place is to relax and forget about everything else. But if you are the sort who cannot bum around for long, there are plenty of daily activities lined up by the resort. From joining morning yoga classes to partaking in a Balinese-style cooking class organised by the hotel’s chefs, and enjoying a selection of world-class spa treatments in an open-air bale at the edge of the ocean – you need not worry about being bored.
Not to mention that the coolest beachfront restaurant in Jimbaran can be found at Sundara, which combines exquisite cuisine with a relaxed beach-club vibe. It offers an unobstructed view of the sunset while enjoying their signature passionfruit mojito.
Another hidden gem is Baan Bua – a small and cosy Thai restaurant. When you are dining here, it feels like you are eating at a Thai neighbour’s courtyard. Admittedly, prices are slightly steep for a casual eatery, but it is a good option, especially if you are lazy to go out of the resort.
Service is one of the main factors that differentiates a good hotel from a great one. And the hospitality at Four Seasons Resort Bali is what makes the resort stands out. All the staff we met are polite but not overly formal; attentive yet not intrusive; and most importantly, they are down-to-earth and they serve all guests earnestly.
As Four Seasons is a very big property, there are porters to fetch the guests to the different locations within the compound. Initially, we wondered if there would be enough porters to cater to all the guests. We later found out that the hotel plans their schedules ahead to make the work easier, smarter and safer for the porters. As the porters are well informed of the profile of the guests and their itineraries, they can plan and foresee the needs of the guests in advance. The hotel ensures additional porters on duty during peak periods such as meal times, so that they will not be pressurised to rush through their work and compromise on the speed of their driving, especially when negotiating bends and slopes.
The security staff we met unexpectedly exuded a sense of confidence and job satisfaction. We learnt that Four Seasons values their security staff by giving them opportunities for career growth and salary increases according to their capabilities. This is a stark contrast to the status quo of Singapore security officers who have been denied a chance at better pay and better jobs by some security firms who refuse to improve staff welfare, and security service buyers who continue to outsource their social responsibility.
We also noticed that there are a lot of older workers in all areas, including front-desk, porters, and housekeeping. We had the chance to speak with quite a few of them throughout our stay, and the general feeling that we got was that they are very fulfilled and happy with their work.
Many of them have been working at Four Seasons Jimbaran since its opening in 1993, and the main reason they stay on till today is because the resort values every worker by giving consideration to their capabilities, instead of discriminating based on age/gender etc (if only some local companies would listen to their unions and be enlightened too). With their welfare and personal growth taken care of, plus the opportunities for job rotation and self-developments, Four Seasons Jimbaran ensures every worker feels a sense of job satisfaction in their positions.
There are plenty of luxurious hotels around, but it is difficult to find one that treats their staff like family, and this sense of belonging is in turn, passed on to the guests. If money is not an issue, and you are looking for an unforgettable experience, Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay is undoubtedly one of the finest in the region.
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
Jimbaran Bali, Indonesia
Tel: +62 361 701010
Note: This was an invited media stay
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