HOME AND AWAY
THE serene Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, just outside Ubud, has refurbished its 42 one and two-bedroom villas in ‘‘more authentically Balinese style’’. Conceived by Koichi Yasuhiro from Tokyo’s Design Studio Spin, the refreshed look includes rustic materials and ikat fabrics and a daybed for relaxing by the private plunge pool. Green marble bathrooms feature a freestanding tub beside the windows, plus indoor and outdoor showers, and a wood-panelled walk-in wardrobe and dressing area. The property, which opened in 1998, is also upgrading 18 suites in its main building. During my recent stay, one of the highlights was a Ricefield Lunch in a thatched bale (pavilion) overlooking terraced fields. As rice sparrows darted among the banana trees, we kicked back with gingery drinks and a simple nasi campur picnic spread. Also highly recommended is the spa, which offers ‘‘soul to sole’’ therapies such as a 120-minute Muladhara chakra-balancing session of herbal oil massage and the unlikely (but thoroughly cleansing) prospect of sitting on a pot of sacred kemenyan smoke. Thus renewed, it’s back to the villa, past stands of heliconias that hang like head-dresses and groves of guavas, pomegranates, water apples and jackfruit, for concerted lazing as unbalanced kayakers in spinning inflatables whoosh by on the Ayung River. More: fourseasons.com.