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The main Four Sea­sons Jim­baran re­sort also has two-bed­room vil­las and Fam­ily Premier con­fig­u­ra­tions with larger pool ar­eas. Res­i­dence Vil­las in­clude break­fast, Wi-Fi ac­cess, 24-hour pri­vate but­ler, free re­sort meals for chil­dren five years and un­der, and re­turn air­port trans­fers. More: foursea­sons.com.

plunge pools across ev­ery cat­e­gory. This cool blue­print has been much copied across Asia but the earthed, or­ganic and au­then­ti­cally weath­ered na­ture of Four Sea­sons Jim­baran con­tin­ues to keep it a mar­ket leader.

Those plunge pools are now about 32 per cent larger. The new-look timber floors, re­designed sun­decks and out­door pav­il­ions, plus pas­tel tex­tiles in sum­mery shades, lend a floaty, al­most un­teth­ered feel. The Res­i­dence Vil­las, how­ever, are still tra­di­tional in decor, with painted ar­moires, carv­ings in stone and teak, and a more in­tri­cate over­lay of Balinese de­sign. On ban­quet-wor­thy ta­bles, tremen­dous wooden bowls are re­filled with trop­i­cal fruit, as if by fairies, and pots of or­chids and vo­tive ar­range­ments of golden flow­ers are in abun­dance.

Aryo is down­cast when we leave and not just be­cause we have had good laughs and an easy-breezy stay. His sug­ges­tions of ex­cur­sions have gone un­heeded, his prof­fered maps un­read, our driver on standby is bored to the rafters. Even our shop­ping bags are so small Aryo doesn’t need to repack our suit­cases, which he finds most un­sat­is­fac­tory. We have to as­sure him we have had an ab­so­lute ball do­ing just about noth­ing at all.

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