A House of Love
Four Seasons has always been my brother’s favourite resort: Every time he travels, it is most likely he will stay at a Four Seasons. Its quality service and also its high standards have enamoured my brother to the brand. Once he said, “If you stay at Four Seasons anywhere, you know what to expect, which is the best.”
When he got married, he couldn’t think of a better place to spend his last couple of days as a bachelor than Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay. For the couple of days that he would be with his extended family, he wanted a place that would allow all of us to spend quality time together yet still provide the privacy that we needed. The Residence Villa at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay fitted the bill perfectly.
Encompassing more than 2,000 square metres of indoor and outdoor living space just steps away from Jimbaran beach, the residence villa is a truly palatial residence with two storeys and four bedrooms, and it was cavernous enough for the eight of us.
Staying with us were our parents, my eldest aunt from my mom’s side of the family and her husband – the couple were due to escort my brother in a traditional ceremony the moment he left the villa to pick up his wife-to-be, and would also act as witnesses in the blessing ceremony. Then there was Anton – the best man, and my brother’s best friend since kindergarten, and my best friend, Ika, who was going to work her magic on us and do all of our makeup. It was a house full of love.
As we entered the residence villa, we were stunned by the massive size of the property: The heart of the complex is the 18-metre-long swimming pool, surrounded by sun terraces and tropical gardens. Three bedrooms are located in the pavilions around the pool. These were perfect for older people like my parents, aunt and uncle, who sometimes have problems climbing stairs. They chose bedrooms that were adjacent to each other – ideal for the pleasant terrace in front of each bedroom that enabled them to soak in the sun while still offering shade.
My brother and Anton chose the other ground floor bedroom just in front of my parents’. The bedrooms overlooked the swimming pool and manicured gardens with a bathroom and outdoor shower in the secluded garden area. As for Ika and me, we girls needed more space so that was why we chose the master suite on the upper floor, complete with its own living area and gorgeous en-suite bathroom. What more could a girl ask for?
The Residence Villa typifies the grace and simple beauty of Balinese architeture yet has the amenities and state-of-the-art technology expected at a five-star resort. Open-air living quarters are luxuriously furnished for relaxation or entertaining. Interiors include a fully-equipped kitchen, library, entertainment centre and an expansive living room with high ceilings. My mom, aunt, Ika and myself made ourselves cozy at the library and turned it into a make-up room, as in the morning there would be four people plus the groom needing their make-up done. While that was happening, we got some very useful beauty advice from my mom and aunt.
The overall atmosphere at our villa was one of utter serenity and relaxation. There was the ubiquitous, yet gentle sound of running water pulsing down from the carved poolside fountain. The
air was fragrant with frangipani and the mood bordered on pure nirvana. We spent all of our time at the residence villa without ever emerging, as all of our needs, wants and desires were at our fingertips. The 24/7 butler was at our service to handle our every need. It was just what we wanted – the luxury of having nothing to do at all, but relaxing in the villa, enjoying each other’s company.
As we spent the time together, I could not stop thinking what was going on in my parents’ mind, especially my mom. I knew for sure they were happy that my brother was getting married. He has always been mommy’s little boy: Even now, whenever he visits my mom’s house, he sometimes still sits on her lap just as he used to. After his wedding, would he still be the same little boy my mom always knew? Would he be the same little brother that I knew? Only time would tell.
On the morning of the big day, we woke up early. It was hard to believe that my little brother was getting married. I went down to the library where Ika was already working her magic on my aunt, while my mom was getting her hair done. Ika seemed rather busy so I had breakfast with my dad. I just love being with my parents; somehow when they are around, I get this felling of peace and happiness, and I can be a little girl around them.
I learnt so much about love during those few days as I watched the people around me. Just look at the friendship between my brother and Anton, who have been best friends for so long. I remembered that whenever one of them had girlfriend problems, the other would always be there for his friend. It’s a special, priceless kind of bond.
But the biggest lesson about love I learnt from my mom. She has always shown unconditional love towards us. No matter what we did, no matter how badly we screwed up, she has always loved us. I also learnt to be strong from my mom. She is the strongest person I have ever known. And now I watched as my mom prepared herself to let go of her only son. As I looked at the wrinkles on her face, I wondered how many of them were attributable to me.
The time had finally come for my brother to start his new life. As part of tradition, my brother was symbolically dressed by my parents, and then they escorted him out of the house. My aunt, uncle and Anton escorted him to pick up his bride-to-be. When my brother had left, I saw tears in my mom’s eyes, I asked her if everything was OK. She looked at me and said, “I’m very happy for Aldo.” My dad was more cool, but I think it will be a totally different story on my wedding day.
My brother is right: Whenever you stay at Four Seasons, it will be memorable. Its impeccable style, superb cuisine and flawless service promise that the days you spend here will be among those you will always treasure. With picture-perfect backdrops, romantic and secluded tropical ambience and gentle charm, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay provides luxurious and timeless elegance with sophisticated contemporary grace for the most inspired and personalized day.
Four Seasons Resort Bali
at Jimbaran Bay Bali - Indonesia Phone. +62 361 701 010 www.fourseasons.com