As it completes a dramatic, two-year renovation of 147 villas, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay has saved the best for last with the upcoming opening of the Imperial and Royal Villas.
Scheduled to open 15 May, the resort’s most palatial villas have been entirely rebuilt from the ground up based on individual designs by the late Jaya Ibrahim. With a contemporary take on the timeless beauty of Balinese design and décor, the villas evoke the strong sense of place and traditional elegance for which Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay is renowned. Embracing the tropical gardens and sparkling ocean views from every vantage point, they offer relaxed, beachfront oases for families and friends travelling together as well as intimate weddings and events, just steps from the graceful curve of Jimbaran’s three-mile beach.
The three-bedroom Imperial Villa is the most coveted of sanctuaries with a residential-style 1,300m2 (13,993ft2) layout – more than double the original villa’s footprint. Located just metres from the waves lapping on the seashore, it gazes over the endless horizon in one direction, and in the other the traditional fishing village of Jimbaran Bay on Bali’s sunset coast. The two-storey design ensures guests always have an eye on the sea whether mingling and dining together in various air-conditioned or outdoor living spaces, or retreating to their private quarters. On the upper entry level, the living room’s walls consist of soaring floor-to-ceiling glass doors, which slide open to maximize the indoor-outdoor living and panoramic views.
A charming thatch-roof shaded verandah leads to a geometrically-beautiful rooftop garden and lawn skirted by an infinity-edged water feature – an exclusive venue for intimate wedding ceremonies, celebrations and dining under the stars. Bedrooms are oriented so that guests wake up to the ocean view and have their own private indoor living areas, sundecks and ensuites; the master boasts ultra-luxe His and Hers bathroom. The descent from the rooftop garden brings guests to the lower level with dining areas both inside and out, fully-equipped open kitchen, contoured infinity pool facing the ocean, multi-purpose room and gym, and a third bedroom that opens onto the pool terrace.
The two-bedroom Royal Villa offers 750m2 (8,073ft2) of contemporary tropical living with a distinctive design inviting travellers to soak up the coastal views and beach lifestyle of Jimbaran Bay. In addition to the two spacious bedrooms, there is a separate children’s room fitted with trundle beds, while a connecting Deluxe Villa enables guests to expand their hideaway into a three-bedroom retreat with two pools. There are ample living and dining spaces both indoors and outdoors, and a romantic ocean-front ‘Romeo and Juliet’ balcony adjacent to the infinity pool.
Add the unparallelled service of Four Seasons and a host of new activities – from artist workshops at Ganesha Cultural Centre, sunset cruise and water biking around Jimbaran Bay, culinary innovations, new ocean-front yoga classes and deeply healing spa treatments – and the Royal and Imperial Villas offer the ultimate fusion of worldly sophistication and authentic Balinese style.
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