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Iconic Four Seasons Resort Bali relaunches after 2-year renovation

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Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay has reasserted its peerless status with the completion of a two-year renovation, launching Bali"s most exclusive beachfront villas and upgrading facilities and services across the resort.

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The freshly-minted Imperial and Royal Villas complete the dramatic transformation of the resort"s entire accommodations while preserving the authentic ambiance of its original Balinese village architecture.

Divided into seven "village squares" each with a village chief to deliver a Four Seasons experience, 147 pool villas are cocooned within the high walls of traditional Balinese dwellings.

Inside, they present a fresh, contemporary design, spacious interiors and the ultimate views across the sunset coast and curving Jimbaran Bay.

Located just steps from a tranquil three-mile beach, the three-bedroom, two-story Imperial Villa is the most coveted of sanctuaries featuring multi-level living spaces, residential-style kitchen and dining area, infinity pool, fitness studio, and unique in-villa services such as private breakfast chef, personal trainer and yoga master, night-time spa rituals and Balinese royal banquets.

The Imperial Villa"s individual design also offers a stunning ocean-edge venue to host private celebrations and weddings for up to 80 people.

The resort also added a new ocean-front venue for spa treatments and yoga; an artists-in-residence program for guests to learn woodcarving, weaving, painting and dance; heli-surfing, sunset cruise and water biking adventures; and unique Customized Dining concept at Sundara, the southern peninsula"s hottest dining destination and beach-club.

These activities enhance existing programs including half-day courses at the state-of-the-art Jimbaran Bay Cooking Academy, transformative rituals at Healing Village Spa, and temple tours and offerings with the Balinese Hindu priest.

What hasn"t changed: the legendary service. Roughly 60% of staff have been with the property for over 20 years, and management kept the entire team employed full-time throughout the two-year renovation.

Nyoman Karsila was 22 years old when he joined as a busboy in September 1992, before the hotel"s opening.

Now a butler at the Residences, Karsila has made deep connections with guests – some of whom have even invited him to their homes to return the hospitality.

The new beginning for the resort coincides with new awards. Four Seasons Resorts Bali at Jimbaran Bay and the mountain retreat of Sayan were two of just three hotels in Bali to receive the highest possible Five-Star rating in the 2017 Forbes Travel Guide, recognizing "virtually flawless service and amazing facilities".

In addition, Healing Village Spa at Jimbaran Bay and Sacred River Spa at Sayan received Four-Star ratings, the highest possible for spas. Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay was also recognized among the Best Resorts in Asia in the 2017 Conde Nast Traveller Readers" Awards.

Meanwhile, Bali was voted the World"s Best Destination in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers" Choice Awards recognizing its diverse culture, landscapes, dining scene and wellness rituals.

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