Discover Bali’s cultural heartland at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan. The area around the town of Ubud – just 15 minutes from the Resort – is filled with activities for couples and families. The temperature here in the highlands is slightly cooler than on the coast, making it more comfortable to explore.
Visit the art-focused villages and shop the various boutiques, galleries and markets. Ubud offers a relaxed, bohemian atmosphere with international dining and a cool music scene. Visit the Hindu temples, yoga and meditation centres that helped inspire the book and movie Eat, Pray, Love.
Get in touch with nature with river rafting or volcano climbing, or visit wildlife at special parks devoted to birds, butterflies, monkeys and elephants. Kids will have a fabulous time!
Things to Do in Bali at Sayan
Concierge Recommends: Bali at Sayan
The Concierge at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan shares travel recommendations, including where to eat and how to experience Balinese tradition.
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Explore markets, tour ancient temples and commune with wildlife during a visit to Ubud.
Plan Your Stay
ART GALLERIES & MUSEUMS IN UBUD
Get acquainted with the diverse character of Balinese art at the many galleries and museums in Ubud. We’ll give you a list of the best places to visit. We can also provide a car, driver and guide.
SHOPPING IN UBUD
Ubud is the artistic heart of Bali and the town is filled with traditional arts and crafts. We can guide you to the premier shops for fashion, batik fabrics, leather goods, silver jewellery, stone carvings and wood furniture.
Batik is a traditional Indonesian art form in which a pattern is hand-drawn onto fabric in hot wax and then dyed in brilliant colours. Visit a nearby teacher for a lesson in designing your own fabric.
Visit this ancient village – the only place in Indonesia to produce geringsing, a traditional textile. Most Balinese believe this intricately woven fabric has the power to drive away the devil or black magic. Watch it being made and then buy some to bring home.
SILVER JEWELLERY MAKING
Visit the studio of a master silversmith in Ubud and learn the basics of making Balinese-style jewellery. You’ll create your own personal treasure to take home.
JOHN HARDY JEWELLERY
Tour this unique factory – a huge creative compound hidden within a rice paddy – and witness the creation of dazzling jewellery and lifestyle accessories.
FAMOUS RICE TERRACES
Visit the renowned Jatiluwih rice terraces, celebrated for their beauty and tidiness – and appointed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
BALINESE DANCE AT THE PALACE
Head to the Ubud Royal Palace for an unforgettable performance of traditional Balinese dance, most evenings at 7:30 pm.
CULTURAL TEMPLE TOUR
For more than 1,000 years, Balinese worshippers have been drawn to Tirta Empul Temple (also known as Pura Tirta Empul), where the sacred spring is said to have curative properties. Experience the tradition.
VISIT TO A SPIRITUAL HEALER
Four Seasons can arrange a visit to a reputable Balian, a local healer who can deliver spiritual messages and serve as a catalyst to enhance your mental, emotional and physical well-being.
BALI BIRD PARK
Explore the Bali Bird Park, home to more than 1,000 species of birds – including many rare, exotic and highly colourful creatures.
This challenging yet enjoyable morning trek takes you through the picturesque landscape of the Ayung River valley and back through the village streets of Sayan.
Enjoy a one-hour guided biking trip with our fitness centre staff, taking you through the neighbouring village of Sayan for a glimpse of real Balinese life.
Experience the beauty of the sacred Ayung River in a canoe, kayak or raft. It’s a beautiful discovery tour, suitable for all experience levels.
Visit the Bali Pulina coffee plantation and witness the traditional process of making coffee. You may also wish to try the world-famous Kopi Luwak coffee, which is made from the beans of coffee berries that have been eaten by a civet cat, then passed through its digestive tract.
MOUNT BATUR TREK
Plan an ambitious morning trek to the summit of this active volcano and witness a glorious sunrise with stunning views of the crater and lake.