Tucked deep in the Ubud jungle, there is a resort which rises from the verdant landscape like a spaceship. And to board you must navigate a teak footbridge suspended hundreds of metres over a deep gorge. But the sci-fi moment is moderated by a lotus pond which rings the oval rooftop and the abundant frangipani trees.
In a separate pavilion by rice fields there are swathes of silk hammocks in pink and purple. Four bodies are suspended from the ceiling being gently rocked to the sounds of a brewing storm. A former Buddhist monk, Ibu Fera, is whispering about happiness, love and peace. She sways the hammocks lulling her class into a “sacred sleep”. This is what makes the Four Seasons resort, near the town of Sayan, one of the most celebrated hotels in the world.
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