by Matt Alderton | June 21, 2017

When it opened in 1993, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay was one of Bali's first luxury resorts. Now, one of the island's oldest destinations is also one of its newest thanks to a two-year renovation that was completed this month, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced today.

The highlight of the re-launched resort is its accommodations: Inspired by traditional Balinese architecture, each of its 147 pool villas has been completely redesigned. Housed inside stone-walled courtyards featuring separate thatched-roof pavilions, each includes oversized indoor and outdoor living areas, lush gardens, a private pool, and a sun terrace. Additionally, each villa is now located within one of seven "village squares," each of which has its own "village chief" who's in charge of guest services.

The resort's largest villas, the two-bedroom Royal Villa and the three-bedroom Imperial Villa (pictured), have been entirely rebuilt from the ground up. The latter -- which totals nearly 14,000 square feet, is located at the ocean's edge, and includes a rooftop garden as well as a spacious lawn -- is available for private events of up to 80 people, according to Four Seasons, which said the villa includes multi-level living spaces, a residential-style kitchen and dining area, an infinity pool, a fitness studio, and unique in-villa services such as a private breakfast chef, a personal trainer and yoga master, night-time spa rituals, and Balinese royal banquets.

Elsewhere, the resort has added a new oceanfront 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 a "customized dining" concept at its onsite restaurant, Sundara, where dinner guests can now choose their style of service: a la carte, tapas, or sharing.

"Being one of the first resorts on the island, we were able to secure the best location with the combination of both cliff and beachfront land, and views across Jimbaran Bay's fishing village. It also means that we have had years of guest feedback to learn from, to perfect our offering," said General Manager Uday Rao. "Our guests told us they love the location and authentic Balinese concept, and they love the people. Those elements haven't changed and remain part of our DNA, while we have upgraded facilities and created the Imperial and Royal Villas to elevate the guest experience. We're grateful to our owners for their support and excited to share this evolution with our loyal guests and staff."