Plant Your Own Rice at the Best Hotel in the World

Bali is an Instagram sensation; with images of floating breakfasts, gravity-defying swings and svelte twenty somethings admiring waterfalls permeating social media, it’s hard to believe that it is possible for visitors to truly get a glimpse into the authentic Bali anymore. Beyond all the Instagrammable smoothie bowls and picture-perfect tourist traps, the luxury traveler can still get a look at Balinese culture, all within the comfort of a 5-star resort. The Four Seasons Sayan in Ubud has found a way to cater to not only chasing waterfalls but also opening up the rich Balinese heritage with interested travelers. From walking a local market to grinding up the traditional Basa Genap spices to hiking through rice terraces, guests can see and experience the culinary heart of this beautiful island.

The Four Seasons Sayan in Ubud was listed last year as the “#1 hotel in the world in TRAVEL + LEISURE’s 2018 World’s Best Awards.” And while there is plenty on site to keep you busy their excursions are what give you that look into what it really means to be Balinese. Both the “Day in the Life of a Balinese Rice Farmer” and the “Sokasi Cooking School” are perfect for the foodie couple looking to not only challenge their palates, but to also experience exactly how the Balinese grow their staple crop of rice.

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