What is pink and purple, goes six mph and spews 1,000 words a minute? My three daughters—in a golf cart zipping off to the Kids For All Seasons* kids’ club at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan.
Could that really be happening? My wife and I watched in stunned disbelief that they had hopped on so readily and with barely a backward glance. Crafts time at the kids’ club the day before must have been more fun than we realized. But if I have learned one thing in Bali it’s this: don’t analyze; accept. So my wife and I thanked the Island Gods for Four Seasons, the kids’ club and the two-hour spa treatment we were about to receive. Together. Alone.
“Together” is something my wife and I (and the girls: eight-year-old twins and a six year old) have had a lot of in the past couple of weeks. “Alone” is not. Par for the course for any parent… we had been doing the daily school shuffle for weeks. Then came school break, so we left our temporary home of Bali and headed to Borneo for a week.
After some rustic adventures, hectic travel and a whole lot of family time, we thought: what better way to close out the break than with a little VIP-style splurge? (Right there in luxury’s lap at the Sayan Four Seasons in Ubud, Bali.) If the closest you get to being a VIP is to be a Vaguely Idealistic Parent, that apparently is close enough for the royal treatment. And it tastes soooo good!
We have come to know Bali pretty well… its great surfing, stunning bike routes, scenic rice fields and the endless yoga, meditation and wellness culture—started by the locals and fully appropriated by Western visitors. But Four Seasons seemed to understand what the five people in my family didn’t: Slow Down! So for three days we did not leave the property. And why would we?!
We were happy to have meals together as a family. Feeling a bit stuck between the main menu and the kids’ menu before our first dinner, one of my twins was delighted to be handed (right on cue) the “I’m Not a Kid Anymore” menu for eight to 12 year olds. Perfect. Perfect also was each meal: a total revival of traditional Balinese cuisine!
Tradition went high-tech one morning as the girls joined in with Balinese musicians playing the gamelan in the lounge. Completely impromptu, it just happened—and right in the middle of me Skyping with my parents back in Canada. So, I walked the computer from the room to the lounge, set it down and let Grandma and Grandpa enjoy the show, exchanging a “thumbs up” with the Balinese performers. Super cool!
Oh, and about those spa treatments while the girls were in kids’ camp: sorry, but you are going to have to come see for yourself. I have way too many northern-hemisphere friends who would never talk to me again if they knew what they were missing! (But I will add a few photos…).
*Kids For All Seasons (KFAS) is a Four Seasons complimentary recreational and educational program for children of resort guests. Most KFAS clubs are designed for youth four to 12 years old, and open daily from 9 to 5. (Younger children can often join KFAS with a nanny or parent, or resorts can arrange for babysitting.) But details vary from property to property, so check the resort’s website for more information.
Kids can go all day or just for an hour or two. Activities inside and out include games, sports, music, treasure hunts, swimming, arts and crafts, cultural education, environmental preservation work and yoga. Not your average camp, the VIP offerings are pretty extraordinary—for example, at Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, following an educational talk by a diving instructor, kids get to make their own aquarium featuring the exotic creatures of the Red Sea, such as flying fish and parrot fish.
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David Facey is a man intent on providing his family with an interesting and varied life experience. He is a firm believer that happiness comes from good food, active living, strong relationships and a commitment to passion. David and his family are currently “living juicy” in Bali while he is on sabbatical from his job as a lawyer with a large energy company. He reports on the family’s adventures on his blog, The Fancy Five. When not out in the world, David, his wife and three young daughters live in North Vancouver, Canada. He can often be found on his bike, on the water and training to shoot the Grand Canyon rapids in 2013.
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