From the moment we turned into the drive, we relaxed. The stunning architecture and the beautiful setting, amidst rice fields, immediately calmed us.
Our first room was a one bedroom suite and I was disappointed. Set in a 'terrace' with 4 other rooms, I wanted more privacy. What was most lacking was outside space - the small 'patio' was not enough for me.
We were lucky that a Spa Suite was available and we decided to move. Sitting on the daybed on our spacious veranda, overlooking a lake with black and white swans, we were truly able to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere. Our spa suite was enormous - a huge sitting room, spacious bedroom, indoor and outdoor bathrooms - and a spa room laid up with 2 comfortable massage beds. The room rate includes 2 x 90 minute massages per day - which ensured our total relaxation. I highly recommend this room.
Our Butler, Pardee, could not do enough to help us. Always smiling, he was as bright as he was helpful and everything was done with wonderful graciousness.
The highlight of The Chedi is the quality of calm and peace - it is stunning. The Chedi is spacious - the rooms and villas spread over a large area - and it is surrounded by peaceful countryside. The verdant views are a detox in their own right. Scattered around the grounds are lots of bales (covered open huts) in which to relax and pass the time. Each one has special views.
The restaurant with Chef Dean has created a simple menu - but all the ingredients are sourced locally or grown in the grounds. The breakfast was included in our rate and it was superb. Complimentary tea is provided in the afternoon as well as cocktails at sundown.
The pool is set overlooking gardens and surrounded by the wonderful statues that are a feature of the resort - based near the Elephant Temple, there are elephant statues everywhere. The large sunbeds are furnished with plenty of large, fresh towels. Sun lotion and refreshing spray are on each table under the large umbrellas.
The outings that were arranged for us by the Hotel were very good - the driver/guide was informative and spoke excellent English. There is a free shuttle into and back from Ubud Town.
On our last night, we were moved to a Pool Suite. Spacious and very private, the pool was generous and looked over the fields. But - to be honest - we preferred the Spa Suite.
There are some fantastic small touches that really add to the sense of luxury at The Chedi. The mini bar is free - you can have as much as you want, including beer and wine - and plenty of bottle water is provided. Fresh fruit is brought each day and small snacks - nuts and cookies are also free. There is a coffee machine with a selection of coffee pods. Also noteworthy is the free laundry - 6 pieces per person per day. So sensible - the admin of counting laundry pieces and charging must be such a bind and one so resents the often extortionate charges. The Wi-Fi is good throughout the resort and is also free.
Blessed with a daily massage, I must mention the high quality of the spa staff. I have had massages all over the world - the ladies here are exceptional and the massages were very good indeed.
Finally a word about the staff - they are superb. Without exception, the staff were polite, charming, friendly and kind - it was a joy to see so many smiling faces. And there were so many lovely, thoughtful expressions of hospitality - for example, 'Happy New Year' spelled out in rose petals on the bed.
I highly recommend The Chedi - it is the perfect respite from a busy world.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ubud’s leading 5-star luxury boutique resort, The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, rests within an exclusive former private estate and features only 20 art-filled villas in 5 hectares tropical gardens, surrounded by lush rice paddies in the heart of Bali. Villa choices include 7 one bedroom Suites, 9 one bedroom Pool Villas, 3 two bedroom Family Pool Villas and the one-of-a-kind 570m² two bedroom Hadiprana Villa. Each villa is assigned a personal butler and guests enjoy extensive complimentary Club Benefits: A la carte breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails, minibar incl alcohol, laundry service, car service to Ubud, yoga classes, Wifi, and access to the 28m swimming pool, gym and tennis court. Unique activities include rice paddy trekking, cooking classes with Chef Dean or the acclaimed Kecak & Fire Dance followed by a Royal Balinese dinner at The Restaurant. The property features elegant spaces for memorable weddings and events for up to 150 guests and may be bought out exclusively. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chedi Hotel Ubud
- The Chedi Hotel
- The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, Ubud, Bali – a GHM Hotel