I wrote a review on Komaneka Tanggayuda a week ago and have indicated to write a review on Chedi to compare the 2, which I have stayed in my last travel to Bali. Chedi was not in my plan originally but due to the eruption of Volcano Kelud, we altered our plan and stayed 2 more days in Ubud. Instead of staying 2 more days at Komaneka, which is an excellent hotel, we picked Chedi. We arrived mid day and we were shown to our villas and my friends were even upgraded to the estate house but it is too big for them so they turned it down and opted for the pool villa.
Chedi does not have a jungle, a river or a breathtaking view, instead Chedi offers you total serenity. What makes it tick is a combination of the environment, the weather, the layout of the compound, the architecture of the buildings, the immaculate service standard of both the staff and the management (including the butler of the owner), the gentleness and the sincerity of all staff members, the thoughtfulness of the operator. They just want to ensure all the hotel guests can take away good memories of Chedi.
Needless to say I am very happy with the hardware of the pool villa, it is not over luxury but it's just right. I am particular fond of the paddy field, which plays magic to calm you down and to take away your tension from work or the pressure of urban life. I could sat in the restaurant with my feet hanging over the paddy field for hours watching the rice plant, enjoying the slight breeze, the blue sky and even the monsoon rain.
I went to 2 yoga sessions and 2 spa/massage sessions, which I would highly recommend. It's really something of practicing yoga right in front of a greenfield and taking a bath under a starry night. The yoga instructor is very good, she ensured the right amount of exercise was given not too hard and could be coped by most.
The choices of the breakfast menu are very good with a choice of English breakfast, hot pastry, fruits, yogurt and cereals. We also try the Balinese set dinner, at first we thought the portion was small but in fact it was enough.
We were told the owner of the hotel is an architect by profession and is very fond of Balinese landscape and architecture. The buildings, the pool, the spa house, the restaurants, the lily ponds, the black swans, the footpath, the rice field are all carefully designed and maintain to ensure to provide a peace in mind to all the guests. The good rating of the hotel is no accident, every single inch and aspect are well managed.
I will go back again when I visit Bali next time.
- 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