Looking back on our stay it was as though The Chedi brought the best of Bali to us, instead of our having to go out try and find it. It was the highlight of our 2 weeks in Indonesia.
Immaculate grounds, expansive rice paddies, well appointed rooms and incredibly thoughtful service: Chedi is a calm sanctuary close enough to Ubud to provide opportunity for exploration yet removed enough to escape from the mad traffic of Bali (yes, even in Ubud off season it was constant).
Pardi our butler was friendly and genuinely looking to assist in making our stay comfortable, as were all of the staff. Every detail was attended to in the room and on expeditions, including our offhand request for a travel converter which resulted in a brand new 25lb commercial-grade converter set in our room hours later - "It was all we could find for you today" was the apology when we teased him about it. Very eager to accommodate, a wonderful quality in a host.
The food and cocktails were excellent and creative as well as being reasonably priced. Pastries!! And locally inspired foods were especially good. We enjoyed the open air dining and breakfasts very much. Do take part in the Kecak event which was an unexpected highlight - set amongst the moss covered statues and fire bowls it was wonderfully atmospheric.
The pool villa was extremely comfortable - we spent a fair bit of time in the private courtyard of our villa and would have missed that option, though the pool area and attendant Gusti were both a pleasure to visit.
Balinese and Indonesian artwork and decor throughout the property made our stay feel very authentic and culturally rich (as much as one can get in a resort), something we hoped to experience in Bali but found very difficult to come by.
Spa services were also very good, though I felt that the restaurant facing location of the spa room is not private or quiet enough - a loud air conditioner and restaurant noise were slightly bothersome. There was minor construction happening during our five day stay which did not bother us as it was otherwise empty.
Weather in February was often cloudy with a few sprinkles but warm and comfortable.
Dining tip - Mozaic is a good destination for one evening's meal. Skip the baba guling in town, it is much better at the hotel no matter what the mass reviews of Ubud say.
- 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