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):
- The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah, Ubud, rests within an exclusive private estate, comprises of 7 one bedroom suites, 9 one bedroom pool villas, 3 family (two bedroom) or spa (one bedroom) villas and a two bedroom Hadiprana villa, leisurely spread throughout a substantial four hectares of beautiful garden, encompassed by an infinite vista of rice fields. All hotel guests enjoy personal butler service and the Club benefits including welcome drink and cold towel upon arrival, daily newspaper and seasonal selection of fresh fruit in suite or villa, daily A la carte breakfast in suite/villa or at The Restaurant, daily laundry service up to 6 pieces per person (dry cleaning not included), complimentary minibar with alcoholic selection (refreshed once daily), complimentary afternoon tea from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in suite/villa or at The Bird Lounge or The Pool Pavilion or The Club Lounge, complimentary daily sunset cocktails from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in suite/villa or at The Bird Lounge or The Pool Pavilion or The Club Lounge, private car service to/from Ubud Centre from 8am to 6pm, free Wifi, free unlimited access to the health club, yoga studio and tennis court. Other facilities include a spa, 28m swimming pool and amphitheatre. ... 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