From the moment we were picked up by The Chedi driver to take us to Ubud we just knew there was going to be something special about this trip. He was informative and helpful and upon arrival at the resort we were simply taken aback with its outstanding beauty. The website as wonderful as it is does not reflect how truly spectacular this place really is. A sanctuary set amongst what was once a private estate, there are 20 villas dotted about and linked effortlessly by lillypad ponds, elephant statues, reading and relaxing areas, an aviary, many beautiful features that keep you drawn to understanding that this was once owned by Indonesia’s biggest art collector and whom has kept many of his fantastic pieces still on display today at The Chedi.
On learning about the previous owner (Hendra Hadiprana) our very own butler (seriously..) was providing us with a guided tour of the property when he slipped in nonchalantly that we had been upgraded to the largest villa on site - we were shell-shocked – what an amazing and kind gesture! I had informed the hotel that this was a very special trip to celebrate our 1st Wedding Anniversary but I had never expected a treat like this was to be in store for us.
The Hadiprana House sits overlooking the rest of the grounds and is 550sqm so in other words...huge! It has been tastefully decorated with Indonesian and Balinese influences, comes with 2 huge sprawling bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with 7 showers....inside and out, living areas, kitchen, large swimming pool, outdoor ponds and private gardens and side access to the aviary and nearby restaurant are all a stone’s throw away. It truly was tremendous in every sense of the word! We loved all the little touches that the house included – ipod fully loaded with classic songs (and lucky for us, the first dance at our wedding).
Every day we were given afternoon tea complete with small treats followed then by cocktail hour again with more treats, all of which are complimentary! Not to forget that the house (and I believe this is for all villas at The Chedi) comes with a well stocked and well replenished mini-bar of spirits, Bintang and soft drinks. We were also fortunate enough to have snacks provide with ours.
Darma was our private butler and was a true gentleman. I miss him now with my afternoon tea...! He was quiet but in a polite and pleasant way. Always helpful, he was one step ahead at all times arranging and making suggestions for us. He would make up the room and turn it down without any ask and was an expert at making you feel relaxed whilst he still did his job. Should you ever require him you simply call #1 and a friendly voice would greet us with our names. Any request would be met with very promptly. Darma took us on our wedding anniversary for a trek through the properties rice paddies which are vibrant green against a clear blue sky (if you’ve seen Eat, Pray, Love then it’s exactly like that) and which finished by walking through his local village. We didn’t ever want to leave Hadiprana House but for this short 1hr trip it was worth it to really see what real life Bali is about. That day was very special for us and Darma and the staff at The Chedi really were exceptional. We were brought a celebration cake to enjoy and at night, a romantic meal was set-up alone especially for us dotted with candle lights. I had asked for this in the rice paddies but bad weather set-in but Darma was to the rescue and moved everything to the nearby Bird Lounge (just next door to our house) which was beautiful as thunder crashed above and lightning lit-up the place. The food was.....outstanding! We ate beautiful local dishes including crackling pork belly which was delicious. It really should be Michelin starred.
We also enjoyed a spa treatment that day which was mindblowing as we both looked over the rice paddies and watched local farmers at their work whilst listening to the beautiful tropical birds above. The spa was serene and relaxing, again a memorable experience of top class service from the staff.
The Chedi now means so much to us and is synonymous with luxury, elegance, peace and beauty all of which worked perfectly with such kind and friendly staff. You had a feeling that everyone knew your name, knew that this was a special trip for you and made you wish to never leave. It’s almost only worth going for such a special occasion as it felt that it would otherwise be ruined on ‘just another holiday’. And for us to know we celebrated our 1st year of marriage there was truly unforgettable.
As it was time to leave, we had one last walk around and went to depart to the sound of bird song and the Baliense drums in the background. The manager (very friendly) met with us and gave us a parting gift of rice from the local paddy which we thought was a kind touch. We thanked him for our upgrade and every inch of the hospitality and quality of produce and service we had experienced, it really did mean so much to us.
The Chedi felt like home and it was a trip that we will never ever forget...
- 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