My husband and I kicked off our Bali honeymoon with a stay at the Chedi, and we could not have been more delighted and enchanted by our experience there. From the moment we arrived, travel-weary from more than 24 hours of multiple plains, trains and automobiles (traveling from the U.S.), we felt as if we were in another world of uniquely Balinese elegance, style and comfort. The ambiance of the Chedi is lush luxury — emerald green rice paddies, swanky Balinese architecture, meticulously maintained grounds filled with art, flowers, fountains and tropical birds. Beautiful views wherever you look. I think I ended up taking more pictures on the grounds of the Chedi than any where else we visited in Bali. The entire visit felt like something you would pay through the nose for in any other country and yet we were paying around US $250/night.
The staff treated us like royalty. We were assigned a butler, Swan, who was warm and endlessly helpful, setting us up with dinner reservations in Ubud proper, making sure every last detail was perfect in our Villa, and helping us set up day trips and negotiate driver rates. The Chedi is about a ten minute drive from the center of Ubud, but any time we wanted to go in to town, a hotel driver was instantly provided (for free). I loved the juxtaposition of our quiet paradise at the Chedi with the hectic cacophony of motorbikes, tourists, tour buses, chickens, dogs, monkeys and hawkers that was the Ubud center. My worries about staying further from town turned out to be complety unfounded; Every time we returned from the chaos of Ubud to the warmth and relaxation of the Chedi, it was like stepping into our own private paradise. (The privacy is another thing to note. Even though the resort was always more than half full, every time we walked around we felt as if we had the entire place to ourselves).
My advice to anyone staying at the Chedi is to take some time to enjoy the services the resort offers. I took a yoga class with Marcus, the yoga instructor, in an open-air room that overlooked acres of gently swaying rice, and it was the most unforgettable experience. My husband and I also loved taking a book to the infinity pool where from the moment you sat down a waiter would materialize within moments with a cold towel scented with essential oils and a glass of ice water, or an elegant little plate of deliciousness, if it was mid-afternoon tea. And my man and I can't stop talking about meals in the Chedi dining room. It's an open air pavilion, surrounded on three sides by the rice paddies. The multi-course breakfast (provided free as part of our room rate), looking out over the fields of rice was a highlight of the trip.
After I stayed at a couple other hotels, I realized that many of the details that the Chedi provided were in fact part of Balinese hotel traditions — like hand-placing fresh frangipani and red hibiscus flowers every morning (except at the other places, it was a couple of flowers on the lobby desk, versus the way the Chedi dresses their entire grounds in blooms). And none of the other places we stayed managed to do these things as expertly as the Chedi; they just couldn't compare in terms of service, value for the money, and hospitality. When you travel for a good long journey, as we did (three weeks) you start to notice the little things, the small touches that elevate a hotel from fine to fantastic. The Chedi mastered these details with effortless perfection and I can't wait to go back.
- 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