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The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah a GHM Hotel 5.0

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

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Pros

  • Set on more than 13 acres of land with rice fields and gardens
  • 20 private villas with personal butlers; many include pools
  • Indoor/outdoor bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and rainfall showers
  • Rooms have flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, DVD players, and BOSE sound systems
  • Amenities include air-conditioning, free stocked minibars, and coffeemakers
  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast, high tea, and happy hour
  • Full-service spa, fitness center, free yoga classes
  • Daily housekeeping and laundry service
  • 24-hour front desk; concierge; meeting room
  • Wedding and event services
  • Free car service into town

Cons

  • No minimarts or sundries stores within walking distance
  • Some villas are less private than others

Bottom Line

This five-pearl boutique resort in the green hills of the artsy Ubud area has 20 separate villas, each providing guests with their own butler; many have private pools. The rooms are individually designed and make abundant use of teakwood and Balinese art, giving the spaces an authentic Balinese feel; the indoor/outdoor bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and rainfall showers are a highlight. Rooms come with flat-screen TVs, DVD players, free Wi-Fi, and stocked minibars (with free items). A fresh made-to-order breakfast, daily high tea, and happy hour are all included; the on-site restaurant also serves Western and Asian specialties for lunch and dinner, and room service is available almost all day. There is a lovely outdoor infinity pool with a poolside bar, a full-service spa with a variety of treatments, and a fitness center that offers yoga classes. While there isn't much within walking distance except rice paddies, the hotel offers free car service into town.

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Scene

Private, posh, and relaxed

This private and posh property sits on lush, well-manicured grounds, giving the property a tropical oasis feel

With its slightly removed location, the general vibe at The Chedi Club is upscale but chill. Guests respect one another's privacy, and are there to enjoy the beauty and tranquil atmosphere.

Upon arrival guests are greeted with a cold towel and a free drink -- a welcome refreshment after the hour or so drive from the airport. The open-air lobby has soaring wooden ceilings, ornamental figurines and statues, and intricately carved teakwood chairs and tables.  

The grounds are lush and well-manicured. Interesting sculptures, stone paths, and stairways are interspersed among the greenery, giving the whole property a tropical oasis feel. 

Guests can stay to themselves here, or choose to participate in a variety of activities (the concierge can arrange cooking classes, Balinese dancing lessons, and rice trekking). Customer service is a priority here, and little details are important, such as the staff learning the names of guests or bringing out fresh water and sunscreen to those lounging by the pool

At night, the resort becomes twinkly, with 1,000 candles lit around the property and in the paddies. 

Location

Located in the lush hills of Ubud 

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The Chedi Club is situated in the hills of Ubud on nearly 14 acres of land, including authentic rice fields and landscaped gardens. It's less than two miles from the center of town, with its shops, restaurants, and art galleries, and a little more than a half mile from Elephant Cave and two miles from the Ubud Monkey Forest. The Rudana Museum -- with its collection of fine Balinese art -- is also within a mile. The closest airport is the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Kuta, which is about a 45- to 60-minute drive. The hotel offers a free daily car service to Ubud daily and will help schedule rides for other excursions.

Rooms

20 individually decorated villas with personal butlers and luxury amenities

The One Bedroom Pool Villa features traditional Balinese style, including regional art pieces, teak furnishings, and luxury touches like a fireplace

There are a variety of villa options at The Chedi Club. Some villas have private pools (all but the entry-level One-Bedroom Suites), others overlook lotus ponds, and still others are large enough for an entire family or large group. Every villa has a personal butler assigned to it, who is there to not only meet guests' needs but help them navigate the Ubud area if desired. Daily housekeeping as well as laundry services are included.

The villas are decorated in a traditional Balinese style. Interesting regional art pieces, teak and rattan furnishings, and tiled floors are juxtaposed nicely among the flat-screen TVs, DVD players, and BOSE sound systems. There's also free Wi-Fi. The fully stocked minibars in the rooms are replenished daily, and all items are free; villas also include a selection of alcohols -- like whiskey and vodka -- gratis. Fruit baskets are a nice touch upon arrival. 

Beds have premium bedding and linens, and rooms are quiet (no traffic noise reaches this hotel). Most villas include separate sleep and living quarters, and there is no shortage of places to sit and relax. Bathrooms have indoor/outdoor components, including deep soaking tubs and rainfall showers, and come with quality toiletries, robes, slippers, and high-powered hairdryers. 

Rooms are air-conditioned but also include ceiling fans. The Spa Villas also include couples treatment rooms.

Features

Infinity pool, full-service spa, fitness center with yoga, on-site restaurant, free breakfast, tea, and happy hour

The on-site dining option—The Restaurant—serves gourmet Western and authentic Indonesian cuisine from an open-air space overlooking the surrounding rice fields

The infinity pool -- surrounded by a wooden deck with sun loungers and lush vegetation -- leaves guests with the impression that they're swimming in an outdoor lake. The Chedi Club Pool Bar also serves terrific cocktails, such as the Tanah Gajah Purple Basil, along with a menu of Western snacks. Owing to the small number of guests, it's never overcrowded here and very serene.

The full-service spa offers a wide variety of treatments. The two spa suites offer a calming view of the rice paddy fields. Signature services include The Chedi Jade Massage and classic Indonesian cream bath, which deep conditions the hair while incorporating massage for the scalp, shoulders, arms, and hands.

The fitness center -- which has large windows also overlooking the paddies -- has several cardio machines along with dumbbells and circuit strength equipment; free yoga classes are also offered.Tennis is also available. 

A boardroom with audio-visual equipment seats about 10 people.

Weddings can be planned in the Balinese Garden Pavilion watched over by stone Ganeshas; larger affairs can be held in the grassy amphitheater surrounded by tropical paradise. 

A fresh made-to-order breakfast is included in the room rate, and can be eaten in one's private villa or in The Restaurant (also open for lunch and dinner), which offers stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding rice fields under a thatched-roof for al fresco dining on gourmet Western and authentic Indonesian cuisine. High tea and happy hour are also offered daily, and are free for guests. Room service is available almost all day, and dinner-for-two by the paddy fields can be arranged. 

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Address

Jl. Goa Gajah, Tengkulak Kaja, Ubud 80571, Indonesia

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