Last month I traveled to Bali for the first time and I had an amazing time!
I traveled to different places within the island but my first stop was in Ubud. This area of Bali is known for its greenery and huge rice fields. The hotel I stayed at in Ubud was the Chedi Club Tanah Gajah. This property was built by a well respected Indonesian architect and art collector: “Hendra Hadiprana”. It once used to be his private residence but a few years ago he turned it into a resort and it has the most authentic Indonesian atmosphere you’ll ever find.
During my stay at the Chedi hotel, the weather was a bit gloomy and it rained a lot – I loved every second of it! When it rains in Bali, it pours and it was incredible to see how the property looked like a tropical, architectural, luxurious jungle. I stayed for 2 nights only and it was way too short, which is another reason to come back!
Bali is known for its extraordinary villas and this one at the Chedi resort exceeded all my expectations. It has its own outdoor pool with a beautiful lounge area and an incredible infinity view of the rice field. The bedroom was perfect and it has a beautiful outdoor bath tub. Pictures can’t do justice of how beautiful and peaceful this outdoor area was.
When staying at the Chedi resort, each villa gets their own butler who will take care of everything. From your room service, house keeping, arranging transportation, you name it!
Even though each villa has it’s own private pool, the resort has 2 large pool areas on the property. The resort property is huge and every area looks like a painting. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to swim because I had injured my leg on a scooter accident. Regardless, I really enjoyed walking around the property and taking photos of the exterior.
The resort has a large restaurant located in the middle of the rice field with a stunning view. I loved the fact that it was gloomy and a bit windy, having breakfast surrounded by nature with this breathtaking view was such an incredible experience. There was a wide variety of food available, since I have a plant based diet, the chef was happy to make some adjustments to my order. Every morning I started with a fruit platter, banana pancakes and my favorite Indonesian dish: Gado Gado. It’s steamed green vegetables with a side of peanut sauce.
The restaurant serves a midday snack also known as the “afternoon tea” to all guests in the resort with a variety of Indonesian snacks and mocktails/cocktails. You have the option to get this at the restaurant with a sunset view or have it served in your villa. For dinner I had “Mie Goreng” which is a popular Indonesian stir fried egg noodles and vegetables. The egg noodles were replaced with rice noodles for me.
During my stay it rained quite a lot and I loved every second of it. I would just sit outdoors near a swimming pool and just watch the rain, it adds character and a lot of contrast. I really experienced that true authentic Indonesian culture that I was hoping for. The food, hospitality, interior, exterior, live performances and of course the rice fields have made my stay unforgettable.
If you ever have the opportunity to travel to Ubud, I would definitely recommend visiting the “Chedi Club Tanah Gajah” resort. It’s serene and very peaceful compared to the busy streets of Ubud. It’s comfortable for those who travel with families even during high seasons, the property is huge so it never feels like it’s busy.
The resort has an amazing spa with incredible staff and there are yoga classes, rice field tours and other activities available.
The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah
Address: Tengkulak Kaja, Jl. Raya Goa Gajah, Kemenuh
Ubud Gianyar 80571, Bali, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 975685