The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, Ubud, Bali

An art-filled Bali beauty
Endless rice fields and tasteful artwork combine to create a sense of harmony and balance at The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah in the foothills of Bali. This hidden luxury retreat, which has 20 individual villas dotted around its lush sprawling grounds, is nestled in the jungle just eight minutes outside of Ubud.

Elegant black Australian and white Dutch swans glide gracefully in the lotus ponds on the property. In the middle of one of the ponds, there is a small island with a tiny bamboo house — the place they go to give birth.

Wandering around the 12 acres of manicured gardens and grounds, you’ll feel like you are walking through an art gallery. Stone statues greet you at every corner, huge sculptures regally wave you by and each private villa features original Balinese artworks from Hadiprana’s collection. Even the beds, carved by local Ubud artisans, are works of art.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Taking in the breathtaking sunrise views of Mount Agung, Bali’s highest and holiest mountain, from your private villa’s balcony is a great way to start the day.
  • Your butler is an adviser and concierge who is happy to help you to plan outings or to talk and share stories about Balinese culture, if you are interested. He can fill you in on the latest Ubud happenings and arrange a driving service.
  • Another nice thing about the Bali hotel is that it is all-inclusive. The laundry is free, evening cocktails are free, morning yoga is free, and you even get a local mobile phone to use when you are out — yes, that’s also free.
  • As you wine and dine, you are also very much in the company of nature. Many different species of birds and butterflies can be found there, and at dusk, the fireflies appear.
  • The luxury hotel stages an outdoor kecak fire dance twice weekly in front of a magnificent split gate adorned with hundreds of tiny carved elephants. This is no ordinary performance—the dancers are all from the local village, and they perform an authentic, traditional number, which is a proud expression of the local culture.
Things to Know
  • All of the property’s swans have names and are attended to by a full-time caretaker.
  • The Chedi Club feels like a grand home and is, in fact, the former residence of Bapak Hendra Hadiprana, one of Indonesia’s most respected art collectors.
  • Tanah Gajah means “Land of Elephant,” and images of pachyderms abound here. At last count, the Chedi had more than 100 elephant statues and figurines onsite.
The Rooms
  • Choose among a variety of villas to suite your mood (we recommend the large, luxurious Hadiprana Villa). One Bedroom Pool Villas offer private swimming holes, while Family Villas offer enough space to bring your brood.
  • All the villas come with a personal butler, who may be requested by name on a return stay. The service is highly professional but also warm and personal.
  • Artfully appointed One Bedroom Suites combine cozy indoor and outdoor living space with plush sleeping quarters, original artwork on exposed brick walls and sultry, open-air bathrooms that offer a touch of Ubud’s tropical jungle.
  • Timeless charms are balanced by modern must-haves such as complimentary broadband Internet, iPod docking stations, flat screen televisions and Bose entertainment systems with CD and DVD player.
The Restaurants
  • The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah restaurant offers unobstructed panoramic views of Tanah Gajah’s rice fields and the tropical jungle beyond from every table at breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
  • The rice served alongside the Balinese cuisine comes straight from the same surrounding paddies and “Mama Bali” prepares local “bumbu” spices daily for a truly authentic meal.
  • One defining feature of The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah is the romantic dinner for two at the Rice Paddy Platform, which is perched on the edge of rice fields that stretch as far as the eye can see.
Getting There
Jalan Goa Gajah, Tengkulak Kaja, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesi
DPS (1 h-1 h 15 min)  
The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, Ubud, Bali
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