Balinese Adventure Part 18
The 6th property on Michael Taylor’s Balinese Adventure is a sprawling former private estate. Located on the outskirts of Ubud, it is set amid undulating rice paddies, which he momentarily mistakes for a golf course.
When I arrive at The Chedi Club, I momentarily think that the sprawling resort is set amid a golf course.
I quickly realize that those undulating stretches of emerald aren’t grass, they are rice paddies, and it takes my breath away.
I am told that the hotel was built as a second home for Jakarta based interior designer and architect.
Inspired by a nearby elephant temple, the architect dotted the property with stone elephants – some spouting water from their trunks, others carrying baskets of flowers on their backs. Canals with gurgling water crisscross the landscape.
I can hear temple music and chanting in the distance.
The Chedi Club comprises 20 art-filled villas. I stay in one of the 7 spacious one room villas with exposed brick walls painted off white, a walk-in closet, and an indoor-outdoor bathroom.
Measuring 70 square metres, the villa has a front porch, a queen size bed, an espresso machine, a 32-inch flat screen TV, and complimentary broadband Internet.
The mini-bar is complimentary, and the carafes of gin and whiskey sitting on the coffee table are refilled daily.
Before my arrival I am asked which newspaper I want delivered to my room. I request the International New York Times. When I mention to my butler that this is ‘the world’s best newspaper’, he seems genuinely proud.
The hotel also has 9 one bedroom pool villas, 3 one bedroom spa pool villas, and a 550 square metre 2 bedroom villa, which was originally built as the master accommodation for the owner and his wife.
Food and Beverage
The Restaurant at The Chedi Club is set amid Tanah Gajah’s rice paddies, with views of a tropical jungle beyond.
On my 1st night, I opt for the Cultural Dinner Menu, which includes soup, a main course comprising 8 dishes served with yellow rice, and dessert.
I am asked if I’d like 2nds or 3rds. I only wish I had more of an appetite so I could do the mouth-watering dinner justice. If I do ever do this again, I will make sure not to have lunch. Little did I know that I could eat as much as I wanted.
On my 2nd night, there is a full moon. The view from my table – with candles flickering from within stone lanterns – is pure magic.
Breakfast, afternoon tea, and sunset cocktails are included in the price of the room. They can be consumed in your villa, The Restaurant, or The Pool Bar. The tropically inspired signature cocktails are highly recommended.
Many of the hotel’s herbs and vegetables are grown in an organic garden on the premises. The menu runs from pan-Asian to Western.
I love doing laps when I stay at 5-star hotels, and the 25-metre long swimming pool at The Chedi Club is one of the best swimming pools of the 12 resorts I stay at on this trip.
The hotel has a spa offering signature treatments, a health club that I never see the inside of, a yoga studio with complimentary 90 minute yoga classes each morning or by appointment, and a tennis court.
The Chedi Club, Tanah Gajah, Jalan Goa Gajah, Tengkulak Kaja, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Telephone: (62) 361 975685.