Ubud, in Indonesia, is a small town that features fine international restaurants and cafes, bordered by lush vegetation, forests and rice paddies. Many people from Ubud are actively involved in art, nature, dance, music or architecture, and you’ll see this embodied in the wide variety of shops that line the streets—artists that will paint a scene for you as you wait, create the jewelry of your dreams, or shape wood carvings into splinter-free animal toys for your children.
This cultural aspect is often embodied in the architecture, too, and this couldn’t be more evident than at the 20-villa Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, a luxury GHM Hotels property centrally located in the town of Ubud in Bali.
“The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah was built as the private retreat of esteemed Indonesian architect and art collector Hendra Hadriprana,” says Simon Spiller, general manager. “Dispersed throughout [more than 12 acres] of lush gardens, quiet ponds and traditional Balinese architecture are more than 100 paintings and sculptures handpicked by Hadriprana. The setting and facilities are well-designed, luxurious, peaceful and relaxing with beautiful views of the surrounding paddy fields and tropical jungle in the distance.”
The inside of the property is just as breathtaking. Says Spiller, “Interiors blend the tradition, romance and ambiance of Bali with contemporary interpretations of Asian designs and distinctive local touches to create inspired, memorable spaces.”
Guests of the Chedi Club Tanah Gajah are spoiled from the get-go, as they’re greeted with a welcome drink and cold towel upon arrival. During their stay, they enjoy such included benefits as daily American breakfast, newspaper and seasonal fresh fruits; complimentary afternoon tea and sunset cocktail; a complimentary yoga class; and private car service to Ubud Centre—perfect for a day of arts and crafts shopping.
Guestrooms, meanwhile, range from luxury to extraordinary. “All 20 art-filled suites and villas will please romantic escapists and active explorers alike,” says Spiller, adding that the property offers “Suites that overlook lotus ponds, Pool Villas where guests can do more than just plunge, Spa Villas for ultra private pampering and a one-of-a-kind Two-Bedroom Estate suitable for Balinese royalty.”
Amenities surpass standards, too—open-air restaurant, pool bar, tennis court, spa and health club—plus additional offerings including a Bird Lounge (where you can watch traditional dancers and hear the songs of the neighboring aviary’s exotic birds) and onsite amphitheatre, a spot seemingly made for traditional Balinese dance performances, weddings and cocktail parties.
Rates at The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah start at $440 per night and go up to $1,400 per night, depending on room category and season. Rates are inclusive of daily laundry service; complimentary Internet; complimentary mini-bar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic selections, refilled daily; and unlimited access to the health club, yoga studio or tennis court.
Explore In Style
Various GHM Properties are offering an Explore In Style package, pairing luxury accommodations with local activities and tours. At Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, Explore In Style includes 4-night accommodations with daily butler service, plus a visit to the Arma Museum, a Kecak dance performance, and a half-day Kintamani tour featuring a visit to a handicraft village, a coffee plantation, a sacred bathing pool and the Goa Gajah Elephant Temple (valid through March 31, 2014). Additional property packages include:
• The Strand Yangon in Myanmar features a 2-night package inclusive of a guided tour of Yangon’s art galleries plus lunch at the historic House of Memories restaurant, valid through March 31, 2013
• The Chedi Muscat in Oman offers a 2-night package including a tour of Muscat and dolphin-watching in the Gulf of Oman, valid through December 2012
• The Nam Hai in Vietnam offers three private tours of Hoi An, My Son Sanctuary and the former Imperial City of Hue, valid through December 2012
• The Club at the Legian in Bali, Indonesia, offers a 4-night package including chauffeured shopping tour, massage and personal butler, valid through March 31, 2014
Rates for Explore In Style packages vary by room category and property, and can be found here.
Additional GHM properties can be found in Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, North and South Korea, Oman and Thailand, with upcoming openings in China, Morocco, Jordan, Switzerland, Bulgaria and India. For more information, visit GHMhotels.com.