Need to know
20: seven suites and 13 villas.
Noon (but you can stay until 6pm, if you pay 50 per cent of the daily rate). Earliest check-in, 2pm (flexible, subject to availability).
Double rooms from $324.00, excluding tax at 21 per cent.
Rates usually include breakfast, a welcome drink upon arrival, 24-hour butler service, a scheduled shuttle service to/from Ubud in a private car and WiFi. Daily extras include: minibar snacks and drinks; cocktails and canapés (6pm–7pm); papers; laundry.
Consider packing your favourite walking shoes, because the Chedi Club butlers conduct entertaining rambles around the rice paddies. If that sounds like far too much activity, book in for some pampering time. The spa utilises organic products; treatments take place in open-air rooms overlooking verdant fields.
No check-ins or check-outs are allowed on 7 March 2019, when Bali observes Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), although stays are still possible. Bali’s airport also closes for the day.
At the hotel
Spa; fitness centre; tennis court; amphitheatre used for Balinese dance performances; gardens; DVD library; free WiFi. In rooms: TV, iPod dock, Bose sound system, free minibar (including selected alcoholic drinks), espresso machine, bath products made in Ubud.
Our favourite rooms
Feeling indulgent? Plump for one of the villas. The Pool Villas have private 10m plunge pools, alongside a generous sun-deck and balé. Sybarites should consider a Spa Villa, which has the added bonus of your own spa room with two massage beds, a sauna and a partially outdoor bathroom. Easy breezy.
The sea-green 35m pool – designed in imitation of Balinese water palaces – sits alongside lotus and swan-flocked ponds, looking out over verdant rice paddies. Well-cushioned sunloungers – sunscreen, fluffy towels and umbrellas are taken care of – are favourite sunshine slumber spots.
Be wrapped with detoxifying seaweed or have a cream bath – including a conditioning hair treatment – at the spoiling spa, which has two treatment rooms for couples, a yoga studio and a room devoted to manicures and pedicures.
Stylish couples play it down here in Bali’s verdant uplands, but sightings of Missoni bikinis and Chanel flip-flops aren't uncommon. Anything floaty and fabulous is worth flinging into your suitcase.
If you've ever fancied having a butler, now's your chance; all guests in villas at the Chedi Club are assigned one on check-in. Smoking is permitted in public areas.
Baby cots, high chairs and car seats are supplied free of charge. Little Smiths aged 3–11 can share a bed with parents (from US$35 a night) or request an extra bed (from US65 a night). Extra beds for over-11s cost US$100 a night; babysitting costs extra.
Baby cots, high chairs and car seats are supplied free of charge. Extra beds for older children cost US$100 each a night, and babysitting can be arranged at a cost.
11 years and up. They're then old enough to enjoy the local cultural activities.
The ultimate family nest would be the Two-Bedroom Estate with its considerable indoor and outdoor living areas and two large bedrooms. The living space of the Spa Villas can also be set up with an extra bed.
During high season, the hotel organises a range of different classes and activities: traditional dance, gamelan playing, painting and crafting Balinese offerings from local flowers and leaves. There are kids' DVDs in the library and, during the dry season (May–October), butlers will take children out to fly traditional kites in the surrounding fields.
The photogenic communal pool isn't particularly kid friendly. Plunge pools in the villas are more suited for junior swimmers.
Children are welcome at all times in the restaurant and can even choose from their own menu. High chairs are available for small Smiths and the staff are able to heat milk and baby food if necessary.
Can be arranged for up to three children with 24 hours' notice. It costs IDR100,000 an hour.
No need to pack
Baby cots, changing mats and high chairs.
The Balinese adore kids, so while the Chedi Club feels designed for couples, children are looked after by the entire team who do their utmost to accommodate and comfort the smallest guests, even preparing indigenous recipes to sooth tummy aches and stuffy noses.
The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah achieved prestigious Silver status under the Green Globe Earthcheck Certification programme in 2009. Vast gardens are maintained using recycled water.