This post is the second part of our Bali adventure – for parts one through six, please see below.
Travel to Bali – Cathay Pacific
Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah, Ubud Bali
Ubud – The Tour
Amankila – Part One
Amankila – Part Two
Seminyak, Bali – The Legian Hotel, Shopping and Eating
After we landed in Bali, we were immediately greeted when we stepped off from our plane by a representative from our hotel – Chedi Club – holding our names on a sign. Like many other higher end resorts in Bali, Chedi Club offers a service where your VOA (visa on arrival) is “expedited” – meaning you basically are walked past the immigration counters, while a representative takes your passport and gets all the stamps and forms. It’s can be a very useful service, especially if immigration lines are long (which does happen). When that occurs, you may be stuck in a very humid, non air conditioned environment for hours waiting.
However, we were one of the first off the plane and wouldn’t have had to wait anyway, so our VOA service wasn’t needed. The cost was about $30 extra for the two of us, so I was fine to pay it just for that extra insurance (I requested it before our flight). Then, we were escorted over to an air conditioned van with waters inside, and off we drove to the Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah! It was about an hour drive to the area of Ubud, where the hotel is located. When the van pulled into the hotel, we were then taken by a golf cart up to the main reception.
The main reception is the first building you see at Chedi, and the immediate detail I noticed was that this gorgeous place was completely empty! All of the couches and seats were free. It was almost surreal, especially since I’m used to resorts being full of people. This experience though was not unusual for Chedi, as you will soon see in all the photos – usually wherever we walked, we were the only people except for staff. It is because Chedi Club has only 20 villas and suites but huge grounds, so you often feel like you have the whole resort to yourself even if the hotel is full.
After we checked in (and feasted on some banana fritters that were brought to us), we were then driven in the buggy to our villa!
Our villa was a very nice size – you walked in and immediately saw the bedroom which was decorated with some great art pieces.
The bathroom had separate his and hers sinks (on two opposite sides) and a shower, all indoors. There was also a large soaking bath tub outdoors. I used the provided sea salts and had a very enjoyable time reading a book in the bath.
My favorite part of the villa though? The pool.
We booked a pool villa, and I was happy to see that it was actually a decent size (compared to the tiny plunge pools you see sometimes) and the water was always warm enough for us to just hop in and swim. There were also three separate areas for lounging – a large daybed (on the far right), two sun loungers (on the left), and a big dining/lounging area (center). Continue Reading