Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Resort Review: The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia (6*)

We have stayed in The Chedi Chiang Mai (Thailand), a luxury hotel from the GHM (general hotel management) group and were so pleased with their quality of service so we decided to choose The Chedi again for our recent trip to Bali, Indonesia. you can click on the link above to check out The Chedi Club so i won't bore you with how many how many hectares it is and all that blah blah blah which most people will skip anyway hahaha... The Chedi Club is actually a small luxury hotel with only 20 villas so it's very exclusive and quiet which we like.

here's our experience...

The WA!!! moments:
+ Their personal and attentive service starts right from the moment you step out of the airport. A friendly staff awaits with a private limousine (don't expect mercedes or some luxurious sedan, it's a large SUV) for your arrival and an that hour's ride to the resort, you may refresh yourselves with some chilled drinks and towels. When we arrived, our personal butler Sutari

greeted us BY NAME cheerfully at the entrance,

introduced herself and led us to the lobby

where we were served some welcome drinks and banana fritters (goreng pisang). by then it was 9pm so we were rather hungry so it was a delight. basically for me, any resort that requires me to QUEUE up to check-in is CMI (cannot make it) -.- throughout the trip, Sutari always ensured that she did what she could to make our stay enjoyable and memorable. one incident that really touched me was on our last night, i wanted to take photos of the rice fields with the lights lit so i asked her what time they'd be turned on. aware that we have an external dinner appointment, Sutari told the staff to switch on the lights just a couple of minutes earlier so that i can capture the evening shot.

the room was ALWAYS made up after breakfast and look at the 2 photos below. spot the difference?

i know i know, my toiletries have been rearranged. but look UNDER my toiletries. someone had placed a towel under and neatly arranged back all my stuff. how thoughtful =)

when we call the front desk, we were always greeted by name. again, any resort whose staff don't greet by name is also not really up to standard.

there was a hand-written welcome note by the General Manager Helen Fox and she personally came over to say hi. it's customary. at the Chedi Chiang Mai, it was the same.

Sutari gave us a brief run-through of our villa amenities (which is the cheapest, most basic one =P economic crisis ma)...

our bed

day bed with flat screen TV and bose sound system

+ COMPLIMENTARY mini bar stocked with all sorts of drinks. eh, complimentary means no one comes in the moring with a slip of paper and tick tick tick what you drank then charge you for it k? berri apple and orange juice, perrier, heineken beer, coke and other soft drinks, tonic water,

assorted nuts,

selected teas

and the piece de resistance: vodka, gin and whisky!!!!

ok, we don't drink -.- but it feels good LOL i did try some vodka with orange juice but couldn't really taste the vodka haha. somehow when i saw the vodka, i know jiahui will LOVE this place and when i saw heineken and whisky, Geraldine's face popped in my mind LOLLL anyway for our day trip, we brought out like 8 bottles of drinks and emptied them hahaha

+ COMPLIMENTARY laundry (12 pieces a day) excluding dry clean. so that means you can pack light. just two sets each. so convenient =D chris rolled his eyeballs when i gave them all our laundry to wash before we came home LOL

+ semi-outdoor bathroom with

+ twin basins. i like. that means i don't have to wait or squeeze with chris. and i can put my toiletries on one side while he puts his shaver, toothbrush and toothpaste (chris only has 3 pieces of toiletries LOL) on the other side.

+ rain shower

+ large bathtub (not like mine at home where i have to bend my knees) with bath salts and bath gel provided. and when i lie in there and look up, i can see the star-studded sky =DDD but i forgot to take a photo of the bathtub hahaha

+ nice, quiet, uni-depth pool (hehehe i can't swim very well so 1.4m throughout is great for me) complimentary freshly-squeezed juices and free internet access (not wireless, with cable. they provide a Macbook ^^).

+ restaurant with view of the rice fields. typical of The Chedi, they don't serve buffet but rather, you order from a menu and the food is prepared on the spot for you. i like it better this way cos then we don't overeat and there won't be too much wastage. also, i like that my food is prepared for me rather than cooked en masse. don't worry Singaporeans, it's still COMPLIMENTARY -.-

+ complimentary yoga classes in a yoga room facing the rice fields, 4 times a week with an experienced instructor who is fluent in english. i tried it and discovered that i could contort my body in ways i never thought possible! i showed chris and he was stunned! LOL the instructor says i am flexible and even though it was my first attempt, i was already 70% there for some of those poses. hahaha.

+ complimentary afternoon tea everyday from 4-6pm. not quite high tea like we know it or even english high tea but some light snacks and tea or coffee. we had choc mousse, tempura-fried banana balls coated with shaved coconut (which i liked), cornflakes sweet and cupcake.

+ complimentary cocktail everyday 6-7pm. we didn't go cos we don't drink cocktail.

+ the lush greenery,

beautiful ponds

and flowers

The WA LAO moments:

- chris felt that the air-conditioning in the villa was too weak. apparently, there was a thermostat that regulated the temperature and you could choose only 26 or 22 deg C. if you choose 22, once it reached 22, it will jump back to 26 and slowly decrease back to 22 again and the cycle repeats itself. i was totally happy cos i'm the type who can sleep without air con without fan and with a duvet! LOL

- typical of resort hotels with lots of greenery, you may get 4 or 6-legged visitors to your villa. i freaked out when i saw a lizard and a baby salamander (about as big as a domestic lizard). my first impulse when i saw the lizard was to boil water to scald it to death. for the salamander, it was to sigh, "sheesh, wish i had a macro lens!"

- there is only one restaurant so you will have to eat out which can be easily arranged. just let your butler know and s/he will arrange complimentary private limousine drop-off and pick-up to ubud centre.

due to the unfavourable flight times (we reached the resort at 9pm and had to leave at 10am), although we were there for 4D3N, it was essentially 2 full days.

we got the package from luxury holidays travel by jetabout. package for two, flight by SQ including 3 nights accomodation was about $2126 (or $1063 each)