Immersed in Ubud's luscious countryside, in a village celebrated for its sacred elephant temple, the former private estate of an esteemed Indonesian architect and art collector has been transformed into an upscale, GHM-brand boutique retreat. This secluded, five-hectare estate is simply stunning, with manicured lawns, swan-inhabited ornamental ponds, and exquisite grounds landscaped with hand-carved stone statues. The lap pool is evocative of Balinese water palaces. Part of The Chedi Club estate, working rice fields stretch beyond coconut palms ad infinitum and surround the 20-villa accommodation.
All units are luxurious, ranging from cute suites framing lotus ponds and one-bedroom Pool Villas (book those that directly open out onto rice paddies) to one-bedroom Spa Pool Villas, with inclusive private daily massages inside in-villa treatment rooms (part of the small but excellent spa). Each accommodation comes filled with the owner's private collection of fine antiquities, paintings, and sculptures; the finest are found in the palatial, two-bedroom Hadiprana Villa (originally the family's master home), which also boasts an ample-sized private pool and a sensuous open-air bathroom, all nicely balanced with high-tech comforts.
The acclaimed restaurant, an enormous open-air pavilion nuzzling rice fields, features destination-inspired cuisine focusing on fresh, local produce, most of which comes plucked from on-site organic gardens. Extensive Club Benefits for all guests cover bespoke butler service and afternoon tea and sunset cocktails served in The Bird Lounge or at tiny rustic bales (thatched pavilions).
This is a serene, secluded sanctuary to unwind and connect with old Balinese ways, and you can expect village Hindu ceremonies and nighttime sounds of croaking frogs.