The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah
Once the vacation home of renowned Indonesian architect and art collector Hendra Hadiprana, this 20-villa property combines the Hadiprana family’s personal art and antique collection with a very English feel. The grounds are landscaped with gorgeously manicured gardens and shimmering ponds dotted with migrant Java Pond Herons and resident Black Swans. And surrounding the property are terraced hills of rice paddies, which have been tended by generations of Balinese farmers; watch their daily rituals through the soaring windows of the restaurant (serving local cuisine made with herbs, vegetables, and fruits from the Chedi’s own organic gardens). The convivial English-born hotel manager, Helen Fox, can often be found strolling the grounds with her terrier Foxy; she’s a fount of information about activities and attractions around Ubud.
Tip: Don’t miss the twice-weekly Kecak (Fire Dance), performed in the dry season in the Chedi’s own grand amphitheater, followed by a Royal Indonesian feast.
Room to book: Pool Villa No. 6, which has views of the nearby 10,000-foot-high volcanic peak of Mount Agung.