Bali Resort Launches US$ 88,000++ Package

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Thursday, 27 January 2011

Great estates quite often graduate from private ownership to a second life as boutique hotels or resorts. On Bali, one resort hotel is working that trend in the opposite direction, setting up as a private retreat, albeit temporarily.

The 20-villa Chedi Club Tanah Gajah this month rolls out Bali Confidential, a buy-out package that caters to a single party of up to 50 for a three-night, four-day retreat. The price? US$ 88,000++.

"At first blush, the price point for this package is remarkable seemingly accessible only to celebrities or royalty," said Stefan Noll, General Manager of The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, managed by GHM (General Hotel Management). "But when you do the math and break this down per person per night, you're looking at US$ 587. Not cheap, but compared to other resorts in our league on the island, we're all of a sudden quite affordable."

That price point includes unfettered run of the 5-hectare estate, located just a few kilometers from Ubud in the central foothills of Bali. All meals are included, as are spa treatments, yoga classes, a cycling tour, cooking classes, rice paddy trekking, chauffeured car service and a nightly cultural performance.

A butler attends to each of the resort's 20 villas, catering to whims as offhand as the need for tea, as academic as cultural interpretation and as spirited as a guided trek through the property's rice fields to the neighboring village.

The buy-out package is a first for a hotel managed by GHM, a resort group that's cultivated one of the most rarified collections of resort hotels in the world, including The Nam Hai in Vietnam, The Setai on South Beach in Miami and The Datai in Langkawi, Malaysia.

"At Tanah Gajah, our intimate size lends itself to a resort experience that caters to just the right size," said Noll. "We're not too big, and yet not so small that this is a commonplace development."

The hotel expects Bali Confidential to attract travelers seeking the ultimate in privacy, whether they be extended families planning reunions, bridal parties wanting intimate settings or senior executives looking to host exclusive corporate retreats.

The property was built in the early 1980s as a private retreat for one of Indonesia's foremost architects and interior designers, Hendra Hadripana. Tanah Gajah (Elephant Realm) is a reference to a nearby Hindu temple. Representations of elephants in various artistic guise roam the resort as its principle motif.

The Chedi Club Tanah Gajahs Bali Confidential starts at US$ 88,000++ for a 3-night, 4-day stay and includes:

- Three nights accommodation for up to 50 persons
- Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner (alcohol NOT included)
- Daily afternoon tea service
- Full access to The Spa & its services
- Yoga classes twice daily
- A cultural performance each evening at the resorts open-air amphitheatre
- A cycling tour of scenic Mount Batur
- Cooking class hosted by a Chedi chef
- Rice paddy trekking & visit to the local village
- Chauffeured car service daily

Terms & Conditions

- Must be booked a minimum 90 days in advance
- Subject to availability, blackout dates apply
- Limited to a maximum of 50 guests
- Spa services restricted to between 9:00 am 9:00 pm daily (limited to 2 treatment rooms for a maximum of 4 persons per session)
- Yoga is limited to 12 persons per session
- Cycling tour, rice paddy trekking and visit to the local village will be hosted in groups of 10
- Cooking classes are limited to 6 persons per session
- Chauffeured car service will be available for up to 12 hours per day
- Cannot be combined with other offers or promotions
- Rate quoted is not inclusive of 11% government tax and 10% service charge
- Rate subject to change without notice.

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