The private estate of a famed Indonesian architect Hadiprana is now a Leading Hotel of the World, set amid rice paddies in Bali’s spiritual heart. With personal butlers, private pools, and postcard views, no wonder it’s a TripAdvisor 2020 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best.
The five-star Tanah Gajah resort comprises 20 private villas, each with a pool and a personal butler, gorgeous grounds, a restaurant, an Olympic pool and tennis courts. It was once the home of Indonesia’s legendary designer Hendra Hadiprana and his collection of sculptures, antiques and artworks still liven up each room. The airy Bird Lounge pergola—built in dedication to Bali’s Birds of Paradise—boasts a dynamic menagerie. And look up at the ceiling of the Huiyam villa, with its chic tapas lounge, to see traditional depictions of Hadiprana’s life story. While living at Tanah Gajah, Hadiprana conjured up a new estate, on the edge of the nearby Petanu River. Boasting brilliant style and views, it too it is now under the hotel’s aegis, allowing guests to experience the designer, and the town, times two.
Ubud is a bustling place and the spiritual heart of Bali, but a few short minutes out of town you'll find yourself surrounded by lush vegetation, beautiful vistas, and quiet meditation spots. Just such a place is Tanah Gajah, sat on the edge of traditional rice farming land. Guests are encouraged to take a trek through the rice paddies, guided by their private butler. On the tour, the butler explains the art of cultivating rice, and at the village of Tengkulak, guests engage with locals in traditional Balinese houses, and watch them farming, cooking, and woodcarving. Tanah Gajah owns some of the adjoining rice fields, and collaborates with locals in their cultivation and preservation. At harvest, the crop is split between the farmers and the resort.
Travel with Impact
As well as turning to local farmers for its produce needs, Tanah Gajah gives back to the community in several ways. The Balinese Kecak fire dance has been performed for generations in this region. Tanah Gajah collaborates with Tengkulak village to preserve this local tradition, hosting a regular Kecak performance at the resort’s amphitheater, where some 60 men chant and dance to the Hindu epic of Ramayana. Tanah Gajah supports two Tengkulak schools, providing writing materials to students and also supplies hard-hit local residents with basic provisions such as soap, tea, and cooking oil.
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