Once operated by the well-renowned GHM Singapore, The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah Ubud has just ‘revamped’ itself to become the first flagship of Hadiprana Hospitality Management; changing its brand into Tanah Gajah, a Hadiprana Resort, bringing its classic form to create a new story with their beloved staying guest.
Both the group and the resort are named as a homage to the late Hendra Hadiprana, a legendary Indonesian architect and designer, whose hands have fashioned some of the country’s most acclaimed properties, including the InterContinental Bali Resort and the Legian Bali as well as the five hectare-property moored in the lush rice fields of Ubud. Hadiprana designed the hotel as a family retreat in the 1980s, and named the estate for a nearby cave temple, Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave). He ceded management of the property to GHM in 2004 when his restless imagination conjured the development of yet another estate named “Bumi Duadari” as his private residence in a valley overlooking the Petanu River.
Hadiprana passed away on in December 2018 at the age of 89. To continue his gallant legacy,his heirs are launching Tanah Gajah as a tribute to the patriarch’s abiding genius and, moreover, as the ways and means of furthering his commitment to the art and culture of Indonesia while fostering sustainable relationships with nearby communities. “We’ve had a terrific run with GHM,” said Sekaraya Hadiprana Surjaudaja, the architect’s granddaughter, and a principal in the new organisation. “My grandfather and GHM founder Hans Jenni were collaborators, who became great friends, and who together ushered this property onto a global stage, to great acclaim. Now we embark on a new journey, to elevate our guest experiences to the next level”.
Since opening in July 2004, The Chedi Club has won renown as one of the most sublime resort experiences in Southeast Asia, partly for its design appeal and setting in the rice fields of Ubud, partly for the spectacular kecak dance performed twice a week on property by a troupe from a neighbouring village and partly, too, for the estate’s expansive art collection. Throughout its existence, Tanah Gajah, a Hadriprana Resort has garnered dozens of major awards from prestigious medias over the past 15 years. “The Hadipranas were perfect partners,” said GHM’s Hans R. Jenni. “They believed in our approach to the hospitality business, in our enthusiasm for Asian-inspired design and local cultures and communities, and we believed in the foundation Hendra established with this estate. Coming together was a real meeting of the minds.”
Indeed, such was and is the fraternal feeling between Hadiprana and GHM that the two organisations are now mulling the possibility of a collaboration in the near future. “We’d don’t think we’ve concluded our story,” Jenni added. “We’re only putting a period on the end of this chapter”
Congratulations, Tanah Gajah, a Hadiprana Resort!