Balloons Over Bali

The Chedi Club Ubud launches Balloons over Bali.

Once-in-a-lifetime experience takes to the skies in June.

The soft adventure options on Bali soar for the skies as The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah Ubud anchors a 23-metre hot air balloon in its rice paddies and opens the gate on its wicker basket for rides three times a day.

Despite the popularity of ballooning tours in the worldโ€™s most exotic locations, Bali in recent years has been bereft of balloons. The Chedi Clubโ€™s new adventure will be the only ballooning opportunity on the Island of the Gods, and the first such initiative launched by a resort.

โ€œBaliโ€™s got it all – beaches, temples, volcanoes, rice paddies, puppets, dancers, sacred forests – but no balloons,โ€ said the general manager of The Chedi Club Ubud, Deasy Swandarini. โ€œA balloon is exactly the way to see Ubud from on high.โ€

Each flight climbs 50 metres above the resortโ€™s rice fields, and floats at the end of a tether while passengers drink in views of Mt. Agung in the near distance, expansive rice fields below, the forests of Ubud and the 5-hectare estate of Hendra Hadiprana, now The Chedi Club. โ€œYou might capture the same images with a drone, but seeing it with your own eye is something else entirely,โ€ said Swandarini.

With multiple flights scheduled at dawn, in the late afternoon/early evening and just after moonrise, each experience sets sail with a maximum of two adults and two children under 12, as well as a certified pilot, though total guest weight cannot exceed 230kg.

The flights last between five and seven minutes and cost US $150 for each morning and afternoon trip, breakfast or afternoon tea for two included. The final flight of the day includes dinner for two adults and costs US $200. The Chedi Club plans to offer the adventure between June and November.

www.ghmhotels.com/en/tanah-gajah

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