Ris­ing above it all

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THE CHEDI CLUB TANAH GA­JAH UBUD has taken to the sky to bring some­thing new to Bali, moor­ing a hot air bal­loon in its rice padi and of­fer­ing rides three times a day. From beaches and tem­ples, to vol­ca­noes and forests – the Is­land of the Gods has it all. What it has been lack­ing though, they say, is an ad­ven­ture in the sky. The bal­loon is teth­ered and glides grace­fully up to sit 50m above the re­sort. There pas­sen­gers can drink in views of Mt Agung, Bali’s ac­tive vol­cano, in the near dis­tance, as well as the rice fields and forests around Ubud and the five-hectare es­tate of The Chedi Club it­self. “You might cap­ture the same im­ages with a drone, but see­ing it with your own eye is some­thing else en­tirely,” said Deasy Swan­darini, Gen­eral Man­ager. With mul­ti­ple flights sched­uled at dawn, in the late af­ter­noon/early evening and just af­ter moon­rise, each ex­pe­ri­ence is open to a max­i­mum of two adults and two chil­dren un­der 12, as well as a cer­ti­fied pi­lot, de­pen­dant on their com­bined weight. The flights last be­tween five and seven min­utes and cost US$150 for each morn­ing and af­ter­noon trip, with break­fast/af­ter­noon tea for two in­cluded. The fi­nal flight of the day in­cludes din­ner for two adults and costs US$200. The re­sort plans to of­fer this ad­ven­ture be­tween June and Novem­ber and you can find out more at www.ghmho­tels.com

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