A newly opened family pool at the forefront of this Balinese resort harkens back to another era of the property. The spot was once the prime gathering place for the whole Hadiprana family, long before there was even an inkling the grounds would one day become a resort.
For decades the former pool at Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, was used as a water feature, with guests making use of a larger pool near the heart of the property. In 2020 the hotel returned to its roots and came under the Hadiprana Hospitality umbrella. With the return, the family-run business wanted to bring back elements that embodied fond memories of joyful summer holidays. The family pool area was one pivotal space.
“This was once a spot of a lot of joy, laughter, and the giggles of children enjoying themselves,” said Deasy Swandarini, general manager of Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana. “We wanted to bring that playful nature back.”
The swimming pool features a smaller wading pool for toddlers (at a 60cm depth) and a deeper, larger section for teens and adults (that is 160cm at its deepest). Stone Ganesh statues adorn the corners, and vibrant colored beanbags have been arranged at the water’s edge for lounging.
The pool, geared towards families, is just one of the on-site activities of interest to both children and adults. The resort also has the island’s only hot air balloon ride, which climbs 50 metres above Tanah Gajah Ubud’s rice fields. Two adults and up to two children under 12 can float above the property drinking in views of Mt. Agung and the expansive fields and forests of Ubud.