Above Bali in a basket

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UBUD, Bali, 14 June 2018) —The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah Ubud  has introduced a 23-metre hot-air balloon this month as a soft adventure option.

The hot-air balloon will be anchored in the resort’s rice paddies offering rides three times daily.

Despite the popularity of ballooning tours at the world’s top destinations, Bali in recent years has lacked this holiday sightseeing option.

The Chedi Club claims it will have the only hot-air ballooning opportunity on the island that is frequently voted as the world’s top island destination.

“Bali’s got it all — beaches, temples, volcanoes, rice paddies, puppets, dancers, sacred forests — but no balloons,” said the Chedi Club Ubud’s general manager Deasy Swandarini. “A balloon is the best way to see Ubud from on high.”

Each flight climbs 50 metres above the resort’s rice fields, and floats at the end of a tether, while passengers drink in views of Mount Agung in the near distance, expansive rice fields below, the forests of Ubud and the five-hectare estate of Hendra Hadiprana, now The Chedi Club.

“You might capture the same images with a drone, but seeing it with your own eye is something else entirely,” said Swandarini.

With multiple flights scheduled at dawn, dusk and on evenings when the moon is visible the balloon trips offer seating for two adults and two children under 12, as well as a certified pilot. The maximum payload is 230kg.

The flights last between five and seven minutes and cost USD 150. The final flight of the day includes dinner for two adults and costs USD $200. The flights are on offer until the end of November.