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Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, is offering its guests private art classes led by local artists, many of whom have works of art displayed in the Balinese property.

Guests can book 3-hour painting lessons for IDR1,500,000 ($104) and receive additional classes at a 50 percent reduced rate. As many of the artists’ work can be found throughout the resort, guests can choose a tutor whose style most resonates with them. Guests can also opt to take lessons in the Balinese craft of egg painting. And while the resort does not offer formal art classes for children, kids and families can unlock their inner Van Gogh in an on-site art room filled with art supplies such as watercolors and coloring books. 

The initiative is fitting given the property’s longtime connection to Indonesia’s art scene and its location in the hills of Ubud—a bustling art and culture center with museums, galleries and an art market offering locally made traditional crafts such as wood and stone carvings and ikat textiles. 

The 12-acre Tanah Gajah luxury resort is the former private residence of the late architect and art collector Hendra Hadiprana who established the first art gallery in Indonesia in Jakarta some 60 years ago. When the property was transformed into a family-run resort in 2004 many of the sculptures, paintings and ancient vases assembled by Hadiprana stayed. 

 “Art has always been part of the fabric of our resort,” said Deasy Swandarini, the general manager of Tanah Gajah Ubud, in a press statement. “We created these new art classes so our guests could connect more deeply to the rich art scene both on site and in Bali and create something one-of-a-kind to remember their time on the island.”

The resort features 20 one- and two-bedroom villas, some with private pools, a restaurant with sweeping views of rice fields and the jungle, a bar and lounge that serves tapas and nibbles, a spa offering signature treatments including Tanah Gajah Jade and ancient Balinese massages, a pool and a gym with a yoga studio. Guests can also partake in a host of experiences such as The Art of Discovery—a 5-hour guided tour of the region in a vintage VW Safari convertible wagon (until Aug. 31, 2022; priced at IDR 670,000/$45pp) or an authentic Balinese Purification Ceremony for a spiritual cleansing to wash away bad spirits and purify the body and soul (until Aug. 31, 2022; priced IDR 650,000/$43pp).

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