Hotel Tugu needs no further introduction. Compared to most – if not all – its counterparts, Hotel Tugu is a whole different (and unique) ballgame. The first Hotel Tugu was built in Malang, East Java, before expanding to Blitar, also in East Java, Bali and Lombok. Initiated by owner Anhar Setjadibrata – dubbed the quintessential 20th century Renaissance man – Tugu is more than just a hotel, it’s a gallery where Anhar showcases his passionate collection of fine Indonesian art and cultural antiquities. With the aim of transporting guests back to Java and Bali’s romantic era, Hotel Tugu is home to one of the largest original art collections in Southeast Asia, where every little detail has a background that dates back hundreds of years.
Coming into Hotel Tugu Bali, guests will be welcomed by the majestic sight of the ages-old, detailed Garuda statue – a centrepiece to the antique black-and-red palette of the reception area. Take a step back and make a stop at Bale Puputan, a gallery that also doubles as a private dining area. The room brings back the 19th century, particularly the Puputan War in Badung and Klungkung, Bali, and the heritage of Balinese royal families. Bask in the time-travelling royal ambience as you enjoy the authentic Grand Rijsttafel or the Balinese Rajadom fare.
Take a minute to kick back and relax at Ji at Bale Sutra 1706, a bar that is built around an original 311-year-old Kang Xi period temple – an exotic fusion of ancient Japanese and Chinese cultures. With wide selections of sake and wine and sushi dishes, the outlet is a great after-hours hangout without losing the true identity of Hotel Tugu. Ji Terrace by the Sea was recently launched, a more modern take that brings together a vintage quality and the easiness of modern-day Bali – an elevated destination overlooking the ocean.
Come the time to rest, there are 21 suites in Hotel Tugu Bali that are categorised into five types. While each and every one of these is charming in its own way, the spotlight usually falls on the Puri Le Mayeur suite and Walter Spies Pavilion suite. A homage to Belgian painter Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merprès and his love story with his muse, the beautiful Legong dancer Ni Polok, floating in the middle of a natural lotus pond, Puri Le Mayeur is something out of a delicate daydream. Historical art enthusiasts will appreciate the original pieces by Le Mayeur found in this unit. Just as ravishing is the Walter Spies Pavilion, also a solid dedication to legendary artist Walter Spies – one of the biggest contributors to Balinese art. Some original knick-knacks belonging to him – including his old camera, paintings, pictures his youth and original letters to his family – can be found in this pavilion.
The beauty of Hotel Tugu Bali lies in the stories in each corner, so spare some time to ask the staff for a quick narrated tour around the property, and you’ll go home with the most priceless souvenir – an experience to recount.
Hotel Tugu Bali
Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu Beach
Bali 80361, Indonesia
T: (+62) 361 473 1702