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“Great for honeymoons!”
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Hotel Tugu Bali
Ranked #1 of 35 Hotels in Canggu
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Maryland
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great for honeymoons!”
Reviewed October 25, 2007

Great hotel! We were there for the last three days of our honeymoon. We came from the Amandari and Amankila. What I loved about Tugu was the museum-quality atmosphere. We enjoyed exploring as you find interesting things around every corner. We also loved just sitting in the restaurant and listening to the Indian Ocean and feeling the soft breeze. The staff was very friendly and service-oriented.

There were a few things that were not quite to my liking, however. The beds, although beautiful and part of the visual charm, were uncomfortable. I agree with the last review in that not everything needs to be antique. In addition, the Indian ocean there is not really swim-able if you're not a strong swimmer. The waves are huge and powerful......though great for surfing as there were many folks doing that in the mornings. One other thing was that, although also visually charming, the lily-pad ponds create the biggest problem associated with standing water.......mosquitoes. However, we still opened the windows of our suite to enjoy the breeze, coming back in with only a few bites.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone who enjoys an experience unlike large chain resorts. This place is truly unique and I would come back in a heartbeat.

  • Liked — The restaurant.
  • Disliked — The beds!
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed October 25, 2007

I am now writing this review while sitting at the pool area, staying here for a total of 4 nights.

In a nutshell, this hotel is outstanding in all aspects, friendliness and services of the staffs is impecabble, although I wouldn't say it is an exemplary one.

The hotel itself is build on ponds, and the labyrinthine walkways linking each villa are both romantic and confusing. The owner himself is a fanatic art and antique collector, and you can surely tell by all his personal collections displayed in every corner of the hotel. Although it might not be in a bad way, but I feel that it is being overdone in few aspects. For example it certainly does not feel posh to have a sumptuous dinner eating from an obscure chipped wooden bowl.

Another thing is I am very particular with regards to cleaniness, and it certainly does not feel good to arrive in a tastefully decorated room with spider webs in the bathroom corner and a yellow toe nail at the bedside. GOD knows if these were artfully left behind on purpose.

Nevertheless I would highly recommend this hotel to newly web couples who seek tranquility in a remote part of bali, and be lost in this heavenly place one earth.

Stayed October 2007
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San Jose, CA, USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed September 25, 2007

This is definitely a great hotel to be in if you want to experience history, culture, hospitality, good food and personalized service. We loved the hotel setting with antiques everywhere and the romantic dinner by the beach to watch the sunset is definitely not to be missed. The hotel is owned and operated by the Anhar family. There is an interesting story about why the owner started the hotel. Read the book "Gathering Places" by Barbara Walker. The book can be found on the coffee table in the lobby. We stayed at a Rejang Suite wit a view of the Indian Ocean that had a great sunk in tub. An offering made of palm leaves woven in unique design and decorated with fresh flowers along with a plate full of fresh fruits are provided to us everyday. In the evening, a different but smaller palm leaves offering with a poem printed on raw paper were placed on wooden plate on our bed wishing us sweet dreams. We had massages in the Spa as well as the bale (hut) in the garden by the beach. Listening to the waves, feeling the sea breezes and hearing children's laughters in a distance, the massage offered a very unique experience. We tried all the different style of breakfast, Javanese, Balinese, Chinese and Western. We think the local favors far exceed the Western ones. The Chinese is not true Chinese. It was a new creation since the Chinese integrated with the Balinese for centuries. The only thing we were disappointed was the limited English skills of the staff. We also suggest not to book any tour from the hotel because their staff couldn't speak English well so he only acted as a driver. There was no local tour information offered and we had to ask the reception for a tour guide. We suggest to go into town to Kuta and negotiate with a tour/activities vendor. They are all over Kuta. They offer sharing tours or private tours. Private tour usually include driver, guide, entry fees and meals. We discovered that joining a tour with a credited tour guide is definitely the way to go. It was cheaper and you learn more. We had a great tour guide who had great knowledge of the culture and could speak English very well. His name is I Ketut Astadi. He works with his team mate driver Madam Rose. They both were a great team. His mobil phone is 08123615377. We learned a lot about the Balinese culture from him. If you can time it, try finding out when the next burial ceremony is and schedule yourself to be there. We missed it but we were told it would be quite an experience. We loved Bali and what it represents. We loved the people, the culture, the hospitality. We know we will be back there. Next time, I may want to start staying at Kuta to do all the shopping for two days, then, go to Ubud and stay there for a few days, and then end it with Hotel Tugu Bali where we can just relax and not go anywhere.

  • Liked — unique experience, quiet, hospitality, good food
  • Disliked — tour -- too expensive and staff does not speak English well. Don't book tour from hotel
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, B.C.
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2007

We have just had a wonderful five days at the Hotel Tugu. The grounds and rooms are magnificent. Ths staff treat you like royalty. We had a great time trying items from their extensive menu and each night ate in a different beautiful temple room that are part of the hotel. There is lots to do in the area and the hotel drivers were good guides.
For a really special experience, with all the flavor and beauty of old world Bali, this is the hotel to stay at.

  • Liked — the beauty
  • Disliked — everything was fnatastic
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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Seattle, USA
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200 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 2007

We are a little late in posting this review. This is one of our favorite places to stay on Bali. It is a little out of the way -- say 15 mintes to Legian but they provide free and timely transportation. The rooms are spacious, clean and so quiet. We found thhe food quite good and had intended to eat downtown but after a day touring we typically just chilled out and had dinner delivered to our pool room. What a serene experience. If you are more adventurous it's only 15 minutes to excellent restaurants downtown. The beach is across a small road and, like many Bali beches, is on black sand and iit does tend to stain the feet. But it is nice too walk on and the sunsets are glorious. We found the service very attentive --- all requests were speedily addressed. We will return.

  • Liked — Accomodations, service, setting
  • Disliked — Distance from town.
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, IL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed November 8, 2006

Hotel Tugu is a wonderful boutique hotel, especially for couples looking to have a special holiday. We spent three nights in the Puri Le Mayeur suite which was a wonderful melange of lovely antiques and a beautiful natural setting.

The hotel itself is full of interesting arrangements of antiques and interesting pavilions, set amidst a lovely natural setting.

The special dinners we had arranged in various settings around the property were beautifully prepared and presented. The service was first rate, and the staff genuinely friendly and interested in looking after our needs.

If you are looking for a relaxed environment in which to forget about touring for a while and just enjoy the slow natural pace of the island, this is the place.

  • Liked — Beautiful Location and Amenities
  • Disliked — Distance from Other Cultural Locations
  • Tips/Secrets — Have at least on dinner on the beach
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
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Palm Desert, California
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96 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed October 5, 2006

The hotel is very unique. The public areas make you feel as though you are part of a museum... wonderful! The rooms are large and well furnished and the private plunge pool adds a great touch. we really enjoyed walking the grounds. overall the hotel is definitely worth the stay but that's not the best part. the service from the staff was absolutely one of the most memorable my wife and i have ever experienced. this includes the general manager and the staff. just amazing. the general manager took us into town one night for dinner because the taxi was late. the spa treatments were incredible. we had a combo of inside and by the ocean. you really will enjoy and we highly recommend. only thing that you should be aware of it is somewhat remote.

  • Stayed March 2006, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Tugu Bali
Address: Jl Pantai Batu Bolong | Canggu Beach, Canggu 80361, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Canggu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Canggu
#1 Luxury Hotel in Canggu
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Canggu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Tugu Bali 5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on a beautiful pristine sunset beach Hotel Tugu Bali is almost an experience too surreally beautiful to be true. Built upon a passion for the romantic art, history and culture of Bali, a vast collection of Indonesian antiques adorned the hotel, blending pure tropical luxury with an out-of-the-ordinary ambience. 30 Minutes from the airport, 15 minutes from Seminyak, Tanah Lot Temple and one of Southeast Asia's best golf courses. ... more   less 
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