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Hotel Tugu Bali
Ranked #1 of 36 Hotels in Canggu
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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“excellent property”
Reviewed December 2, 2011

would definitely recommend this hotel; not just for the beautiful property, but also for the cultural experience the hotel offers. Especially love the pool and sunken bathtub surrounded by a fish pond. the restaurants were a showpiece of themselves with beautiful presentation of food but a bit bland in taste. thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. It started with the airport transfer when we were picked up promptly and welcomed with a cold moist towel, chilled water and fruit basket during our ride to the hotel

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed November 26, 2011

A wonderful and authentic experience which immediately merges you into the archipelago's history both ancient and recent. Add to the mis en scene delicious food, great service and luxurious accommodation.

A pity that the attention to detail and ambience do not follow through to the beach experience; that said had great morning swims followed by our requested papaya juice liberally doused with lime.

  • Stayed November 2011
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed November 18, 2011

great location, none of the busy scene of seminyak. you can stay at the hotel and just relax. the beach is private, you can actually have a lounge chair or bed right by the shore. great surf everyday. The restaurant in the hotel is interesting, we booked a private dinner in one of the rooms and it was very special and a lot of food. The spa was very nice, clean, private and professional. well worth the money if you can swing it, rather expensive but a much better experience than the chain hotels.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Schwaz, Austria
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Reviewed November 17, 2011

Located about 45 to 60+ minutes from the Denpasar airport [traffic depending], this is a fine little gem of a hotel. Canggu is a popular beach for surfing on Bali, and the area draws a mix of young surfers and middle/older age tourists - Russians were greatly in evidence. The Bali Tugu hotel is a bit of an oasis just off the beach with its two story wood villas, manicured gardens and pool walled off from the outside. It's a very short walk from the hotel over to the beach - and you can stretch you legs walking quite a distance along the ocean. A serious ocean too - for what makes good surfing does not always lend itself to a casual dip. The beach can also be quite dirty, as trash washes up at times - greatly diminishing the appeal.

On the other hand, the hotel has an attractive small pool with a half dozen lounge chairs to wile away some time reading/relaxing. The spacious villas have dipping pools and/or large sunken tubs, and provide the feeling of a luxury stay in colonial times, only thankfully with air conditioning.

The grounds also include several beautiful buildings offering interesting dining options [Chinese, traditional Balinese], however these appeared more suited to groups than one or two guests. Nevertheless the hotel offers an extensive menu of Indonesian and Western dishes - nearly all well prepared. We found the quality of a few breakfast items uneven. Note that there are some excellent restaurants in the vicinity for a change of pace. The hotel graciously provided a car and driver to the restaurants [based on availability], and taxi fares to the surrounding area were reasonable [<USD10 one way].

In summary, we found our stay relaxing and enjoyable; the service excellent; and the ambiance warm and welcoming. One caution is that the beach experience may not measure up to expectations - if those are white sugar sand with clear blue gently rolling surf. If you have a board on the other hand...

Room Tip: The nearby Sarong restaurant provides excellent Asian inspired dishes.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Hamburg
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Reviewed November 11, 2011

We stayed 5 day at the Tugu Bali and it was by far the nicest, most special and wellcoming place during our 3 week trip through Bali. Everything about the hotel is done with so much attention to detail and respect for the balinese culture and history. A truly special place with wonderful people. We hope to come back to our little paradise on Bali.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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JasmineHolidays
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Reviewed November 10, 2011

Tugu is like nowhere else in Bali - it's really probably my favourite hotel on the island. It's got so much character it just makes walking around the place such a delight (don't forget to ask the front desk for a little tour of the hotel). Yes imagine that - a 'tour' of the hotel! You don't get that at the Hyatt or the Sheraton.

I stayed in a Rejang Suite which is the second floor room. The rooms have sea views with large terraces and outdoor bathtub... You can hear the sound of the waves breaking from the bed - so nice!

I had a good look at the other rooms and would highly recommend the Walter Spies or Puri Le Mayeur Suites. The Walter Spies Suite contains personal artefacts of the artist, and the bed headboard is constructed from his wooden garden gate! They are really special places to stay. All the rooms are full of character, without compromising on comfort.

Food at Tugu was great - loved the Indonesian breakfast. Service is very friendly and personal without being too corporate.

The beach – well it’s not the Maldives, but the beach here is quiet – it’s a surf beach so you can hear the waves breaking. For a beautiful beach - stay at Tugu Bali for a few nights then go to the Tugu Lombok which is on a really fantastic beach.

If staying somewhere authentic with character and soul is important to you, then Tugu is THE place to stay in Bali.

Thanks to the lovely people at Tugu for making my short stay special.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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North America
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Reviewed November 8, 2011

Right from several months before our stay until they loaded us up into our driver's van with heartfelt goodbyes and a beautiful fruit basket, the staff at Hotel Tugu never ceased to amaze us.

We had never been to Bali before, and this being a "big" anniversary trip, I worried about the "right place" to celebrate. I could not have picked a better hotel. Right from replying quickly to any inquiry to getting us a correct electrical adapter for our room, to the great VIP pick-up service from the airport, the staff were extremely gracious, professional, and pleasant to deal with.

The Tugu is located in an oasis of beautiful gardens, with gorgeous Canggu Beach just steps away across a narrow access road. I picked the hotel as it had beautiful, traditional, architecture but was outside the chain box. Hotel Tugu delivered just that and much more. We had a Dendari Suite, which is on ground level with a private dipping pool. The private pool was large, and surprisingly deep; I am 5'2" and the water came right up to my collar bones. The rooms are beautifully and thoughtfully decorated, with our suite containing a gorgeous semi-outdoor bathroom with rainforest shower head and a view out to the many fish in the canals that wind through the property. The bed was extremely comfortable and the air-conditioning was great, the Tugu being one of the rare properties that provided adequate A/C during our Indonesia trip. Soaps and other amenities were packaged in "vintage" hand-made paper and everything, I mean, everything, at the hotel had a beautiful "vintage" look - evocative of the romantic 30's, right down to the "aged" post card with a greeting written on it for us and to the twig pencil in the room to write with.

I have read previous reviews of the hotel being "old" but those people sadly did not "get" it. The Tugu is meant to be romantic, and traditional - that means tastefully picked out antiques, teak furniture, hand-carved doors, with modern touches throughout. If you want minimalist, stainless-steel surroundings, you will have to look elsewhere. Everything was also clean to the point of being pristine.

I am the first to try local restaurants and really advocate supporting local businesses, but the food was so delicious and well-done at the Hotel Tugu that we ate there for most of our meals! Breakfast is very comprehensive - from traditional Indonesian to Western dishes to pick from and everything done perfectly. You can have as much as you want and you probably will skip lunch. I can safely say from what we overheard from other guests and from what I've read here on TA is to get the FRENCH TOAST. It is incredible!!! However, I repeat, everything is done so well. I had the best club sandwich here out of all our travels at this hotel (and you can tell from my profile I've been a lot of places).

We had a romantic dinner included in our package, and it was a five-star gourmet experience, with several courses. Set in an ancient Chinese Temple on the grounds, it was very unique and something we will remember in years to come.

I took a cooking lesson from one of the chefs and it was such a great experience, I learned a lot, and cooked a lot! The chef and the staff member who interpreted for me were great ladies, and at the end of the day, it felt like a few girlfriends getting together to cook and chat. My husband had a couple of spa treatments and said they were great.

There are no words to describe how wonderful they made our anniversary. This is one of the very few hotels we would return to in Indonesia. Hopefully we will be able to try their other properties in the future. Note: You can get the best deals with Luxury Link but bring a printed copy of the package you buy; our package changed from the time purchased to the time we stayed.

  • Stayed September 2011, 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 Luxury Hotel in Canggu
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Canggu
#1 Spa 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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