One of our favourite things to do is travelling around the world. We like to stay in hotels with a unique character. Back in 2005 we experienced the Tugu Park hotel and from there we benchmark every other hotel we stay in. What the Tugu Park hotel does right is providing a unique experience through all the items that are one display and sometimes still in use, having a great location, serving some of the best food one can imagine and having a staff which will make the extra mile because you are their guest.
Our expectations were high and it is safe to say they were met. It started with the pick-up from the airport. In the car was a cooling box with drinks, a fruit platter and a refreshment towel. When we arrived at the hotel we could walk straight to the main area with a giant statue. We sit down, got a welcome drink and the staff handled the check-in. All we had to do is provide our documents. We got a full explanation of the hotel and any questions we had would be answered.
As we had a late arrive we had dinner straight away. The hotel has a concept that you can eat anywhere you like. The idea is you are the guest so you pick where you want to eat. The hotel has some beautiful locations for that so it is up to you where you want to have your meal.
The food was lovely and the portion was huge; from that moment on we knew we had made the right choice of coming to Tugu Bali.
Then we went to our room. We had the Dedari Suite; a suite on the ground floor with a pond with fishes, a plunge pool, a huge bed and a big bathroom. There is one other suite that is upstairs (Rejang Suite) but we would choose the Dedari suite anytime. The room had everything you could wish for including fresh fruit, free fast internet access and more bottles of complimentary water then you could finish. There were also anti-mosquito/insect devices installed at various areas of the suite so that they would not bother you.
After a good night sleep we had (the a la carte) breakfast the next day. The selection is huge; there is so much to choose from that you might have to stay at least a week to try all the different food. And this is not where it ends: with like 10 different kinds of coffee, more than 10 different kinds of tea the selection is enormous. Unlike some other hotels in the world Tugu wants to make sure you are not leaving hungry after breakfast and they succeeded in it.
Also for activities there is enough to do: an extensive spa menu, tours, yoga, danceclass, traditional medicine making etc. We will try that next time we return.
The manager provided us with a tour of the hotel. If you are interested in history it is highly recommended. The afternoon tea was just lovely again; served together with local cuisine it really was a nice touch. We had it on the private beach where the sunset is just stunning.
The next morning we already had to leave very early. The hotel provided us with a breakfast box for at the airport so we would not go hungry or thirsty, Again a good touch and a sign they are sincere about treating you as their guest.
We can highly recommend Tugu Bali. It is different than Tugu Park in Malang but on most levels it performs equally well or comes very close to it. We cannot wait until we can try the next Tugu.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Tugu Bali Hotel
- Tugu Bali Canggu
- Hotel Tugu Bali Canggu