My husband & I stayed here for 3 nights in July, in an Ocean View Rejang Suite. We found the hotel to be a very special place which strives to present a real Indonesian experience. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an alternative to the standard hip hotels.
The hotel is beautifully decorated with Indonesian antiques which the owner has collected & built in a dark indonesian wood; it feels old-fashioned, in a nice way. The main hall is an incredible example of Balinese architecture, with a soaring ceiling and gorgeous polished wood beams, stage & floors. The dining rooms & grounds are chock full of interesting items & spaces to examine (e.g., an old apothecary, antique beauty parlor, etc) & landscaped with ponds & many flowering plants.
The rooms are organized in Indonesian style 2-storey buildings. Our room was on the top floor overlooking the beach & was decorated in a colonial style, with dark wood, paned fully-opening windows, a separate small lounge with large soaking tub, 4-poster bed & antique style fixtures. It was simple, comfortable & traditional, which we liked; but do not expect a flat panel TV or noiseless a/c.
We found the service to be warm, friendly & competent, with all of the staff speaking excellent english (a rarity even in well-touristed Bali). The Indonesian food is among the best & most authentic I have ever had in Bali (in my 13 trips staying at top hotels & private villas); it is overseen by a genteel matron from Java who also teaches the cooking school (a terrific experience involving traditional cooking techniques taught in the hotel's outdoor warung kitchen, which I definitely recommend). It is clear that the owners & staff strive to present the cultures & traditions of Indonesia to the guests in their choices of activities & food. The dinner experience is truly special, with guests being able to choose to dine in one of the beautifully decorated private pavilions with a choice of several traditional menus (make sure to book this in advance!). We booked a dinner for 8 in the Bale Puputan, which was magical.
The only negatives I would mention are the spa services - the treatment menu is ambitious but the execution was a bit disappointing - & the pool, which is small & not particularly conducive to lounging.
- 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