Mountains, rice paddies and beaches make up the spectacular landscape of Bali, and provide the backdrop for the beautiful and charming Hotel Tugu, the perfect retreat for anyone looking for a taste of local art and culture alongside the usual comforts of a luxury hotel.
To travel here, you can book flights with British Airways or Singapore Airlines from Heathrow via Singapore, or with Emirates via Dubai, to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. Alternatively, British Airways and Emirates also operate out of Gatwick while Singapore Airlines flies from Manchester. Hotel Tugu is a forty-five minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport.
Owned by Indonesia’s biggest art collector, Hotel Tugu is not only a luxury hotel but also home to many fascinating and beautiful works of art, antiques and cultural artefacts collected from all over Indonesia. he philosophy of the place is to keep alive the “art, soul and romance” of Indonesia’s history – indeed, the name Tugu means “monument” in Indonesian – and from the food to the spa treatments, you will find that your experience of traditional Indonesia extends far beyond the décor.
The hotel is made up from thatched suites which are dotted between lotus ponds in the hotels lush grounds. The adjacent sandy Canggu Beach is the perfect place to take a gentle horse ride or an evening stroll along the sand, dipping your toes into the warm Indian Ocean.
Each room at Hotel Tugu is unique, packed full of local character and designed with exquisite attention to detail. From the carved four-poster bed, wood panelled windows and sunken bathtub of the Rejang Suites, to the private plunge pool and semi open air bathroom of the Dedari Suites, whichever room you end up in is sure to be a special experience. All rooms benefit from complimentary Wi-Fi and safe, as well as use of the hotel’s book, DVD and music library. A comprehensive concierge service is also at guests’ disposal, including complimentary airport transfers, 24 hour reception and laundry and dry-cleaning service. Room Tip – Choose the ground floor for private garden space, or the first floor for stunning views.
Aiming to present guests with more than just good food, Hotel Tugu’s philosophy of preserving the ancient charm of Indonesia finds its way into the cuisine and the way it is served. The menu is full of traditional flavours and dishes, while there are all kinds of unusual dining experiences to enjoy, from the Elegant Imperial Balinese feast to the royal parade of the king of the 14th century Majapahit kingdom. If you’re on a romantic getaway with your other half, why not try the picnic in an antique bed on a private beach, surrounded by oil lanterns? It’s guaranteed to be a unique experience you’ll remember for years to come!
Pool and Activities
Relax by the large, deep blue pool, surrounded by lush foliage, or indulge yourself in a spa treatment, many of which have their roots in ancient Indonesian culture. You can take a yoga class, learn to cook using traditional Javanese or Balinese methods, or even learn local styles of flower arranging or dance. Enjoy a ride in a Bendi – a Balinese version of a horse-drawn carriage – through rice paddies and fishing villages. Or, if the sea is calling you, the hotel is in the perfect location, right on the beach.
Attention to detail is one of this hotel’s greatest strengths. When you return to your room for the night, look out for the fresh flowers and even poetry left for you by the staff.
Tatler said that Hotel Tugu is one of the 101 best hotels in the world, a paradise with the sexiest suite on the island. Accolades like this have made Hotel Tugu a popular beachside retreat for the luxury traveller on the beautiful island of Bali.
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