Tugu Hotels are a top pick for your next holiday in Indonesia because they offer an authenticity that you won’t find anywhere else. This privately owned and designed collection of luxury art hotels are born out of one man’s love and passion for Indonesia’s romantic history. Tugu Hotels’ founder, arguably Indonesia’s biggest collector of fine Indonesian art and cultural antiquities, designed these beautiful museum hotels to house his antiques and to tell the world the romantic stories and legends of the ancient kingdoms of Indonesia.
Tugu Hotels & Restaurants in Bali, Lombok, Jakarta, and East Java, all stand as ethereal monuments of forgotten art, culture, and romance of the thousand-years-old Indonesian archipelago. This fully Indonesian experience is achieved not only through a most unique design amidst majestic landscapes, historic towns, and refurbished historic buildings, but also from various cultural experiences that guests can only have in the hotels and restaurants.
We outline all the Tugu hotels below so that you can select the Tugu hotel that best fits your needs and dreams.
Hotel Tugu Bali
Hotel Tugu Bali has chosen its location in the most romantic place on Bali. Nestled on the pristine sunset beach of Canggu, surrounded by whispering rice fields and adjacent to the Batu Bolong Temple, Hotel Tugu Bali was built from a passion for the romantic beauty of the art, history, and culture of Bali and Indonesia. A vast collection of priceless Indonesian antiques and artworks adorn the hotel, blending pure tropical luxury with an out-of-the-ordinary ambiance.
Hotel Tugu Bali features suites with ocean or garden views, indoor or outdoor baths along with beautiful artworks all immersed in private tropical surroundings. The award-winning Waroeng Djamoe Spa is where guests can indulge in centuries-old Indonesian massages and palatial beauty treatments. Simply drift away in a bathtub beneath layers of velvety floral softness or experience authentic Balinese and Javanese treatments on hundred-year-old massage beds that were once used for rice storage. The hotel is also opening the new Guan Yin Yoga Shala with natural breezes from the ocean to help guests find bliss and wellbeing for body and soul through yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and breathing exercises.
In terms of dining, Tugu Cultural Dining can be found inside the hotel, which offers authentic Indonesian food and a journey of culinary adventure across the Indonesian archipelago. Some of the highlights are Balinese Rajadom (Royal Dining Feast of the Balinese Kingdoms), Royal Tugudom (Grand Ceremonial Dining of Majapahit Kingdom) or Grand Rijstaffel (Dutch era Smorgasbord), a rich multi-course cultural dining experience presented with theatrical performance that will give you a real taste of elegant imperial Indonesian dining. For a more casual setting, Waroeng Tugu or Megibung dining is an exotic occasion and lifestyle experience from the Javanese and Balinese people, reflecting how they ate in the comfort of their own homes in times gone by. Finally, Ji Terrace by the sea, which serves a fusion of ancient and contemporary Asian cuisine, is found within the Ji Restaurant, with open skies and 180 degrees undisturbed views across the sparkling Indian Ocean and Canggu Beach.
Hotel Tugu Java
Hotel Tugu Malang is the first property of all Tugu Hotels, built and designed by the founder to house his vast, priceless collection of antiques influenced by the Javanese Babah Peranakan. It has legendarily hosted every president of the country, world personalities in politics and entertainment, and has been constantly listed as one of the best and most unique hotels in the world.
Located at the heart of the old town, looking out to the main monument of Indonesia’s struggle for independence’s beautiful lotus pond park, Hotel Tugu Malang is more than just a hotel; it has become most indigenous, most essential in experiencing the beautiful richness of the history of Java.
Hotel Tugu Malang is a must-see destination by itself. Hundreds and hundreds of antiques tastefully adorn every corner of the hotel, walking guests through the heritages of the Dutch colonial era, the gradual fusion of the Indonesian and the Chinese cultures over many centuries as well as the humble beauty of traditional Indonesian masterpieces. Each of its 49 rooms and suites is designed with individual character; some have been dedicated as tributes to Indonesian art heroes of the past.
There are loads of dining options here. We have included all the main restaurants and bars below but there are even more destinations for intimate dinners and large weddings within the hotel, so contact the hotel to design your own ideal evening.
Dining at Hotel Tugu Malang is not just a meal. It is a journey back in time to experience the beauty of Indonesian history. In doing so, a range of choreographed lavish dinners of the kings from the Majapahit Kingdom in the 14th century, Colonial-influenced dining experiences, and authentic flavors through two restaurants have been specially curated. Dining here is a world apart from any other experience in Indonesia, it opens the doors to a glimpse into the beautiful simplicity and the exotic richness of cooking culture.
The only restaurant in Malang that features a classic, romantic Malang Tempo Doeloe (Nostalgic Times of Malang) atmosphere, Melati Restaurant is famous for its original Indonesian home cooking old recipes, its Chinese Peranakan menu, as well as a vast menu of tender, juicy steaks, ranging from old Dutch Colonial recipes of batter-fried steaks to gourmet French-style grilled steaks. With its complete breakfast bread menu all baked fresh from the oven daily, this restaurant is also a favorite breakfast and brunch spot, the only one of its kind with its serene Javanese atmosphere and lush tropical greens.
Saigon’s San restaurant is an embodiment of the Indochina spirit, including that of Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, and Cambodia. Attached to the iconic Hotel Tugu Malang, the establishment offers a splendid décor and modern Indochina cuisine that tells a rich history from many centuries.
SaigonSan Rooftop Terrace is the ultimate place to live the moment, spending lazy afternoons and romantic evenings where time pauses, people watching on the streets down below, and seeing the crimson dusk slowly being replaced by twinkling lights and the stars.
Ban Lam is a wine shop and bar and has elegant interiors that evoke a European salon culture, with antique furniture and an intimate atmosphere further enhances by the beautiful collection of local arts, of which the majority are from the owner’s private collections.
Roti Tugu is known as the best homemade bakery in East Java, with the largest bread and cake selection in town. All the products of Roti Tugu are baked fresh several times daily, with absolutely no use of preservatives. Other than its bread and cake products, Roti Tugu also serves Malang traditional delicacies, ice cream, and steaks of the Dutch Colonial times.
Finally, Tugu Tea House is a cozy nostalgic Javanese lounge on the second floor that has indoor and outdoor seating areas, offering a romantic view of Malang’s old town square. Tugu Tea House is a popular meeting point, especially between 4:00 – 6:00 pm, where guests gather for afternoon tea (complimentary for in-house guests). A traditional Javanese stall features a variety of traditional snacks and cakes as well as fresh local teas, coffees, or herbal drinks.
Hotel Tugu Blitar, Indonesia
Hotel Tugu Blitar, unprecedentedly the best hotel and restaurant in Blitar, East Java, is housed in a colonial East Javanese mansion that was built in the 1850s, making it the oldest hotel in Indonesia, with giant white-washed pillars, furniture from the late 19th century and the early 20th century, nostalgic photographs and elegant chandeliers.
To discover the real, unspoiled East Java means a visit to the town and surroundings of Blitar, where most of the remains of Majapahit Kingdom still stand timeless, surrounded by tropical landscape and countryside scenery. It also has a romantic flair of the early days of Indonesia; in fact, Blitar is where Soekarno, Indonesia’s first president who proclaimed the independence of this country, was born and buried.
Hotel Tugu Blitar’s 56 charming suites and rooms are artfully designed with inspirations from the colonial era, and East Javanese and equipped with modern amenities. The hotel is extended to Hotel Sri Lestari, one of the first hotel buildings in Indonesia. All rooms capture optimal sunlight with an exterior view of the beautiful backyard. Each room features classic décor with one king bed or two double beds and marble bathrooms. The quiet location offers serene calmness and relaxation after a long day exploring the city.
Having been awarded by the local government for its uncompromised quality, the restaurants at Hotel Tugu Blitar are undoubtedly the finest and most romantic in town. Exuding an exotic East Javanese atmosphere from the Dutch colonial era, dining here is served like nowhere else. It is more than a meal; it’s a rare, unique experience that brings you to travel to the romantic eras of Indonesia centuries ago.
The Colony restaurant serves the best dining in town, ranging from traditional Indonesian, Chinese and European cuisines, and was given awards by the local government for its uncompromised quality. The restaurant has an exotic East Javanese atmosphere from the Dutch colonial era, characterized by giant white-washed pillars, furniture of the similar period, and candles every evening.
Waroeng Jawa is a popular local meeting point especially in the late afternoon, where guests gather for afternoon tea and cakes (complimentary for in-house guests). A humble traditional Javanese–style stall lit by oil lamps, featuring a variety of traditional snacks and cakes as well as a vast choice of local tea, coffee or herbal drinks with the warmest Javanese hospitality.
Hotel Tugu Lombok
Hotel Tugu Lombok is located on miles of pristine virgin white sand beach of Sire, on the northwest coast of the island, 15 minutes boat ride across the Gili islands and framed by the majestic sunrise over Mount Rinjani.
A loving testament to the long-forgotten culture of Lombok the hotel is surrounded by chapters from the romantic epic of the Mahabharata through hundreds of beautiful artworks that are complemented with breathtaking views, various dining options, and award-winning Indonesian spa offerings.
All guest accommodations are within steps from the beach, housed in traditional buildings. The clear blue water in front of Hotel Tugu Lombok is ideal for swimming and snorkeling during the day. At night, a picture-perfect tropical dream takes over with sparkling waters and shadows of the whispering palm leaves which float seductively under the silvery full moon and a million stars.
In terms of dining, Kokok Pletok restaurant is a rustic open-air space with 15 meter tall thatched ceiling overlooking the ocean, lotus ponds, and the tropical landscape, serving fine international, Asian-tinged, oriental, and authentic Indonesian cuisine for which Tugu is renown. The name ‘Kokok Pletok’ is derived from the sound that the rooster makes, and the extraordinarily long roof is decorated by a giant Lombok rooster that can be seen from the sea and miles away.
Hotel Tugu Lombok’s second restaurant, Gedong Gandrung literally translates into ‘Hall of Love’. It is a place that inspires true love; a place to say timeless vows to one another, under the silent blessing of the eternal couple Rama and Sita from the Ramayana epic.
Finally, Lara Djonggrang Bar is a traditional hut with hundred-year-old thick wooden benches and tables, a long old teak bar, oil lamps and semi-open bamboo windows, and beautiful artworks. Lara Djonggrang bar is chicly primitive, with sweet traditional tunes during the day and sensual lounge music playing in the evening with a brick-walled wine cellar
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