Art and soul
Hotel Tugu Bali offers the boutique hotel experience with an island flair. The hotel's owner carefully crafted the property from the ground up, paying attention to the details in both decor and experience. You won’t find a cookie cutter experience at the top-rated hotel in Canggu. This sleepy town and the resort are fantastic places to experience an island vacation, epic honeymoons, or a beach getaway.
We considered this luxury boutique hotel to be very romantic and filled with Balinese culture. The pool, though small, is nice, as are the gardens. The grounds are kept in immaculate condition, and we were delighted to find fresh flowers in the room from the garden.
Nestled in the small fishing town of Canggu, the resort can be found along the southwestern shores of the island. Its official address is Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu Beach, Bali, Indonesia. Bali’s main airport, Ngurah Rai International Airport, is just 30 minutes away, with top-rated golf and the shops and spas of Seminyak located close to the resort's picture-perfect location.
The hotel’s 21 rooms and suites are a showplace for a rich art collection, adding to the beauty of the sunset and gardens. The owner and founder of the hotel assembled an amazing collection, which focuses on European splendor and traditional Balinese decor. This art collection is spread throughout the hotel, and the creativity extends to the design and naming of each suite.
We found the Dedari Suite rather spacious, complete with soaking tub and canopy bed just steps away from the plunge pool. The Puri Le Mayeur Suite was inspired by the story of a European artist, Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merprès and love Ni Polok. The romantic villa has a private plunge pool, plus open-air dining space, and a veranda perfect for watching the sun set over the waves. All of the suites are filled with art and space designed for relaxing, with perks like WiFi and spa amenities.
Like the décor and the art collection, the dining experiences celebrate the cultures of Indonesia. The experiences are great, including the free breakfasts. The fresh fruit tasted like nothing like the traditional hotel fare.
There are five places to dine at Hotel Tugu Bali, both indoors and outside among the grounds. Twelve people can gather around the table at Bale Puptan, decorated with treasures from Bali’s royals, while up to 200 are invited for meals at Ntilan Agung. Here, diners enjoy views of the gardens or the ocean, surrounded by antiques and ordering from a menu that fuses flavors from Bali, China, and Java. You’ll also find a garden restaurant, a bar, outdoor eatery, and high tea service. On Thursday evenings, the hotel hosts a Cultural Dance Performance and Dinner, a lavish display of Balinese culture and cuisine.
Things to do
Beyond the table, the resort offers an array of experiences you’d enjoy on a beach vacation. A nice small pool and the garden grounds are worth checking out. Out of ideas for more? The staff that works here are very friendly with impeccable service and they’re English speaking. They’re happy to suggest activities like a flower-arranging course, cooking class, or yoga.
Resort guests also can learn the ancient art of Djamoe, traditional Javanese wellness techniques. The spa offers a number of treatments combining both traditional and modern pampering.
It’s just 5 minutes to Canggu Beach, known for the excellent surfing. The conditions, too, are ideal for paddle boarding and kite surfing. Watching the sunsets are a must even if you’re not the adventurous sort.
A visit to Ji at the Bale Sutra Restaurant is recommend too; you’re bound to enjoy the Japanese fusion dining and there’s an excellent mixologist here at the unique restaurant right by the hotel. It’s housed in a former temple, dating from the KangXi period more than 300 years ago.