Hotel Tugu Bali
For those of you who enjoy luxury, the balinese culture and still like to surf all day, this ocean front boutique hotel in the surfer hotspot of Canggu is perfect.
Tugu: The Art, Soul and Romance of Indonesia
Tugu, in Indonesian language, means ‘monument’. Tugu Hotels are small privately owned and designed collection of luxury art hotels born out of one man’s love and passion for Indonesia’s romantic history. Tugu Hotels’ founder, Anhar Setjadibrata, once upon a time a medical student-turned-lawyer, and now the owner of the biggest collection of fine Indonesian art and cultural antiquities in Indonesia, designed these beautiful boutique museum hotels to house his antiques and to share with the world the romantic stories and legends of ancient kingdoms of Indonesia. .
The Tugu mission is to bring back to life the art, soul and romance of Indonesia’s yesteryears. This fully Indonesian experience is achieved not only through the artful design and themed décor, but also from the various cultural experiences that guests can only have in the hotels. From lavish feasts and banquets of kings from the 14th century Majapahit Kingdom with parades of soldiers, dancers, and offerings, to humble village dinners of Java and Bali with old ladies cooking in terracotta pots, wood-fire, and eating with bare hands. The Tugu Spa treatments include offerings of traditional jamus in the herbal apothecary that don’t exist anymore in modern Indonesia, as well as spiritual treatments such as Mantra therapy and other inner healings.
The first Tugu in East Java, Hotel Tugu Malang, received its name for its location facing the central monument in downtown Dutch colonial-era Malang. Now Tugu Hotels & Exotic Spas in Bali, Lombok, Blitar and Malang, all stand as unique monuments of forgotten art, culture and romance of the thousand-years-old Indonesian archipelago.
Hotel Tugu Bali
Once upon a time, there was a young, poor medical student in Java with a passion for Indonesian antiques and history. One day an elderly European professor, who majored in the legend of Ramayana, hired him as a guide to take him to meet a stranger..
The meeting place had a lonely stretch of sandy beach with the most beautiful sunset he had ever seen, adjacent to miles and miles of green paddy fields with an ancient temple in the middle. At twilight, he saw the stranger handing an object to the professor. It was a Cupu Manik – a 16th century stone bowl of three parts from where a priest used to sprinkle holy healing water over sick villagers. The student realized the priceless cultural value of the Cupu Manik, despite being new to the antique world.
Several years later, the poor student become a professional antiquarian, still searching in vain for the Cupu Manik. One evening, when visiting an antique-lover friend he saw it – the very same one he had seen in the professor’s hands. Through a lot of efforts and cost, he managed to get the Cupu Manik back. Hotel Tugu Bali, located on the beach where he first saw the Cupu Manik for the first time, is now the current home of this precious artefact. The student is the founder of Tugu Hotels, Exotic Spas and Restaurants, a small privately owned and designed collection of luxury art hotels and restaurants with a mission to bring back to life the art, soul and romance of Indonesia’s yesteryears.
Today, his vast collection of Indonesian art and antiques are housed exclusively in these beautiful boutique museum hotels and restaurants for the world to experience. Immerse yourself in the romantic stories and legends of ancient Indonesian kingdoms and be a part of history that you can touch and feel.
A true love story never ends.