Hotel Tugu Bali
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes round-trip airport transfers, daily afternoon tea, and a welcome drink, a 15-minute foot and shoulder massage, and fresh fruit on arrival
- Exquisite collection of Indonesian art and antiques
- Free shuttle to nearby areas, including Seminyak
- The authentic spa, with its own healing center, where guests can whip up herbal cures
What To Know
- A 10 percent hotel service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Suited to couples looking for a quiet, romantic retreat. There are no kids facilities on-site
- There are some ongoing renovations to maintain and improve the property
- Rejang Suites are on the second floor and are accessed by a flight of winding stairs, so those with mobility issues should book ground-level suites
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Tugu Bali isn’t your typical Indonesian island retreat. Located in the sleepy town of Canggu, just steps from the beach, the hotel has ditched the identikit white-on-white design concept in favor of creating a true sense of place. The soaring thatched lobby is modeled after a traditional ceremonial hall and features a towering 16-foot statue of Garuda carved from a 120-year-old tree, and pillars adorned with carved wooden heads. It feels as if it were built for reliquary purposes rather than greeting guests.
Bed and Bath
All 22 rooms and suites are individually designed and housed in a series of low-slung buildings. Ground-floor Dedari Suites come with plunge pools and open-air bathrooms. Upstairs, Rejang Suites have balconies, massage beds, sunken tubs and a collection of paintings and objets d’art (not to mention killer ocean views). Both categories have four-poster canopy beds and lovely Old World charm.
Guests never have to dine in the same place twice, and each meal can be taken in a special setting. Enjoy an elaborate feast in the Bale Sutra, a 300-year-old temple, or tuck into a low-key meal in the property’s open-air waroeng, a traditional hut where dishes are cooked in an open kitchen. On the relaxation front, the spa’s six individually decorated treatment rooms feature antique chairs, massage beds made from old rice containers and traditional stoves to heat rocks and herbs and spices. Many of the products are made on-site, and there’s even an open-air healing center, where guests can learn how to whip up herbal remedies from ingredients grown in the resort’s own gardens. Limber up for an open-air yoga class or a Balinese dance class, or brush up your culinary skills with one of the cooking workshops.
How to Get There
I recently had an opportunity to stay at Hotel Tugu Bali. While this was not my first time visiting a Tugu location, this was my first time staying with the hotel. I’ve always heard about Tugu being exotic, mysterious and classic when it comes to designs, artworks and architecture, so it was really exciting to see how the room actually looks and feels like.
Driving up to Canggu on a weekend is always unpredictable, but i spent less than an hour give or take to reach Tugu from Legian. Arriving at the hotel on car was a breeze, the security guard was helpful and immediately whisked us in the lobby for check in. After walking into the hotel lobby area, i found that the overall ambiance of the hotel is romantic and inviting. There’s something blissful about the huge striking red fabric pushed by the tropical breeze, while surrounded by antiques, paintings and Indonesian furnitures.
I have to say, the biggest asset of the hotel lies within the staff members. Rini the duty manager welcomed us and gave brief explanation of our stay, inclusions and she was patient yet thorough so we didn’t have too much questions. I had my arak colada welcome drink. It was quite a unique experience as the staff member immediately handed us the drink menu right after we sat for check in. We can choose from the bar menu, with exclusions of some wine options.
Gagus the concierge escorted us to our Dedari Suite and he did well in explaining where everything is in our room. One important feature that the concierge did not miss was the panel behind the bed for master switches of the room. Had he not informed us, this would be a nuisance at night when it’s time to sleep. The suite is spacious, comes with classic bed, ample sofas, chairs and private plunge pool. We adore the bathroom in this Suite as it feels like we’re outside, with its charming tub and almost-Bohemian design.
The hotel applies ‘breakfast anywhere anytime’ concept. Rini suggested us to not shy ourselves from ordering from the a la carte menu as those are included anyway. We had breakfasts in the room and they were beautifully done and were very delicious. Nasi Goreng Matahari Terbit was awesome!
The hotel has Ji Restaurant on the higher floor. We’ve heard of the good food here so we decided to try them out and we were not disappointed. Sushi was fantastic. The ambiance was nice. Service could have been a tad more efficient, but everything else, top notch.
We love the access of this hotel to Batu Bolong Beach, Old Man’s and pretty much the best of Canggu. We reached Deus on foot and got time to explore the shops on the way. You know they say departing from your holiday is the hardest part. Well, Susi, Linda and Desi made it even harder for me as they escorted us out to the lobby to our car, smiled a lot and were very helpful. They had a nice and thoughtful farewell gift. These sincere gestures make you remember a hotel. Whenever i have the chance, i would come back and rekindle the nice memories there again. Keep it up, Tugu Bali!
Very good place to try the balianese food and see the traditional dance and music.
We really enjoy it, and had a great time.
good service and place.
magic music, great people and really good food.
We recommended to everyone.
I am still floating from the romantically inspiring and person-centered pampering we received while on vacation at Hotel Tugu, Bali. From beginning to end we were treated like royalty with the most genuine, humble and caring 5 star level of customer service I've ever experienced at a hotel, and I've traveled a great deal around the world. Before we even arrived, we were given inclusives such as a complimentary massage and romantic dinner to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. The lovely staff even sang happy birthday to him for breakfast! Their attention to detail in the form of little romantic notes left on the bed at turn down service, fresh flowers in the room daily, suggestions for shopping for a special item I was searching for, and a parting gift, only complimented the already romantically and uniquely designed villas, each with their own pool! With the design, the customer service, the spirit of the place, complete with a Balinese dance performance on Thursday night, you can't help but feel as though you are in a romantic story, sort of like Rama and Sita, where the battle is replaced with just fun and beauty all around, with, of course, the romantic love story in tact, LOL. Led by the manager, Jenny - who is a dream of a person, whom I can't wait to see again - the staff, including Riska, Sri, Vita, Wegi, Dayu, Widya, Kadek, Rini, Statue(sp?), Dewi, Susi and Narden - are exceptional, very helpful and just a joy, who made our stay even more special. Bravo, Hotel Tugu Bali! Thank you for the incredible memories! We will return! God bless and keep you all!
Our stay here was simply fantastic, as we expected having had a similarly great stay in Tugu Malang some years before.
We were there for our wedding anniversary and the staff spared no expense to help us feel welcome and at home.
The rooms were luxurious and amenities solid.
The only small gripe would be that nearby clubs play dance music late into the night (4am last I observed) but that is not the fault of Tugu. The hotel provides ear plugs by default by we didn't use it.
Also, note that the location is a little remote and near the surfing beach, so don't expect lots of shopping or handicrafts.
All in all, would come again, perhaps after we finish our pilgrimage of all the Tugu hotels!
We love Tugu. First came here in 1999 one year after it opened. Recently stayed in the Dedari Suite with its private pool and swinging couch, bathroom that opens to a private courtyard with a moat with mature goldfish. Huge bed in a huge room. Pathways, gardens and several themed restaurants with menus, furniture, paintings and antiques to match. Food is excellent. Staff friendly. Over the years there has been more development in the previously isolated area but this is still an oasis in the midst of a busy outside world.