Bringing back to life the art, soul and romance of Indonesia’s history.
On the southwest coast of Bali, on a long silky stretch of sand facing the Indian Ocean, Hotel Tugu Bali stands against the warm glow of the setting sun, a poet’s dream come true. The road to Tugu on Canggu Beach leads one to the heart and soul of Bali, where the wind whispers romantic tales of Balinese spirits, ancient kingdoms and eternal love stories. At Tugu, get lost in the narrow, labyrinth-like walkways inside the wild gardens, and submerge into a world of surreal beauty. The hotel is designed to bring back to life the romantic, forgotten tales of Java and Bali.
The magical Bale Agung lobby, with views to the Indian Ocean, houses an exclusive collection of historic Balinese artworks and cultural artefacts, among which are the impressive 4.9-meter tall wooden giant Garuda carved from a whole 120-years-old tree and Boma heads (mythological giant guardians) on top of soaring columns inspired by an ancient ceremonial house in central Bali. Surrounding the Bale Agung is a world of lush tropical gardens and wild lotus ponds, where each of the resort’s 21 villas and suites hides itself from one another.
The Puri Le Mayeur Villa, occupying an area of 200m2, ‘floats’ above its own 700m2 natural lotus pond. This villa is inspired by a love story between Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merprès, a famous Belgian painter who moved to the island in 1932, and Ni Polok, a renowned Legong dancer. The Puri Le Mayeur is furnished with beautiful original hand carved furniture including the bed canopy and veranda carved by a blind carver who worked for Le Mayeur and Ni Polok before they passed away.
The Ni Polok lounge is one of Hotel Tugu Bali’s secret corners. Named after the beautiful muse and love of Le Mayeur, the lounge represents a fusion of mystical exotic stories and modern cosy lounge space overlooking the ocean.
Entering the Walter Spies Pavilion, the other signature suite of this hotel, one finds himself transported to the romantic art deco era of Java in the early 20th century. This suite is dedicated to the German poet and artist Walter Spies, who made Java and Bali his home in the 1920s. The Walter Spies incorporates several original Dutch colonial architectural elements, including entrance gate, stained-glass windows, and a most beautiful headboard made of the artist’s original garden gate, as well as his original memorabilia from his childhood.
At Tugu one may choose a dining venue or pick a romantic spot – in the garden, private pavilion above the lotus pond, a cultural evening with a traditional culinary experience reviving the almost forgotten stories through ancient dances, live gamelan music and costumes of Bali or venture down to Ji restaurant for Japanese contemporary cuisine, the only restaurant on the island housed in a 311 – year old Kang XI period temple.
A culinary must is dining in the most important museum of Balinese history –The Bale Puputan. This regal room features the most complete collection of artefacts from the Balinese palaces of the Balinese monarch in the early 20th century. Experience the grand dining of the Balinese kings in the royal dining room dedicated to Balinese heroes.
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