Of HER­ITAGE and His­tory

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Travel back to the old days of charm­ing cul­ture and arts at the au­then­tic, one-of-a-kind Ho­tel Tugu Bali.

Ho­tel Tugu needs no fur­ther in­tro­duc­tion. Com­pared to most – if not all – its coun­ter­parts, Ho­tel Tugu is a whole dif­fer­ent (and unique) ball­game. The first Ho­tel Tugu was built in Malang, East Java, be­fore ex­pand­ing to Bl­i­tar, also in East Java, Bali and Lombok. Ini­ti­ated by owner An­har Set­jadi­brata – dubbed the quin­tes­sen­tial 20th cen­tury Re­nais­sance man – Tugu is more than just a ho­tel, it's a gallery where An­har show­cases his pas­sion­ate col­lec­tion of fine In­done­sian art and cul­tural an­tiq­ui­ties. With the aim of trans­port­ing guests back to Java and Bali's ro­man­tic era, Ho­tel Tugu is home to one of the largest orig­i­nal art col­lec­tions in South­east Asia, where ev­ery lit­tle de­tail has a back­ground that dates back hun­dreds of years.

Com­ing into Ho­tel Tugu Bali, guests will be wel­comed by the ma­jes­tic sight of the ages-old, de­tailed Garuda statue – a cen­tre­piece to the an­tique black-and-red pal­ette of the re­cep­tion area. Take a step back and make a stop at Bale Puputan,

a gallery that also dou­bles as a pri­vate din­ing area. The room brings back the

19th cen­tury, par­tic­u­larly the Puputan War in Badung and Klungkung, Bali, and the her­itage of Ba­li­nese royal fam­i­lies. Bask in the time-trav­el­ling royal am­bi­ence as you en­joy the au­then­tic Grand Ri­jsttafel or the Ba­li­nese Ra­jadom fare.

Take a minute to kick back and re­lax at Ji at Bale Su­tra 1706, a bar that is built around an orig­i­nal 311-year-old Kang Xi pe­riod tem­ple – an ex­otic fu­sion of an­cient Ja­panese and Chi­nese cul­tures. With wide se­lec­tions of sake and wine and sushi dishes, the out­let is a great af­ter-hours hang­out with­out los­ing the true iden­tity of Ho­tel Tugu. Ji Ter­race by the Sea was re­cently launched, a more modern take that brings to­gether a vin­tage qual­ity and the eas­i­ness of modern-day Bali – an el­e­vated des­ti­na­tion over­look­ing the ocean.

Come the time to rest, there are 21 suites in Ho­tel Tugu Bali that are cat­e­gorised into five types. While each and ev­ery one of th­ese is charm­ing in its own way, the spot­light usu­ally falls on the Puri Le Mayeur suite and Wal­ter Spies Pavil­ion suite. A homage to Bel­gian painter Adrien­jean Le Mayeur de Mer­près and his love story with his muse, the beau­ti­ful Le­gong dancer Ni Polok, float­ing in the mid­dle of a nat­u­ral lo­tus pond, Puri Le Mayeur is some­thing out of a del­i­cate day­dream. His­tor­i­cal art en­thu­si­asts will ap­pre­ci­ate the orig­i­nal pieces by Le Mayeur found in this unit. Just as rav­ish­ing is the Wal­ter Spies Pavil­ion, also a solid ded­i­ca­tion to leg­endary artist Wal­ter Spies – one of the big­gest con­trib­u­tors to Ba­li­nese art. Some orig­i­nal knick-knacks be­long­ing to him – in­clud­ing his old cam­era, paint­ings, pic­tures from his youth and orig­i­nal let­ters to his fam­ily – can be found in this pavil­ion.

The beauty of Ho­tel Tugu Bali lies in the sto­ries in each cor­ner, so spare some time to ask the staff for a quick nar­rated tour around the prop­erty, and you'll go home with the most price­less sou­venir – an ex­pe­ri­ence to re­count.

HO­TEL TUGU BALI

Jalan Pan­tai Batu Bo­long, Canggu Beach Bali 80361, In­done­sia

T: (+62) 361 473 1702 E: bali@tuguho­tels.com

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