Tugu Hotel - Bali, Indonesia
Upon landing in Bali for our first time, Tugu Hotel in Canggu did everything in their power to submerge us in traditional Balinese culture. We were greeted with a drink and an ancient set of dances and drumming performed in front of a marvelous, yet ferocious statue of the Hindu God, Garuda . Never having experienced Indonesian culture before, Tugu's open arms afforded us an ambient, comfortable and amazing few days to get used to and already fall for the intricacies of the beautiful Indonesian customs.
There were several options for dinner included in-room service, a brand new Japanese restaurant and a traditional Indonesian menu. Chris and I chose the in-room service the first night where we dined on Dim Sum and the Japanese restaurant the second. We found out that the restaurant was housed in a building that was over 300 years old. Yet, the decor was modern and the food and drinks were fresh.
Breakfast was a whole other wonderful ordeal. Tugu is special in that they offer their breakfast at any time of the day and anywhere on their grounds. We chose to eat breakfast both mornings in their garden by the beach in an outdoor bed. It was incredibly luxurious and special.
The staff welcomed us warmly and we were even told to feel like we were home. They provided us with all sorts of activities to keep us occupied from allowing us to borrow bikes to cruise around the neighboring temples, shops, and rice fields to even giving us a traditional herbal drinks class.
Our room, with our own swimming pool and beautiful in-ground bath tub, was decorated in a traditional balinese fashion. It was the definition of luxury and comfort.
It was hard to leave the enchanting realm of Tugu. Their grounds is a magical escape into the realm of the peace and beauty that surrounds traditional Balinese culture. If you would like a taste of cultural Bali, Tugu should be on your list.