Where to Stay in Canggu, Bali: Spotlight on Hotel Tugu
Nestled in Bali’s stylish surf outpost of Canggu is a 5-star luxury boutique resort with lush gardens, intimate thatched-roofed suites, world-class restaurants and gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean.
Hotel Tugu’s slogan is “the art, soul, and romance of Indonesia” and it successfully reflects that mission in every sense. The vibe is both eclectic & tropical, with its architecture and decor artfully designed to spotlight the rich culture & spirituality of Bali.
Walking in past an ornately decorated lobby filled with vibrant reds and regal golds, you’re overtaken by the gorgeous palm-lined dark blue pool, lush green gardens, and beautiful views of the beach. The true beauty of this hotel, however, is definitely in its traditional Balinese rooms. Our room was a second story Rejang Suite, with a wooden interior, a carved four-poster bed scattered with rose petals, and a luxurious bathroom featuring a sunken metal bathtub. It was to die for.
With only 21 guestrooms, the hotel immediately feels intimate and romantic, transporting you a million miles away all while still being located in the center of town. The best restaurants in Canggu are only steps away (many on the property) and the most famous bar is located a quick walk across the street at Old Man’s.
Where to eat:
Ji, a japanese restaurant in the hotel, was easily one of the best meals I had in Bali. Order the Coco Sexo ( a delicious & festive coconutty drink that comes to the table smoking with dry ice ), and as many delicious small plates as you can. The sushi & pork belly lollipops were to die for. Everything we tasted here was insanely good.
Bale Sutra (The Palace of Harmony)
Extravagant dining in a red 18th century Kang Xi period temple. This temple is a symbol of harmony between ancient Balinese and Chinese Peranakan cultures. Bale Sutra features Asian-influenced cuisine to reflect the combining of these rich cultures.
Unique Balinese dining surrounded by extraordinary ceilings and beautiful Balinese architecture.
A favorite for it’s humble atmosphere of being an open-air traditional 15th century kitchen, lit only by oil lamps. The chef, Mother Soelastri, cooks in the wood-fire kitchen in front of guests for a truly unique experience.
I have to say that the massage I got at the Hotel Tugu was the best I had in Indonesia. I was able to have the masseuse come to our room (on a morning when I had gotten very little sleep from too late of a night at Old Man’s 🙂 ). Despite having a busy travel schedule and a hectic day ahead, I was refreshed and in a zone of complete and total relaxation.
The Hotel Tugu Spa is known for its authentic Indonesian ancient traditions that combine aspects of spirituality with the physical healing arts to achieve the ultimate balance of mind, body, and soul. There are six separate treatment areas (five spa chambers and one outdoor area) with treatments such as:
- Keraton Leha-leha :
a head-to-toe pampering, combining Javanese massage, spice scrub and milk bath.
- Molek Seger Waras:
Drift away in a bathtub beneath layers of velvety floral softness and experience the authentic Balinese and Javanese treatments on hundred year old massage beds that once-upon-a-time were used for rice storage.
- Gemulai Penari:
a ritual characterized by water treatment and a massage methodology based on traditional Balinese Balinese dancing.
- Mantra therapy:
The therapist chants mantra during the treatment using heated, soothing herbal oils, putting both mind and physics to a state of bliss and harmony.
- Dandang Watoe:
An ancient massage therapy using stones from the Yang Tze River in China and the volcanic mountain in Central Java.
Activities at Hotel Tugu
The creator of the Tugu Hotel strived to have his guests experience Indonesia through all of their senses, which is evident in not only the architecture of the hotel but in the plethora of activities they offer their guests. Aside from the spa, you can enjoy:
- Floral arranging classes
- Balinese dance classes
- Djamoe classes, an ancient art of herbal healing from Java.
- Cooking classes, which can include a trip to a local food market
- Bendi journey – bendi is a vintage local horse-drawn carriage and a great way to see the village
Book your room at Hotel Tugu Bali here.
Enjoy Canggu! One of my favorite spots in Bali 🙂