BALINESE CULTURE – UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

One man’s passion and dreams become our reality, in a paradise setting

The Tugu Hotel and Villas in Bali’s coastal town of Canggu is one of Indonesia’s most extraordinary properties – in the most “up and coming” district of the Island of the Gods.

Tugu Hotels are small privately owned and designed collection of luxury art hotels born out of one man’s love and passion for Indonesia’s romantic history. Anhar Setjadibrata, a one-time medical student- turned-lawyer, is now the owner of the biggest collection of ne art and cultural antiquities in Indonesia.

The “Tugu mission” is to bring back to life the art, soul and romance of Indonesia’s yesteryears.

“I never thought of collecting for pro t,” remarks Setjadibrata. “I was only thinking of a way to save these treasures because they are related to Indonesia’s history, a part of history that I can touch and feel. I began to realise that my collections must no longer speak only to me, they must also speak to all mankind as a symbol of my country’s rich history and cultural heritage.”

The Wantilan Agung (Grand Ceremonial House), where traditional Balinese dances are performed for guests, houses an art gallery featuring Setjadibrata’s exclusive collection of historic Indonesian artwork, antiquities and cultural artefacts. Its dance stage is crowned by a massive wooden “Garuda” – reported to be the biggest of its kind in Bali.

I BEGAN TO REALISE THAT MY COLLECTIONS MUST NO LONGER SPEAK ONLY TO ME, THEY MUST ALSO SPEAK TO ALL MANKIND AS A SYMBOL OF MY COUNTRY’S RICH HISTORY AND CULTURAL HERITAGE

The resort’s 21 villas and suites are set amidst tropical gardens within steps of the beach, housed in traditional thatched-roof buildings. The Puri Le

Mayeur is a honeymoon suite dedicated to the passionate love story between Belgian painter Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merprès and the model of his paintings, the famous, beautiful Legong dancer Ni Polok.

The local cuisine is part and parcel of the “authentic” experience. One may choose from a number of dining venues, or dine in the garden, at the beach, or the private dining pavilion for two above the lotus pond … only surrounded by nature, torch lights and candle lights. It also goes without saying that the spa facilities, pool and garden are in keeping with the overall standing of this exceptional place.

The Tugu Bali is highly recommended for romantic couples looking for a truly authentic experience.

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