Interview with Hotel Tugu Bali Founder Anhar Setjadibrata
by, 08-22-2013 at 05:25 PM (1975 Views)
Each week, Luxury Link will showcase an exclusive interview with one of our valued hotel partners. This week, please enjoy our conversation with Anhar Setjadibrata, founder of Hotel Tugu Bali...
Q) What makes Hotel Tugu Bali a unique experience for guests?
A) Tugu Bali, located on the beach of Canggu, commemorates the forgotten history and heritage of Java and Bali - bringing back to life the island, as it was intended to be - while at the same time offering all the exceptional hospitality, personalized services, luxury and romance for which Bali is known for.
Q) Can you explain what makes the location/destination of your property interesting to travelers?
A) We like to share our Balinese and Indonesian heritage with guests not only through our extensive on-site art collection but also through the many unique activities which bring you into personal contact with local traditions. Private tours to Bali’s royal palaces can be arranged as well as trips to explore little visited museum gems such as the Subak Museum and the Manusa Yadnya. Canggu beach is perfect for horseback riding, surfing and long, relaxing walks.
Q) Are there any “must-try” dishes or drinks that guests should try?
A) It’s impossible to decide on a single favorite dish but Waroeng Tugu is a special dining experience that one must try: An open-air, traditional Javanese kitchen hut, with authentic pots on display and antique rustic tables and chairs, serving traditional Javanese meals from the past that are cooked in front of you on a wood-burning stove.
Picking a favorite drink is much easier. Try the Tamajito Cocktail made of tamarillo-infused vodka, fresh mint, tamarillo and lime juice.
Q) What are two things about your property that guests may not know?
A) We have a unique signature massage that doesn’t exist in other hotels. The Mantra Therapy combines simple mantras with a deep tissue aromatic massage. While the spices and oils envelope the body, the mantras calm the mind, bringing peace to the soul. The Mantra increases oneness of the conscience, bringing together a feeling of entire serenity.
We have spiritual activities: Soul Blessing at Batu Bolong Temple, one of the most sacred ocean-front temples in Bali. Witness all the colors, spices, and vividness of traditional Balinese rituals in all splendors and meet the high priest Pemangku Rukun.
Q) Can you take me through what a guests stay would be like and what an average day might entail in terms of activities, etc?
A) Tugu Bali is threaded with winding stone pathways taking guests from one arty nook to the next. We have a library packed with antiques opening up into a candle-lit shrine full of statuettes, followed by an ornate dining room lined with black-and-white photographs of ancient Bali. Some guests might wonder if they wondered into a quirky museum, but we simply enjoy proudly displaying our culture throughout the hotel.
We also offer a long list of other activities, including a cooking class that starts with a dawn trip to the food market. Five different types of Balinese dance classes are available and will be a fun activity for even the most uncoordinated of guests. Local sightseeing, Spiritual activities and horseback riding are available as well. Be sure to save time to try all six spa pavilions to enjoy different types of restorative treatments during your stay.
Looking to head out on the town for dinner – make reservations at Ku De Ta in Seminyak. We will have a car waiting to take you.
Q) Have you had any notable guests or celebrities visit that you can share?
A) Some Hollywood stars and international celebrities have been spotted in the property: Kate Moss, Lisa Kudrow and Bebel Gilberto to name a few.
Q) What elements about your property are truly luxurious?
A) The purity and richness of history, the intrigue and romance that are scattered beautifully in every corner of our hotel. We provide romance, adventure and quirky charm by the barrel, an opportunity to experience Bali as it was intended to be.
Q) What advice do you have for guests who are staying at your resort?
A) Just sit back and relax while letting the Balinese spirit sink in.
Q) What is the best time to travel to Hotel Tugu Bali?
A) Canggu has a tropical climate appropriate to its proximity to the equator. March to November is the driest season offering nice, warm temperatures with a twist of sea-breeze.
December to February is our wet season, with daily rain and quiet overcast days. Surfers find Canggu Beach pleasant year-round.