Tugu, in Indonesian language, means ‘monument’. 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. Tugu Hotels’ founder, Anhar Setjadibrata, once upon a time a medical student-turned-lawyer, and now the owner of the biggest collection of fine Indonesian art and cultural antiquities in Indonesia, designed these beautiful boutique museum hotels to house his antiques and to share with the world the romantic stories and legends of ancient kingdoms of Indonesia.
The Tugu mission is to bring back to life the art, soul and romance of Indonesia’s yesteryears. This fully Indonesian experience is achieved not only through the artful design and themed décor, but also from the various cultural experiences that guests can only have in the hotels. From lavish feasts and banquets of kings from the 14th century Majapahit Kingdom with parades of soldiers, dancers, and offerings, to humble village dinners of Java and Bali with old ladies cooking in terracotta pots, wood-fire, and eating with bare hands. The Tugu Spa treatments include offerings of traditional jamus in the herbal apothecary that don’t exist anymore in modern Indonesia, as well as spiritual treatments such as Mantra therapy and other inner healings.
We spent four nights at the Tugu last week as part of a holiday intended for rest and gentle exploration of the area. The hotel is lovely: full of beautiful antiques expertly arranged in public areas and in rooms which are spacious and very private.The gardens are lush and lovingly maintained. But the people are what make it. The staff are very welcoming and friendly and they are genuinely committed to making your stay memorable.
We stayed at Tugu for 4 nights early January and absolutely loved this little gem. Our accomodation was spacious, clean and filled with character and quirky design. My husband couldnt get enough of the indoor/outdoor shower overlooking our resident fish! I also really loved the high stone wall giving us complete privacy. The hotel is unique, for those looking for something with character and originality, you will really appreciate what is created in this little paradise. The whole place takes on a totally magical feel at night when the lamps/lanterns and furniture enhances the already rich romantic feel. We felt transported into another world... a special place we didn't want to leave.