BALI, XXX - Offering the comforts of today and the traditions of yesterday, Hotel Tugu Bali and the adjacent Villa Tugu Bali - set on a pristine hilltop near the ocean and featuring an exclusive collection of historic Indonesian artwork and cultural artifacts - will mark its Grand Opening Wednesday, July 9, 1997. The announcement was made today by Anhar Setjadibrata, owner of the new luxury resort and Bali's largest collector of fine Indonesian art.

A sister resort to the popular Hotel Tugu Malang in East Java, Hotel Tugu Bali will not only showcase a rare collection of Indonesian artwork in its entrance areas, lobby, restaurant and other general guest facilities, but will feature further antiquities in each of its 26 individualized rooms and suites. As a result, Hotel Tugu Bali will afford guests the opportunity to re-live the history and traditions of the Indonesian culture while enjoying all of the comforts, services and amenities of today's finest luxury resorts. In addition, the highly individualized nature of each guest room will ensure that no two visits to Hotel Tugu Bali will ever be exactly alike.

Representing Bali's first museum boutique hotel and unlike any resort in the region, Hotel Tugu Bali is located 30 minutes from Bali's International Airport. Set in a private, quiet and romantic retreat in the Canggu district near a traditional Balinese fishing village, Hotel Tugu Bali is nestled amidst lush paddy fields near Batu Bolong Temple, one of Bali's most sacred temples. The resort, featuring its own broad sandy beach and easy access to other popular regional swimming, surfing and snorkeling beaches, is only a 15-minute drive from the enchanting tourist areas of Kuta and Legian.

Hotel Tugu Bali, which will celebrate its Grand Opening July 9 during a special event attended by the Governor of Bali, offers a wide array of guest facilities and services, including two restaurants, a tea verandah, an antique gallery, meeting hall, bar, art and antiques shop, bike rental, library, taxi service and horse-drawn bendi cart.

Immediately establishing its uniquely artistic and historic identity, Hotel Tugu Bali welcomes guests via Wantilan Agung (The Grand Ceremonial House), carved with 39 wooden Bomas (mythological giant guardians) on the crossbeams, and replete with columns inspired by the ancient ceremonial house in the ancient village of Bayung Gede. The main entrance leads to the resort's 26 rooms and suites, all set amidst tropical gardens and a tranquil pool of wild lotus.

Among Hotel Tugu Bali's other artistic and cultural highlights are guardian statues from the 12th Century; a 150 year-old wooden well; a huge 19th Century marble table; suites built in memory of some of Bali's most distinguished individuals throughout history; a vast collection of Indonesian art located throughout the resort and in its exclusive gallery; a guest space reserved for traditional Indonesian dancing; a 19th Century meeting room decorated with royal antiques and other works commemorating Bali's greatest heroes over time; and Bale Sutra (The Palace of Harmony), an elegant dining room recalling an 18th Century Kang Xi period temple.

Introductory guest rates at Hotel Tugu Bali range from $130 to $400 per night, including all of the amenities associated with the world's foremost resort destinations. All rooms and suites feature satellite television, a mini bar, international direct dialing and 24-hour room service. Some suites offer private plunge pools and luxurious bathrooms hand-crafted by local artisans.

Ideal for families or business travelers, the nearby Villa Tugu Bali features five bedrooms with private balconies and deluxe marbled bathrooms, a separate kitchen and dining room, game room, fitness room and two pools. Called the Island of Gods and noted both for its physical beauty and rich cultural hertiage, Bali is more popular among international travelers than ever. For art connoisseurs, the region is home to numerous fine art galleries, with traditional art markets scattered throughout the island. As the area's foremost art collector, Hotel Tugu Bali owner Anhar Setjadibrata has already earned the respect of art aficionados and travelers alike at his Hotel Tugu Malang, which like its new sister resort features stunning cultural works designed to introduce guests to the heart and soul of the Indonesian people.

Bringing past and present together for visitors like no other resort in the region, Hotel Tugu Bali and Villa Tugu Bali are poised to be among Bali's most desirable traveler and business retreat destinations. For reservations, please call toll free from the U.S, (888) ART TUGU.


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