Hotel Tugu Bali Launches Two New Dining Concepts

Secret Retreats Member, Hotel Tugu Bali has opened two stunning and romantic new venues within the exotic retreat tucked away on Canggu Beach. Beautiful artwork, ancient artefacts and timeless design set the stage for a memorable culinary experience at both Ji at the Bale Sutra, and the Lava Lounge.

The cuisine at Ji is inspired by centuries old cooking tradition from Japan and other East Asian countries, with a focus on the classical art of grilling (robata) and the finer arts of sushi. Guests can enter the restaurant through three different gateways: the very low Gate of Heaven, where one has to bend down while entering to show respect to the Gods; the Gate of Hell, a four meter-tall door with a pair of mythological guards ready to take you to the darker side; and the Gate of Love, where guests will pass the 18th century statue of the Goddess of Love and Mercy, Dewi Gwan Yin.

When you enter through the Gate of Hell 'by mistake,' you will find yourself in a nirvana of amazing wines from the best wineries in the world, along with a wide collection of fine Japanese sake. Inside this 'hell' there are two huts, where guests can enjoy a relaxing wine and sake degustation. The interior of this wine and sake area is themed by Kabuki, a classical Japanese dance-drama, featuring Japanese lanterns, partitions, old poetry carved on wooden panels, and a lion statue carved from one whole rock, as well as statues of two other Japanese mythological creatures.

From these three gates guests can also continue to the upper floor lounge where they can enjoy panoramic views of Canggu Beach and sunset over the Indian Ocean. Here one can sip cocktails and watch the surf all day.

Another secret corner in Hotel Tugu Bali, the Lava Lounge represents a fusion of mystical stories and modern cozy lounge space overlooking the ocean. Nestled in an exhibition space themed by Indonesian history, the lounge celebrates the eternal love between the famous Belgian artist Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merprès and Ni Polok, the model and muse of his paintings and later, his wife. Various antique pieces tell different stories, preserving the values of Indonesia as a country with rich history, arts, cultures and traditions.

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