This book celebrates the 50th anniversary of the legendary Tandjung Sari, described by many as Asia’s original boutique hotel. In the early 1960s, the Dutch-Indonesian artist entrepreneur Wija Wawo-Runtu bought a piece of land on Sanur beach in Bali and built a little house with his wife. Within ten years the house had become a small hotel sought after by the rich and famous, who were charmed by its blend of simplicity and sophistication – its rustic local architecture adorned with antiques; its luxuriant beachside gardens and superb Indonesian cuisine; and above all, the easy-going hospitality of the Wawo-Runtus, who were themselves the hub of an international network of friends, and entertained with great flair. The hotel became a gathering place for expatriates from all over Southeast Asia, who were drawn by Wija Wawo-Runtu’s good-natured erudition about Bali and his pleasure in putting people together. The Tandjung Sari remains a treasure today, still run by the Wawo-Runtu family. The book tells the story of how the hotel grew, its challenges and triumphs, and the people who made it all happen. It is richly illustrated with vintage images and contemporary photography.
Diana Darling is a freelance writer who has lived in Bali since 1980 and has known the principal characters in the Tandjung Sari story for over thirty years. She is the author of the internationally acclaimed The Painted Alphabet: A novel based on a Balinese tale, and has written for numerous publications about Bali’s culture and society.
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