The Lombok Lodge is a chic boutique property with just nine exclusive suites that overlook Lombok’s Medana Bay. With lovely clean lines and contemporary design, beautiful Asian touches and charming service, The Lombok Lodge is the perfect island retreat. It is a secluded piece of paradise, offering its guests a true desert island experience while still conveniently located within easy access of the Gili Islands. The hotel is located in the quiet Northwest of Lombok, overlooking the ocean. Senggigi, the main tourist centre of the island, is about 30-minutes from the hotel.
After spending time soaking up Lombok’s warmth and colour, stepping inside the hotel’s calm white suites is as refreshing as a long, slow drink of ice-cold milk. Each suite at The Lombok Lodge are crisp and elegant in design to create the perfect ambience. Each room perfectly captures the essence of pure understated luxury. There are just nine suites in total, each with modern amenities and Hermès bathroom products. The Poolside Lodge Suites for their Instagram-worthy ocean views and direct access to the pool deck and glittering infinity pool. These suites also have a cosy sitting area with plump armchairs, should you wish to curl up with a book or enjoy room-service breakfast in air-conditioned comfort. However, you can expect to spend most of your time outside on the little wooden terrace, which has an L-shaped sofa and a little table with chairs.
There’s a glittering pool in the gardens, with views of the bay beyond. At night, staff set tables around the pool for dangerously romantic dinners.
Dining at The Lombok Lodge is an elegant affair, with both The Lodge Restaurant, and depending on the weather conditions, The Lodge Open-Air dining area. There is also often live piano music, guitar or traditional Indonesian music to enjoy a cocktail with. There’s a lovely outdoor bar area by the pool, graced with cosy seating and ocean views. You can also enjoy zingy gingery cocktails and ice-cold white wine in the restaurant.
If you want to find out a little about Lombok’s culture, you can visit a Sasak village, such as Sade, located north of Kuta, which showcases the way of life and traditions of Lombok’s indigenous people, as well as the architecture of their buildings, constructed without metal tools. The 500 villagers eke out a living by farming and selling woven cloth to visitors. At Taman Narmada (water palace), the pleasure gardens and temple (and a fountain of eternal youth) were built as a replica of Mount Rinjani 200 years ago by the king of Mataram when he could no longer visit the volcano’s sacred lake. The Lingsar temple complex combines Hindu and Muslim places of worship: entrance is free, but take along a sash or sarong to wear. You’ll see stalls selling hard-boiled eggs outside the Pura Lingsar temple – these are not for emergency snacking, but for tempting the holy eels that live in its temple pond to the surface.
How to get there
Lombok International Airport in Tanak Awu (central Lombok) is 60km away, a 90-minute drive. Alternatively, you can fly into Denpasar in Bali and get a boat trip over to Lombok, or hop on Garuda Indonesia’s flight service from Bali to Lombok (roughly 30 minutes). From Lombok International airport the Lodge is a 60-to-90-minute drive.
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