Bumping along the road in pony and trap, with children cheerily waving to you along the paddy field-lined way, Lombok seems a million miles from its tourist-packed neighbour, Bali. The small Indonesian island of Lombok, between Malaysia in the north-west and Australia to the south-east, has attracted visitors since its new airport opened in 2011.
Lombok is a two-hour boat ride or 30-minute flight away from the much better known Bali. The Oberoi, Bali is near the upmarket spas and restaurants of Seminyak, one of the island’s most fashionable and busy spots. Couples, surfers and backpackers flock from the UK, U.S., France and Australia.
Susan Sarandon and David Bowie are among the celebrities who have stayed in the hotel, which has been designed to recreate the atmosphere of a Balinese village, with restaurants serving local food and an amphitheatre. Some visitors are drawn to Indonesia hoping for an Eat Pray Love experience. As newly marrieds we’ve got the love part sorted, but it’s easy to see why people describe the islands as spiritual, too.
Lombok is predominantly Muslim and we hear the daily call to prayer from our terrace, while Bali’s population is mainly Hindu. Outdoor temples such as nearby Pura Petitenget are made up of small courtyards with statues of gods and altars covered in black-and-white checked cloth.
The Oberoi Beach Resort, Lombok
Spend the day in a hammock on the beach, the evening dining in an open-air pavilion, the night in an ocean villa with a private pool – thus is life at the The Oberoi Beach Resort, Lombok. The very definition of indulgence and relaxation, this luxury resort sprawls over 24 acres of lush gardens and a grand infinity pool, overlooking Medana Bay and Bali’s volcanic Mount Agung.
Guests stay in luxury pavilions and villas that overlook either lush green or sparkling blue, many with their own private pools for total privacy. All three on-site dining options – Lumbung Restaurant, Sunbird Café, and Tokek Bar – are located in open-air, thatched spaces, taking advantage of the sea breeze and spectacular view. With private beach access, guests can spend their days frolicking in the surf and sand, relax in the spa, or explore the hotel’s incredible surroundings.
These luxury pavilions come with a generous 295-square-feet of floor space, featuring an enclosed glass-walled garden, as well as a well-appointed bathroom with a sunken marble bath and double vanities. The furniture is made of teakwood, while the walls are decorated with regionally-influenced artwork. The outdoor area features a spacious covered terrace.
The Oberoi Beach Resort, Bali
Located on Seminyak beach, The Oberoi Beach Resort, Bali offers a range of rooms, villas and pool villas, each of which includes broadband internet, satellite TV with DVD player, IDD telephones and 24-hour room service.
The Oberoi’s on-site facilities include open-air massage pavilions at the Oberoi Spa, a tennis court, a fully-equipped gym and a business center. Dining options include Kura Kura Restaurant, which serves gourmet traditional Indonesian cuisine, was voted Indonesia’s Best Restaurant in 2011 by Indonesia Tattler, and cited in the 2011-12 Miele Guide; Frangipani Café for al fresco breakfast or fresh seafood and light meals throughout the day; and Kayu Bar for aperitifs or post-prandials. The Oberoi is approximately 25 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS).
The Oberoi Beach Resort, Bali provides a choice of four luxury rooms where guests can rest their head after an exciting day of Balinese adventure, from the Luxury Lanai rooms with garden views, to Luxury Villas with their own private pools.
High season surcharge waiver :
- The Oberoi Beach Resort, Bali and The Oberoi Beach Resort, Lombok are pleased to waiver the high season surcharge for July – August 2020. Rates and all offer available in SEASON I is now also applied to both July and August 2020.
- This offers would be applicable for new bookings only.
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