The Oberoi Lombok is situated on the tranquil Medana Beach on the beautiful island of Lombok with spectacular views over to the Gili Islands. It has long been one of our favourites as it is a peaceful romantic retreat with a true Indonesian feel and wonderful service.
Peter Muller, the Australian architect who invented the concept of the luxury private villa resort in Bali in the early 1970s, was lured out of early retirement to design The Oberoi, Lombok, and it is his masterpiece. Set on a placid bay on the island’s north-west coast, The Oberoi, which opened in 1997, launched Lombok as the quiet, cool alternative to eternally popular Bali. The focus of the resort is the 40-meter infinity-edged swimming pool (a Muller innovation), which descents into the sea from the open-aired lobby in a series of lagoons that glisten like flooded paddy fields. The pool is ringed by secluded pavilions that serve as refuges from the sun by day and secluded venues for candlelit dinners in the evening. Twenty private thatched bungalows, with spacious private gardens, range in either direction along the shore; 30 standard rooms overlook the manicured lawns shaded by soaring palm trees. The bedrooms are furnished in loose-weave fabrics in natural colours, with tiny, shiny sea shells sewn into the seams, and antiques and hand-loomed carpets in striking colours on the polished teak floors. Bathrooms are big and beautiful, with sunken marble tubs facing walled fountain gardens. Service is superb.
The Oberoi Lombok is home to a village-like secluded cluster of 20 luxurious villas and 30 spacious terrace pavilions set in tropical gardens. Each is beautifully decorated in traditional style with dark woods, local fabrics and thatched roofs. All of the pavilions have spacious air conditioned bedrooms, sunken marble garden baths and limestone walls to ensure absolute solitude. The villas have a courtyard with rock pool, raised dining pavilion and some villas have individual pools with shaded walled gardens – the ultimate in privacy.
The settings for the Oberoi Lombok’s open-air restaurants are very unique – wherever you chose to dine you will be able to see the ocean and the experience is wholly Indonesian despite the large variety of cuisines available. Sunsets from the Totek Bar are fabulous as the sun goes down with the magical backdrop of the Gili Islands.
The Oberoi Lombok’s spa offers a wide range of indulgent treatments derived from holistic therapies inspired by ancient Eastern traditions of health and healing. The serene atmosphere, ancient artefacts and reflection pools create the perfect ambience in which to unwind. There is also a gym, tennis court and mountain bikes are available for guests to use. The hotel’s much photographed infinity swimming pool is simply stunning.
If you are able to drag yourself away, trips to the neighbouring Gili islands for snorkelling and diving are well worth it as the reefs there are world renowned. The hotel’s beach club offers kayaks, windsurfing, PADI diving courses and private boat trips with indulgent picnic lunches.
All 50 rooms at the Oberoi Lombok have thatched roofs, spacious bedrooms are decorated with local artefacts, textiles and colours. The Oberoi’s 30 Garden and Oceanview Pavilions have shared terraces, the Garden & Oceanview Villas (12 with private 8x5m pool) have the addition of private courtyard gardens and raised dining pavilions.
There is also a two-bedroom Villa with Pool for families or groups and the Royal Villa with Pool for the ultimate in space. All villas feature: satellite TV, DVD player, Wi-Fi, safe, phone, minibar, iPod docking station, walk in wardrobe, 24hour room service, and air-conditioned bathroom with double vanities, marble bathtub and separate shower.
Children are very welcome at The Oberoi Lombok and pavilions can interconnect for families, but there are no other specific facilities here except for children’s meals and babysitting.
There are three elegant al fresco dining venues which provide a range of cuisines and settings. Perfect sunsets overlooking the Gili Islands can be enjoyed at the Totek Bar. The Oberoi Lombok has a wonderful spa offering a wide range of massages and treatments and also has a tennis court, a fully equipped gym, steam room and Jacuzzi. The Beach Club is equipped for a host of non-motorised water sports including PADI diving and the main infinity pool surrounded by Balinese pavilions is spectacular.
The Oberoi Lombok provides equipment for snorkelling, mountain bikes and tennis on a complimentary basis. Golf is available 10 minutes away by car and diving, boat and land excursions, deep sea fishing and snorkelling trips can all be arranged. There is a weekly painting and yoga class.
When to travel
Straddling the equator, Indonesia tends to have a fairly even climate year-round. Rather than four seasons, Indonesia has two – wet and dry – and there are no extremes of temperature between winter and summer. In most parts of Indonesia, the wet season falls between October and April and the dry season between May and September. December and January see Indonesia at its most humid and rain tends to come in sudden tropical downpours, but it can also rain for more prolonged periods.
Location and directions
The Oberoi, Lombok is an idyllic garden resort on Medana Beach, located on the island of Lombok (65 km due East of the island of Bali), in Nusa Tenggara Barat an Eastern province of Indonesia. The resort is 28 km (17 miles) from the city centre.
How to get there
75 km (2 hours drive) from the new Lombok International Airport (Bandara Internasional Lombok). Lombok is connected by several flights from some main cities in Indonesia and a direct flight from Singapore by Silk Air.