Nestled within lush gardens, The Oberoi features thatched cabanas and pavilions, offering guests a VIP experience.
When faced with the prospect of describing Lombok, a laid-back, tropical jungle island in the heart of Indonesia, you could be tempted to rely on juxtaposition alone. It’s Bali meets the Galapagos, in film terms, Castaway meets The Hangover, or musically, tribal rhythm meets Bob Marley.
It’s the expected beach and jungle paradise that you wish for when booking a holiday, but topped with an almost unbelievable, incomparable chain of volcanic peaks. In Indonesia, a country with more than most, that’s saying something.
What the comparisons fail to capture is that unlike Bali, for example, Lombok is still relatively untouched by rampant over-development. The five-star hotels are still here, of course, they’re just more discreet. The beach resorts are here - they’re just quieter and largely untouched.
But before you have time to take this all in, Lombok pulls out its trump card: the diminutive offshore Gili Islands, a miniature archipelago of crystalline waters, untroubled reefs and squeaky-clean sand.
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See the sun rise over a volcanoNature
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Be serenaded by SenggigiFamily
Catch a wave in epic surf
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This family-orientated property has its own private strip of soft sand, a lagoon-shaped pool, tropical gardens and a re-energising beach spa.
Sitting on the relatively quiet Mangsit beach, this boutique hotel is also just a short stroll from Senggigi’s main hub.
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Feast on Rijsttafel, meaning rice table served up along sumptuous prawns, fresh-off-the-boat seafood and coconut that’s been sliced, diced, creamed and curried.
This pop-up night market on Gili Trawangan covers all the main Indonesian food groups, offering travellers a budget friendly meal.
This beachside restaurant packs a double punch. First, with its wide selection of fish grills and second, with its location.