The Oberoi, Lombok
What We Love
- Prime location on secluded Medana Beach
- Watching the sun set at Tokek, one of the resort’s four restaurants
- Vast, palm-fringed gardens
- Spacious villas, some with private pools
What To Know
- The beach might feel a bit small to those who are used to megaresorts
- Lombok is a predominantly Muslim island, so guests should be ready to dress more conservatively than beachwear
- Some rooms allow smoking
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This laid-back tropical resort sits on Medana Beach, one of Lombok’s prettiest, with unobstructed views of the sunset and the shimmering Indian Ocean. Oberoi’s 50 secluded thatch-roofed villas are spread out over 24 acres, and most come with private pools. With an inviting spa, four restaurants and a discreet staff, this sprawling property is a restorative, romantic retreat.
Bed and Bath
All 50 of the traditional alang-alang thatch-roofed guestrooms have high-ceilinged bedrooms finished with local hand-woven textiles. Even the standard accommodations, which are incredibly spacious at nearly 1,000 square feet, have private gardens and shaded terraces for unwinding. Naturally, it’s worth upgrading to a pool villa for a private swimming pool, but you can lounge for hours in the sunken marble bathtub in the vast bathroom, the experience enhanced by heavenly scented soaps and salts.
Roaming the palm-fringed grounds and buying authentic souvenirs from local craftspeople is enough to fill an afternoon. But there are also the sprawling spa’s indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, which have romantic deep soaking bathtubs; try the Javanese lulur scrub and a long-stroke Balinese massage with a homemade selection of aromatic oils. Once you’ve sampled the resort’s four restaurants and outdoor pool, consider going off-site. The friendly staff can arrange any number of activities, from hiking the local volcano to a speedboat trip from the hotel’s wooden jetty.
In the Area
Check out the island on a rented scooter, or take the hotel’s free horse and buggy for a spin around the nearby village and its charming open-air market. The hotel can arrange for a guide to take you to nearby waterfalls and up Mount Rinjani, Lombok’s active volcano. The Gili Islands have some of Indonesia’s finest snorkeling and diving. Look for starfish, turtles and kaleidoscopic coral, and then stop for lunch at Scallywag on Gili Trawangan, a tiny island with no motor vehicles. After unwinding on Lombok, hop over to Bali and visit the Oberoi’s sister property, which sits right in the heart of the island’s shopping, dining and nightlife nexus on Seminyak Beach.
How to Get There
Everything about this place is Brilliant, but what really makes Oberoi Lombok a magical place to be, is its people. Staying here you will want for nothing. There is a high degree of authenticity overarching everything they do here. LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT and can´t wait to come back.
My husband and I went to Indonesia to celebrate his birthday and one of our stays was at the Oberoi Hotel in Lombok! This was probably one of our favorite hotels on the trip that we stayed at (we have stayed at other Oberoi Hotels as well and love them all). The staff and manager were all so incredibly nice and special to us! They made his actual birthday such a special day and treat you with such kindness! Look forward to seeing them again! This hotel is a gem a must see and stay in Lombok!
My wife and I have just returned to Sydney after a wonderful week at the Oberoi.
Our villa with ocean view was perfect. The only negative was a mosque with a very loud voice some distance away.
Best thing about the resort is the delightfully warm / friendly and professional staff.
We were shocked by the huge amount of plastic / rubbish that carpets the island from the airport up to the perimeter of the Oberoi. If Lombok wants tourism to thrive, they need to do more to clean the island up. There are signs of hope with plans to limit the use of plastic bags.
Surprisingly we saw almost no rubbish in the ocean.
The Oberoi’s Manager is doing the right thing by using paper straws and limiting the use of plastic bottles. Good on him.