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
Stayed here with friends 25th Aug to 29th August. We stayed in 2 of the Luxury Pavilion Garden View Villas. We knew we were in for a special treat when we were first warmly greeted at the airport with ice cold towels and water to drink on route to the hotel. The Oberoi is undoubtedly one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in.
The Villa bedroom and bathroom are very spacious with high quality furnishings. The whole of the grounds and complex are exquisitely maintained and the attention to detail is second to none.
The quality of the food was excellent both in terms of presentation, variety and taste. The exec chef personally spoke to Diners asking their opinion on the menu and was more than happy to cater for any special requests.
Finally we could not not say enough about the Hotel team, they made our stay very special and treated us like Kings & Queens. They were always on hand when needed and almost knew what we wanted before we did!
We can not recommend this hotel enough and thought it was excellent value for money and we very much look forward staying here again.
A must visit! Every member of staff treated us with personalized attention... I honestly felt like a queen in a palace! The management is superb with the hotel manager making a point of greeting us on arrival and departure. The chef, also gave us personalized attention and is supremely talented. His food is amazing!!! Everything he makes is wow, and he took special requests. The room we had was the ocean pavilion room... wow! It was my daughter and husbands birthday vacation, and they went out of their way to make it special... more than any other hotel has ever done (we vacay for birthdays ). I really must say, it is unfair to say any member of the staff was better than the next... because we had smiles all around and perfect attention at every turn.
Excellent Hotel Facilities, great service and food, perfect weather, ideal for families with kids or without!!!
The staff is one of the best we have found!
The place is very quiet, private beach, complimantary paddle surf, kayak, snorkeling (with turtles in Gilli Island, unforgettable experience), sea temperature 27º!!!