Heaven On The Planet, Ekas Indonesia, Lombok
Heaven on the planet provides a wonderful combination of a remote, incredibly picturesque and idyllic coastal setting and a wide variety of activities and adventure. Fantastic for both families and active couples, this eco-sensitive resort is a fantastic place to get away from it all, surf the famous Ekas reef, snorkel and dive around the fantastic submerged island big blue or simply explore the huge array of hidden white sand beaches by foot, bike or vehicle.
Built on the top of a cliff, with access to the beach below and views of Mount Rinjani in the distance, the chalets and villas have thatched roofs, wooden walls and marbled floors and bathrooms. They are relatively simply designed and styled but are very comfortable, have good sized private bathrooms and all have balconies with fantastic views.
For those looking for a little more in the way of modern comforts, the sister property Ocean Heaven, is a little way down the cliff towards the private beach. The accommodation there is similar in style and design but with larger rooms and slightly more modern comforts. The property has a bar/restaurant overlooking the bay and guests of each property can use the other properties facilities, a complimentary shuttle service is included.
The main attraction for many, and the reason for the resorts existence, is the world renowned and unspoilt, surfing break on Ekas reef. As a result the property is a favourite of surfers from across the world and is a great place for both experienced surfers and absolute beginners; the resort has its own resident surf instructor. However, this is so much more than a surfer's paradise. The snorkeling and diving is fantastic, the coastline is breath taking, with some fantastic bike and foot trails, and nearby is a fascinating and easily accessible shell fossil display.
The Kiwi and Australian owners have created and maintained a laid back, informal and relaxed atmosphere and guests are encouraged to socialise. The food is a good quality mix of local and western and the full board basis is deliberately designed to be very generous. The pools in both properties are relatively small but have fantastic views. All in all this is a highly recommended, fun, interesting and unique property.
Eco/Adventure - This category covers gorgeous lodges in the jungle, comfortable safari camps and dreamy, but simple, beach cabanas. These places defy conventional categorisation: what is communing with nature to one person may be terrifying bugs to another! Many of these places are very comfortable and the service generally of a very high level - but please read the website review carefully and/or talk to us and be sure to have understood what you are letting yourselves in for!
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Six great and amazingly different hotels - we would happily recommend any of them. We had three excellent guides as well. And we lost track of the number of "Wow" moments. In addition to the obvious, including Paramban, Borobodur and Bromo, we would add our tour of the markets + rickshaw ride in Malang, and having coffee with Mr Rai at the Agung Rai Gallery in Bali. Our guide in Bali, Otok (?) was excellent at explaining local culture, and we left an offering at his family shrine.