Oberoi Lombok, Sire Indonesia, Lombok
The Oberoi is a peaceful beach retreat, with a large garden and stunning pool, set on a wide, remote and picturesque bay on the North Western tip of Lombok. Sire beach offers a fantastically peaceful getaway, while the hotel provides guests with the opportunity to unwind and take in the setting, while offering enough activities to keep the more active entertained.
Despite the large garden and grounds, the hotel only has 50 rooms and so maintains a personal charm. We recommend the lead in pavilion garden view rooms as providing the best value although watching the sun set over the nearby Gili Isles and Mount Agung in the distance, from one of the pavilion ocean view rooms is a beautiful sight. The pavilion rooms are a good size and open out onto a large veranda. All of the rooms are traditionally styled and provide style and comfort with a good range of amenities.
The communal area is based around a stunning stepped infinity pool that opens out with fantastic ocean views. The restaurant is above and to the side of the pool and, combined with great food, provides a romantic dining experience. There is little in the way of evening entertainment in the surrounding area so although it is possible to take the 30 minute drive to Sengiggi, you are likely to spend most of your evenings within the hotel and as a result it is worth considering half board.
The beautiful bay and idyllic beach provide a wonderful setting in which to unwind and relax and the sea is incredibly inviting for a leisurely swim. For those feeling more active there is a wide range of day activities for guests; including water sports, mountain biking, tennis and golf both a putting green in the hotel and a nearby 18 hole course.
While the rooms and service may not quite match the smartness or levels of luxury of similar priced hotels in Indonesia, the location, the romantic and peaceful setting and the idyllic beach provide a relaxing and romantic setting for a beach holiday.
Luxury - Luxury hotels would have a superb level of service, very comfortable and usually spacious bedrooms, excellent food, great design and character. For us, when we visited, these places all had the 'wow factor'. A luxury hotel should satisfy the criteria of the most discerning clients.
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The stand out experiences all involved some locals: the walk in the Bali rice fields with a guide, the trip to the Borobudur eco-village and ride in a horse cart which also charmingly had us playing the Gamelan with local kids.