Tugu Lombok, Senggigi Indonesia, Lombok
Owned by the holder of the largest collection of antiques in South East Asia, Tugu Lombok is a wonderfully stylish and interesting combination of art gallery and hotel. Set on a deserted stretch of the pristine, white sanded Sire beach and amongst a stunning 6 hectares of gardens, any visitor is surrounded by wonderful antiques; from an ancient Chinese wooden terrace, to a traditional stone temple and endless pieces of beautiful furniture.
The 19 spacious rooms are spread around the grounds, offering unpretentious luxury at its finest. While providing guests with all the mod cons that you would expect in a luxury resort, the rooms are overwhelmingly traditional in design and provide an array of stylish local antiques. The traditional bathrooms are large and all have over-sized copper bathtubs that maintain the luxurious and yet traditional feel.
The Aloon-Aloon garden villas are good sized individual buildings that have their own private gardens and are our recommended lead in category. For those looking for a little more luxury the Baghavat Gita suites are fantastic, providing a good size plunge pool and ocean views.
The stunning Sire beach, with the back drop of the Gili Islands, the large pool and the beautifully maintained gardens provide a wonderful setting from which to do very little. For the more active guests it is possible to arrange snorkeling, diving and surfing trips to the Gili Islands, a round at the nearby 18 hole golf course and walking trips to the stunning Mount Rinjani, the second highest volcano in Indonesia.
The area around the hotel is quiet and peaceful but for those looking for a bit more life, boat trips to the Gili Islands or a 30 minute drive to Senggigi will provide some variety in eating and drinking options and a bit more life. This is a wonderful hotel for those looking for some stylish, laid back and unpretentious luxury on a stunning and peaceful beach.
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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It was a little disconcerting to be met by a stranger who took our passports and $50 with the instruction of "wait here for me". However, the fact that he then fast-tracked up through customer and immigration was amazing - we felt like rock-stars!