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... water. People lounging in giant beanbags on the beach sipping mixed drinks and fosty one liter beers....paradise! We found a place not yet on any of the guide books called "Unzipp" sister to the Zipp bar we passed on the way in. For under $60 we had our own bungalow with private outdoor bathroom a carved canopy bed, AC and a mini bar fridge. The outside was detailed with stunning Indonesian wood carvings a wrap around porch with outdoor day bed and a hammock. We ...
... Well we did think it would take a few hours to get around the island, didn't know we would do it in 1h 15mins, soon as we realised we were nearly back where we had started, we turned back around and went back to the other way round the island and stopped for drinks and a late breakfast for stu. You don't really realise how little there is not the island until you go to the other side, I think we passed no more than 8 hotels and about 6 bars that's it. A lot of places ...
... to go back to Lombok for some surf, there isn't any on the island and Rich didn't really like it here so we said our goodbyes, maybe we will be able to meet with them again soon in Bali. Col and I decided to take a walk around the whole island (it can be done in less than 2 hours!), we spent almost all day walking, stoping and reading, sunbathing and snorkelling. Col saw 2 big turtles, loads of angel and parrot fish and also some big travallies. We found a nice place to stop ...
... Unfortunately there was rubbish everywhere, and many went to the waterfalls just to wash themselves with soap and shampoo! Paul went with the boys anyway to stand under the cold waterfall, while I watched. Girls washed themselves with clothes on, like most of the men, and I had no extra clothes with me so thought it wise not to wash in my swimwear! Instead I was asked at least a hundred times from guys and girls if they could take a picture of me with them. It was better ...
... us on a motorbike offering to take one of us to hurry us along! This we ignored and walked at our own pace, furious we were now being rushed after being so early. We arrived to find a boat full of people staring and waiting for us. Brilliant.
We arrived on Gili Air requiring a quick wade ashore (FYI jumping off a boat with very heavy backpacks, flip flops in hand into knee deep moving water is not the easiest! We got a lot of practice at this but it was still all ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Qunci Villas Hotel Senggigi
I spent nearly two weeks at Qunci in July with my boyfriend. The rooms are gorgeous - very tastefully done with stunning outdoor bathrooms. The best rooms are the 'sea view' for obvious reasons. Qunci is small, intimate and quiet so if you are into the big, busy resorts, this isn't for you.
This place is such a find, and can't wait to return after coming back this weekend.
It has taken me a while to write this review but the fact that I have eventually got back to it after so long says something I think about the hotel.
We had wonderful two weeks stay. The hotel is very nice and its slightly remote location app 5km from Senggigi is not an issue at all. A taxi into town takes 10mins and app USD1 one way. The hotel has small but very nice grounds with a pool overlooking the beach and if you have clear days you can see the volcano on Bali 35kms away. For us who live in Hong Kong with killing pollution this was a treat for the eyes and our lungs. The air is crystal clear, the water and the beach free of plastic, bottles etc. Much better than anything we have seen in Thailand. The rooms are modern, well designed and the bathroom is in the open air. You can take a hot shower in the rain if it takes your fancy. However, the hotel is located very close to a local mosque so either you need to have a very deep sound sleep or take ear plugs not be woken up at 5am. Unless of course you are an early riser yourself. The hotel is suited for grown up audience; couples will enjoy it a lot. It is not suitable for single people as you will have no opportunity to meet anybody else. There is no nightlife other than sipping a cocktail all evening by the beach or by the pool. Ditto, in Senggigi. During the whole stay we only spoke to staff, never to other guests. I guess most people want to have piece and quiet and keep themselves to themselves. The hotel made a grave error accepting families with at some point 7 small children for app 4-5 days during our stay. After our inquires we found out that although there is no formal policy not take small children, the hotel would accept small children. The issue is not with children being bored, but the hotel grounds with only 20 villas are overtaken by screaming kids. Not exactly what you came here for if you are a romantic childless couple. The kitchen also needs to be more imaginative. The food is OK, nicely served, but on the expensive side - locally, it is still cheap when you compare to Europe, but if you live in Asia you may not find it so cheap after all. So for the price one would expect superb quality of ingredients which are by the way available. Fish, chickens, lamb, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions - all reared or grown locally and one could say totally organically since most cannot afford fertilizers and to be honest there is no need for this. Yet, my supposedly steak was substituted with no notice or price adjustment with minced meat cutlet! For a high class place you would expect the kitchen to have the guts to tell you they have run out of meat, but can offer something else. Instead the cook was hoping I would not notice?? On the other hand, the kitchen did well on the breakfast side. Also, there are plenty of choices to eat out in Senggigi. We recommend the place called Asmara. Decent prices, good home cooked food, good service. And this is about the only place here which serves wine by the bottle at decent prices. Avoid a place called Taman; the hygiene in the kitchen must be not so good since we found fish bones in our lamb cutlets!!
Will return soon to Qunci
Excellent location, friendly staff, wonderful food, great sunsets. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Qunci Villas. When we first arrived for our 8 days in Lombok my 15 and 18 year old daughters were both very disappointed that there wasn't a TV. Their disappointment didn't last very long as we had our first meal right next to the beach (less than 5m away) looking out across the sunset at Bali in the distanceand listening to the surf. The food, atmosphere and the service was perfect then and for our total stay.
We have been home less than two months and my daughters constantly talk about how wonderful Qunci was and are trying to convince me that we should return soon.
I will start with the negative. Lombok is pretty boring unless you like (1) diving, (2) sitting on your butt, or (3) trekking up volcanos. Beautiful but boring. Negatives about hotel: (1) pick-up not available for those booked by agents - not fond of double-standard, (2) very dark bathroom (if you get a 2nd floor room, which is best for privacy), (3) small place - with negative being a lot of families stay there and you get a large one and they hang around it feels like they own everything (e.g., the pool, the resturant) and it isnot pleasant - - this is also a downside for romance-seeking couples, (4) this is not the villas lining the beach type of place - - the properties in this area tend to be narrow stretching from beach to road (long and narrow beach-side) - - it seemed like maybe just 1 villa had a really good ocean view (number 8, for you'all - number 10 is where we stayed and it was OK but ocean view severly marred by trees - of course they should not cut, but it is hardly a ocean view, (5) there is no TV for those who like to watch to go to sleep, and (6) twice there was no hot water and it was a dang cold experience. On the PLUS-side, (1) the staff were nice, friendly, and efficient, (2) the rooms were nice and my wife who is picky thought it was tasteful, (3) nice balcony where you can laze (negative though is that only 3 rooms have privacy - as you go back from beach the balconies tend to face each other), and (4) breakfast delievered to balcony - good for long grazing. If Lombok was more interesting, we would probably like to stay at a place like this.
I would be remiss in not telling the world about how special Qunci is to me. What sets Qunci apart from some of the best hotels and resorts in Asia where we've stayed at, including the Four Seasons and the Westin, is the personal touch and sincerity of the staff. It was the second trip in five months for my husband and me to the idyllic island of Lombok and the staff remembered us. They were as hospitable and attentive as ever. They remember almost everything about you, including the shades that my husband had left behind months ago, and the service was prompt. We've made some special friends, in particular Dingdong and Jay, who went out of the way to accommodate to our every request. They found out it was my birthday and specially prepared for us their delectable Nasi tumpang, traditional tumeric rice with some spicy dishes that's served only on special occasions. The surprise came when three of the staff -- Jay, Ayu and Sam -- knocked on the door of our villa at 10 a.m. with a chocolate cake that was lit with candles and burst into song, wishing me a happy birthday. We sat on the balcony savoring the cake whilst enjoying the cool ocean breeze and the sound of the waves crashing on the beach. It was truly one of my most memorable getaways and am already looking forward to my next stay at Qunci.
Before you get too excited, be sure you're coming as a couple; no matter if straight, gay, married or partnered, for Qunci is a place for romantics.
Very peaceful at lombok
Excellent resort on a peaceful beach far enough away (5 mins taxi) from Sengiggi. Rooms wonderful, food excellent and the staff are superb. The only niggle is the street hawkers that are stationed just outside the hotel which are reasonably easily ignored.
Quinci Villas, lovely boutique hotel and only about 5 minutes in a bemo from Sengiggi. The rooms are huge, the staff are excellent, food out of this world, special requests cooked to order. The cleanliness, service and overall attention to detail are what you would expect from a very classy expensive hotel, we payed $60 per room per night!