Qunci Villas Hotel
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... a very small prop plane over to Lombok which only took 25 minutes. Our driver met us as we came out and drove us up to our hotel in Sengiggi. We noticed how much better the traffic was compared to Bali. We checked in quickly and then our driver took us in to the main part of town so that we could have dinner. Afterwards, we caught a cab back and got stuck in a procession for a long time. It was the last day of Ramadan and there were floats and groups ...
As we descend down into the town of Senggigi, there's already a sense of disappointment and failure in the air. The truth is, we didn’t do our research about Lombok properly so in a sense we’ve screwed up. If you’re not a surfer then there are two big draws for mainland Lombok: Mt. Ranjani, the tallest volcano on the island and an epic two-day return hike bottom to top; and the island as a gateway to the Indonesian ...
... in the water as they flashed in bright colours! The water was so clear and it was lovely to simply float in it and watch the fish and different coral. Back on Gili Trawagan, Lucy, Flora and I fell asleep on the beach, exhausted from all the swimming. The current was actually really strong and so it took a lot of effort to swim back to the boat after floating out. We went back to our room to chill and shower and agreed to meet Flora for ...
... are in tourist mode rubbernecking at everything, accidents can easily happen (especially if you’re watching the bikini babes). Any how, naturally we decided to hire a QUALITY bike. Going rate is about 40,000 rupiah, or $4 a day if you can’t be bothered haggling. We hired a bike each from a big, local hirer here, at night time which was probably a bad idea. The interesting thing about these bikes is they look good and they go well enough when you ...
... now over commercialised and unattractive to those looking for a really relaxing holiday. We like Lombok. An island just to the east of Bali it is very similar to the way Bali was in the 1980's, only with some scattered 4 star resorts and a few good restaurants. Relaxed, no street hawkers selling reproduction junk and beautiful sunsets. It is also the travel base for a quick boat ride out to Gili Trawangan. Party on the Gili Islands = ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
Historical Traveler Reviews Qunci Villas Hotel Senggigi
This place is magical!
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.
The staff are lovely and nothing is too much trouble. The restaurant is also very good if not a little on the expensive side (but still much cheaper than Sydney, Australia). An alternative is to head into the town of Sengiggi (a 5 minute drive away) where there are a couple of good options, and it's also nice if you like a change of scene (and menu!). Asmara is probably the best restaurant for quality and value, and they have a lovely shop attached to the restaurant selling beautiful homewares and local goods at very low prices.
My only criticism of Qunci is that it is not suitable for children. It is really designed for couples/single travellers/friends as it is so quiet, peaceful and romantic. When we stayed there, a couple of families arrived with a full entourage of highly excited kids. It really spoilt the atmosphere for us so the manager offered us a very good rate on the private villa which is where we moved to.
Apart from that, we couldn't fault Qunci. It is a really unique place to stay and we will be recommending it to friends.
It doesn't get much better than this!
This place is such a find, and can't wait to return after coming back this weekend.
Staff are fantastic, and we truly felt like we were special guests - nothing was too much trouble. The bar where you take breakfast and lunch is in such a great location over looking the ocean, with Bali in the back ground, I think you would be really difficut to improve upon the location of the resort. Nice that it is away from Sengiggi, and makes it seems like a real retreat from the slight crazy-ness of the town.
Great pool side pedicures & massages from Noura were a bonus!
If you are a light sleeper or in a villa nearer the road you might find that the morning call to prayer wakes you at 5.00am. You either need to drink quite a few Bintang beers the night before or take ear plugs.
Its quiet its beautiful and its small
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.
In a nutshell the rooms are beautiful, simple and cool. The location is beautiful and quiet. The service is fantastic, friendly and sincere. The restaurant serves wonderful food and I would recommend it to any one wanting an away from it all trip.
On the down side the pool is small but is fine for cooling down after lazing in the sun (and it is fresh water). It's also lovely for having drinks round in the evening and watching the sunset over Bali.
The hotel is not really geared to children and there is very little space for them to play but for those wanting a break with no children about this is a definite plus.
Also there are no TV's in the rooms but to some, me included, that is heaven.
Because the plot of land is long and thin with a small beachfront not many of the rooms have sea views but we booked in advance and were not disappointed.
I can't think of any other negatives.
On our way home we stayed at Raffles in Singapore and while that was much grander and very special, the service at Qunci was just as good and the time we had there was more magical.
Good for romantics
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!!
Overall, Qunci Villas is a little gem and we would certainly return.
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'd hate to attract the crowd to Qunci, but then...
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.
Qunci Villas offered exactly what we needed...
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.
Don't get me wrong, it was plenty social as well when my wife and I came in May 2005. The 5 days we stayed provided an interaction with other couples from Australia, Europe and the States on some afternoons and evenings by the pool and wonderful bar outside, while other nights would offer quiet, uncrowded use of the resort.
But the best part by far was the absolute induglence, for you could hang poolside on one of the comfortable chaise lounges (provided you get to one early enough the day of - that's my one gripe about 'chair-reserving' that occurred each day) and order a drink, an appetizer or full plate and be served with complete politeness, courtesy and smiles by Lombok islanders earning what was widely believed as a luckily-held job. This place is like a modern-paradisal mirage amongst natural island beauty...did I mention the muslim prayers that echo at certain hours of certain days? It is something that, as a musician and westerner, I appreciated so in it's hauntingly strong and melodic chants.
This is a place to savor and remember, and is a wonderful addition to my written vacation journal, and likely to be one to yours should you agree with what you've just read. I'll end my recap by providing an exerpt from my journal:
26 May 2005
It is now near sunset and (my wife) & I have made it to Qunci Villas on Lombok, a posh, upscale and modernistic retreat located on the west side of Lombok Island, with a view facing Bali's highest peak, Gunung Agung (3142m)...and it's majestic looking at it from here! The sun right now is settling into serene cirrus clouds, and the peak is to its left from our beachside view...
you can write the rest for yourself...
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!