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After I left Bali, I had two weeks left on my visa. So many plans and things to see, but have to make some decisions. First wanna go to Lombok, and from there I will see if there's time left for other islands. Took the slow boat, as it is the cheaper option. It was a very old ferry, with few seats. But it was good enough. I slept on and off and read my book. Halfway there were many dolphins swimming along with us! Sorry, was too late with my camera...once on land, I took a mini van to ...
... American dishes all at reasonable prices. I finally had nachos which I've been craving for ages !!! For dinner we found the most amazing little night market, which runs every night and sells loads of local food, pancake and incredible cakes it's so cheap and there's so much choice and Indonesian food is just sooooo yummy ! The cake stand is any sweet tooth's heaven! Another great recommendation by the boys. We bought a bottle of vodka from the shop near ...
... obscured by clouds. Yesterday the clouds cleared and Jim said 'Look, that is the peak, we will be there next week'. I looked and thought ***** and quickly looked away. It looks high!! So the lesson is do not make grand plans whilst drinking arak. It will only lead you astray and away from bludging !!
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Love always S&J ...
... shower, verandah and just a few steps back from the main street. The only downside was having a salt water shower. You can just imagine what my hair was like after eight days! Coupled with the fact it was so hot you had a permanent layer of salty sweat so never felt clean. But, that's what you get for paying on the cheap. Up the price and you've got yourself air con, a fresh water shower and swimming pool. Sunsets were incredible so one night we walked down ...
... for some helmets to arrive we shared a bit of light banter about life and The corruption of government. He informed us that Indonesia where third in world for most corrupt. I told him that they would have to try harder then, so that they could be first! All our smiles erupted into laughter. Our helmets arrived and off we set for Mataram. We decided to take the longer scenic route along the coast. The sun was out, the landscape was lush and green and the views ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Oberoi, Lombok Mataram
Ein guter Preis für den Luxus
Wir verbrachten hier fünf Tage im März 2004 und dieser Ort hat uns einfach umgehauen. Es war nur zur Hälfte voll und so bekamen wir ein Upgrade zu einem Zimmer mit Meerblick. Die Zimmer waren sehr luxuriös und bequem. Am besten war das Personal, die waren alle sehr nett. Das Essen war auch ausgezeichnet. Wir haben in Lombok nicht viel gesehen und so habe ich keine Vergleichsmöglichkeiten, aber verglichen mit anderen Hotels, die wir schon weltweit besucht haben, war dieses hier am denkwürdigsten. Zum Schnorcheln muss man zu den Gili Inseln weil der Strand vor dem Hotel nicht so toll ist (Seetang und Seeigel aber die Anlagen und das Personal machen das mehr als wett.
We spent 6 nights at the Oberoi Lombok as part of our honeymoon. It is a lovely hotel - very relaxing. The rooms are very spacious and the sunken bath in the wonderful bathroom is very romantic.
The pool area is lovely too and the sunsets are wonderful.
The only downside is that the food and drink are very expensive. The food is good but the menu is limited, especially for a stay of more than a few nights. There is nowhere nearby to eat out either.
Wine is very expensive - the cheapest is £20 a bottle for Balinese wine, Australian chardonnay would be nearer £30 a bottle! We stuck to beer most nights and were glad of our bottle of duty free gin for sundowners on our terrace.
I had one spa treatment which was heavenly so would recommend that.
We were slightly disappointed that they don't do much for honeymooners. We got a cake one night but that was all. Compared to Raffles in Singapore who gave us champagne and chocolates, a free dinner and covered our bed with rose petals and a bowl of chocolate covered strawberries on our last night.
Missing the boat
part 2 of an Oberoi trip to Indonesia, we spent five days at the Oberoi after four days at Oberoi Bali.
Overall its a nicer hotel. Its nicely designed if looking a bit old but by no means tatty or dirty. The room we had was great, a sea view pavillion with a big terrace which have to say we never used once as we preferred to sit nearer the beach or pool.
Our room was large, spacious with a bed you could play football in it was so large. The bathroom was enoromous too - very nice indeed. We had some treatements in the Spa which was very relaxing, and took advantage of the free snorkeling. Pools and surrounds are thoroughly relaxing.
The downside, echoed by many reviewers was the food and beverage - simply not varied enough and way too pricey for what it is and where we are in the world.
Breakfast is fine, if a bit overpriced - lots to choose from and served in the outside restaurant (or in room if you prefer). Lunch options were great and for once reasonably priced.
Dinner was problematic - the menu at first is large and seems to offer many choices. However the reality is that it only changes by one starter, main and desert a night (the chefs special) which is usually indonesian and modestly cheaper. After four nights you stuggle to find something you like and if you dont like eastern cooking your choices are going to be limited. Execution of the dishes was fine but nothing you havent seen before - in the UK you can get this standard in many mid priced restaurants. And you are paying way above those prices so be warned.
Alcoholic drink we found to be ridiculously overpriced - the wines that seemed pricey in Bali were 25% dearer in lombok. We limited ourselves to either a glass of wine or a post diner drink at the bar (about 7 quid a pop). The bar was empty at night which was a shame as it played great chiill out music and the bar man was great fun (if somewhat bored by the lack of guests).
Most guests keep to themselves which is fine.
The hotel is really seculede so there aren't the opportuniities to nip to other hotels or bars - you are pretty much there for the duration hence 5 night was perhaps one night too many.
Nice but wouldnt go back. Needs a bit of a lift to get me interested again.Staff very good so no complaints there.
An amazing place to spend part of your honeymoon, or for a couple to chill out and be spoilt. Less suitable for families.
About an hours drive from the airport. West coast - great for beautiful sunsets. Lovely grounds. Large luxurious rooms. Nice beach, but not that great for swimming - exposed coral at low tide. Excellent food. All amnenities on site. In the sticks, so no bars or restaurants off site to venture off to. "Beach Club" organises a wide range of trips for diving, snorkeling, game fishing etc off Gilli islands.
We loved it. Although we did pine, after four days of hotel food, for more straightforward cuisine and a good local restaurant serving traditional Nasi Goreng. There are some nice little local bars on the Gilli islands, a boat ride away so ideal during the day but no good for evenings out.
We stayed in a pool villa, which featured a very large wall around the outside to give perfect seclusion within. This really is the key attraction of resort. Once in your villa you can pretty much do as you please without any disruption from other holidaymakers - perfect for couples seeking seeking isolation and distance from playing children or any other holidaymakers. The villas themselves are very spatious with a surprisingly large pool that allows for some gentle lapping. There are many areas exposed (to the sun) and protected, including an external terrace for looking at the sea. So getting the right balance for tanning vs burning is easy. All the room facilities and the decor are as you would expect for the price - very nice in a typically balinese fashion. The restaurant food was good but not fantastic (far behind the excellence of Cocoa Island in the Malidves for example) and while regular specials add some variety the menus can become slightly repetitive if staying for more than one week. The diving was very good in the nearby islands, with one trip seeing us bump into 7 turtles in just 50 minutes. Weight belts came lose 4 times during the week, with us and other guests, but otherwise the equipment and supervision by the dive crew was good. The only real weakness of the resort is the lack of a beach - the sea comes up to a nice grassy area where the sun loungers are put out, but this leaves no soft sand exposed at all at high tide. Swiming from what little there is of the beach is also not that welcoming as the coral is very low makes entry into the sea and swiming difficult. However, the main swimming pool is excellent and it is easy to jump into the sea from the water sports pontoon from where you can snorkle nicely as well. Finally, the people at the resort and throughout Lombok are increadibly friendly and well natured. All in, the resort is expensive and has a couple of weaknesses, but for those seeking some privacy and isolation there can be few places better.
Such great value for luxury
We stayed there for 5 nights in March 2004 and we blown away by this place. The place was half empty so we got upgraded to a sea view room. The rooms were very luxurious and comfortable. Best though, was the staff, who were really nice. The food was excellent as well. We didn't see that much more of Lombok so I can't really compare, but compared to all other hotels we stayed in around the world, this was one of the most memorable. For snorkeling, you would need to go to the gili islands as the beach outside the hotel isn't that great (seaweed and urchins), but the facilities and the staff really make up for this.
Excellent Hotel, Best service ever!
We have just returned from a 9 night stay at the Oberoi. We have visited many 5*+ resort hotels in asia but found the service at the Oberoi the best we have encountered anywhere. The rooms are excellent.
The dive staff were excellent and we had some excellent days on the Gilli islands.
We were at a low point in the season and occupancy was low. This lead to a restricted choice on the evening menu, which whilst of an excellent standard of food and preparation, became repetative.
It is worth going into Senggigi (45m drive), there are some excellent restruants. Specifically it is worth going to Bumbu (Thai) and Bobs Steakhouse (self explanatory, run by a Kiwi and his Indonesian wife).
I loved this place. Impeccable service, well appointed rroms, beautiful setting. Recommend the trip to Gili islands, although it's a bit overpriced through the hotel. Beach there was lovely but WAY too much detritus (plastic bags, food wrappers) in the water for snorkeling. Food at the hotel restaurant was stunning. I would go back in a second.
What a relaxing break
This break was arranged by me through the insistence of our children who thought we both needed a deserved holiday, preferably at a spa. Initially it was for my wife at a UK spa, but as we had not spent Christmas together or seen each other since October, I arranged a suprise for her Birthday and Valentines day, which coincide.
After making reservations for a Garden Villa, with its own pool, I also asked if the hotel could arrange for a suprise on her birthday, which they did, way beyond what I expected. The room being decorated, bath filled with hot water and covered in Frangipani flower heads, bed covered in petals in a heart shape. Finally, a specially prepared dinner for us in a Bale, with a suprise of a birthday cake. Nothing was to much trouble.
We thoroughly enjoyed our break, the hotel being very quiet.
Recommend a trip in the pony and trap to the market. Marco Polo the pony works hard to get you about, but you do see some great sights. The market is also a good place to get materials and fruit. One Kilo of fresh Rambutans costing about S$1.00, about 30 pence (UK)
My wife had a spa treatment for three days and really enjoyed them, I managed to get in a game of golf at the local course, only me playing. So no delays.
February may not be the busiest time of the year, but when you want peace and quiet and to catch up on some reading, this is it.
It may be expensive, but if you want a really relaxing time and get away from it all, then this is a place to visit.