The Oberoi Lombok
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... I knew I would like this place. Groups of people sat outside the simple shops along the side of the road. Many we're smiling and laughing. It's the simple and happy life that I love discovering when I travel. We arrived at the hotel in time to drop off our bags and head out to explore the town. A $1 taxi fare brought us into town where we went on our first little discovery walk and as well as food and drinks. Senggigi has no shortage of restaurants, bars and ...
... and jumped into a tight and very hot bemo to Lembar.
Our last days in Lombok were probably the best day we experienced there. No one tried to sell us bracelets, sarongs or pineapples. Just an ordinary few weekdays in Lombok with people working in the green rice fields, children walking to school on dusty gravel roads, dogs barking and roosters crowing (some things don’t change!). Two days I realize few "Turista” get to experience! Thanks to our Lombok friends especially Mr. Kipli and Mr. ...
... which was yucky as it had this black peanut stuff inside which made me want to heave) and a chocolate donut; certainly an unorthodox lunch!
I went back and had a siesta. Then I met my ojek driver at 2pm and we made our way to Gunung Pengsong. This was the best sight I saw during my stay n the city. There was a great walk up a hill, past some friendly monkeys, for a fantastic view over the rice fields, of the palm trees and mosques in the distance. ...
... within the shallows of the harbour. Fishing is very popular with the locals, with many fishing in chest deep water on the edge of the channel on the outgoing tide. We also saw two teenagers fishing off the channel marker buoy in very deep water. They were there all day but we had no idea how they got out there or back off it again. We don't know if the fishing was for recreation or to provide a staple part of their diet. These people ...
... being the local drank it we figured it was safe. It doesn't taste good but it gets the job done in just a few shots. Anyway, back to the visa, the one you get upon arrival is only good for 30 days (we were under the impression it was 90) and ours was almost over. Nothing we could do at that moment, it was duly noted. We finished the night shortly after Chandra made banana pancakes around 3 AM.
The next morning we set out to figure out what to do regarding the ...
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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.
part 2 of an Oberoi trip to Indonesia, we spent five days at the Oberoi after four days at Oberoi Bali.
An amazing place to spend part of your honeymoon, or for a couple to chill out and be spoilt. Less suitable for families.
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.
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.