Found on a stretch of golden sands on the island’s idyllic northwest, the Tugu Lombok enjoys an enviable location. Indeed, although it’s just a 15 minutes’ boat ride from the Gili Islands’ tropical paradise, it’s perfectly secluded, featuring only an 18-hole, seaside golf course for a neighbour. It all makes for spectacular sunrises over the island’s volcanic Mt. Rinjani.
And, to firmly site it, the Tugu Lombok is resplendent in local artefacts. The hotel’s founder owns Indonesia’s largest collection of native antiques, with the hotel a museum to the romance of the country’s ancient kingdoms. Expect beautiful artworks throughout, not least in the rooms, found in individual villas and bungalows. Each enjoys a delightfully traditional aesthetic, with exposed timbers and draping nets all set mere footsteps from the beach. There’s also a full range of choice available, with the likes of semi-outdoor baths, private gardens and sunken tubs competing for your attention. And, many villas come with their very own plunge pools, often host to spectacular ocean views.
In terms of dining, Tugu Lombok operates a ‘dine anywhere you wish’ policy. Whether it’s on the beach, in a lotus-pond pavilion or among the gardens, there’s no shortage of choice for romantic spots. And, wherever you choose, you’ll be spoiled with a culinary theatre that recalls all the extravagance of royal Indonesian feasts. Think flamboyant parades, grand spreads and colourful costumes. The full moon barbecue is a special highlight.
Lastly, if all the white-sands relaxation gets too much, book onto a treatment at the spa. Housed in an open-air Hindu temple, Tugu Lombok’s offering is one of the island’s finest. Giant Jacuzzis look over the Indian Ocean, yoga sessions are held on the rooftop and a full complement of treatments are fragranced by incense and tropical flowers. Further relaxation can be had at the pool and private beaches, while a range of activities help you explore further. Perhaps look into a traditional cooking class, enjoy a sunset horse-drawn cart ride, tour the island’s old city or trek out to one of Lombok’s hidden waterfalls. There’s also world-class diving and snorkelling at the Gilis next door.