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The Oberoi Lombok
Medana Bay, Lombok
Best for: Diving, Honeymoon, Family
With a secluded location on Lombok’s northwest coast, The Oberoi is a tranquil oasis of luxuriously appointed pavilions and villas, set in 24-acres of tropical gardens, offering exclusive beach access, outstanding service and a spectacular infinity pool.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
The Oberoi is a garden resort located on the peaceful and secluded northwest coast of Lombok on the shores of the enchanting Medana Bay, in Tanjun, where guests enjoy exclusive access to Sire beach and sunset views over Mount Agung. The 24-acres of landscaped gardens boasts frangipani trees, brightly-coloured bougainvillea and a glorious infinity pool. The Oberoi is 75-kilometres from Lombok International Airport, around a two-hour drive and 65-kilometres due east of Bali. We think the secluded romantic setting of The Oberoi, coupled with high levels of service, make this a great choice for those on honeymoon, couples celebrating special anniversaries and those looking for an indulgent beach retreat.
Guests stay in one of the 30 spacious pavilions or 20 luxurious thatched villas, dotted throughout the gardens. Furnished in typical Indonesian style with a contemporary twist, there is lots of dark teak wood, rattan, rich textiles and local artwork, as well as private outdoor terraces with dining space, air-conditioning and sunken marble baths. The pavilions have either an ocean or garden view, while the spacious villas offer a choice of either a private pool or garden. Honeymooners may want to consider the Royal Villa, which has a charming outdoor dining pavilion, private pool, along with wonderful views of both the garden and ocean.
For al fresco dining, the Lumbung Restaurant is housed in an open-sided pavilion, serving Indonesian, Asian and Continental cuisine against a backdrop of spectacular views, while the Sunbird Café has a relaxed and laidback feel, perfect for breakfast and lunch. The Tokek Bar serves all-day drinks and snacks. For a special dining experience, once a week the open-air Amphitheatre offers fine dining accompanied by traditional music and Sasak dance performances and there is also the option to experience a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach.
One of the most spectacular features of The Oberoi is the stunning infinity pool, surrounded by Balinese-style pavilions. The onsite spa has a menu of indulgent and relaxing therapies inspired by ancient Eastern holistic traditions, although the serene atmosphere and reflection pool in this quiet resort, make it an easy place to unwind. There is also a gym, tennis courts and croquet lawn for guests to use. Added to this, there is a hotel beach club that offers kayaks, windsurfing, snorkelling, PADI diving courses and private boat trips to the nearby Gili Islands, which are surrounded by world renown coral reef, where the snorkelling and diving are excellent.
When to go
Lombok has distinctive seasonal weather changes, with the dry season typified by sunny, clear skies and the wet season bringing prolonged periods of rain. Dry season, between April and September, is the best time to climb Mount Rinjani and visit Lombok’s other top attractions. During the wet season, which runs from October to March, roads in some regions become impassable due to flooding, while rough seas can disrupt travel to neighbouring islands. Both the average temperature and humidity are consistently high, but figures do drop off a little during the dry season.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
Lombok Land Cruise Adventure
Explore Lombok’s lush northern interior, with a visit to the Pusuk Monkey Forest, the pretty Sendanggile waterfall, Bayan’s 300-year-old mosque and the sacred tomb at Selaparang, finishing at the beautiful rice fields of the Lemor forest reserve.
Lombok's Southwest Coast Tour
A chance to discover traditional village life, learning about Balinese artisan crafts, the fishing, salt and pearl industries, visiting three 15th century temples at the top of Gunung Pengsong, along with a chance to relax on Sekotong beach.
Tibo Ijo Soft Trekking
Explore the tropical rainforest of Lombok on this half day excursion, taking you deep into the jungle to meet hill tribes, learn about the flora, and visit a river well with a deep green pool perfect for a refreshing swim to escape the jungle heat.
Tetebatu Village and Jeruk Manis Waterfall
Get back to nature with a gentle trek through the charming rice terraces and plantations of Tetebatu to reach the Jeruk Manis Waterfall, where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and bathe in the cool crystal-clear waters of the natural pools.
Crater Rim of Rinjani Trek
Discover your inner explorer, with this challenging once-in-a-lifetime experience of trekking to the crater rim of Mount Rinjani, where you will spend the night under canvas, enjoying both the sunset and sunrise over magnificent views of northern Lombok.
Gili Islands Adventure
Explore all three of the Gili islands by boat, soaking up laid-back island life, snorkelling in turquoise seas filled with tropical marine life and unwinding on pristine beaches.
Pearl Farming and Gili Island Hopping
Learn how South Sea pearls are cultivated and harvested at a working pearl farm on Lombok’s west coast, before travelling by outrigger boat for laidback island-hopping around the tropical beauty of the Gili Islands.