What is luxury? There are so many different definitions, with the term meaning something different to everyone. For someone who mainly stays in hostels, it may mean having their own ensuite bathroom for once. But at the other end of the definition, the sky is the limit. On the Indonesian island of Bali, many deluxe hotels and villas have prices starting at around $700 USD ($960 AUD) per night, with private plunge pools, personal butlers and top of the range everything, from toiletries to coffee machines. But, what if luxury for you just means a gorgeous location, a lagoon-style pool and cocktails on the beach?
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The Affordable Luxury of the Holiday Resort Lombok
If that’s the case, the Holiday Resort Lombok will ably meet your needs, in a peaceful location on the island of Lombok in Indonesia. Lombok is a short 30 minute flight or a ferry ride away from the popular island of Bali, but a more quiet and laid-back cousin to the bustling tourist hub that Bali has become; think old-school Bali. The resort is located a 5 minute taxi ride north of the popular tourist strip of Senggigi, with its bars and restaurants, and directly on a quiet beach. And best of all Holiday Resort Lombok is very affordable, with rooms regularly available from about $70 USD ($96 AUD) per night.
The Resort Facilities and Rooms
The Holiday Resort Lombok is rated as a 5-star resort, and has all the facilities expected of such a resort, starting with a cool towel and welcome drink, through to a kids club and room service. However, the rooms are in a need of a little TLC, with the finishes showing signs of wear and tear. The entry-level rooms are called Garden Villas, and are located on either the ground or top floor of blocks of four. While top floor rooms offer balconies, the ground floor rooms are probably my pick, with a partially open-air bathroom as well as a terrace. Ocean view rooms are a step up in price, while there are also larger family rooms or the option of booking interconnected rooms.
Choose Between the Beach and the Pools…
The stand out of the resort are the lovely tropical surroundings. In between the villas are lush green lawns, with plenty of palm trees and tropical plants, stretching over to the sandy beach. A mixture of white and black sand, it’s the perfect spot for an early morning stroll, or a swim in the gentle waves. Once you’ve had a swim at the beach, head a few steps up to the lagoon-style pool at the centre of the resort, washing your feet on the water with the conveniently located taps and coconut shells. The resort’s pool is surrounded by plenty of sun loungers (plus sun umbrellas and shady spots for those wanting to avoid the sun), and includes a jacuzzi in the centre. At one end of the pool is a pool bar, with seating directly in the pool for those not wanting to leave its refreshing waters for a mid-afternoon or evening cocktail.
…then Ease Into a Balmy Evening
Each night from 5pm to 7pm it’s happy hour at the pool bar, with many of the cocktails half price (about $4 AUD per drink including taxes). This is also the best time to grab a seat at the small tables scattered along the beachfront, for a front row seat of the sunset as the sun disappears behind the horizon in the direction of Bali (whose Mt Agung can be glimpsed on clear days). Often a band will entertain the guests, playing cheerful pop tunes with a tropical, Indonesia touch. Then choose between dinner at the al fresco KA Restaurant next to the pool, specialising in seafood, the main Rinjani Restaurant next to reception, which serves up Indonesia specialities after the daily buffet breakfast or the Gecko Steak Bar, underneath Rinjani and the location of a second happy hour later in the evening.
Be as Active or Relaxed as You Like
Other options to keep entertained including al fresco table tennis or giant chess next to the beach, pony rides for the children plus horse riding for older guests, a tennis court for hire, and the opportunity to see turtles hatch. There’s also a tour desk to organise tours to nearby attractions such as the Gili Islands, local waterfalls and traditional villages, or go diving with the in-house dive centre. Alternatively, just take advantage of the opportunity to sit back and relax, although make sure you don’t miss out on the gorgeous sunsets at least once during your stay!
Note: The author was a guest of the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism