This hotel is simply a must.
To put this into context, i've stayed in excellent hotels such as The Shard in London, Shangri La in Singapore and Sezz in St Tropez and it was mixing it with the best, if not top of that pile.
It has also made me re-evaluate TripAdvisor reviews for 5 star hotels i stayed at on this Bali trip, downgrading some official 5 stars to 4 stars base on how high the bar was raised.
The reason for my glowing review. The room was spacious, you could argue there were a few modern gizmos in the room that the Shangri La, Shard and Sezz had that the Lodge was missing, but where the Lodge trumps the other restaurants was the following for me.
It was small and personal. only 9 rooms within the complex (max 22 guests) and ample amounts of staff. the whole complex was so spacious and because of the size and lack of physical guests....tranquil.
The Shangri La on the rooftop pool is frankly a tourist trap. The Sezz, not enough space around its only pool to cater for all it's guests. The Lombok Lodge has everything cover in that respect.
The staff are overly attentive. it is as if they get offended if you even think about pouring your own wine or moving your own sunbed (at points i felt embarrassed). The staff have time to get to know you as the ratio is weighted correctly.
Food...I had 3-4 course each breakfast. Lunch was lovely and varied. there was free afternoon tea served between 4-5pm each day with delicious biscuits. (this was also free if you requested it when watching the sunrise - strongly recommended to do).
Dinner was 5 course each night, each of excellent quality. the chefs remembered that my wife did not like fish or shell food and amended the menu accordingly.
The pièce de résistance was having dinner on the private Jetty (featured in Elle magazine i believe) and was the perfect setting for celebrating our honeymoon, or indeed perfect for a proposal if that were the case.
Just think of any excellent 5 star hotel you've been too, expand the space of the hotel, reduce the number of guests to a handful, increase the ratio of staff per guest and you get what i am trying to paint, it was just pure tranquillity and service at its finest.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- LOMBOK'S LEADING BOUTIQUE HOTEL Just 9 exclusive Designer's Lodge Suites, luxuriously equipped, overlooking the turquoise ocean of Lombok's beautiful Medana Bay. Located only a quick shuttle boat away from the Gili Islands. A fusion of contemporary design, Luxury Hermes Amenities and elegant Asian touches, in an oasis of comfort and charme. Enjoy a total experience at The Lodge; all accommodation rates include A la Carte Breakfast and 5-Course Dinner for two. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Lombok Hotel Pemenang