3 months ago I just visited the island of Lombok but I missed so much for this island, the island that presents various attractions ranging from beaches, waterfalls, even Mount Rinjani. And the island itself is still not crowded like Bali, there are still many beautiful sights that have not been touched by humans, and the capital of Lombok itself, Mataram city, I think the city is calmer when compared with Denpasar.
That’s why I really like this island! And this time I will visit one of the hotels that actually stood for a long time, but I think the design of this hotel itself to be unique, doesn’t look old, ever since I set foot in the lobby is very felt nuance contemporary Sasak design (traditional house in Lombok), the hotel I mean is Novotel Lombok Resort & Villa.
When we arrived at Lombok airport, the team from Novotel was ready to pick me up and we went straight to the hotel which took approximately 40 minutes. The trip to the hotel is not jammed and we will pass through several villages including the Sasak village tour (Sade village).
Arriving at the Lobby around 5:30 p.m., I immediately rushed to check in because I wanted to take time to take pictures at sunset. Well! the unique in here is a whole coconut fruit served as a welcome drink to fresh my day! The lobby area itself is designed as an open space with asbestos using traditional reeds.
In this hotel has 2 areas, the building area devoted to superior, deluxe, and executive type rooms, and there is an exclusive area for Villa type rooms. In this hotel, I get a 2 bedroom villa type room (around Rp 4.000.000 / night) whose actual the location of this room is a bit away from the lobby but luckily the team from Novotel is ready to help to escort me to the room.
Arriving at the room, I was very amazed by the extent of this room, seriously!!! in 1 villa is divided into several parts;
- Outdoor area: Private pool (1.5m depth), gazebo, hammock, outdoor shower
- Main bedroom: which I was amazed at in this room has 2 air conditioning
- 2nd bedroom: twin size bedroom
- Bathroom: sink area, closet area, BIG SIZE bathtub & shower area (and one air conditioning in bathtub area)
DINNER BY THE BEACH
the first night I arrived at this hotel, I was invited to eat my dinner on the beach. Arriving at the restaurant area (this restaurant is actually already on the beach), I think I will have a buffet dinner with other guests, and it doesn’t! the team from Novotel has set up a special table located on a beachside gazebo like a honeymooner LOL.
MOVIE NIGHT BY THE BEACH
After dinner, when I had dinner near the gazebo, there was an area for watching movies together in this beach area, open spaces, provided a projector and also bean bag to enjoy 2 movies that usually aired every 7 pm and 9 pm, and it’s free for everyone!
BREAKFAST ON THE HILL
After a good night’s sleep in that super-spacious room, I rushed for breakfast, but this time my breakfast wasn’t in a restaurant but located on a hill. How come??? So around this hotel, there are hills that have beautiful scenery, so I just need to gather in the lobby and we will ride the car with other guests to the top of the hill. I’m very curious what’s up there???
Arriving on the hill, it turned out that there were already several tables and mini buffet areas such as bread, omelet, cereal, and of course the main menu. And for sure, the view from the top of this hill is so beautiful! I can’t say anything! WOW!
THE POOL AND THE BEACH
TRIP TO GILI NANGGU
On this second day, I was invited by the Novotel team to snorkel on Gili Nanggu. At first, I thought the snorkeling location was not far from the hotel and it turns out that this trip took 1 hour 40 minutes with a distance of 72km. WOW !!! This trip was classified as a private trip because there were no other guests besides me, and I was transported by a hotel car which was quite comfortable because the trip was quite far. Arriving at the port I had to take a small boat to cross Gili Nanggu for about 30 minutes.
Arriving on this island, I was very amazed by the beauty of the sand, sea, water, and sky, everything was very beautiful! including amazement with the crowds of visitors who were snorkeling too, I think this island is a deserted island rarely visitors.
All snorkeling equipment, towels and bread (so that many fish come to us) have been prepared by the Novotel team. We just enjoy it. If you want to enjoy this trip, you need to spend around Rp. 500,000 / person
Tired after snorkeling, I want to try the SPA here, I am very curious because the design of the spa building is very unique, and it turns out that the spa is very worth it, especially because it is done by a reliable therapist.
MyGlass (part of MyResorts program)
after the spa I feel very refreshed and fit again, I also immediately want to try MyGlass, which is one program where you can only pay around Rp. 300,000 and you can order to drink anything you want (all day, 17.00 – 19.00 for alcohol) per guest.
DINNER (BBQ NIGHT)
This time the dinner was a bit more special than the other day because the BBQ night concept when all the chairs, tables, and food stands will be placed in the beach area in the open space (just pray that it won’t rain hehehehe). The food menu is very diverse, but I really like the freshly cooked satay, VERY REALLY!
BREAKFAST AT Baruga
Baruga? what is that? you can see in this photo.
it’s a pleasant experience to have breakfast while swimming on the beach! truly a very unforgettable experience! all the uniqueness and experience that I feel at this hotel is so different from other resorts, ranging from breakfast on the hill, trips to Gili Nanggu, watching beach movies every night, and many other things. to be honest I stayed 3 days and 2 nights here felt very lacking!
Address: Pantai Putri Nyale, Kuta, Pujut, Kabupaten Lombok Tengah, Nusa Tenggara Bar. 83001