Oberoi Lombok Hotel Review, a Timeless Paradise.

Oberoi Lombok stands as a beacon of enduring elegance in the Indonesian archipelago

.As a seasoned luxury travel reviewer, with a personal passion for South East Asia, discovering this iconic resort, a pioneer of tropical modernism designed by the esteemed Australian architect Peter Muller was so much of a thrill I have already been back a second time.

Its understated architecture, impeccably lush, green frangipani filled gardens, flawless orange hued sunsets and serene setting speak volumes. It’s more than just a luxurious resort; it’s a testament to design brilliance, proving that true elegance transcends trends, decades and ostentation.

It is hard to believe this timeless, elegant, luxury resort is 50 years old this year, but it is far from tired. No aspect of the hotel feels old or past it.

A natural disaster – an earthquake ensured the entire resort was closed and then rebuilt several years ago so the whole resort from the gym to the rooms feels fresh.

There are luxury hotel experts I have met who say this is at the top of their list of South east Asian luxury resorts, and having stayed there twice, I can see why.

The Oberoi Lombok is the perfect blend of luxury and nature.

Overall Rating: 9/10

Location: 9/10

Nestled amidst two hectares of immaculately manicured gardens on Medana Bay, Oberoi Lombok enjoys blissful seclusion. The sunsets over the ocean here are extraordinary, with the heady mix of orange, pink and yellow changing daily. Brilliant for instagram or to just soak up and enjoy over a cocktial.

Its proximity to Bali’s fast boat landing as well as Lombok’s international airport offers effortless access, while the island’s western coastline unfolds spectacularly just a drive away.

Oberoi cars collect guests from the airport ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey, and the location of Oberoi Lombok on a lush piece of Indonesia overlooking the ocean is stunning.

A plush villa suite at Oberoi Lombok.

Design: 9/10

Architect Peter Muller’s vision shines through in the thatched-roofed villas and airy public spaces, seamlessly blending with the surrounding landscape.

He was a highly respected architect within Australia, with a large portfolio of global work – and his stand out difference was the relationship he created between dwellings and the nature around them, a feature evident in every aspect of Oberoi Lombok.

The infinity pool, reflecting the ocean and lush vegetation, serves as both a functional guest haven and a mesmerising aesthetic centerpiece where breakfast, lunch and dinner can be enjoyed, as well as a welcome swim.

Rooms and Suites: 9/10

My ground-level pavilion was vast and offered a generous 90 square meters of sanctuary. A vaulted thatched ceiling above the bed created a stately feel to the whole villa.

The private terrace, ideal for alfresco dining or lounging, complimented the spacious interiors, and the private pool was a welcome indulgence throughout the day – and night.

The vast marbled bathroom boasts a sunken bath with candles and accessories to enjoy whilst in it. Plus it had its very own charming private garden. The true beauty was within the seamless connection with the incredible interiors and the outdoors.

Sunsets at Oberoi Lombok are some of the world’s best.

Culinary Delights: 9/10

Compared to Bali’s restaurant scene, Lombok offers a quieter charm, but Oberoi Lombok has an elevated menu and huge selection of dishes of very high quality.

Thankfully, Oberoi Lombok’s Lumbung Restaurant shines under the guidance of its talented Indian-born chef. Breakfast is exceptional and served in the main restaurant overlooking the infinity pool and ocean in the distance. The menu is varied, and coffee is made fresh.

From fragrant Indonesian curries to Western classics and even a touch of Indian flair, the open-sided setting or poolside alfresco dining guarantees memorable meals.

Full or half board is part of the offering at Oberoi Lombok, and full board was my pick, a decision I did not regret.

There is a stand alone bar which is ideal for sunset, offering cocktails including negronis and quality wines.

The Oberoi Lombok is an oasis of calm.

Service: 8.5/10

Many staff have worked at Oberoi Lombok for over 20 years, but they are still passionate about their jobs and their life in Lombok.

A highlight is the welcome to guests as the 4 wheel drives pull up after the drive from the airport, and staff welcome newcomers, putting a fragrant frangapani necklace around their necks and offering a cooling welcome drink, as well as a warm goodbye upon departure. Staff remember guests names, and preferences.

A complimentary afternoon tea featuring traditional Indonesian sweets is a delight and a way for guests to meet each other, and there are staff on site each day during the afternoon tea offering lessons in handicrafts.

The Oberoi Lombok at sunset is magical.

Wellness: 8/10

The spa is excellent, and the wellness facility stands alone within its own pavilion. The entire property at Oberoi Lombok offers the ideal environment for meditation.

There is a gym with large windows overlooking the property, with all of the basics to ensure your fitness routine is not interrupted. Healthy nutritional choices are available, and the chef will make dishes to order according to allergies or food desires. It is very easy to avoid alcohol if that is your preference.

There are multiple places to swim including your own private pool in some villas.

Adventures Beyond: 8.5/10

Staying within the resort’s embrace might be tempting, but Lombok promises unforgettable experiences.

A short speedboat journey whisks you to the glitzy Gili Islands, while a scenic drive leads to the majesty of Gunung Rinjani, Indonesia’s second-largest volcano. Guides can be hired to walk up this natural beauty – a real adventure.

For a touch of local life, a complimentary ride or horse and cart into the nearby village of Tanjung offers a glimpse into Lombok’s rustic charm.

The Oberoi Lombok is elegant and romantic.

Renae says:

Who should Stay Here: Anyone who loves indulging in resort luxury in the lap of nature.

Who shouldn’t Stay Here: Anyone looking for wild parties.

Location: On the beautiful Indonesian island of Indonesia.

Best Culinary Delight: Indian dishes are exceptional.

The Highlight:  Going on the boat with the hotel’s locals.

The lowlight: There are no parties here if that’s what you are looking for.

The infinity pool at Oberoi Lombok.

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