a pleasure-hunting monkey.
The three Gili Islands on the northern side of Lombok may be more popular, but there is actually much more to explore in Lombok. If you are looking for a more quiet, intimate vacation with the added bonus of fantastic collections of artwork rich in interesting history, you can find it easily at Hotel Tugu Lombok.
The hotel is situated at Sire Beach line on the northwest of the island. The beach is another gem of the island that boasts a white sandy beach and calm ocean.
Taking a two-hour drive from Lombok International Airport in Praya, the capital city of Central Lombok, the hotel is unique since it is decorated by numerous antiques.
Hotel Tugu Lombok offers an attractive island life as well as an artsy getaway…
You can see so many remarkable carvings with intricate details, from the grinning God of Vishnu statue under a large tree near the main swimming pool to the hotel’s Hening Swarga Spa which is designed to resemble a temple in the Majapahit era, a glorious kingdom that ruled the archipelago some centuries ago.
Just like other Tugu brand’s properties, Hotel Tugu Lombok is set with an artistic design that presents the art and soul as well as the romantic side of Indonesia, particularly the art of life in Lombok. It is quintessential of the brand. So, I can say that the hotel is more than just a place to stay as hundreds of artworks are showcased in almost every part of the hotel.
We stayed at Bhagavat Gita Oceanfront Suites. Here are some photos I took from our suite.
At Tugu Hotel Lombok, Indonesian heritage is not just displayed as art, but is also presented in the name of the rooms. If you have any chance you may see them at the hotel’s bungallows, villas and suites for guests. With their unique names, each room has its own unique characteristics that are in line with the name and the theme of the room.
The hotel pampers guests to indulge in delectable dishes wherever their heart leads, including at the white sandy Sire Beach whilst enjoying breezy wind and the ocean view.
A number of dining venues are also available within the hotel area. The Bale Kokok Pletok restaurant is the main dining place with a trident-shaped pool and a 10-meter tall God of Vishnu statue by the pool as well as an undisturbed view of the beach.
In the morning, the view of Mount Rinjani adds a romantic touch to your breakfast. Even better, you can ask the hotel to arrange a unique breakfast on a traditional wooden dragon-head boat called Naga Mesem and enjoy a breathtaking sunrise view over Mount Rinjani.
I mean, there is no better way to start your day in Lombok than cruising the sea while relishing delectable dishes as the sun rises from behind the majestic mountain. And if you’re lucky, you may also get a glimpse of Bali’s Mount Agung from the boat on your way back to the hotel.
Staying at Hotel Tugu Lombok gives you the chance to explore more of the northern side of the island. For instance, as you walk along the beach in front of the hotel, you can see both Mount Agung in Bali and Mount Rinjani in Lombok when the sky is clear – and this view may intrigue you to discover the higher land of Lombok and its natural wonders, instead of going beach-hopping.
If you want to be adventurous, visit the waterfalls nestled on the mountain foot. The Sindang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfalls can be easily reached with a one hour-drive from the hotel followed by one-hour of light trekking. You can also ask the hotel to help you discover other gems, such as strolling around the traditional Segentar Village and Senaru Village.
But if you just want to stay at the hotel, don’t worry because there are so many interesting activities you can do. You can join a cooking class or a yoga and meditation session, or get pampered with a massage treatment at the open-air temple spa room at the Hening Swarga Spa.