Whilst vacationing on Lombok we stayed at The Oberoi Hotel situated on the West coast in the Medana Bay, which overlooks the Gili islands and if you’re lucky sunset views of Bali’s Mount Agung too.
We spent 3 nights here; two in their Pavilion room and our final night in the Ocean view Villa.
The hotel is set within extensive landscaped gardens which are meticulously cultivated and looked after. The many frangipani trees produce lots of the pretty white flowers which are then re-used all over the resort as decorations… even the bathroom got the frangipani treatment!This was the first time I have stayed at an Oberoi Hotel and I have to say I was greatly impressed; the upkeep and attractiveness of the resort is excellent and the service is second to none. From the moment we arrived every member of staff knew our name and what we were doing (sometimes even before we did!) We had a magical few days here which was made even better through the staff and hotel’s attention to detail.
The Pavilion room was large with a generous balcony; the centrepiece of the bedroom was the massive wooden framed bed complemented by the other dark wood Indonesian styled furniture. However, the real star of the show for me was the bathroom which came with a wickedly luxurious marble sunken bath (which has just made it onto my dream home wish list!)The Ocean view Villa was also of large proportions and had an even bigger bathroom than the Pavilion (Sunken bath. tick. 20 man shower. tick. His and Hers vanity units. tick). What was special about the villa was the private pool and terrace perfect for some sunbathing and snoozing along with the raised pavilion where we arranged to have our last dinner.
I have only two criticisms from our stay here; firstly, as there is only one restaurant for dinner it may become a little tiresome returning night after night if you are staying here for a week or longer. There is also the option to have dinner in your room or villa however, you are still ordering from the same menu as the restaurant.
The second criticism was the nocturnal noise from nature…now before you jump the gun and think I am missing the point of visiting a tropical island like this and I should want to be close to nature, I want to point out that I love nature and I love hearing the birds sing….IN THE MORNING! Not ALL night! Seriously those birds had some stamina! So sound proofing in the villas would definitely be recommended but as that is unlikely to happen… take ear plugs!
Old bird moan over.
Getting back to the otherwise splendour of the resort, yes I would highly recommend staying here and soaking up the sparkling blue waters, incredible vistas and top notch service. And make sure to indulge at the spa and go on the snorkeling trip to the Gili islands too (you can read all about this trip here).