And so here’s the much awaited part two! After working hard for 3 days to get my SCUBA (self contained underwater breathing apparatus) certification, I needed to begin the rest and relaxation section of my 7 day vacation. You’re not supposed to fly within 24 hours of a dive anyway, so coming straight home wasn’t an option.
The plan was to move back to the main island of Lombok, as that’s where the airport is located too which would make the airport transfer slightly simpler when the time came. And I also decided to splash out (excuse the pun) a bit on the last two nights, because, well, I deserved it basically!
The Lombok Lodge really is a place to go if you want a bit of real luxury, or if you’re on your honeymoon. It’s owned by a Belgian and was designed by Italian architect, Vittorio Simoni. At 350 USD per night, it’s not exactly a back packer’s joint, but as it includes both breakfast and a 5 course fine dining evening meal, it’s not actually too outrageous.
The place I stayed the first 5 nights was by any standard, pretty nice, but Lombok Lodge made it seem like a youth hostel by comparison. We were greeted with a welcome drink and a flower garland place around our necks and given a briefing about the resort. It’s a boutique resort with just nine private lodges, so there’s no need to rush to the pool in the mornings to claim your sunbed before the Germans get there!
The grounds were immaculate, with a team of gardeners keeping everything nicely trimmed and every member of staff would greet us by name with a big smile and a friendly hello.
Breakfast included a huge selection of pastries and breads, fresh fruit, fruit juices and eggs done more or less any way you like. It was far too much and the next morning I requested that they give me half of everything instead of the full portion.
It’s quite an isolated place – it’s probably a 15 minute walk just to get to the street, so in a way, you are a bit trapped, but I had no plans to venture outside. After 5 days of walking around Gili Trawangan and diving, I just wanted to relax and work on my tan and be pampered.
There’s a SPA of course, so I enjoyed a massage and facial, the first I’ve ever had. My face has never felt so good!
It was all over far too soon, and I almost had to fight back tears as the taxi drove us off to the airport while the ENTIRE hotel staff lined up at the front of the hotel to wave us off – everyone from gardeners to the head chef in his apron. I wish I had a photo but wasn’t expecting quite such a send off!