The Oberoi Lombok Indonesia | Lanai Ocean View Room

The Oberoi Lombok Indonesia Property.

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Taking approximately 1.5 – 2 hours to arrive at the secluded location, The Oberoi Lombok Indonesia property boasts a massive space, spanning 24 hectares with its own private beach, restaurant, café & bar. The endless palms, frangipani, bougainvillea, stone pathways and beautiful flora segregates the different areas of the hotel quaintly, giving you the feeling you are always in your own little special place wherever you go.

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As soon as you arrive at the property, all the front office team welcome you with open arms! They are so interested in your journey and very inquisitive to know all about me, and the suite life blog.

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They could not do enough for me.
I was shown around the property by the Executive assistant manager of rooms, who was extremely helpful and full of humour and ‘great spirits’. The level of service will take you on an journey that will enchant you and mystify your perceptions of the ‘city life’ literally.

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Being extremely simular to the seminyak property, only a little more modern (only a bit) the property is absolute beach front, in a non-congested area. The winding roads around the monkey forest mountains was an absolute awesome way to see the beauty of the island on our transfer from the Lombok international airport.

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Check In was friendly efficient and welcoming. After greeting you at the front entrance you are given a frangipani necklace, which is a nice touch and scent. The oberoi bellboy / concierge team asks you to take a seat in the foyer overlooking their reflecting ponds and pool area as they check you in. An associate meets me and welcomes me again. This time with the cooling and refreshing ginger tea and of course a cold scented face towel. (was so good.

Your passport and credit card Mr Mansfield, and just a quick view over of your guest registration to confirm all details are correct sir and we are good to go.

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Then I was whisked away by the hotel buggy to my traditional Lanai ocean view room 200. To my complete delight, they had upgraded me once again to their more expensive and better located ocean view lanais. I am a lucky man! I had the best located room on the property. Everything was located just a short stroll from my room which was unbeatable.

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The lanai rooms are just so awe inspiring and traditional with wooden floorboards, carved and stone made sculptures, floor to celing windows, huge oversized king bed on a magnificent wooden frame and Balinese artwork adorned the rooms. Again, the details that have gone into making these lanai rooms so comfortable and workable is amazing. Egyptian full thread count linens and goose down duvet and pillows with a pillow menu on hand if you prefer hypo allergenic, cotton or contoured – whichever you prefer – will be delivered to your room very promptly, and however many you would like! Just dial housekeeping.

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Television with DVD player (DVD’s are available free of charge in the business centre) is located within the entertainment / mini bar cabinet – again a nice Electrolux mini bar fridge filled with yummy juices, beers, soft drinks and mixers. The drawers also had cashews, crisps, red wine (Bali) cordless kettle and a nice selection of organic teas, coffee satchels, raw, brown and normal sugar, fresh milk was available on request and as much as you desired.

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Fresh ice was well stocked on arrival (I find this great) and a welcome platter of local tropical fruit, linen napkin, cutlery and hand wash bowl all there for you every day of your stay (replenished) The likes of snake fruit (you must try these – fleshy crunchy sweet and sour and a local favourite), tangerines, tiny bananas await you every day for a little treat.

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Bathroom was out of this world in size and just so lavish – it is massive and kept sparkling clean – heavy silver fixtures throughout. The oberoi bathroom concept is amazing…! The soaking tub is always located with a view of the outdoor bathroom area, which is accessible via the toilet in the Lombok property (a clear glass door which opens out to the garden area with a pond) (it was accessible from the shower at the seminyak property).

The water pressure was sensational (I am a big fan of strong water pressure – I really dislike low water pressure!) With floor to ceiling marble – and oversized silver fixtures everywhere, you truly feel so special when using these fantastic oversized bathrooms at all Oberoi properties.

By the soaking tub are the amenities – bubble foam, bath salts, organic sponge, candles, matches, floating pillow and a book for you to read. – really nice touch – and most appreciated.

The shower had two water heads (one was massive and had the massage features and one was railed for kids to adjust downwards) Bathroom also features a massive mirror which took up a whole wall and made the room look even bigger. 2 massive wardrobes with all the usual oberoi treats – including thongs, umbrellas, cordless iron, massive room safe, torch, extra pillows, dry cleaning and laundry bags, shoe shiner etc. The room was also fitted with electronic indoor and outdoor insect repellents – which worked a treat – didn’t spot one mozzie. Few froggies and cats seen around the property’s gardens at times. Cats stayed their distance.

The landscaped gardens and architecture around the property is truly a magnificent scene. One would just be happy here marvelling at the beauty of the integration of these spaces and how well everything just fits together perfectly. Endless places to park and sunbathe for the day – again with quality wooden framed sunbeds with soft cushions, menu’s, white flag for service, sunscreen and insect repellent all in the little box. Which is all set up for you once you choose where you would like to ‘park’! all this surrounding a magnificent tiled infinity pool which is positioned below the reflective ponds. (which are amazing)

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The property also has a business centre located near the front desk which is again very similar to the seminyak property in set up, with the complimentary DVD’d, Novels, Books, Games, Stationary, i Mac’s, Printers, Telephones etc. Everything you need for your office away from home, (high speed internet access is complimentary at both properties) and usually where you will find me, blogging and communicating with the world!

 

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Sitting in the lobby area gazing down to the beach with the reflective ponds and infinity pools, bars and sunken cabana’s dotted around, the feeling of ‘joy and harmony’ start to implode on your mind and body, in such a nice way.

 

 

Your requests are met with pride and smiles in every single department including the gardeners and housekeeping – with “how is your stay” or “is there anything we can do for you?” “Would you like some sorbet Mr Mansfield or maybe some fresh fruit skewers!” Nice touches make for an outstanding stay – that’s for sure.

I experienced dinner in the restaurant with a table to myself! The ambiance was superb and the service was special. The meal itself was just joy! Loved every mouthful. Here’s the pics

And last but in no ways least, the breakfast at the sunbird cafe, which was served a la carte from 0600-1100hrs every day with a glorious view of the ocean (lunch also served here).  Staff here at the sunbird where awesome and very good at their jobs – the food was delicious again! thanks chef!  I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

Thank you for your hospitality The Oberoi Lombok Indonesia, it truly was a pleasure meeting you and I assure you, we will meet again someday!

 

I am giving this property a score of 5.7 out of a possible 6 stars.

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The Oberoi Bali Indonesia – Lanai Garden Room

The Oberoi in Seminyak

with an unbeatable position – literally right on seminyak beach and ‘in the hub’ of great restaurants, shopping, bars, clubs, spa’s, beach clubs etc. this 15-hectare property takes you back in time, in the most unforgettable way.  Think traditional Balinese village with open air restaurant, lobby, café and sporting facilities with 75 lanai rooms and villas, clustered spaciously throughout the tropical gardens on the property.

 

The feeling you experience is quite like no other, it is just the most perfect ‘traditional’ Balinese property that we have ever experienced and it left us enchanted and totally relaxed after 5 nights of pure “Heaven amongst the hustle and bustle of Seminyak”

John Halpin, the resorts GM, has been at the resort for the past 7 years and he came from the Oberoi in Lombok after a helm of 10 years.  His staff are extremely sincere, happy and humble and his presence is felt throughout the service areas and ‘heart’ of the property.

Oberoi Hotels & Resorts is all about entering a world of Luxury and Leisure.  Having recently been awarded “world’s best hotel brand” by the readers of Travel + Leisure, USA in the 2015 and 2016 World’s Best Awards.

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The Oberoi Seminyak is a lush beachside haven that offers a complete Balinese experience, filled with serenity, hospitality and tropical beauty.

This is a place where you can relax in truly fabulous settings that celebrate your privacy with charming thatched roof villas and lanais which feature private swimming pools, unique garden bathrooms and exquisite interiors with traditional Balinese art.

The pool area

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and the outdoor bar

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The property only features one restaurant (Kura Kura), one café for breakfast and lunch (a la carte) (frangipani café) and one bar.  So you don’t need to think too hard about your choices here!

The frangipani café is just set back from the beach and is located beside the swimming pool.  Every morning we enjoyed breakfast and juices here.  Its truly a tropical café with everything you could imagine on the menu – from bacon and eggs to benedict or Florentine, gourmet sausages, waffles, pancakes, pastries, omelettes, fresh fruit and preserves, French butter, cold pressed juices, mocktails – you name it and they probably had it!  Service around this café is unbeatable.  They are familiar with you and what you like to order, which is exactly what I like.  Recognition is so important to me on holidays, after all, the less I have to think at breakfast the better!

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All newspapers and reading materials available for everyone – even the Australian and The Age.

Oh…  The coffee is fab.  They make it just the way you want – extra HOT flat white with an extra shot Miss Karen? Would you like that in a mug or cup today? (my mother) Yes thank you – just a cup please Miss Tarni (always happy and smiling).

Was that all for today Jamie? Arrrrr maybe I can fit some pancakes, banana’s and maple syrup in! – that was my attitude every day I went for breakfast!! Solid.

Most days we would just graze at breakfast and soak it all in, then casually stroll to the pool area which is grassed and has padded sun loungers with 2 towels per person and your own wooden box to put your belongings in.  If you order pool side dining, they set up a little table in front of you and have everything set up as if you were at a table.  Need the attention of a food and beverage butler?  Just wave your white flag and voila! At your service Mr Mansfield.

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The rooms are spacious with everything that you need.  The mini bar was stocked with plenty of choices from nuts and chips, to chocolate bars and candy.   The ice bucket was filled daily (I love that) and the mini bar replenished every second day.

The bed was super comfortable and the linen was dreamy.  They have a pillow menu here, so you can choose your favourite from concierge.

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Room service is available 24/7 here at The Oberoi Bali Seminyak – With a wide range of choices available on the menu, which is located in the hotel services directory.

Just outside the property you have everything you need on just about every corner and more. Seminyak square always has some decent markets during the day and there is a good grocer and liquor store here also. Upstairs from the markets houses a bar where we watched the preliminary finals for the AFL where the eagles got thrashed. Had a few beaut icy cold bintangs here, they were literally nearly frozen – something our family requires (my mums mother Fay loves a cold beer and it runs in the family – it must be super cold or else! lol).

The incredible Kura Kura Restaurant (Tortoise)

The dimly lit candles and open-air ambiance of Kura Kura really hits you upon entering this open-air restaurant located just off reception and before frangipani café.
The wait staff explain the menu to you and the origins of the restaurant with a little history about the chef and the famous people they have served and their recommendations.

We placed our orders with the waitstaff who were very helpful and intuitive. The service was impeccable, flawless. Such caring and thoughtful happy staff members! We were gobsmacked by this level of service we received.

First, the bread was offered and you were given 3 choices which were just baked served with lavosh crisp bread, extra virgin oil and balsamic.

We both ordered a glass of the Italian red blend which was superb! And the usual Pellegrino bubbles and coke (for me!)

We then put our eye to the food. I chose “Pickled Beetroot Carpaccio crumbled chévre “Anny Buche”, mixed organic garden greens, raspberry vinaigrette with fresh cow’s milk burrata” for my entrée while mum chose the “The True Taste of Iberico the very best Spanish ham “de Beher” and chorizo of acorn fed black pork, cured for 36 months, grilled sourdough, Brittany butter with fleur de sel”.

Then for mains mum chose her favourite “Spaghetti Con Gamberi – house made angel hair pasta with white prawns from Papua New Guinea, preserved lemon, kemangi basil, chardonnay beurre blanc, black garlic, & cherry tomatoes” and I had the usual “Premium Black Angus Rib Eye from Nebraska for 1 (300 g) “burned” cherry tomato ragout with tarragon and edamame, crushed baked potato with cucumber and bacon, crispy onions, béarnaise jus w frites” thank you very much!

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A HISTORY OF THE OBEROI, BALI – courtesy of Oberoi Hotels.

Bali has long attracted people of style and charm, from Dewi Sukarno, Margaret Mead and Mick Jagger, and various other celebrities, kings, queens, princes and princesses. Originally built in 1972 as an exclusive private club named “Kayu Aya”, on the site of an ancient village, it was a multi-million-dollar cluster of villas for the world’s wealthy and famous. A team of Balinese skilled craftsmen and artisans laboured for more than two years to combine the comforts of the West with the mystique of the East. Distinguished Australian architect, Peter Muller oversaw the initial building of The Kaya Aya Club and later the restoration and expansion of the hotel that would become The Bali Oberoi. The job would include upgrades overseen by Muller for the next 30 years. As Muller tells it; “It was an magnificent piece of land, so first I designed a house, and while I was designing it the first owners asked if I could add five guest villas for their friends — Princess Grace, Salvador Dali, people like that.” Muller and his wife Carole remained in Bali and built a prototype guest villa on the land using only Balinese materials and technology. Four more were built straightaway. Finally, it was decided that a mix of villas and guestrooms would be appropriate. Very quickly it grew to 63 rooms, including 14 villas and a Presidential Villa and went from being a private residence to The Kayu Aya Club.” Kayu Aya was short lived as the money dried up and land ownership came into question. The 1974 half abandoned Kayu Aya hosted full-moon parties in the beautiful seaside gardens, with musicians jamming under half-finished pavilions and stunningly beautiful people from all over the world dancing in the moonlight. The parties were said to only last a couple of seasons, but are still remembered as legendary. Meanwhile, Kayu Aya’s investors, fought a court case in the Jakarta courts for almost three years, finally winning in 1977, and, as a foreign-owned entity, they were obliged to immediately put the property up for auction. In February 1978, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts entered into a Management Agreement with P.T. Widja Putra Karya to operate “Hotel Bali Oberoi” as it was initially known. The property was closed for 6 months for upgrades and renovations bringing the facilities up to the standards of a luxury resort. On 5th August 1978, Hotel Bali Oberoi opened for business with 63 rooms (14 villas, one Presidential villa with swimming pool and 48 lanai rooms), one Restaurant and one Bar. The resort was welcomed as Bali’s first exclusive beach resort under the personal guidance of The Oberoi Group’s founding Chairman, late Rai Bahadur M.S. Oberoi. In 1980, the second upgrading of the hotel was undertaken with the addition of Lanai rooms to bring the total to 74. A Spa and a Tennis Court were also added. Between 1988 and 1999, the third and most ambitious multimillion dollar upgrading of the hotel was launched. All villas, lanais and public area cottages were rebuilt, existing plant and machinery facilities upgraded and a new spa with fully equipped fitness centre were introduced. The Boutique and the Gallery also opened as additional facility for guests offering unique handcrafted jewellery, objects d’art and handicrafts. The Oberoi, Bali today offers every convenience required of an exclusive resort whilst bowing to the rich history, architecture and style the resort holds as it was initially known.

Quite intriguing literally.

 

Thanks for the stay TOBI, I will be back one day – soon I hope!

I rate this property a total of 5.8 out of a maximum 6 stars.

The Beach Grill Lunch & Property Overview | The Ritz Carlton Nusa Dua

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After a pleasant journey to nusa dua – we arrived at The Ritz Carlton – where we had a scheduled lunch meeting with the wonderful and informative Sales and Marketing manager Danielle.

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Once arrived, we are greeted by a behemoth of staff who are all sincerely pleased to see you and get you to the place you need to go.

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The property itself is exquisite. You enter the lobby area of the property which is perched high above the property on a cliff which overlooks the entire resort. Wide open spaces with the most decadent fittings and flower arrangements around every corner adorns the hotel. Look for yourself – so extremely gorgeous.

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And where would you like to go to please? I answered with “The beach grill please” and off we went through little passages and bridges (all plant lined) to arrive to the beautiful and modern restaurant “the beach grill” which is greatly influenced by seafood and pasta dishes.

Don’t fret, It also has many options for people who prefer a nice black angus tenderloin / sirloin or rack of lamb if you prefer. Its positioned at the beachfront of the property as the name suggests. It actually seems to blend into the nature somehow and you are taken aback with the craftsmanship, architecture of the buildings/spaces and integration of the pool areas and restaurants/bars is absolute perfection.
Anyhow for starters I ordered the Burrata – Mozzarella, Cream, Cherry Tomatoes, Basil, Cracked Pepper, Sea Salt, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar and Karen (mum) ordered the Spinach, Garlic, Olive Oil & Watercress with Sesame Dressing.

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Then for mains I ordered the Angus Tenderloin of Beef 200 Grams with sauce béarnaise, grilled vegetables & fries. Mum had the Prawn Spaghetti – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic, Chili Flakes, Parsley. Every morsel of food was delicious and cooked to a very high level. Mum said her Pasta was magnifico – al dente! My steak was absolutely grovel worthy – cooked and rested to perfection – Kudo’s Ritz Carlton Nusa Dua!


Everyone we came across at the hotel seemed to be enjoying themselves very much, whether it where guests or hotel staff – everyone just seemed excited and proud of the property.

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Danielle – Sales and Marketing Manager with loads of passion!
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Wonderful service throughout the property

The hotel previously had a huge Australian clientele with their arrangement and allocation of rooms given to Luxury Escapes.com however the deal is no longer available through that website, as it was an introductory offer at an extremely discounted rate. Now most guests are Indonesian or from the surrounding areas. They still have the Europeans, the British and the Americans market pretty well covered.
The resort blew me away. It was better than I had ever imagined and the sheer maginitude and space surrounding you at the property is awe inspiring.
The lead in guest suite presented like this:

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frangipani ponds everywhere

Our day at Nusa Dua was a fun and intriguing day away from the hustle and bustle of seminyak / legian and the kuta areas which we both thoroughly enjoyed

I am glad I inspected this property, as I think this would be the perfect choice for my followers interested in a grand scale holiday! In particular the kind of crew who like the epitome of grand style, sophistication and the best Executive club section I have ever seen. (Which provides 8 different meal settings per day, all beverages and alcohol throughout your stay – complimentary if you book the executive | club package. (which I hear is only 70USD per person per day extra on top of the room tariff). That’s a great deal considering the beverages and alcohol inclusions. A truly beautiful place to hang out and nosh, do some business, or just relax with a newspaper or magazine.
All the yoga lovers rejoice – they have a massive yoga and wellbeing centre overlooking a section of the resort. The spa is world class – and the staff extremely keen to assist in any possible way.
And just when you think you had seen everything, think again. Here’s a picture of the thermal spa area which is tucked into the side of the property backing the cliff above.

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As I haven’t stayed at the resort overnight yet, I am unable to give the property a full review score, but I can tell you this – Its my first choice when visiting Nusa Dua on my next trip to the island of the gods!

“Thank you very much Ritz Carlton Nusa Dua for an amazing day at your property – we had a fantastic tour and meal – we will be back”!