Malimbu Cliff Villa
Apartment | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Lombok is an alternative destination for people who are looking for the uncrowded paradise that is now increasingly hard to find in neighbouring Bali. The island offers quiet roads, picture-perfect beaches and an unhurried pace of life. There are only a small handful of five-star private villas on Lombok, and the four-bedroom Malimbu Cliff is one of them. Situated along the picturesque coastal road that runs between the tourist enclave of Senggigi and the small ports of Bangsal and Teluk Nare – access points for the fabled Gili Islands – Malimbu Cliff commands over the views from its headland perch, with nothing between it and the water except for coconut palms and a few cows and goats.
Malimbu Cliff is all about relaxation, with great food, daybeds, comfortable lounging areas, an infinity pool and a beach at the bottom of the hill. It is also a great base for more adventurous guests who wish to trek, scuba dive, or explore the island. The villa covers three levels, with four bedrooms each having their own private balconies on the upper floor or personal decks beside the swimming pool. Most importantly, every bedroom has an eye-boggling view. A bunkroom on the lowest level doubles as a spa room with two massage beds looking out to sea, and from here a pathway leads down to a rocky, black-sand cove, which is as private as a beach can get and a good spot for picnicking and snorkelling.
Perfect for family holidays, or for groups of friends, Malimbu Cliff Villa is staffed by a great team of friendly and funny, yet highly professional local folk, they are more than willing to do anything asked of them to ensure that their guests enjoy a memorable holiday. A suggestion menu is provided and the staff will also take care of the grocery shopping (on guest account). Dining is a treat with the table situated alongside the open-fronted kitchen, allowing guests to interact with the very charismatic chef while he creates miracles.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private indoor pool|
|Pool||Private indoor pool|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (4)|
|Outdoors||Private indoor pool|
The Bali/Lesser Sunda Islands region
Lombok, Bali's beautiful next-door neighbour, rarely receives the attention she deserves. Although there are only 35km of sea between these two islands, the physical and cultural distinctions are considerable. Towering mountains, mighty waterfalls, pristine white-sand beaches, magnificent coral reefs, pearl encrusted shores, a unique Sasak culture and tranquillity are among Lombok's many charms.
In general, Lombok entices the more adventurous travellers who have, perhaps, already explored Bali and are hungry to journey further afield. The island is also a haven for those in search of peace and quiet. A visit to Lombok is an opportunity to explore a natural paradise, trek the Rinjani National Park, enjoy some fantastic diving and snorkelling, surf some of the best waves in Indonesia, and encounter a traditional, rural way of life exposing a fascinating integration of Muslim and Hindu cultures. Visitors are welcomed at the splendid Sasak festivals and Hindu ceremonies, and the island produces some remarkable handicrafts. In the tiny villages artisans can be seen at work creating textiles, baskets and pots.
Predictions in the early '90s that Lombok was following fast on the heels of Bali in terms of tourism were never actually realised. Likewise it is a misconception to view Lombok as the Bali of 20 years ago, comparisons are inevitable but contrasts are marked and the two islands differ in almost every respect.
The beaches in Lombok are beautiful. The roller-coaster road hugs the dramatic coastline around cool coconut groves, sweeping bays and towering headlands. Although there are a few luxury hotels and villas in the area north of Senggigi, huge expanses of Lombok's shores are totally undeveloped with just a few small villages dotted inland. Many of the beaches are festooned with candy-coloured jukung. These traditional canoe-shaped fishing vessels are crafted from a single hollowed out tree trunk, with bamboo outriggers and a distinctive prow decorated and shaped like a marlin's head. Some of the island's most spectacular coastal scenery can be found on the southern shores. Windswept sandy beaches and picturesque bays are separated by headlands and awesome rocky outcrops. The glorious crescent-shaped beaches of Lombok's Kuta (often confused with Bali's Kuta) and Tanjung Aan are famous for their surf breaks, and when the tide is out, the bays turn into shallow pools of turquoise water.
In October 2011, Lombok's long awaited Bandara International Airport opened near the township of Praya, about 40km south of Lombok's capital, Mataram, and approximately a two-hour drive from the north-west of the island, which is home to most of Lombok's luxury private villas. Although this new airport currently (Jan 2013) only offers international flights from Singapore (Silkair) and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Air Asia), regular connecting flights from Bali's Denpasar Airport take only 25 minutes.
Despite being the most developed tourist area on Lombok (with the exception of the Gili Islands), Senggigi is still laid back and quiet. White sand beaches and coconut groves grace the scenic coastline north of Sengiggi and the Gili islands (a 30-minute drive north, followed by a short boat crossing) present the ideal opportunity for learning to dive, or just diving for pleasure among the fine tropical reefs. Golfers can enjoy cool sea breezes and a stunning panorama of the Rinjani mountain range at The Lombok Golf Kosaido Country Club (20km).
The Rinjani National Park is full of untamed jungle, wildlife, waterfalls and a volcanic peak just waiting to be scaled; there are many kinds of hikes on offer ranging from just a few hours to three days if you wish to climb Mt Rinjani. At Senaru (77km), you will find two waterfalls, one of which is reached by a gentle 40-minute riverside trek.
Don't expect modern malls or designer clothing in Senggigi; instead seek out the local products, such as the handicrafts in the town's art market. There is a good choice of restaurants here as well as a few bars. High quality pearls are harvested in the farms within Lombok's clean coastal waters; for quality and range, visit the specialist retail outlets in Sekarbele, near Lombok's capital, Mataram (24km). Sweta's 'Bertais Market' at Mataram sells everything that is made or produced on the island, including Lombok's intricate basketware. Banyumulek (32km) is one of the three main pottery centres on the island; in the mornings, you can watch the women potters at work.
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