Villa Sepoi Sepoi
Villa | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12
What a magical setting for the tropical paradise of your dreams! Bordering more than 100m of Lombok’s blissful Sira Beach, and looking out across warm seas to the coral-fringed Gili Islands, with the majestic Mt Rinjani towering over the rainforest-clad landscape behind, Villa Sepoi Sepoi is exactly what one would imagine a tropical beachfront villa to be – coconuts, hourglass sand, turquoise waters, casual comfort, and extravagant lawns dotted with palms. Pure bliss!
Completed in January 2009, the villa is the dream of a family who wanted their own casual tropical home and are passionate about Lombok – the end result is a stunning six-bedroom villa ideally suited to families and, fortunately for us, available for all to enjoy. Built in traditional Lombok style yet with state-of-the-art facilities the buildings are constructed from locally quarried stone and roofed in thatch to create a purely tropical, yet very ethnic feel. The 20m pool, with its cabana-style bar, takes pride of place flanked by mature coconut palms in extensive lawns. Shady bales (gazebos) entice quiet moments to enjoy the cool gentle sea breeze, after which Villa Sepoi Sepoi takes its name.
Paradise comes fully equipped - super comfortable sofas, a video projector and screen for mega movie nights (almost) under the stars, a massive modern kitchen and much, much more. For the kids there are bicycles, board games, a Nintendo Wii and even a Zodiac speedboat available for waterskiing (costs extra and pre-arrangement necessary) should the beach and pool lose their appeal (unlikely!). If that’s not enough try a day trip to the laid-back Gili Islands or a round of golf at the adjacent course.
No self-respecting tropical paradise is without service and here Sepoi Sepoi also excels. The staff are attentive and friendly, love kids, and can mix a mean G&T or rustle up a tasty snack or two on demand. Even the shopping will be done for you, making this most definitely a place to kick back, relax and forget that the world outside even exists. Heavenly!
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 6 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||6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms of which 7 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (6)|
|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.
The relatively unknown area around the village of Tanjung on the north-west coast of Lombok is gradually evolving into the island's main villa location, with new properties now springing up (around Sira Beach in particular), albeit slowly. Tanjung itself is an attractive market village with stalls overflowing with indigenous produce, including blocks of locally harvested tobacco.
Located right beside Sira Beach is the Lombok Golf Kosaido Country Club, a scenic 18-hole championship course, which challenges golfers of all levels and is open to the public. The Oberoi Lombok Hotel and Hotel Tugu Lombok (an atmospheric, antique chic hotel with a restaurant and bar open to outside guests) are perhaps Tanjung's best known residents.
The tiny port of Bangsal (4km) is a stepping off point for the Gilis whilst Teluk Nara (6km) is where the high speed ferries from Bali arrive. Senggigi, 23 kilometres south, is the most developed tourist area on Lombok (one of the few spots on the main island with any nightlife), yet still pretty quiet and laid-back. Finally, the Rinjani National Park (59km) is full of untamed jungle, wildlife, waterfalls and a volcanic peak just waiting to be scaled.
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