What did Indonesia’s largest antique collector do when he ran out of storage space? He built a hotel and filled it with beautiful Indonesian antiques! Hotel Tugu Lombok is one of the most unique hotels we’ve stayed in, mostly because everywhere we looked was another incredible piece of furniture or a really cool piece of art.
When an old building in Lombok was about to be demolished the owner of Hotel Tugu Lombok purchased it and relocated it to the hotel property. This building is now used as the hotel lobby, where we enjoyed complimentary welcome drinks during our relaxing check-in process. After learning about this one building on the property at check-in we knew we were in for a very memorable stay!
We stayed in a 350 sq meter “Bhagavat Gita” villa. Our villa was obviously filled with antique, just like the rest of the property, but it was also the gardens that really impressed me. Inside the villa we had huge bed. The mattress must have been custom made for this bed frame because it was much bigger than a standard king-sized bed.
The room included two desk and three different seating areas. If I wanted to get some work done while I was here there was no problem finding somewhere to set up my mobile office! The villa was filled with natural light, beautiful carved wood touches and a fresh lemongrass scent. This was much more than a hotel room, but rather a home.
The semi-outdoor bathroom was just as impressive and included plenty of counter space and yummy smelling bathroom products. Our cooper sink was a really cool touch and it really popped next to the green tiles.
Just beyond the bathroom was a huge outdoor bathtub and rain shower. The entire area felt like it was taken from an Architectural Digest magazine! The space felt incredible unique, yet also very inviting.
On the other side of our private property was a plunge pool overlooking the beach and the ocean. We had a large cabana and a table and chairs where we enjoyed breakfast each morning. The cleverly designed gardens gave us a bit of privacy while still allowing us to have a beautiful view of the ocean.
Also, since the property is so large and the beach is so wide we rarely had other guests in froth of our villa. It was also as if the beach in front of us was a private beach for us, as most guests seemed to use the section of beach in front of the main pool.
The villa was no doubt impressive, but due to the large furniture it was somewhat difficult to capture the beauty of this place in one picture. So, we decided to film a quick room tour video so that you could really see exactly what this place is like! Check out the Bhagavat Gita villa here:
Breakfast at Hotel Tugu Resort is amazing. So many options, including healthy dishes and Indonesian classics. Of course you can order a standard bacon and eggs as well. On one the coolest features about breakfast is that you can choose anywhere on the resort to eat it. Our villa had about 6 different areas where we could eat, but we also had the option of eating at the restaurant, on the beach or at any other romantic table set up in one of the many gardens.
That same concept applies for any meal of the day. Of course you have restaurant options, but you can also choose to eat you lunch or dinner by the beach or in a garden. This is awesome because it really spreads out the guests so it never feels too busy in one area.
There’s two restaurants at the resort. The main restaurant has some very impressive statues that line the hall with various sized tables overlooking the main pool, the beach and the gardens. This restaurant felt a bit more casual, and was perfect for lunch because it had such nice views.
The Gedong Gandrung restaurant was like dining in a museum! It’s so elaborate and special that spending time in here is actually a very memorable travel moment. Part of this structure was actually from an Indonesian palace, so hearing the stories about the cultural significance of this building is almost as exciting as photographing it. This restaurant is perfect for a special dinner.
There’s two pools at the resort. The main pool has really cool green tiles that look amazing next to all of the surrounding gardens. This pool has an infinity edge and faces the ocean, so all of the sun loungers her have great views as well. This pool is located right off the main restaurant.
The second, newer, pool is a bit more modern. It also has an infinity edge facing the ocean, but this one also has a lot of beautiful statues around it. I loved the elephant statues that acted like water fountains. This pool was quieter than the main pool, and was one of my favourite places to hang out.
If you prefer the ocean over a pool then you’ll be happy with their beach. They have a huge stretch of beach along the resort with endless amount of sun loungers, cabanas, dining tables and hammocks. This area is so spread out that it’s impossible to get crowded here and it always feels a bit private.
There’s also great snorkelling here and if you’re lucky you’ll even spot some turtles! They resort has a few kayaks that you can take out and there is a platform near the Tugu Reef where you can leave the kayak while you snorkel.
The spa at Hotel Tugu Lombok is just as beautiful as the rest of the resort. It’s filled with stunning antiques and incredible furniture. The massage bed and oversized tub overlook the beach and the ocean, so you can enjoy a great view with your treatments.
We were treated to welcome massages and both of our therapists were very professional and applied the perfect amount of pressure. If we had more time here we defiantly would have booked more treatments because we were really impressed by them!
To book your own stay head to the Hotel Tugu Lombok website.
The team at Kelly Ella Maz were welcomed to Hotel Tugu Lombok as guests, however our opinions remain our own.