Attempts by our travel agent to reach the Chandi Boutique Resort proved unsuccessful which turned out to be a good thing as we ended at at the Kila Senggigi Beach Hotel next door. The hotel itself is supposedly the oldest in the area and is owned by Aerowisata, an Indonesian hospitality company.
We occupied one of two sea view bungalows which has absolutely brilliant views of the beach and on clear days, Mt Agung over in Bali is visible. The room was quite adequate for our family of three and adjacent to the swimming pool, the Rinjani Restaurant (where breakfasts are served) and a short walk from the Basilico Bistro (which serves up pizzas and western grub). The beach is literally a hop and a skip in front of the bungalow.
Unfortunately this is also pretty much where things happen, including a live band at the Basilico Bistro which starts around 5 in the evening and ending around 11, so unless you're a music fan, this is not the room for you! Plus there was indeterminate music emanating from somewhere that went on till around 4 a.m. Couldn't figure that one out and didn't bother to check with the establishment.
Anyway, the property is faced on three side by beaches with the one towards Bali to the west by far the most pristine while the beach to the right of the resort is inundated with day trippers, kayak rentals and a host of other commercial enterprises. The beach to the south was fairly quiet and perhaps even nondescript.
Breakfasts were fine if a little uninteresting after the second day, serving up Indonesian fare and the usual egg station, fruits and drinks. But more than adequate if you're not a fussy eater!
And oh, don't leave your room door open after six p.m., unless you don't mind a generous spray of insecticide in your room which the hotel graciously offers each evening.
A visit to the spa right now is a good deal as staff are undergoing 'training' and they have great offers on several packages available that include all natural herbs and ingredients.
Senggigi 'Town' itself is a ten minute walk away and there're a number of restaurants, all night marts and a small number of sidewalk pedlars selling pearls, key chains and the like. And if you decide to take the little pony carts, these are around IDR20,000 or USD2 for a short ride.
Overall, not a bad hotel to stay in and facilities are adequate except for the absence of a gym. Great place for families.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stunning views, serene surroundings and total tranquility are the hallmarks of Kila Senggigi Beach Lombok, located on the west coast of Lombok and commanding spectacular views of Mount Agung on the neighboring island of Bali. From windsurfing to beach volleyball game to diving trips, there's no end to what you can experience while getting a tan at the exotic island. At the end of the day, the lavish treatments at The Spa can then recharge the spirit and renew your energy. You are spoilt with choices when it comes to food and beverages at the Kila Senggigi Beach Hotel. Each bar and restaurant boast unique touches, from fine Italian wine to French-style brasserie cuisine with Asian ingredients, all can be enjoyed while looking at the sparkling ocean. The Senggigi region is the main tourist destination on Lombok and is centred around the beach town of Senggigi on the West coast of the island of Lombok.A perfect place to relax, Senggigi boasts a series of white sandy beaches and safe swimming areas. The point at central Senggigi has good waves for surfers. This place has a colourful reef which provides shelter to a variety of marine life and exquisitely shaped coral and makes it a perfect place to snorkle.In the dry season, there is an interesting variety of boats moored in the bay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Senggigi Beach Mataram
- Kila Senggigi Beach Lombok