As usual, we booked this pretty last minute as my wife wants to see hammerheads, this time round, so we only booked it one week earlier, the only thing we did right was to speak to Martinus - GM/Director of Cocotinos Manado, as we are regulars divers with Odyssea Divers and had stay with Martinus, we got a good rate with him, so it pays to be regulars and using one brand, membership has its privileges.
Now, our other problem was due to the last minute, we could not use our redemption miles on economy class, so we ended on using more miles on business class, not that I am complaining but business class on MI (Silkair) is different from SQ (Singapore Airlines) as the services just isn't there, in fact, throughout the flight, we had economy class passengers walking up and down the aisle using the toilets, as we are frequent flyers, we do not even dare use the business class toilet, but I guess, it just boils down to the flight attendants, so thumbs down for MI.
Back to Cocotinos Sekotong, we were greeted at the airport by a pleasant airport rep and driver and was driven to the resort, which is 75minutes away, as we arrived on MI in the night, we didn't see much of the scenery.
As a regular to its sister resort in Manado, we were greeted like regulars to this resort, and ushered to our room, we booked a terrace room but was upgraded to a garden room, which had an outdoor shower and the room is much bigger, we totally enjoyed the upgrade. The room is spacious and very nice, it is similar in style to its sister in Manado, in fact, the whole layout is same as Mando from the reception, to restaurant, to room, only different is 1) location which is great as the dive sites are all nearby, 2) food is really very good, as compare to its sister, we love the food here, we were wondering if we can request for the Lombok chef to be at Manado, when we visit them next year, 3) sleep, was good as we didn't have the villagers next to us, but there is a road, and is quiet most of the them, 4) a beach which we can hang out and snorkel too, 5) dive centre operations is similar to its sister but different as Zainal runs the operations differently and efficiently, we were happy to have Mamang as our dive guide and as I am a photographer with his keen eyes, he spotted a lot of creatures for us. By the way, his 'master' is James from its sister property in Manado, another good spotter of creatures. In fact, Mamang, was given a subject list of creatures, that I will be shooting this time, and there were only two that we didn't find - Leaf Fish and a Pink Frog Fish.
As we traveled in October, we plan to dive at Belongas to see the hammerheads, and had booked for a one day dive there, it is consider off-season, we changed our minds, and stay through for our 7 dives (4day/3nights) of diving with Zainal and his team. On our first two days of diving, it was virtually private diving but on the third day, we had another two couples with us for diving, as we were using Nitrox, we did our own diving with Mamang, as it was simply wonderful for us.
So if you plan to stay in Lombok - STAY WITH LOMBOK BOUTIQUE RESORT - Cocotinos Sekotong, where you find good food, wonderful accommodation, great hospitality and for divers an excellent diving experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cocotinos Sekotong, a boutique beach resort and spa, is set amidst a coconut grove in Sekotong Bay on the south-west corner of Lombok Island, overlooking Gili Nanggu, Gili Sudak and Gili Tangkong. The 3.2-hectare resort captures the tranquility and serenity of the region. Blessed with over 300 meters of private white-sand beach, the resort is the perfect getaway for romantic couples and families who want a holiday away from the crowds. Cocotinos also boasts the Laleina Spa and a sea sports centre run by Odyssea Divers. ... more less
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