We had originally wanted to stay at Qunci/Qusia 3BR villa but was fully-booked, fortunately for us, as we would have missed such a wonderful property as Jeeva (we initially find Jeeva too "woody" for our liking). For a total of 8 people, it was really hard to find a last-minute accommodation especially for Xmas-NY period (2011), but Mr. Oka at Jeeva's front desk was extremely helpful in arranging various room combinations (Jeeva has only 1BR and 2BR villas). Price was higher than expected but totally worth it! If the parents didn't insist a city tour, me and the husband will prefer to not leave at all! The absolute thing we love about Jeeva is its limited number of rooms, spaced out nicely apart from each other, offering much more privacy than Qunci Villas (out of curiosity, we also went to visit Qunci for comparison). Although Qunci offers a more modern design, their villas look slightly smaller than Jeeva's and built closely to each other.
We stayed at 4 different types of rooms: Amra Duplex, Ocean-view (ground floor), Beach-front (top-floor) and Akasha Pool Suite. They are all designed so that each type of room has its own advantages:
Amra Duplex (2BR), 3rd floor: Limited view, beds on the ground floor are not beds per se, they are more sofabeds, although not uncomfortable. Private pool is great, nice size and suitable for family with kids.
Ocean-view, ground-floor, 2nd row: Although view is limited, room is big with great spacious balcony and outdoor shower. Although the cheapest, room-design-wise we find this best. Besides, the view that's not available to our room can still be enjoyed in the public areas such as the small huts by the ocean.
Beach-front, top-floor, 1st row: Best room type for magnificent view with great spacious balcony. From the bed, view is slightly obstructed by the balcony fence. Bad toilet-design as it can get quite stuffy with no windows (exhaust fan are not quite sufficient) and lavatory are not separated. For more air, you have to leave the toilet door open, but the smell can travel to the bedroom. Waves can get quite loud at night, but totally worth it!
Akasha Pool, right of restaurant: No view at all, room is smaller, but with private pool, more suitable for honeymoon couples who prefers total privacy.
One thing we wish Jeeva improve on is its TOILETRIES choice, they are limited and does seem a bit on the cheap side. No lotions offered, handsoaps are bars, tissue rolls are rough and there's only 1 toothbrush provided. I understand that they will gladly deliver more if you asked, but its always nice to find hotels that are generous with their supplies, especially with Jeeva's price range.
Restaurant: Food tastes okay and not much varieties offered, but adequately priced. Some of the restaurants in the Senggigi area such as Cafe Alberto charges more and tastes worse (don't go there)! Service is painfully slow, but you'll realise on ur 2nd day that its expected of Lombok, a relatively newbie in the tourism and service industry. Recommended: The grilled lamb chop is fantastic and try to avoid Asian selection if you're Asians. Happy hour is from 4-7pm. For 3 consecutive evenings we had ordered food & drinks by the pool. Recommended light snacks: fried calamari and french fries are great, especially if you're travelling with kids. Guiness are Rp. 30,000 (U$3).
Breakfast: Limited choices, tastes okay. Non buffet-style actually works great for me! Although they should compensate this with speedy service, having your breakfast served to your table means no standing and queueing for food. A restaurant actually looks more pleasant and eating is more enjoyable without a lot of people buzzling about, so we can truly enjoy the morning breeze and the sound of waves. Their chocolate croissant is awesome, though they can be quite inconsistent (some with more chocolate filling than others) and as warned by many others here, they do charge for certain type of drinks.
Ocean: Not as excellent as Kuta, water not as clear, but the water is nonetheless pleasant for a swim. However, please borrow shoes from the hotel as it is very rocky and can be painful to the feet.
Spa: Only available at 10am and says the front desk needs half hour to get ready. So 10.30?
We were supposed to check out at 12noon, so 1030 was definitely too rush for us.
Airport Pickup: is expensive for U$20/pax. They had us waiting at the airport for sometime, not a good first impression, but the drivers are friendly and we cut them some slack in transport arrangements for different customers can have different flight schedules, with limited cars and almost a 2-hours journey one way. The new airport is ridiculously far.
Staffs: each and everyone of them are very polite and welcoming, with room for improvement in their service delivery esp. in the restaurant.
We do however find it slightly uncomfortable when a large group of domestic tourists with mostly teenagers checked in on our last night there. They were rowdy and made our stay less comfortable. One even dipped their sandals in the main pool after taking a walk at the beach to clean her feet. I have reminded myself not to come back on local school holidays.
If you are giving Jeeva a try, I'd say to at least stay for 2nights, it's such a beautiful place and 1 night will not be enough...We love that it's small and peaceful and offers great privacy. Definitely will be back this year!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located near Sengigi on a private sandy beach, Jeeva Klui is a 35 suite and villa resort. All suites face westward and have ocean views with 18 absolute beach front suites. Jeeva Klui combines traditional Lombok design with modern comfort to create a unique tropical Indonesian experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jeeva Klui Hotel Mangsit
- Jeeva Klui Resort Lombok/Mangsit