Our stay here was just what we needed - a relaxing escape from the depths of the Melbourne winter!! The weather was beautiful, not too hot but warm enough to lay on the beach and swim -perfect! The hotel itself was relaxing and laid back with most of the staff attentive and helpful, we had a couple of things that were inconsistent but all dealt with efficiently. Everyone was friendly and keen to talk to us and we felt very comfortable with the level of service as it was helpful but not intrusive. The resort itself is well maintained and sprawls over a wide sand beach with plenty of areas in the bars and lounges to sit and take in the peaceful view. The food and drinks were pricier than other places in Kuta but were not ridiculous. You have to expect to pay more in a 4 star hotel because of the location and staff, but I have been to places where this can equate to 3 or 4 times the local price and this was not the case here. We had the buffet a couple of times which was about $24 a head and we also ate from the menu a couple of times and there was a good selection at around $10 a main. Bintang and cocktails were a similar price to other places in Kuta - not too elevated. Some of the cocktails were different on each day depending on who made them!
The rooms (we had 2) were bright and well equipped and the beds very comfortable. Our bathrooms could have done with a bit of a thorough clean but they were modern with a fantastic shower. There were a couple of blackouts which only lasted seconds as generators (I think) kicked in. The one thing that I felt was seriously lacking in the rooms (which cannot be fixed but is worth considering when booking) is the lack of an outdoor area such as a terrace or balcony) the ground floor rooms have a little terrace but everything above them does not. I felt that I wanted to sit out with a beer in the evening and couldn't. For this reason we would consider the villas in the middle of the resort next time because they have lovely terraces overlooking private/semi private pools.
The hotel has lots of activities, some included and some extra. We did two dives and they were professional and reasonable.
The beach is clean and sandy and the water was warm. There are plenty of thatched beach beds to spend hours lazing on. There are a couple of small hills that are worth climbing for the view - 15 minutes walk from the beach to the top and the hotel can arrange a breakfast up there.The beach vendors can be a bit of a pain trying to sell you sarongs and bracelets - not that I mind them trying to make a sale but as soon as you try to buy from one, 15 others come running up to try to make you buy their stuff as well. It just spoilt it for the ones you did want to buy from. You just need to be firm.
Over all it was a great place to stay and I would recommend and return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Novotel Lombok is a 4 star resort located on the southern shore of Lombok, just 60 minutes from Mataram international airport. Featuring 102 beautiful rooms, suites, traditional Sasak and private pool villas set amongst tropical lush gardens, Novotel Lombok is the essence of relaxation and tranquility. While the children are entertained in our kids club, be pampered with a beachfront or in-spa treatment. Enjoy our four beachfront restaurants and bars, our four swimming pools and fitness centre. Enjoy entertainment and purchase local handicrafts at Novotel Lombok, along with a daily program of activities for both children and adults. Our water sports range from kayaking to scuba diving, or simple enjoy a walk along our private beach. Accommodation Options: Superior Room - King: Paradise awaits. Our Brand New Superior room is fresh and bright, combining modern and authentic decor for a breathtaking Indonesian experience. Our rooms feature LAN internet, 32" LCD TV, in-room safe, mini bar. 1 King and 1 Day bed. No Rollaway. Superior Room – Twin: Escape into tranquility. Our Brand New Superior twin room combines modern and authentic decor for a breathtaking Indonesian experience. Our rooms feature LAN internet, 32" LCD TV, in-room safe, mini bar. 2 Single and 1 Day bed. No Rollaway. Deluxe Room: Embrace freedom and calm. Our Brand New Deluxe King room is spacious and mixes modern decor, ergonomic comfort and total relaxation. Rooms are fully appointed including outdoor terrace to ensure memorable holiday. 1 King and 1 Day bed. No Rollaway. Sasak Villa 1 Bedroom: A unique experience combining relaxation and focus. Our traditional Sasak Villa treats you like a VIP, offering pool, garden or beach views. This villa showcase traditional decor and design, complimented with modern functionality. 2 adults, 1 child. Private Pool Villa 1 Bedroom: Designed with space & privacy where you can truly be yourself. Our private traditional Sasak villa offers an inviting and tranquil ambiance; relax on the terrace overlooking your private swimming pool and landscaped gardens. Up to 2 adults, 1 child. Private Pool Family Villa 2 Bedrooms: Relax in style and comfort. Our private traditional family Sasak villa adds space and privacy for the entire family with private en-suites for both bedrooms. Take a swim in your private swimming pool or simply read a book in the landscaped gardens. Up to 4 adults or 2 Adults, 2 child. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Lombok Hotel Lombok
- Lombok Novotel
- Novotel Lombok Kuta