I stayed at the Rinajni Eco Beach Resort in early November for a long week-end.
The location is a bit more remote (about an hour) than further south where many of the hotels are, but that was the point. If you are going to a remote island like Lombok, why go for the strip of beach with the most hotels?
I had a good feeling about the place before I arrived, because when called to explain that I'd be arriving on a very late flight, it was no trouble for the resident manager (Willie). He reassured me that their regular driver, Andi, would be there to pick me up. And sure enough, in spite of landing later than expected -- way past 1 AM -- ,Andi was cheerfully waiting for me and off we went. (He was also there a few days later to pick me up and throw in a detour to a local artisan coop.)
Upon arriving somewhere way past 2 AM, Willie greeted me with smiles and made sure that I was comfortably settled in.
The bungalow I booked was large and comfortable. No A/C, but not missed. The ocean breeze did a better job. A good quality fan was provided just in case. Nice touch. I also liked the shower outside, as it reminded me of a couple of similar resorts in Africa and Vancouver Island, where you can enjoy being outside, yet still have privacy.
The next morning I woke up happy to see the grounds were indeed located smack on the beach, about 500m from the town and in what seemed like a coconut plantation. Nice and quiet, The owners Guy and his wife Malee warmly greeted me, and then set me up with a table on the beach with fresh juice, perfectly scrambled eggs and a strong cup of excellent local coffee, That kind of set the tone. Lunch and dinner were also offered up in the same way and the food was decent. However, a walk to the town to sample the local fare proved very worthwhile too. Try out Anna's restaurant.
The beach itself goes on for many kilometers in both directions, with maybe 3 to 4 people sighted in as many days. A local fisherman and some local kids playing football a ways down from the resort.
Guy set himself up with a dive shop and for a reasonable fee, and brings you out to some reefs not far from the resort. And, kind of like the resort, the dive site was unspoiled by excessive, 'tourist' divers.
A word about the eco angle. The bungalows are all in good shape, recently built in bamboo, with local materials and labour, all fitting in with unobtrusive elegance, and mindful of carbon foot print. Refreshingly simple and healthier,than the larger, factory like corporate hotels.
Last but not least, the staff: Incredibly quiet, friendly and efficient. The place is kept very clean and the gardener obviously shows great care for the grounds.
All in all this is one of the better places I've stayed at worldwide, and recommend it for couples, family, friends and solo travelers who put a premium on peace and quiet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lombok Adventures LOOKING FOR A DIFFERENT HOLIDAY DESTINATION THAT IS BOTH AUTHENTIC AND EXOTIC ?Nortwest of LOMBOK, otherwise know as "the wilf", there is the hidden gem of Inonesia, THE RINJANI BEACH ECO RESORT, which is covered with green coconut palms and faces the Gili islands.This is located near TANJUNG, 45 minutes from the Mataram airport.Possibility of transport from/ to the airport.Its charming bungalows and spacious villas made from real bamboo combine traditional construction: bamboo stilts, alang alang roof(woven coconut leaves) which makes for a very comfortable design.The restaurant, also constructed in bamboo,welcomes you on oceanfront.The resort has an exceptional location:You can see sunrise over the rice fields and the Rinjani volcano, the sunset reflecting off the indian ocean that covers Bali and the nearby Gili Islands.The location of our resort allows us to accccommodate the wishes of each of our guests:- Divers or snorkelers.- Sports enthusiasts trekking and hiking or swimming in the waterfalls will give you a nice change of scenery.- Golfers , you can play 18 holes, at our neighboring course located only 3 km away.- Inquisitive travelers, you can go on bicycle trips, or take a "cidomo"ride to the colorful Tanjung market or sasak or even tothe aptly named MONKEY FOREST.- Backpackers, a relaxing step.- Those who wish to relax, while curled up on your deck chair you will have a tough decision to make :will you go swimming in the sea in front of you, take a dip in our basalt stone swimming pool or take a romantic walk on the beach while watching the sun go down.- Parents, swimming in the sea (the water temperature being 28°C(82 F)minimum), swimming in the pool, cycling, volleyball etc...Should satisfy your teenagers.- Tourists concerned for the environment, we have designed this village so that is blends harmoniously with the landscape of the coconut trees and rice fields that surround it .We participate in a program that resettles turttles and coral in the marine environment front the resort.Fresh water is pumped directly from our wells, sewage treatment is done on site and our waste is subject to thorough sorting and recycling.Our bungalows are built only from local and appoved wood and bamboo.Discover our Indonesian village, a haven of peace where you can tread down the volcanic sand, alone (or almost)on endless miles of beach.The hospitality and friendliness of our team will make your stay with us unforgettable!We speak Indonesian/English/French ... more less
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