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Rinjani Beach Eco Resort
Ranked #50 of 181 Hotels in Lombok
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 22, 2012

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.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

This hotel is completely isolated on a dessert road on the beach. Even the taxidrivers don't find it. There is nothing to do in the surroundings. We had a very nice bungalow on the beach seafront but we didn't feel well in this hotel. The fact that you can only eat in the hotel (and the food isn't very good) and the isolation make us quit for 3 nights. We left earlier but Guy the owner was very nice and gave us a refund for 2 nights. If you like complete isolation book this hotel otherwise book in Senggigi.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank newpalawan
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

Despite the fact that we arrived without booking and late in the afternoon in
Tanjung, Lombok, MarjaLeena & Guy made everything possible to accommodate us...
We really enjoyed our (too) short stay in this relaxing and friendly tiny paradise...
We loved the spotless, spacious and comfortable bungalows made from Bamboo and located in this idyllic place.This is very peaceful and perfect to chill out after a trek on the Rinjani Volcano (or before in order to gather one's strengths....) although many activities may also be arranged like snorkeling/kayaking/diving/excursions...
We were also delighted with the food (especially the Beef Rendang).
Many thanks to MarjaLeena & Guy who really made the place so special!
No hesitation in recommending The Rinjani Beach Eco Resort.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

We spent four nights at Rinjani Beach as part of a month trip to Indonesia. We had a brilliant stay. We had one of the more expensive bungalows overlooking the beach and it was spacious and clean with amazing views. What we loved most was that this place was really remote and non-touristy and we left feeling like we had a true glimpse of Lombok. The owners, Marja-Leena and Guy, are really welcoming and are keen to tell you about the area and what tours and trips there is to do, without being pushy or intrusive. They create a relaxed and informal atmosphere which instantly makes you feel at home. The food is really tasty, we had the best Mee Goreng of our whole trip (and after a month in Indonesia we ate a lot of Mee Goreng). Like other reviewers said, the food can take a while but as long as you know that in advance its not a problem. I am veggie and this was no problem for the chef. This place is perfect if you want to chill out, see authentic Lombok away from crowds and just relax. Thank you again to the Rinjani team xx

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank sunseeker1London
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

The Rinjani Beach Eco Resort is an idyllic hideaway for relaxing and enjoying the beauty of Lombok. The bamboo bungalows are right on a black sand beach with stunning views of Bali and Mount Rinjani. You can enjoy falling asleep to the sound of crashing waves and waking up to a pink sunrise over the rice fields. If you are looking for a bit more action, this hotel is probably not the place for you.

It's about a two hour trip from the new airport but is close to the Gili Islands transportation and Mount Rinjani park (which in my opinion, is more ideal). Nearby activities include: snorkeling, waterfall hikes and wandering through the local village. Guy and Marja Leena are excellent hosts and will give you their honest opinion about local attractions. The food is great and the chef is flexible in accommodating your needs.

Perfect for a romantic getaway or a relaxing family vacation. We will be back!

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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank AnnaRachaelS
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

We were there in low season and had the place to ourselves for 3 nights. There is nothing else around, so if you're looking for something other than walks on the beach or lying in beach chairs, you might want to look somewhere else.

It's in a very local area and there is even the call to prayer that happens 5 times a day. We were in the Backpacker Bungalow and it was comfortable enough, remembering that these are furthest from the beach and can hear the 5AM mosque the best.

The food is good, the staff is helpful, transport is expensive. Nice place to stay overall.

Stayed: April 2012
4  Thank canadiann0mad
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

Rinjani Beach Eco Resort is right on the beach, and we were lucky enough to have the cottage closest to the water for the four nights we were there. The cottage and grounds are not as big as I imagined from the photos on the website, but it's big enough - especially since for most of the time, we were the only guests. There is a nice rustic charm to the bamboo buildings and furniture.

I was worried beforehand about the lack of a/c, but I shouldn't have been. Nice, clean ocean breezes keep things comfortable, and there's a large fan in the room if you need it. It's a quiet place, with just the gentle sound of the waves and the occasional call to prayer in the distance.

Drinking water is not provided, but easy to buy and not expensive. There are no toiletries provided either, so you have to bring your own soap and shampoo. There is only one bath towel supplied for each guest (no hand or beach towels). A beach towel would have been handy, considering the proximity of swimming in the pool or ocean. It also takes time for towels to dry in this humid climate.

Speaking of the pool, it was very convenient to have a clean and refreshing pool a few steps away. There is snorkeling equipment available for rent and Guy the owner was kind enough to give us a quick lesson. They've built a artificial reef to give the coral a chance to come back, and it attracts some sea life which you can view.

The restaurant on-site was handy and had a varied selection. A good breakfast was included.The Indonesian version of Mexican food may bear only passing resemblance to Mexican food found in the USA or Mexico, but it still tasted fine. I think a new cuisine has been invented! Don't be in a hurry for your dinner though, because it takes some time between ordering and serving.

The floor in the bathroom is black stone, and because it's an outdoor wet floor design, it can be a little slippery on the steps. The bed itself was comfortable, with a mosquito net (although we didn't find mosquitoes to be an issue).

This area has a genuine, non-touristy feel which we liked, with none of the noise and beach hawkers, etc usually found in other beach resorts. We really enjoyed being included in some of the activities in the nearby village. We had some experiences of real-life Indonesia that you just can't get when you stay in a big hotel in a tourist enclave. Transportation to and from other parts of Lombok is easy to arrange.

The owners, Marja-Leena and Guy (et la belle petite "lutin", Kim) are amongst the nicest people you'll ever meet in your travels. They are not professional hotel people, and that is actually a good thing; you'll feel like you are staying with friends or family. They will have lots of good advice and tips to share with you. Even though they are friendly and relaxed, they know how to give their guests just the right amount of space. For the price, Rinjani Beach is a good value too.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Angus M
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Address: Karang Atas - Sokong - Tanjung, Lombok, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > West Nusa Tenggara > Lombok
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #50 of 181 Hotels in Lombok
Price Range: $21 - $89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Rinjani Beach Eco Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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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