If the beaches of Bali are a minor disappointment, then the empty, white sands of Sire beach in front of Hotel Tugu Lombok must be the antidote. With the looming presence of Mount Rinjani, Indonesia’s 2nd largest volcano, and the off-shore Gili Islands with their glorious coral reefs, it’s a major surprise that more people haven’t discovered Lombok’s pristine attractions (it is after-all only a picturesque 25 minute flight from Bali).
Coupled with the areas natural beauty is Tugu’s unwavering dedication to capturing Indonesia’s heritage, with sprinklings of art and antiques throughout the hotel, and even the lobby taken from a 100 year old rescued Dutch Colonial Reception House.
The excellence of Tugu’s food cannot be understated (they also run a number of Indonesia’s best Indonesian restaurants), but there is no formality to where you may dine – in the hotel’s simple Warung, in a private dining pavilion or even on the beach, the choice really is yours.
We really love the Tugu’s style, concept and atmosphere and believe that Tugu Lombok is a great addition to an understated island. And for reason, we’d urge you to visit before word gets out!