When a hotel manager from one of the world’s top hotels tells you they honeymooned at Qunci Villas, it’s worth looking up this intriguing, informal beachfront hotel. Located north of Sengiggi (a real boon as you avoid the endless hawkers, but it’s an easy journey into the resorts restaurants), Qunci Villas is the first Lombok hotel designed with architectural flair, rooms are split between Garden View (downstairs) and Ocean View (upstairs), and are television free (bliss!).
Staff are informed and relaxed, dinner can be served on the beach, and the swimming pool features an underwater bench to enable you to appreciate the sunset views that take in Bali’s Mount Gunung Agung. Qunci Villas are a real antidote to bland, faceless hotels and an ambient place to appreciate the uniqueness ofLombok. Do note that The Qunci Villas is situated near a local mosque – either ambient or annoying depending on your point of view, but the call to prayer can be heard at sunrise!
Be aware that the new, exceptionally good value Private Pool Villas book up a long time in advance.