Lombok, Indonesia still sees far fewer tourists than its larger neighbor across the strait, Bali, but that seems to be quickly changing. And after a week on the island, it is easy to see why. Lombok has stunning white sand beaches, awesome surfing, dense jungle that surround beautiful waterfalls, and epic trekking to active volcano Mount Rinjani. Senggigi is still the main tourist hotspot, with large resorts lining the beach. We split our time in Lombok between Senggigi and the small surf town of Kuta in the south and took plenty of day trips to see as much as the island as we could. During our time in Senggigi, we were hosted for one night at the Kila Senggigi Beach Lombok. Here are the highlights from our stay!
Roam the Extensive Grounds
The Kila Senggigi Beach Lombok’s grounds are extensive, but it’s still easy to find your way to the beach. I liked how the hotel was spread out into smaller chalet-style two-story buildings and bungalows, giving the space a more private feel even though you were within a large resort. Even when the resort is at full capacity, I can’t imagine it would ever feel crowded. Hudson loved running around the walking paths (there’s a jogging track throughout the resort, too!), hiding behind the coconut trees and pointing out the pretty flowers. There are impressive views all around, from the beautiful beach to Mount Agung looming large as the backdrop.
With such large grounds, there’s room for badminton, tennis, ping-pong, really the activities here are endless! We spent some time around the large lagoon-shaped pool and of course made plenty of time for the beach. There’s great snorkeling just offshore, and you can’t rent equipment from the on-site dive shop. This resort has every amenity we could think of or possibly need, including a full-service spa and even an ATM.
Fun at the Kids Club
The Kila Senggigi Beach Lombok has a Kids Club, which is a great addition to this family-friendly hotel. There is an outdoor play area that is located near the pool, so you can drop your kids off and enjoying a bit of relaxation while your kids stay and play. We don’t have room for many toys when we travel, so Hudson looked like he was in heaven when we stopped by the play area with puzzles, balls, and toy cars. Plus, he was the only kid there, so he got tons of attention from the friendly staff.
I’ve been to a few breakfast buffets that seem to rely on quantity over quality, but this was not the case at the resort’s Rinjani Restaurant. There was so much to try and all of it was so good. We appreciated the western options, like fresh pastries, hot pancakes, and made-to-order eggs, but my favorites where the exotic fruits, like dragon fruit and snakeskin fruit, and the tiny red rice pancakes.
We had dinner down on the beach at the Basilico Italian Pavilion Restaurant & Bar. I’m sometimes skeptical of the Italian restaurants, but the pasta here was really al dente! Plus, it was a great place to watch the sunset and enjoy the cool evening breeze.
Our Superior Room had a very comfortable king bed with a garden view. The room was compact but had everything we needed, including a small seating area by the window and a desk. We enjoyed the patio and outdoor seating. This is one of the first resorts built on Senggigi beach, but the rooms appear reasonably updated and clean. The décor had a beachy vibe with warm wood-tones, perfectly fitting for the setting.
Thank you to the Kila Senggigi Beach Lombok for warmly welcoming and hosting us. We only work with brands and hotels that we are happy to recommend, regardless of our affiliation.