If you’ve followed our travels, you have probably noticed that we usually opt for smaller hotels and Airbnbs, vying for the best location over a resort with a lot of amenities. Luckily, our recent stay at the Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort in Lombok, Indonesia had us enjoying the best of both worlds. While I’ve previously stayed at large resorts that felt removed from the locale, the Sheraton Senggigi integrated the Sasak and Indonesian culture through the grounds, décor, and food. Plus, the beachfront property is one of the best spots to view the sunset in Senggigi!
A Spacious Suite
We stayed in an executive suite, with a separate bedroom, living room and eating area. I was most impressed with how large the rooms were. It was so nice to have a little more space to stretch out as a family of three. The large French doors off both the living room and bedroom open out onto a connecting balcony, giving the rooms a great indoor-outdoor feel. The balconies overlook the lush and beautiful grounds and were the perfect place to relax and unwind after we spent a day hiking to waterfalls. The current furnishings are tasteful and comfortable, but the resort is planning a large refurbishment with a more modern and fresh look.
We had some of the best Lombok dishes at the Sheraton Senggigi’s Senja restaurant, which is situated right on the sand. The Ayam Taliwang is delicious; it’s a grilled chicken dish that can be extremely spicy, so I had to ask for mine to be toned down a little. There is also a swim-up pool bar and an indoor restaurant serving both Indonesian and international dishes, like pasta and burgers. Most room rates include the breakfast buffet at Kebun Anggrek, which has the largest buffet I’ve ever seen. There was almost every option available, from omelets and waffles to local rice dishes. One of the best parts was the variety of fruit, with blenders to make your own juice or smoothie.
The resort offers a daily schedule, with activities like aerobics and mini golf in the pool, visits to the local art market, movie nights and cooking classes. You can also book snorkeling and diving trips right on site.
We opted for a cooking class. One of the Sheraton’s chefs, Rahman, taught us how to make nasi goreng (fried rice). Since it was an open-air cooking class with views of the ocean, Chef Rahman made it with seafood. We got to practice our slicing and dicing and used a massive wok to fry up rice with chili sauce, fish, and squid. Afterwards, we were able to enjoy a delicious lunch.
A Family Hotel
The Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort is set up for travelers of all ages but has a few perks that make it especially great for families. The beach is literally just steps away, so we went down to enjoy the sand right after breakfast while the weather was cool and the beach was empty. There is a separate kids’ area with a small playground, basketball hoop, and putt putt course where our son could happily play for hours. The pool is large with plenty of shallow areas and a fun slide that makes it easy for young ones to splash away.
Turtle Conservation and Release
I was so excited when I learned that the Sheraton Senggigi leads a sea turtle conservation effort through a hatchery and release program. Anytime I go snorkeling, I always hope to catch a glimpse of a sea turtle. I think they’re such amazing creatures, and to watch baby turtles be released on the sand and catch their first wave was incredible. The shores along the Sheraton Senggigi are a popular place for sea turtles to lay their eggs; with a dwindling population, the resort takes the baby turtles into their hatchery for two months and releases them when they are more likely to survive in the ocean.
Thank you to the Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort for warmly welcoming and hosting us. We only work with brands and hotels that we are happy to recommend, regardless of our affiliation.