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Nusa Lembongan is a small little island just off the south east coast of Bali. It’s once said to be Gili Trawangan some 20 years ago. The roads are small, the community is tight, and the island smells like old Bali; a mix incense and fresh picked coconut leaves. Although small and ‘vintage’, the island can cater to all sorts of travelers, including those looking for a little luxury during their stay. Thanks to the invitation by Lembongan Beach Club & Resort, I enjoyed just that.
Lembongan Beach Club and Resort is located at the main Nusa Lembongan Bay, with its beachfront facing the beach. Its access connects white sand beach to its common area, consisting of pool, beach couches, and restaurant. It’s the epitome of an intimate, yet elegant, beach club with chic furniture and a relatively small pool, enough to cool off and rinse the seawater.
This is the only common area, aside to the small reception area on the other end of the main alley. The rest are Lembongan private villas tucked behind high bamboo fence, providing privacy to its residents.
Each villa consists of the essentials: a private room, bathroom, and garden. My room, particularly, had a private pool. The room is relatively spacious, with wooden floors to accommodate wet feet after a visit to the beach, jumping in the pool or after a rainy day. The room had a brown and white traditional tone to it, a very earth vibe. It was a nice contrast to the blue pool.
The bathroom was really spacious; I could have done a cartwheel in there, with the basic 5 star amenities minus the hairdryer (I probably didn’t search hard enough, as I’m not a big user). Naturally, being so close to the sea, the water within the shower is also brackish.
There were three personal favor features of the room. First, the bed. Aside to having my kryptonite, white sheets and high quality spring bed, it had so many pillows; I even fell asleep just trying to adjust them! Rest fulfilled. Second, the double housekeeping service. Coming in to twilight, the staff prepares your room for bed. They detached the mosquito nets, letting it fall on all sides. Electric mosquito device was turned on as well. Decorated pillows were set aside, leaving the essentials. The lights were lit, including that inside of the pool. If I didn’t have homework, I’d surely pass out on the porch just seeing the relaxing ambiance.
Third, spot on amenities. The Tjendana Villas group, managing group for the resort, provides extra amenities to those staying more than 2 nights. These amenities were a functional straw hat to protect the face from the mighty sun (for men), a straw bag to anticipate wet conditions (for women), sunblock and after sun gel. Of course, I get to have all of them, but I passed on the bag. I didn’t have much function for it during this trip. I haven’t seen any accommodation that really understood what people need on the beach. Stylish too. Heart!
Located in the common area just beside the pool, the restaurant is an open space with the sight of Lembongan Bay. It has a nice rustic wooden ambiance with vintage ceramic plates on the wall.
The food was delicious! Not too fancy but well made. Most are a good blend of taste. I can’t describe each dish I had during my time spent there, but here are my recommendations: As a sucker for granola and muesli, I loved this breakfast because it was just the right amount of dried fruit chunks and grains, yet a portion more than my capacity to eat. Buffalo wings were addictive. Firsta, of discoveryourindonesia.com, and I can testify! Steak and salmon as main courses are not to be missed. My favorite dessert has to be the crème brûlée. Although not a fan of soda, their Shirley Temple mocktail was an exceptionally good drink. Drool!
The restaurant is also open to public. Prices weren’t staggering expensive considering the taste and ambiance. Prices ranged from IDR 15,000 (for ice tea) to around IDR 200,000 for main courses. Decent, right?
All in all, the accommodation was awesome, especially at a beach on such a small island. Although luxurious, there were small subtle touches that made this resort not over the top, blending in nicely with the surroundings, and homier for me. I wished I could have stayed longer.
There are in-house activities at the resort, apart from submerging yourself in the pool of choice. The stand up paddling (SUP) and kayaks are available for guests to use for free. There are tours ready to be booked, such as the mangrove tour, snorkeling tour, and island tour, all which are recommended. It’ll be up on our site soon.
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How to get to Nusa Lembongan
Equator Fast Cruise departs Serangan Beach port. You can catch their scheduled boats that runs twice a day. Fares are USD 28 / pax for a one way ticket and 50/pax for a return trip, which will get you to and from Nusa Lembongan in about 30 minutes.
More information at this link.
Rocky Fast Cruises is an affiliated fast cruise service and an alternative transport to Nusa Lembongan. This boat departs bali from Sanur Beach and has a more flexible schedule. Departure times are 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4.30 p.m. Tickets cost USD 30 / pax for a one way trip and USD 50 / pax for a return trip.
For more information about the boat, you can continue to this link.
The Lembongan villas and attributes at Lembongan Beach Club & Resort are under Tjendana Villas Management.
This post was in accordance to an invitation to the resort, but the opinions are my own.