Experience great shopping, museums, colonial architecture, and fabulous cuisine in Singapore before spending time relaxing on the beach on the picturesque, quiet island of Lombok.
3 nights Singapore, including breakfast; 7 nights Hotel Tugu Lombok, room-only. Includes flights and transfers.
13 days from £2,255pp
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On the beach - 7 days
Located on a smooth white-sand beach with turquoise seas bordered by waving palms, Tugu Lombok is an original and highly memorable place to stay.
The hotel reflects Lombok’s rich cultural history with elaborately carved woods, quirky antiques, sculptures of Hindu deities and exquisite fabrics combining to stunning effect. The atmosphere here is intimate but relaxed and the pavilion by the pool is a very special place to dine. The bar is set in a traditional building with wooden benches, oil lamps and interesting local artworks while shaded paths lead through the lush tropical gardens to the beautifully-appointed rooms. Private dining can be arranged in an ancient temple, on a traditional dragon boat or in a secluded corner of the beach, while rooftop yoga and meditation are held by the towers of a temple. If you can tear yourself away you can visit neighbouring fishing villages, take a short boat ride to the superb diving and snorkelling spots around the Gili Islands, learn about traditional cooking or watch the sun rise over Mount Rinjani on an early morning picnic.
The spacious rooms are individually decorated in a luxurious but traditional Lombok style with magnificent wooden beds, heavy drapes and copper baths. Bhagavat Gita Suites feature high ceilings, antique furnishings and private tropical gardens with plunge pool.
Before the beach - 3 days
Vibrant and exciting, Singapore has a wealth of attractions on offer. Tour the historic streets and markets, wander through Chinatown, try out the amazing food, shop till you drop or just enjoy the unique blend of cultures and architecture. You can admire the city’s efficiency, visit the tranquil Botanic Gardens, and marvel at the change in the former military fortress and prisoner of war camp at Sentosa, now home to Underwater World and Universal Studios.
Sofitel So offers a great location from which to explore the city. Located near Raffles Place it has a rooftop pool overlooking the city and the 134 rooms offer a choice of classic 1920s decor or a more contemporary look.
36 rooms, 1 restaurant, 1 pool
In Indonesian, Tugu means ‘monument’, and Tugu Lombok really is a testament to Indonesian culture and arts. One of our top hotels on the island, it’s been built to reflect traditional Lombok architecture with tiered roofs, huge carvings and lots of bamboo.
Founded by Anhar Setjadibrata, the owner of the largest collection of Indonesian antiques, the grounds are scattered with local artwork, relics and traditional oil lamps. As you wander the grounds of the hotel, you’re likely to keep stumbling-upon new treasures.
Service is very friendly and genuine, with the staff (most of whom come from Lombok) keen for you to enjoy their resort. The hotel has a true boutique feel about it, and guests often return again and again. Sunbeds and parasols are laid out along a white-sand beach which runs on into the distance. The cultural ethos is carried through the whole resort with Indonesian fine-dining and cultural performances.
There is no children's club, but the hotel organises dancing classes, children's cookery classes and flower arranging. Some of the villas are well-sized for families with plenty of outdoor space for children to explore.
Tugu Lombok is located on the pristine white sand beach of Sire, which stretches across the northwest coast of Lombok. In the distance, Mount Rinjani’s peak pierces the clouds, and we would strongly recommend you get up (very) early at least once during your stay, to see a memorable sunrise.
Surrounded by thick jungle, it feels very isolated, and is around 45 minutes from the nearest major town, Senggigi. However, neighbouring fishing villages which retain traditional homes and customs, can be visited easily by bike or on foot. The nearest area of shops and restaurants is a 15-minute taxi ride away.
This is a boutique resort with its own unique character that make sit stand out from other Asian beach hotels. Spread over a huge area, we find guests regularly revisit the property and discover new hidden spots and elements on each stay. This would suit people looking for a beach stay that really embraces the local culture.
While families would enjoy the property, we feel that some of the villas are particular tailored to couples and honeymooners with lots of secluded space. With the range of special dining options, it’s also an ideal hotel if you’re celebrating an occasion.
Each of the 36 villas has been decorated individually and is built to reflect a different style of Indonesian architecture. Some roll right out onto the beach whilst others are tucked into the gardens — each has a generous amount of space. All have air-conditioning, hair dryer, satellite TV and DVD player.
Kampong Lombok Bungalow
These airy and spacious rooms have plenty of solid wood, and contrasting lighter bamboo. They have the feel of a native Lombok village house, but have all the comforts of the 21st century and include a canopy bed and a private outdoor dining space.
Aloon Aloon Garden Villa
The Aloon Aloon Garden Villas are strikingly decorated suites in bold colours. They are very spacious and have hand made king size beds, topped with huge and very comfortable custom mattresses to ensure a really good night's sleep. With plenty of outdoor space for dining and general relaxing as well, these suites definitely allow you to spread out.
Bhagavat Gita suite
The Bhagavat gita suites are in a colonial-style house, and decorated with antiques from Lombok's colonial era, with beds carved from tree trunks. Large wooden doors add to the character inside the room, while outside, you can relax in two private bathing areas, and cool off in the plunge pool that overlooks the beach and sea.
Villa Puri Dadap Merah
The Villa Puri Dadap Merah is huge, and lavishly decorated with local fabrics, artwork and carvings. There is a private rooftop overlooking the sea, where you can enjoy a romantic dinner and a plunge pool.
Pictures of the rooms
Activities, diving & excursions
The resort offers complimentary snorkelling and kayaking straight from the beach, and can arrange for trips across to the nearby Gili islands.
The enormous main pool is a relaxing place for lounging around with a cool drink and if you'd like something quieter, there is a smaller secondary pool. You can learn how to cook Lombok specialities in a cooking lesson, or try making djamoe — a traditional herbal drink.
Yoga and meditation classes run daily, as do cultural classes to explore the regions unique artisanal skills and techniques. The pearl cultivation class aims to promote marine conservation by teaching guests the process, and how ecologically-sensitive production can benefit the local area.
From March to October each year turtles use the hotel’s beach as a nesting site, and you can join walks with local staff to monitor the nests, and possibly see an adult lay, or youngsters escape back into the sea.
There’s also a library and antique shop, if you choose to recreate your room's decor at home.
The Gili Islands, a 15-minute boat ride away, have arguably some of the best dive spots in Indonesia. The resort works with DSM Lombok dive centre, a five-star PADI dive centre that can train beginner divers and offer more challenging dives to experienced divers.
You have a good chance of seeing sharks, turtles, morays, cuttlefish, octopus, scorpion fish, leaf fish and angelfish. Dive groups have a maximum of four people, and most qualification courses are offered.
Food & drink
The hotel has two restaurants. Kokok Pletok Restaurant is an open-sided restaurant with a thatched roof that's crowned by a giant cockerel. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the international menu features Asian influences as well as Indonesian cuisine. As an alternative, you can also have dinner at Gedong Gandrung, where the historically inspired decor and soaring ceilings earn it the nickname 'The Hall of Love'.
The Lara Djonggrang Bar is intimate and rustic. Bamboo windows, teak furniture and oil lamps take you back in time a hundred years or so, but the atmosphere at night is au courant, with lounge music and a great wine list.
You can also enjoy drinks at the Chinese-themed Klenteng Bar next to the Gedong Gandrung Restaurant. The hotel also offers numerous options for private dining all around the resort. You can either choose where you would like to eat or the hotel can offer suggestions — which might include breakfast on the beach or a moon-lit dinner in a shadow of a Hindu temple.
There’s also the opportunity to experience dining as Majapahit royalty would have done, at a small group banquet which starts with a royal parade of costumed staff and finished with a lavish selection of imperial dishes that would have been served to royal guests on Lombok.
Hening Swarga Spa (Hening means silence and Swarga is heaven), sits within the walls of an ancient Hindu temple. It overlooks the sea breaking on to Sire Beach, with the slopes of Mount Rinjani looming in the distance. A large indoor bathing pool sits within the temple pillars which are carved with mythological animals.
Signature treatments include the Keraton spa treatment, once used by Javanese Royalty to rejuvenate the entire body with massage, body scrubs and a milk and tropical flower bath.
During the 14th century, Singapore flourished as a trading post with Chinese junks, Indian vessels, Arab dhows and Portuguese battleships frequenting its shores. Today Singapore is a predominantly Chinese society, with Malays, Indians and Europeans adding to the ethnic mix and the scene is one of shimmering skyscrapers and busy streets.
The influx of different cultures has made Singapore the culinary capital of Asia, with an incredible array of dishes and styles on offer. Sample the variety as you explore Chinatown and Little India, eating at hawker stalls or fine restaurants. After dark, take a dinner cruise, visit the theatre or stroll down to Robertson, Boat or Clarke Quay with its riverside restaurants, bars and clubs. New developments around the Marina Bay area are opening constantly and this has created a real buzz about Singapore.
Accommodation: Sofitel So
Sofitel So is one of the more modern brands under the Sofitel umbrella combining chic city comforts with an original boutique concept. Located near Raffles Place, in the heart of Singapore's Business District, 15 minutes' walk from the famous Marina Bay area with easy access to restaurants and Lau Pa Sat food market and Chinatown, Sofitel So is perfectly located to explore the city.
There are 134 unique and well appointed rooms spread across two wings all offering all the necessary comforts one would expect of a Sofitel. The So Hip Wing is in the new part of the building and mixes 19th century design with unique contemporary and edgy style in the So Comfy and So Cozy rooms whereas the Heritage Wing, which dates back to the 1920s and is grander in style and decor with spacious rooms and an almost colonial feel. This property has a rooftop pool overlooking the city where you can enjoy drink at Hi So Pool bar, a small but fully equipped gym and Xperience Restaurant on the ground floor.
Day by day
This evening you will fly from London to Singapore with Singapore Airlines.
On arrival you will be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel.
Day at leisure to explore Singapore.
Day at leisure.
Morning at leisure. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Lombok. Please ensure you have $25 for your visa on arrival which you will obtain at the airport. Having cleared immigration you will be met by your driver and guide and transferred to your beach hotel.
Days 6 - 11
Day at leisure
You have most of the day to enjoy relaxing at your hotel before an early evening transfer to the airport in time for your flight to Singapore. On arrival connect to your onward flight to London.
Early morning arrival into London Heathrow
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