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If a glittering azure sea meeting pure white sands of a blissfully unaffected by mass tourism remote beach is your holiday desire, then Lombok whispers your name.
Lombok is an exquisite getaway full of local charm, dream waterfalls, magnificent luxury villas and some of the region’s hottest surfing, diving and trekking destinations.
Wake up to sunbeams shooting through tropical jungles just moments away from pristine waters of Sira Beach. Villa Sepoi Sepoi is perfectly convenient if you are looking forward to swimming in the crystal clear shallows, as it is situated alongside the picture-perfect white sands of Sira Beach. Six acres of tropical gardens, an outdoor cinema-style projector and screen, six large themed bedrooms are just a few highlights of this villa.
The Three Magical Gilis
Evenings are made of pink and purple sunsets as the sun drops into the ocean behind Lombok’s three gorgeous islands know as the Gilis. Those three magical Gilis – which is Sasak for ‘island’ – are a quick boat trip away and a must-do day trip.
Each island is wildly different from the next. Gili Trawangan is a bustling place full of backpackers while Gili Air is laid-back and gorgeous, where push bikes and pony carts rule – no cars here. Dotted with lovely little shops, a cooking school, diving and (plenty of) snorkelling centres, there are a range of restaurants and a beach club or two. It’s uber-family friendly.
Gili Meno offers Robinson Crusoe panache as a barefoot paradise that has a hand full of visitors seeking seclusion. Expect to see your feet through the water and spot turtles in the coral gardens just offshore. While Meno is the remote choice, it does have some great dining and few shops that sell emergency snorkelling gear, sunblock, fruit and snacks. The local hawkers offer local pearls and other desirable adornments too.
Lombok’s Fabulous Waterfalls
Back in Lombok, traditional villages, coconut groves and the sea surround the small tourist town of Senggigi. It is the go-to spot for ATMs, pharmacy and a few cafés and restaurants.
Lombok is fabulous for waterfalls that float the imagination. Rent a bike, hire a driver or take a tour to one of the many waterfalls on the island. Don’t expect a morning café latte at these stunning places, instead, have a dip in a spring feed pool in an absolute privacy.
When it comes to toughing it out, English adventurer Rob Lilwall knows a thing or two.
From an exquisite Elite Havens villa; Pandawa Cliff Estate, overlooking Pandawa beach, Rob is a million miles away from gun-wielding Russian bandits in the sub-zero Siberian temperatures, honking Vietnamese truck drivers and jungle dwelling tribesman of Papua New Guinea.
In fact, Rob has just come from surfing the gentle waves of Kuta beach during some downtime in Bali.
As a prized Hong Kong-based motivational speaker, Rob draws on his wild on-road experiences from any number of his cycling adventures.
To be sure, this man has done some outlandish touring including cycling with from Siberia to England, which racked up 30,000 miles, yes, miles. He has walked home to the busy islands of Hong Kong from Mongolia and cycled across the USA .
He hitched rides on a yachts and cargo ships to cross the pirate infested water. Though given his raw honesty, genuine humility and laid back charm, he probably could have walked on it.
“I’m not tough or brave. I just approach my goals with a mindset that makes it work. It is all calculated risks that are applied to extreme situations. The start of my first trip was full of fears both real and imagined, which wasn’t helped by the natural disposition of Russians who warned us that we would be eaten by bears or murdered by bandits,” says Rob.
Even that other bear of an adventurer Bear Grylls doffs his cap to Rob’s expeditions and courage.
It did not take long before National Geographic spotted his talent and secured the series Cycling Home From Siberia where Rob takes a three-year journey without a support crew through Australia’s notorious Nullarbor Plain to the dizzying altitudes and icy passes of Tibet and Nepal – where he viewed Mt Everest – and the lonely roads of Afghanistan.
“That trip was physically hard. My bike was fully packed with camera gear and everything that I needed. It was exhausting and difficult. I even had to film myself, which made is also slow going getting off the bike to set up the camera, get back on and ride past,
At all Elite Havens, luxury accommodation is matched with a team of staff to look after every guest with superb service and cuisine. Many of the villas have extra perks – making them dream wedding venues, romantic retreats, the best villas for yoga, family fun or elite tennis villas. To score a villa with a court and learn from a highly qualified international tennis coach, enquire about our tennis packages. firstname.lastname@example.org
Villa Batujimbar – Sanur, Bali
Villa Batujimbar exemplifies everyone’s dream of a luxury Bali villa. A 20-metre swimming pool, private tennis court, air-conditioned gym, and private chef and personal round-the-clock butlers elevate your residency to regal levels.
Pandawa Cliff Estate – The Bukit, Bali
As the estate’s name suggests, the villas are on a cliff-top overlooking Pandawa Beach. The complex offers a sports centre with full-size tennis court, squash court, gym and spa, as well as a dedicated playroom for the kids.
Villa Ombak Laut – Cemagi, Bali
True athletes and adventurers, meet your match. Ombak Laut boasts two sparkling swimming pools, a private tennis court, a games room with billiard table, table tennis and bicycles for exploring the surrounding rice fields and villages.
Arnalaya Beach House – Canggu, Bali
Families and sports fiends will adore the private tennis court with its ball machine and huge racket selection, pool, gym, spa and perfectly placed yoga platforms to catch the sunrise and watch over the Hindu rituals at a nearby fisherman’s temple.
Kaba Kaba Estate – Tabanan, Bali
Within the extensive gardens is a superb tennis court, croquet lawn, a 25-metre swimming pool as well as two plunge pools (one serving the master suite and the other adjoining a guest suite), a children’s wading pool, lotus ponds and a duck pond… complete with resident ducks. With its multiple-pavilion layout and magnificent facilities, Kaba Kaba estate is perfect for two or three families who love holidaying together while enjoying their own breathing space.
Villa Sapi – Sira Beach, Lombok
An extensive array of activities is available to guests of Villa Sapi,
Arnalaya Beach House is a sophisticated yet supremely relaxed family friendly villa on the beachfront in Bali’s beautiful Canggu district, with a large team of staff on hand to ensure that every whim is gracefully met. An ocean-front bale offers alfresco seating, overlooking the Indian Ocean and a crystal clear 20-metre swimming pool.
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