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Review / Review of The Oberoi Lombok

Katie McLeavy

“The best located hotel for access to world-renowned snorkelling at the nearby Gili Islands”

With so many islands to choose from, deciding where to stay in Indonesia is the first challenge. If your main reason for going is for the world-renowned snorkelling, then a stay at The Oberoi Lombok will place you in the perfect location for the Gili Islands. Katie McLeavy explores...

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Just 40 minutes from the main island on the secluded northwest coast of Lombok is The Oberoi Lombok - a new firm favourite of mine in Indonesia. The main infinity pool at the resort looks out to the famous Gili Islands, which are only 4km away. Known for their crystal clear waters and fringing coral reefs, they are the go to place for snorkelling and swimming. Accompanied by a member of The Oberoi Beach Club team, we were taken by boat to the islands where we had the whole morning to snorkel around the unspoilt coral reefs that were brimming with colourful aquatic life.  My most memorable experience from this trip was seeing sea turtles – while there are certain ‘turtle hotspots’ around the Gili Islands, you have a really good chance of seeing them anywhere if you are committed to looking. To add a romantic twist to the experience, ask The Oberoi’s chef to prepare an extra-special picnic basket lunch to enjoy with your partner on the sands once you’ve submerged from your ocean adventures.

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