Eco-sensitive Gran Meliá Lombok resort set to open in 2024 – Lifestyle
Risty Nurraisa (The Jakarta Post)
Fri, March 25, 2022
Invest Islands, Asia’s leading real estate investment firm, unveiled the design of Gran Meliá Lombok to the press on Wednesday at the Gran Meliá Jakarta. The hotel is managed by Meliá Hotels International and is expected to open in 2024.
Located on a hillside in Torok Bay, south of Lombok, the beachfront Gran Meliá Lombok is likely to set new standards for travel and hospitality on the island, where luxury meets eco-sensitive resort concepts. Bali-based Invest Islands and Inspiral Architect & Design Studios came up with low-impact designs for the resort.
“Our vision is to showcase the breathtaking beauty of the Indonesian archipelago and deliver exceptional developments that raise the profile of their destination. We want to open up uncharted islands and generate benefits for all stakeholders, from indigenous communities to international investors. Gran Meliá Lombok is a great example of this strategy in action,” said Kevin Deisser, one of the co-founders of Invest Islands.
The resort will offer 125 units overlooking the Indian Ocean, with five different room types – KAYMA Moroccan tented suites, AURORA minimalist suites, INSPIRAL eco-luxury villas, LA RESIDENZA Bauhaus-style residences and Tent Beach Villa. World-class facilities are also available in the lush greenery, from a clubhouse and restaurants to a wedding chapel.
Unveiled: A rendering of INSPIRAL, one of Gran Melia Lombok’s eco-friendly luxury villas. (Courtesy of Gran Melia Lombok) (Courtesy of Gran Melia Lombok/Courtesy of Gran Melia Lombok)
Each unit is carefully designed as architect Charlie Hearn has instilled a low carbon footprint in production and uses locally sourced materials such as bamboo for construction.
“I would like to make the destination a form of identity,” said Hearn Jakarta Post. “Building [design] reflects the shape of the land and we use natural and local materials. One of Indonesia’s great assets is its unique craftsmanship and attention to detail.
Sustainability values should be at the heart of the day-to-day operations of the resort. Gonzalo Maceda, Vice President of Development of Meliá Hotels International, shared exclusively with the To post on the green and social initiatives that are in the works for Gran Meliá Lombok.
“We integrate rainwater harvesting and [plan] to use 80% of rainwater for hotel irrigation,” Maceda said. The resort also plans to save energy and manage waste by collaborating with the ongoing initiatives of Invest Islands in Lombok, such as cleaning beaches, recycling plastic materials in everyday products and creating compost from organic waste.
Gran Meliá Lombok is located 25 kilometers from Lombok International Airport and close to Mandalika, which hosted this year’s MotoGP Grand Prix.
The resort has been recognized as the best upcoming hotel development in Indonesia and the best hotel development in Asia by the PropertyGuru Property Awards.