Kempinski to manage Lombok resort overlooking one of Indonesia’s most spectacular beaches
Often called Bali’s little sister, Lombok is an unspoiled paradise: a laid-back island surrounded by some of the most scenic palm-fringed beaches in Indonesia. Kempinski Hotels has been selected to become one of the first international hotel groups to operate a luxury resort on the island after signing a management agreement with Indonesian developer PT. Teluk Agung Alami will operate the Apurva Kempinski Lombok. The signing follows more than three years of successful collaboration with the company at Apurva Kempinski Bali, which opened in February 2019.
Set on 14.3 hectares of spectacular beachfront in a secluded bay on the southwest coast of the island, Apurva Kempinski Lombok will house 200 suites and villas starting from a generous 65 m², placing them among the most large entry level rooms in Indonesia. . A world-class integrated spa and wellness center will tap into Indonesia’s deep ties to health and healing, while five restaurants will celebrate the archipelago’s rich culinary traditions. An outdoor party lawn and expansive meeting rooms will also make the resort a popular destination for weddings and island events.
Apurva Kempinski Lombok will be part of a larger development that will eventually house up to 10 hotels and resorts on Mekaki Beach, as well as an organic farm, ranch and equestrian centre: a mixed-use development that will will create an integrated luxury resort destination similar to Nusa Dua in Bali. The development is part of the Indonesian government‘s attempt to boost tourism growth in four designated areas across Indonesia. Lombok is one of the areas where government efforts will be focused, with plans underway to extend the runway at Lombok International Airport, upgrade Port Lembar in the west of the island to accommodate luxury yachts and cruise ships and build a new international hospital. March sees the launch of the first MotoGP Indonesia at the recently completed Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit, one of several international events the local authorities hope to bring to the island in the coming years.
The project will span 157 hectares encompassing the entire bay, which extends 3.6 kilometers from Mekaki Beach. Behind, Mekaki Hill is a challenging climb for which hikers will be rewarded with spectacular views over the bay. The Apurva Kempinski Lombok will occupy one of the largest plots at the heart of the development.
Free from crowds and traffic, Lombok is dotted with traditional villages, local markets and emerald rice fields. The white-sand beaches and turquoise waters that surround the island are a haven for surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling and diving, while the leafy interior is criss-crossed with bike paths and hiking trails. hiking. Intrepid visitors might try hiking Mount Rinjani, Lombok’s highest mountain, which passes scenic waterfalls, restorative hot springs and quiet villages. The island also serves as a jumping off point for the Gili Islands, home to some of the best snorkeling and diving spots in the world, and for excursions to Komodo National Park, the island habitat of the Komodo dragons in Endangered.
Lombok is easily accessible from Bali via a 30-minute flight or a 1.5-hour ferry crossing, while the flight from Jakarta takes just two hours. The Apurva Kempinski Lombok is expected to open in 2027.
The Apurva Kempinski Lombok