A Sanctuary of Private Beachfront Luxury at Innit Lombok

Innit Lombok 

Private Beachfront Luxury Experience

Upon my arrival at Innit Lombok, tucked away on the pristine white-sand shores of Ekas Bay, I was immediately struck by the tranquil sanctuary it promised to be—a place where the hustle of the world fades away, and the beauty of nature takes precedence. The resort’s design, a harmonious blend of modern aesthetics and local materials, offers a unique sense of place that respects and elevates its natural surroundings.

Innit Lombok, a proud member of Design Hotels, is an intimate escape featuring seven villas that embody a contemporary yet traditional Indonesian ethos. These structures, inspired by local lumbung houses and set on stilts, integrate seamlessly with the landscape, providing a discreet yet luxurious presence. The use of concrete, glass, stone, and wood in the villas underscores a commitment to natural, local materials, ensuring that the resort not only pays homage to its setting but also contributes to a sustainable future.

The approach to the resort, whether by a scenic drive or a tranquil boat ride across the bay, sets the tone for a stay defined by elegance and serenity. The resort’s private beach, stretching 250 meters, offers a secluded haven where the serene waves and breathtaking sunsets craft a backdrop of unparalleled natural beauty.

Each villa, a testament to refined living, stands on the edge of this immaculate beach, offering direct access to the warm turquoise waters and soft sands that form a natural bridge between the built environment and the wild. The overarching design philosophy here is one of minimal intrusion, ensuring that the villas blend so subtly with the natural habitat that they’re almost imperceptible from the sea.

At first encounter, Innit Lombok stands as a testament to thoughtful hospitality, where every detail is curated to enhance the natural beauty and tranquility of this secluded coastal haven.

Elemental Harmony – Earth, Wood, and Water Interplay

Upon setting foot on the grounds of Innit Lombok, guests are immediately struck by the thoughtful integration of traditional Lombok lumbung-style architecture with modern design principles, a harmonious blend crafted by the renowned Indonesian architects Andra Matin, Gregorius Supie Yolodi, and Maria Rosantina. The resort’s commitment to open-air living and its use of natural, local materials foster an immersive experience that honors the island’s cultural heritage while offering contemporary comfort.

The beachfront villas, where I stayed, are a testament to this design philosophy. The transition of white sand from the outdoor environment into the villas creates a seamless indoor-outdoor living space that blurs the boundaries between architecture and nature. This design choice not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of the villas but also serves as a constant reminder of the stunning natural beauty that surrounds them.

Central to the resort’s outdoor experience is a striking 35-meter-long black-tiled swimming pool, flanked by a wooden deck with inviting sunbeds, offering a luxurious space to relax and soak in the panoramic views of Ekas Bay. The pool area, strategically positioned between the beach houses and the semi-outdoor restaurant, facilitates a visual connection that draws guests into the heart of the resort while promoting a sense of community and openness.

The beach houses themselves, inspired by traditional Lombok architecture and constructed with local materials, blend effortlessly into the landscape. The ground floor’s sand-filled living and dining areas, coupled with private upstairs bedrooms featuring bespoke furnishings, emphasize the resort’s commitment to outdoor living and local craftsmanship. Notably, the absence of televisions in the beach houses encourages guests to engage with their surroundings, whether it’s the sound of the waves, the tranquility of the beach, or the company of fellow travelers.

Innit Lombok’s location on a secluded 300-meter white-sand beach offers a plethora of activities for the adventure-minded and those seeking relaxation. From world-class surfing and kite surfing to paddle boarding and beachside yoga, the resort caters to a diverse range of interests while ensuring a sense of privacy and exclusivity. For quieter moments, guests can enjoy sunbathing, seaside strolls, or simply relishing the resort’s serene environment.

Looking ahead, Innit Lombok’s phased development plan promises to introduce hillside villas, the Bridge Hotel, and a hilltop spa, each designed to offer unique perspectives and experiences within the resort. The careful consideration of the land’s contours and the strategic placement of each element underscores a deep respect for the natural environment and a desire to create a cohesive, immersive guest experience.

In conclusion, my stay at Innit Lombok was an embodiment of luxurious tranquility, thoughtfully designed to respect and celebrate its natural setting. The fusion of traditional Indonesian architecture with modern design elements, the emphasis on natural materials, and the array of activities available all contribute to a unique, memorable experience that truly captures the essence of a secluded beachfront sanctuary.

Communal Harmony with Open-Plan Beachside Living

The seven beach houses, inspired by Lombok’s Lumbung homes, are not merely structures but artful expressions of cultural heritage intertwined with contemporary luxury.

Each beach house, offering a spacious 160 square meters of living area, is a testament to thoughtful design, utilizing local, natural materials to forge a connection with the environment. The ground floor, with its sand flooring, blurs the boundaries between the indoors and the beachfront, offering a unique, tactile experience that anchors you to nature.

The living spaces are designed with family and friends in mind, featuring two bedrooms with private ensuite bathrooms, ensuring privacy and comfort. The central open-plan area—a harmonious blend of living, dining, and kitchen spaces—invites communal interaction, making it an ideal setting for shared experiences. The option to hire a private chef adds a luxurious touch, allowing guests to savor gourmet meals in the comfort of their beach house.

Nature is at the forefront of every design decision. The natural timber and a neutral color palette ensure that the beach houses resonate with their surroundings, offering a seamless transition from the lush landscape to the interior spaces. In the master suite, the ocean view becomes a living artwork, framing the mesmerizing vistas of Ekas Bay.

Innit Lombok’s commitment to sustainability is evident not just in its use of local materials but also in its approach to guest experiences. The absence of televisions in the beach houses encourages guests to engage with their surroundings, be it the sound of the ocean, the star-filled night sky, or the company of loved ones.

The architecture, co-created by Andra Matin and Gregorius Supie Yolodi, is a modern nod to traditional values, showcasing an open-living concept that is both aesthetically pleasing and functionally enriching. The use of Bengkirai wood for the exteriors and teak wood for the interiors speaks to the resort’s commitment to local craftsmanship and sustainability.

Each villa’s design, with open living spaces upstairs and expansive dining areas on the sand below, offers a unique living experience that is both luxurious and grounded. The beachfront location ensures that the soothing sounds of the waves and the gentle sea breeze are ever-present companions, enhancing the tranquil ambiance.

Ocean-to-Plate Freshnes with a Michelin-Starred Touch

Dining at Innit Lombok Hotel Indonesia transcends the mere act of eating; it’s an experiential journey that celebrates the local heritage and flavors of Lombok, set against the backdrop of Ekas Bay’s natural splendor. The restaurant, Anakampung, offers a culinary narrative deeply rooted in the ‘kampung’ or village tradition, promoting a sense of community and connection through its food and ambiance.

Chef Matthew Angga, with his Michelin-starred background, masterfully combines global culinary techniques with the rich tapestry of Indonesian cuisine. The result is a menu that respects traditional methods while introducing a contemporary twist, all the while prioritizing farm-to-table and sea-to-table ethos. The freshness of the ingredients is paramount, with vegetables, herbs, and seafood sourced locally, ensuring that each dish is a reflection of the region’s bountiful produce.

The dining experience is uniquely immersive, with an outdoor barbeque pit that offers guests a casual yet intimate setting to enjoy the sunset while savoring dishes like freshly caught seafood grilled over coconut husk fires. This practice not only highlights local cooking methods but also enhances the flavors, creating a memorable dining experience.

Communal dining at the six-meter-long table at Anakampung fosters a sociable atmosphere, inviting guests to share meals and stories, echoing the communal spirit of a traditional Indonesian village. This setting, combined with the restaurant’s semi-open design, allows diners to feel the sea breeze and hear the waves, connecting them to the environment and enhancing the overall sensory experience.

Wide Array of Ocean Leisure Activities Cultural Experiences and Nature Explorations

Innit Lombok Hotel Indonesia offers a plethora of wellness and leisure activities that cater to every guest’s desire for relaxation, adventure, or cultural immersion. My experience here was nothing short of extraordinary, with each activity thoughtfully designed to enhance the connection with Lombok’s natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Spa Treatments

The option to indulge in spa treatments within the privacy of your own beach house adds a personalized touch to relaxation, allowing the soothing sounds of the ocean to complement your experience. 

Innit Beach

This secluded stretch of white sand, exclusive to hotel guests, provides a serene escape where one can unwind or engage in various water sports. The beach’s natural beauty is preserved, offering a pristine sanctuary to relax or play.

Infinity Pool

The 35-meter-long infinity pool, perched overlooking Ekas Bay, offers an unparalleled swimming experience, where the water seems to extend into the ocean horizon. Poolside drinks service from Anakampung adds a luxurious convenience to your relaxation.

Lombok Lobster Farm

A unique and educational experience, the visit to the lobster farm provides insight into sustainable seafood practices while allowing you to select your meal, blending culinary delight with environmental consciousness.

Yoga and Fitness

Morning yoga sessions by the pool offer a peaceful start to the day, while other fitness options like paddleboarding and kayaking invite guests to explore the surrounding waters, combining exercise with exploration.

Culinary Experiences

Cooking classes with Chef Matthew Angga present an opportunity to delve into Indonesian cuisine, making the dining experience interactive and enriching.

Adventures Beyond

From fishing expeditions to exploring Lombok’s renowned surf spots, waterfalls, and Mount Rinjani, the hotel encourages exploration and adventure, providing guests with a comprehensive experience of the island’s diverse offerings.

Sustainability and Community Engagement at its Core

At Innit Lombok Hotel Indonesia, the essence of sustainability isn’t just a concept—it’s a practice woven into every aspect of the guest experience, setting it apart as a unique luxury destination with a conscience. My stay revealed a profound commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement that resonated deeply.

The hotel’s initiatives, from using local materials in construction to upcycling procedures, showcase a dedication to minimizing environmental impact. This commitment extends to the kitchen, where the farm-to-table and sea-to-table ethos highlights fresh, local produce and sustainable fishing practices, ensuring that every meal supports the local ecosystem and community.

The journey to Innit Lombok, whether by a scenic drive through Lombok’s lush landscapes or by a traditional wooden boat, adds a dimension of cultural immersion and connection to the natural beauty of the region. The hotel’s integration with the local community, from employment to education initiatives, adds a layer of authenticity and purpose to the stay, making Innit Lombok not just a retreat but a place where luxury and responsibility converge for a truly special experience.

Final Thoughts On My Stay

My stay at Innit Lombok Hotel Indonesia was a profound journey that went beyond mere relaxation to touch on aspects of sustainability, culture, and community involvement. The hotel’s deep-rooted commitment to eco-friendly practices was evident in everything from the construction materials to the locally sourced cuisine, resonating with my own values and enhancing my experience.

The natural beauty of the secluded beach, paired with the thoughtful design of the Lumbung-style beach houses, offered a unique blend of traditional Indonesian culture and modern luxury. The staff’s dedication to creating a personalized experience, while also fostering community ties and environmental stewardship, added a meaningful dimension to my stay.

While the remote location offered a tranquil escape, it also presented a limited range of nearby conveniences, which may not suit every traveler. However, this seclusion is part of Innit Lombok’s charm, encouraging guests to disconnect and immerse themselves in the natural and cultural richness of the area.

In essence, Innit Lombok stands out as a sanctuary where luxury meets responsibility, offering a stay that is as enriching and thought-provoking as it is serene and indulgent.

Written by Amin Brodie

Photos by Valeryia Kalantayeva