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WELCOME TO LOMBOK | BALI

Leaving behind Singapore, having bounced from one major city to another, I was really looking forward to spending a few days in Lombok, a small island just off Bali. Lombok was exactly what I needed- small, peaceful and relaxed. Our resort was about an hour’s drive away from the airport, right by the sea with not much else around. For the three nights that we were there, I was content to float in the pool like a starfish, watch the waves, and eat and drink my weight in watermelon.

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We stayed at the Puri Mas Resort, a boutique hotel in the Senggigi area of Lombok. In retrospect, I wish I had spent another day or two in Lombok because it was just the loveliest peaceful getaway.

The resort was, once upon a time, meant to be a holiday home. It’s Dutch owner built add on’s throughout the years and eventually transformed it into the resort it is today. The original house is at the centre of the grounds, leading out towards the infinity pool overlooking the sea;  the rest of the property is surrounded by small villas for guests.

Puri Mas also has a spa, 2 minutes drive away from the main resort. It’s closer inland, nestled into a hill and it is amazing. It wasn’t just the outdoor massage listening to the real life jungle sounds nor the swimming pool, or the exotic parrots or even because hey spa treatments. It was because…Sultan the dog.

Sultan belongs to the hotel owner and to be honest, present me with an animal in any situation and I’d be ohmygodamazing. But, he really was beautiful.

For our stay, we booked into a Jacuzzi Villa. It felt like having our own home on the grounds, with a front door leading straight into a courtyard and a dipping pool in the corner.

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As soon as we unpacked, I was face planting the bed in a deep sleep for a couple of hours, the jetlag and busy schedule of Singapore finally catching up with me. When I wasn’t succumbing to the jetlag, all I wanted to do was float, like a starfish in the pool. I could win Olympic medals in floating. Such form! Such grace!

Puri Mas has an infinity pool overlooking the sea that is perfect for such things like Olympic floating. There are also steps down to the beach and it’s beautiful blue waters so you can flit back and forth between the pool and the sea all afternoon.

Lombok is a lot quieter than the main island of Bali, with acres of coconut groves and rice fields. It felt like we were the only resort around for miles. In the evenings, as the sun went down, the beach was home to families having a splash and paddle before dinner and local surfers making their way home as the sun set.

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Sunsets were a Balinese speciality. Every evening, I never tired of watching the sky turn melt into a hundred colours from that warm glow at golden hour to the deep pinks and magentas as night falls in.

(when I was little, I’d take countless sunset photos with a disposable camera)

As the sun went down over the horizon, surfers would come back to shore and fishermen would wade out into the surf. A lazy dinner would follow- and at every meal, the waiters would come by for a general chitchat.

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South East Asia is pretty friendly but Bali takes the crown (take it from a girl who grew up on a neighbouring island!) At first I thought it was a Lombok thing, but even on the big island this continued.

Everyone was really helpful and friendly- the restaurant manager who came to wait for us by the roadside, a guide who insisted he buy us ice cream and another who gave us both a hug after a long day of visiting temples. Three days on Lombok did a world of good, and we even squeezed in a day trip to one of the Gilli islands (post coming up!)

Lombok-I definitely want to come back.

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