|The Luxury Side of Lombok|
|District of Lombok||Sira Beach|
|Total Living Area||1200 m2|
|Total Area of Grounds||36,000 m2|
Sira Beach House is a stunning Lombok rental villa sited beside the sands of a whiter-than-white beach and a turquoise sea. This secluded six-bedroom villa, which sleeps 12 to 14 guests, is surrounded by coconut palms and breathtaking panoramic views in a part of the world unexplored and untrampled by the onslaught of modern-day tourism. It is located near the village of Tanjung, 45 minutes drive from Lombok’s international airport. Prestigious neighbours include The Oberoi Lombok and Hotel Tugu Lombok.
The property is comprised of a series of thatched pavilions, arranged in the style of a traditional Sasak village. Its expansive garden stretches directly onto the beach. Accommodation and facilities include six air-conditioned bedrooms, each with ensuite bathrooms and terraces, an open-sided living pavilion, a splendid dining hall, a chill out room, an open air dining ‘balai’, fully-equipped kitchen, 19 x 12 metre swimming pool, a pool ‘balai’, and a private tennis court.
The elegant sitting room is open-sided with a soaring thatched roof supported by white stone pillars. It is furnished with rustic Naga tables and colonial daybeds oriented towards the garden and beach. Bamboo blinds can be lowered for privacy. The room is cooled by ceiling fans and sea breezes, and romantically lit at night by pendulous lanterns and candles positioned in niches. Close to the sitting room is a grand semi open-air dining hall, columned around the sides. It is furnished with a custom-made table for 14, and a built-in sideboard. One wall is adorned with 39 southern Indian tribal dancing masks. Adjacent is a dedicated temperature controlled wine room, as well as the spacious modern kitchen, which is fully equipped with imported appliances, while the shelves are stacked with handmade Lombok pottery tableware.
The chef at Sira Beach House has devised and perfected a selection of dishes as a guideline to what is available. Whether international cuisine or local dishes, the style is simple, in keeping with this remote and pristine location. All produce is sourced locally – from a supplier, fresh from the market, or from the villa’s organic vegetable garden. The wine room offers a range of wines, spirits, soft drinks and beers. There is also a children’s menu. Lunch and dinner possibilities at the villa are numerous. A portable table for up to ten guests can be set anywhere in the garden; romantic beach dinners are a speciality of the house, while a memorable option is the dining ‘balai’ – a traditional open-sided pavilion, which rests as an island in the middle of the lotus reflection pond. It features Moroccan style seating on floor cushions with low tables.
Chill Out Room
Then, there is the chill-out room, furnished with a huge built-in sofa. This can be used as a relaxing day room, open to the garden and cooled by ceiling fans, or it can be closed for air conditioned comfort. It is equipped with a wall mounted satellite-channel TV, DVD player, and a projector and screen. Furthermore, it is well stocked with DVDs, board games, and a good selection of books.
The six bedrooms at Sira Beach House are grouped in pairs. All bedrooms and bathrooms are air-conditioned and all have picture windows, mosquito nets, bamboo shutters and wide timber decks open to the garden. All are furnished with modern, antique and bamboo furnishings, and hand-woven Lombok textiles, and equipped with ceiling fans, safes, first aid kits, hairdryers and I-pod docks.
The master bedroom is furnished with a huge four-poster bed, and enjoys wonderful views. It has a walk-in dressing room, a library area furnished with a desk, and a bathroom with free standing stone bathtub, from which guests will have views of the beach. The bathroom leads to an outdoor shower with bamboo walls. There is also a courtyard garden, adjoining which is a twin-bedded pavilion, making this a private family compound. The buildings are designed in a typical Sasak style with bamboo clad structures and panels that slide to reveal windows and doors. The twin pavilion has two four-poster queen size beds, an ensuite bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe. The two garden pavilions are furnished with king-size beds. Each is entered through a sandy courtyard to a private sitting area with a daybed that doubles as an extra single bed. The rooms are decorated with antique textiles and furnished with fabulous carved Indian chests. The ensuite bathrooms are fitted with indoor and outdoor
rainshowers, large solid stone bathtubs and twin washbasins, specially designed and carved in Java. The two beach pavilions, with king beds, are decorated with antique kimonos and Indonesian textiles, and both are blessed with beautiful beach views from their private timber decks. An Indian daybed covered in soft cushions stands in front of the windows, which slide back. The bathrooms feature freestanding hand-carved stone bathtubs, built-in dressing tables, and grand indoor and outdoor showers.
Swimming pool & Garden
The coconut grove garden at Sira Beach House covers 2.4 hectares, and is furnished with hammocks and seats and also features a croquet lawn. The lawn extends right onto the beach, complete with a private area for villa guests with rattan mattresses and umbrellas. The 19 x 12 metre swimming pool is bordered by a timber deck, with a hammock hung between two coconut trees. The large, cabana-style, pool ‘balai’ seats 12 on deep relaxing built-in sofas, and has a BBQ, a drinks fridge and a sink, as well as a washroom and changing room with a pool shower. Facilities at the villa include a private hard tennis court, set within a lawned walled garden framed by palms and flame trees. It can be flood-lit for an early evening game. A tennis coach is available on request.
The owners’ priority was to be gracious to the environment, honour Lombok, showcase the culture, and support local cottage industries. They are also keen supporters of the local villages with nearly all of the staff coming from the immediate area around the villa. Sira Beach House has therefore been designed to be as efficient and as eco-friendly as possible, built in a rustic natural style that blends with the environment through the use of river stone, coconut wood, and hand-woven bamboo screens made by local artisans. The swimming pool is saltwater with chlorination back up, and is therefore soft on the earth and gentle on the skin. Water is solar heated and wastewater is organically treated and recycled for the lawns and the organic vegetable garden. All of the buildings and walls are constructed from locally quarried stone, with alang-alang thatched roofs, to create a purely tropical, yet very ethnic, Lombok feeling to the villa. The interiors support Lombok cottage industries with an inspired use of loom-woven textiles and handmade Lombok pottery.
Sira Beach House has been designed with children of all ages in mind and is supremely child friendly. There are many board games and outdoor sports such as tennis, croquet, skittles, kite flying, beach games and beach cricket. Bicycles are available for excursions, and baby sitting or child care/supervision is available upon request.
Sira Beach House rests beside the stunningly beautiful Sira Beach – the longest white-sand beach on the island of Lombok – in the tiny village of Sira (also spelt Sire). It is less than ten minutes’ drive from the harbour of Teluk Nara, where the fast boats from Bali and the Gili Islands stop to drop off passengers, and about 45 minutes’ drive from Lombok’s international airport. The magnificent Kosaido Lombok golf course is two minutes away from the villa. This 18-hole championship course offers a unique, challenging and world-class experience for golfers of all levels. Sira Beach House has a unique arrangement with the Kosaido Golf club who will send their buggies to pick up guests. The villa also has children’s golf clubs available.
The villa is also within walking distance of Hotel Tugu Lombok, a quirky and atmospheric living museum of extraordinary Indonesian artwork and antiques, with a restaurant, bar and spa open to outside guests. The neighbouring village of Tanjung is an attractive Sasak market village with stalls overflowing with local produce. This is also the location of The Oberoi Lombok Hotel, complete with a jetty for guests who arrive by boat, and a gourmet beachside restaurant.
Here, in this sparsely populated region of Lombok, the landscape is shaped by tobacco, coffee and cocoa plantations, together with fields of soya, peanuts, maize, cassava and cashews. Sira Beach is safe for swimming, and great for snorkelling and kayaking. In fact, Lombok provides some of the best diving and snorkelling in the Indonesian archipelago and there are 16 great sites less than ten minutes by boat from Sira Beach House. The villa has a special arrangement with H2O Sportz at the Oberoi Hotel for both beginners and experienced divers. They will organise all equipment and beach pick-up. H2O Sportz can also organise deep sea fishing, snorkelling trips with reef guides, surfing, water skiing and a sunset cruise.
The view from the villa and beach of the Gili Islands, the mountains and the coastline, is magnificent. The Gilis are a trio of tiny emerald islands, floating like a necklace of pearls in a turquoise sea. Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air are all blessed with white, hourglass-sand beaches, and amazing coral reefs, and there is plenty of nightlife on Gili Trawangan. The islands can be reached within 15-20 minutes from the villa by speedboat or 30 minutes from Bangsal by public ferry. It is also possible to have a local boat pick-up from the beach in order to go to the Gili Islands for lunch or a day’s snorkelling. Sengiggi, 45 minutes to the south of Sira, presents the only nightlife on mainland Lombok, as well as an art market selling many Lombok and Indonesian antiques and curios.