Bali, Indonesia – Reported by Erin Riley for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine
Oberoi’s Indonesia is one of unhurried luxury and old-world leisure, and elite travelers can leave it to two of the brands most renowned properties, The Oberoi, Bali and The Oberoi, Lombok, to find the most inspiring ways to experience what this enticing slice of Southeast Asia has to offer.
If you want a sense of how life is lived in a typical Balinese village, but without any compromise to style and luxury, look no further than The Oberoi, Bali. 74 luxury villas and lanai rooms spill across 15 acres of lush tropical gardens that overlook the Indian Ocean with an organic ease that makes the retreat feel like it’s a part of the natural landscape. The glistening Seminyak Beach frames the authentic village-style resort grounds, as villas come dressed in thatched roofs and river-stone pathways are lined with plumeria and swaying palms and come adorned with stone carvings.
The comparison to old-world Indonesia ends here, however, as each villa comes replete with luxurious private pools and secluded garden bathrooms. After spending a few rejuvenating days at this tranquil hotspot, Oberoi will take you by sea or air to the nearby island of Lombok, as the Oberoi Best of Indonesia package will offer guests combining their stays at Oberoi Bali and Oberoi Lombok complimentary inter-island transfers, as well as airport or harbor pick up and drop off, replete with luxury car selection.
Upon your arrival at The Oberoi, Lombok, embrace the postmodern cool and tropical hot of the resort’s elaborate design, as well as its added take on intimacy. This idyllic garden resort comes replete with 50 secluded thatched-roof villas and pavilions that are typical Oberoi-luxury, seeped in warm teak wood, woven carpets and indigenous artifacts. Spacious bedrooms and stunning sunken marble baths are privately set within pink-tinted limestone walls.
It is here that ambitious guests will experience Indonesia at its best. Off the coast, embrace the warm tropical waters brimming with parrot fish, reef sharks and purple coral as Oberoi, Lombok’s Unforgettable Dive package offers guests the chance to explore three surrounding Gili islands ($2,270 for two divers). The breathtaking chance to experience fives dives at various reefs within two days is complemented by the laid-back luxuries of a five-night stay in one of the resorts bespoke suites, as well as complimentary airport transfers and daily breakfast and afternoon tea.
For thrill-seeking guests who would prefer to remain on land, the Unforgettable Trek package takes guests on a 12,000-foot journey to the summit of the active volcano Mount Rinjani, before culminating in a rejuvenating soak in the sacred Segara Anak Lake’s hot springs ($1,830 for two guests).