Qunci Villas is a beautiful, reasonably priced hotel on the island of Lombok, an island that is said to have the laid back feel of Bali 30 years ago.
The hotel is a short drive from Senggigi and about one and a half hours from the airport.
Direct flights are available from Kuala Lumpur to Lombok, or if you want to spend a little time on Bali before heading to Lombok, the flight from Bali is a quick 30 minutes.
Rooms at Qunci Villas
As per its name, most of the rooms at Qunci Villas are actually spacious villas with a daybed perfect for a child. But don’t despair if you have more than one child in your family as extra beds are available.
All rooms have a balcony or a terrace – some with lovely views. However, some garden rooms are a bit dark due to the trees and other landscaping.
There is an extensive breakfast menu with choices from Continental to Mediterranean or Asian food. Breakfast choices come with fresh fruit and juice and the kids’ breakfast pancakes come with toppings and a paintbrush to spread them.
A great perk at Qunci Villas is that breakfast can be served in your room or if that’s not for you, the restaurant is still available.
What to do at Qunci Villas Lombok
The hotel looks out across the sea to Bali and is situated on a sweeping beach. There are two long swimming pools right by the sea with plenty of sun loungers for you to enjoy, as well as an adults-only swimming pool, which is great for the kids who can yahoo all they want without disturbing the honeymooners.
Qunci Villas does not offer a kids’ club or slides, it’s not that kind of resort, however there are surfer dudes happy to give a lesson on the beach just outside the hotel or the Gili islands are only a boat trip away.
The Qunci Villas beach is quite rocky, so reef shoes are a good idea and the waves can get quite big, good for bodyboarding but not so for toddlers.
It is quiet at the resort with not a lot to do, but options like surf lessons for the whole family on Senggigi beach will help break up long lazy days.
There are also day trips available like hiking volcanoes and snorkelling. For great snorkelling and a full day out, including a long drive, the South of the island offers great marine life.
Food at Qunci
The food is a beautiful mix of local ingredients and international styles with healthy options for kids, and three restaurants to choose from.
While the prices are high for Indonesia, the quality of the food far exceeds other restaurants in Senggigi.
However, if you are just looking for a beach nasi goreng and a Bintang then do check out the few cheap and cheerful warungs along the beach.
A particular favourite is Nuf’Said, a cosy and a wonderful place to watch the sunset from bean bags on the beach.
There are other resorts further along the beach if you are looking for other eating spots, but again, nothing quite compared to the quiet ambiance and traditional aesthetics at Qunci.
In the neighbourhood
Rather persistent local ladies sell sarongs and massage on the beach, and there is some shopping in Senggigi.
In the spirit of business and social enterprise it is worth thinking before saying “no” to the vendors.
Tourist trade helps to restore life on the island after the havoc of the earthquakes.
Qunci Villas security has been lenient towards locals trying to earn a living by selling their goods and services on the beach and it’s a great way to get to know the locals.
Lombok is home to some wonderful craftspeople. If possible, take the time to venture out to the villages that specialise in different traditional crafts.
The praise for Qunci Villas on hotel review sites is well-founded with beautiful grounds, tasteful décor and wonderful service.
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