The Puri Mas Boutique Hotel and Spa is a great option for an affordable adult getaway. Located in Senggigi on Lombok, the hotel is near the main tourist part of the island while feeling secluded at the same time. The hotel is comprised of two properties, the Spa Resort and the Beach Resort, with complimentary transportation between each depending on what you want to do each day. Keep reading to see why I recommend the Puri Mas as a high-quality resort at an affordable price!
A FAMILY HISTORY
The Puri Mas has a very unique family history behind it that influences many of its qualities today. Marcel De Rijk, the owner of the hotel, originally purchased the beachfront Puri Mas property as a private home from his mother. However, when the Indonesian government said the land must be used for tourism, he converted it to the wonderful hotel I had the pleasure of staying at recently. They still maintain their personal family residence villa right in the middle of the property, so running the Puri Mas is truly a passion project for the owners.
As an avid lifelong dancer, Marcel integrated his passion with the entire hotel. There is a full-size ballroom on-site at the hotel, where guests and employees can take dance lessons. Recognising the need for a dance program on Lombok, Marcel started the “Friendship Through Dance” program, which is run to teach young people Latin and Ballroom dance. This in turn has helped countless Indonesians learn a new hobby, as the lessons are given for free to local students who simply show their school ID. In addition the owner founded the first Lombok International Dance Studio, which hosts international dance competitions every year. It was easy to see the enthusiasm that the employees shared for this program, and it really added to the uniqueness of the resort!
DINING & DANCING
The dancing influence doesn’t stop at the literal dancefloor, as the on-site restaurant is aptly named The Ballroom. Located just above the ocean, the restaurant offers a great view of the waves crashing onto the cliffs and the sand under the palm trees. And there are plenty of comfy couches and bales where you can sit an enjoy that view.
There are original pictures of Marcel’s parents scattered throughout the restaurant showing off their dancing achievements from the past decades, giving the restaurant a comfortable and homey feel. The service was wonderful, with the manager and wait staff all remembering our names each meal and making us feel like part of the family! The food was excellent as well, particularly the seafood and the green curry.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
The warm welcome we received each day at the restaurant extended to the rest of the hotel as well. I really enjoyed the layout of the resort, which felt more like a small village than a traditional hotel. There are rooms scattered among the trees and walking paths of the property and each room has its own unique touches, including local artwork and intricate sculptures. Many of the properties are traditional Indonesian buildings that have been converted to rooms, I personally love hotels that offer unique accommodations like this – so I was in my element!
During my time at the hotel I stayed in one of the Romantic Villa rooms, which included a full kitchen, a private swimming pool, a large air-conditioned bedroom, and a beautiful outdoor bathroom complete with a massive bathtub. I could have fit my old London flat in the villa 3-4 times over, and I was ready to move in permanently by the end of my stay!
TOP TIER AMENITIES
As you walk around the property, you will immediately notice all the small details that you rarely find in the big chain hotels. For example, there is a classic jeep collection, including a very cool World War II style jeep available for guests to take pictures of.
Near the jeeps is an authentic Indonesian art gallery, complete with locally made paintings and sculptures that you can take home. The infinity pool is another huge plus, with flowing fountains and a clear view into the perfectly blue ocean just steps away. Finally, the previously mentioned Spa Resort is a short ride away if you want a change of scenery or a relaxing afternoon!
The Puri Mas Resort is an ideal spot for a romantic getaway. There are so many little touches that make it a special place, and the customer service is really outstanding. The Puri Mas is a perfect and affordable option to base your Lombok adventures from, and I can highly recommend it next time you find yourself on Lombok!
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I was welcomed as a guest by the Puri Mas Hotel. As always all opinions are my own and reflect my true experience at the hotel.