The launch of The Kayana Beach Lombok last week not only ushered in a new hotel brand onto the island, it also reflected the strides the destination has made in its recovery since the devastating earthquake last year.
North Lombok regent Najmul Akhyar said the opening of the hotel was in line with the regency’s North Lombok Revives programme. “The people in North Lombok are very enthusiastic about (the island) getting back on its feet again. Tourism is the biggest potential and the top of the (economic) pyramid of the regency,” he said.
“When tourism progresses, the other sectors supporting it, such as farming and fishery, will also grow,” he said, adding that the new Lombok resort is aiding the development of the island through its recruitment of locals as staff.
A boutique villa under Santika Indonesia Hotels & Resorts’ The Royal Collection category, The Kayana Beach Lombok boasts 32 one-bedroom villas, each with its own pool and sundeck.
Situated on the island’s main tourist strip Jalan Senggigi, the all-villa resort boasts stunning views of the Lombok Strait and is merely minutes away by boat from popular snorkelling spots.
The hilltop Blues Restaurant offers a good vantage point to take in sunset views of Bali’s Mount Agung and the three famous Gilis – Gili Trawangan, Meno and Air – which are a 15-minute boat ride away from the villa.
The Lombok property is second to open under The Kayana brand, after The Kayana Seminyak – Bali, and the fourth property under Santika Indonesia’s The Royal Collection, which includes The Samaya Seminyak – Bali, The Samaya Ubud – Bali and The Kayana Seminyak – Bali.