Talk about a dream vacation spot: Malimbu Cliff Villa is set high above the sea on a grassy hillside, with access to a private beach and expansive views across the ocean all the way to Bali’s Mt. Agung. And the views inside are just as impressive. You enter the villa at the uppermost level, via a balé (gazebo), with a shell chandelier suspended from a traditional serap roof. This floor houses a lobby, the huge master suite, and one of the three guest bedrooms. On the ground floor are two guest bedrooms, plus an open-plan living, dining, and kitchen area — all wood grain and white freshness — that leads directly outdoors, to the infinity pool and deck. Finally, the villa’s lowest level, accessed via a spiral staircase, holds a children’s playroom with — what else? — bunk beds!
Pampering is the order of the day here — a villa manager, butler, and two housekeepers are at your disposal to make sure every moment of your stay is the best. They’re a wealth of information on local attractions, too; from a round of golf at the Lombok Golf Kosaido Country Club to nightlife in nearby Senggigi, or from snorkeling or scuba diving around the Gili Islands to a three-day mountain trek to volcanic Mt. Rinjani — just ask. Want spa treatments? You can arrange for them right in your villa, or visit Quinci Villas’ spa nearby. Shopping’s always an option: Lombok is well-known for pearls, not to mention pottery, weaving, and baskets. But the best part of this villa is its secluded, get-away-from-it-all ambience: once you’ve settled into this bright, airy, colorful space, you might never want to leave.