Considered by many to be one of the best hotels in the world, this secluded and exclusive retreat fronts the golden sands of Medana Beach on the north-west coast of Lombok.

With towering palms reflected in mirror-like pools and panoramic ocean views stretching in every direction - the Oberoi, Lombok is a key destination for those seeking luxury and privacy of a new order.

The interiors of the 50 superbly appointed villas and pavilions marry the simple grace and charm of the local architecture - thatched roofs and pink-tinged limestone garden walls - with every modern comfort and convenience. Each villa has a courtyard with rock pond, a dining pavilion and terrace with either garden or ocean views. Many of the Luxury villas have their own pool. Terrace pavilions have large bedrooms, glass-walled garden bathrooms and a terrace for relaxation and dining.

Fine Asian and Continental cuisine is offered at the Lumbung restaurant which occupies an open-sided thatched pavilion with views across a reflection pool to the ocean's horizon. The beachside Sunbird Café is perfect for breakfast, light à la carte lunch or seafood grill in the evening.

Utterly tranquil and totally private, the Spa's open-air pavilions overlook carp-filled lily ponds. One of the signature treatments on offer is 'Mandi Lulur', a revitalising massage followed by a milk and honey bath. Sauna and steam rooms are available, also a Beauty Salon and Fitness Centre.

There is a 40-metre freshwater swimming pool, a tennis court and golf can easily be arranged at a local course. The Beach Club offers a number of watersports including snorkelling, PADI scuba diving and windsurfing. The dazzling coral gardens of the Gili Islands are just a short distance away by boat.

  • It was a complicated and very individual trip, and several changes were made by me during the planning. None of this seemed to worry Ayesha and everything went according to plan.

    AM, India, 2014