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A Wealth Of Leisure Diversions Await Guests At Both The Oberoi, Bali And The Oberoi, Lombok

August 13, 2015 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

romantic-dinner-large.135513THE OBEROI, BALI

Village Excursion

The unique beauty of The Oberoi, Bali, is the unparalleled service, inviting guests to experience and visit Bali’s secret gems.  Tenganan village, in Karangasem is one of the few communities left which remains very traditional and is only a one and a half hours drive from the resort.  The current villagers in Tenganan are descendents of those who lived on the island well before the Javanese arrived in Bali in the 15th century. Their existence dates back to before the exodus of Javanese from Majapahit Kingdom, which is also referred to as “Bali Aga Villages” or “Original Balinese”.  (8 hour round-trip, USD$100 + tax)

Full Moon Celebration

Let the spirituality of this extraordinary Hindu island work its magic as you observe a full moon celebration at the hotel’s temple.  Dressed in a Sarong and a sash, couples will experience a traditional Balinese blessing ceremony conducted by a Pemangku (Hindu Priest) with fruit and flower offerings and recitals in the ancient Sanskrit language accompanied by musicians playing rindik, making the occasion a very joyous affair.  The ceremony concludes with the priest blessing the couple with prosperity, happiness and health, and a harmonious life.  After the ceremony, enjoy a romantic moonlit alfresco dinner on the beach, complete with Balinese decorations created from bamboo and palm fronds.  Click here for a list of full moon dates. (3 hours, USD$250 + tax)


Blessing by a Hindu Priest

Founded in the 15th century, the Petitenget Temple has an interesting legend.  Petitenget literally means sacred box, and according to the legend, a travelling priest Dang Hyang Nirartha urged the shrine to be constructed to ward off evil spirits after he was entrusted with this important chest that he brought with him. The presence of this sanctuary is said to have given the surrounding locale a more tranquil atmosphere.  This area is now popularly known as Seminyak and the beachfront close to the temple contains shopping sites.  A visit to the temple and a blessing from its Hindu priest (Pemangku) is an experience not to be missed, especially the classic Balinese sunset as seen from the shrine. (30-60 minutes, USD$150 + tax)

Turtle Sanctuary

The Oberoi, Bali is proud to play a role in the legacy of turtle conservation on the island of Bali.

The 500-metre-wide stretch of Seminyak beach in front of The Oberoi, Bali is visited each year by an endangered species of sea turtle – the Olive Ridley or Lepidochelys Olivacea.

Female turtles come ashore to lay a clutch of eggs between May and October, usually at night. The Oberoi, Bali safeguards the turtle eggs from predators by relocating the nest to a patch of sand within the hotel premises. After an incubation period of 45 – 50 days under the sand, baby turtles emerge from their ping-pong ball like shells. Newborn hatchlings are cared for at The Oberoi’s saltwater turtle sanctuary where they are fed and become strong swimmers. When the baby turtles are between 10 days to 2 weeks old, the resort invites guests to participate in releasing the baby turtles to the sea. (May to October, complimentary)


Exotic Candlelight Dinner

An exotic dinner under the stars while taking in a breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and the island’s dramatic coastline, which extends all the way down to Uluwatu on the southwest tip.  Diners can relish a delectable Seminyak Beach Dinner accompanied by fine world wines, while being serenaded by the Rindik or Gender, soft Balinese instruments and the sound of crashing waves. (2 hours, USD$360 + tax)


Village Excursion

With The Oberoi’s impeccable service, guests are invited to explore.  They may visit the northern district of Lombok, Bayan Village that is set at the foot of Indonesia’s second highest mountain, an hours drive from the resort, surrounded by vast rice fields, waterfalls, and a well-preserved rainforest.  The villagers follow a philosophy called Wetu Telu, which mixes elements of Islam with ancestral worship.  Their culture comes from the Majapahit Hindu Kingdom of the 14th century, where they believe everything comes in threes; lifecycle stages of birth, life and death.  They also honor the concept of the Holy Trinity; the sun, the moon and the stars, which they see as a representation of heaven, earth and water.  (6 hours, USD$95 + tax)

Horsecart to Traditional Village in Tanjung

Experience the sights and sounds of the traditional market at Tanjung village.  The vibrancy and color will envelope guests as they arrive by local transport – a pretty painted horse-drawn cart known as a cidomo. Guests are accompanied by a guide from the hotel. (1.5 to 2 hours, complimentary)

Snorkelling Trip to Gili

Take a morning or afternoon excursion to the Gili Islands. This trio of tiny, idyllic islands is only a 20-minute boat ride away from the resort.  Here, guests are given the opportunity to snorkel the beautiful reefs and observe the colourful marine life.  Guests are accompanied by a member of ‘The Oberoi Beach Club’ team, who guide to the places where gentle sea turtles are visible in their natural environment – weather permitting. (4 hours, USD$29 + tax)

Coral Plantation

The Oberoi Lombok invites guests to positively contribute to a sustainable eco-project by ‘adopting’ a piece of coral as part of a joint effort to build and restore the coral reefs in front of the resort. The coral is transplanted onto an artificial reef – a concrete and steel structure.  Guests are guided by local professional swimmer to plant the ‘adopted’ coral just a few metres off The Oberoi’s white sand beach – all year round, excluding January – March.  (1 hour, USD$45 + tax, per couple)

Sunset Cruise

Take a boat cruise around the romantic Medana Bay to enjoy the stunning Lombok sunset with Mount Agung as the backdrop, with canapés, and soft drinks served during the trip. (USD$130 + tax, per couple)

Indonesian Romantic Sunset Dinner by the Beach

Couples can sweeten their evening with a special seven courses Indonesian dinner under the stars, on the sands of Medana beach surrounded by candles and overlooking the ocean. (USD$250 + tax, per couple)

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