Activities at The Oberoi, Lombok
The Oberoi, Lombok offers an exciting selection of daytrips and activities for both adults and children, all of which will enhance the holiday and lead to the attainment of new skills.
All recreational activities outside the hotel are organized by operators certified by the local authorities. These companies are independently operated by third parties which are not part of The Oberoi, Lombok.
All activities booked by guests are of their own freewill and at their own risk. The Oberoi, Lombok cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss suffered by the guest during participation in any of the following recreational activities.
Gentle Trek to Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfalls Charges apply
Adults and children can enjoy a gentle riverside trek to two beautiful waterfalls in the Rinjani National Park. The mellow adventure, in the company of a guide, begins with a descent down a well-trodden flight of steps. Within minutes, guests will catch their first glimpse of the 40-metre, tiered waterfall and natural spring known as Sendang Gile. The trek then continues upstream along the banks of the river to the breathtaking Tiu Kelep Waterfall.
Snorkelling on Gili Islands Reef Charges apply
Daytrips include snorkelling excursions to the nearby Gili Islands, where there are some particularly beautiful reefs teeming with underwater creatures and phosphorous coral. Accompanied by a member of ‘The Oberoi Beach Club’ team, adults and children will have the opportunity to snorkel the reef and observe its gentle, nimble residents. The Gilis are famous for turtles, and the snorkelling guide knows exactly where to find them. Guests are almost guaranteed to see a Hawksbill turtle feeding on sponges and hydroids in the coral garden. The Hawksbill is listed as an endangered species and it is a real privilege to get close to one of these graceful creatures in its natural habitat.
Tanjung Market by Pony & Cart Complimentary
Accompanied by a guide from the hotel, adults and kids can travel by a ‘cidomo’ horse-drawn cart to experience the sights and sounds of Tanjung’s busy market, which sells everything that is grown or produced on the island. Here, coffee beans, fruits, vegetables, meat, smoked fish on sticks, blocks of locally harvested tobacco, peanuts and cashews are all available somewhere amid the rich aromas, ripe smells and chaos of the heaped stalls. Additionally, guests can bargain for textiles, baskets, and bamboo crafts.
Balinese Massage Classes Charges apply
At the specialist massage classes, guests will be provided with a model and taught the techniques of Balinese massage by one of the hotel’s skilled spa therapists. The one-hour sessions are divided into 30 minutes of learning and 30 minutes in which participants can experience an authentic Balinese massage from the trainer.
Making Balinese Offerings Charges apply
About 10 percent of Lombok’s population claims Balinese lineage, especially in the west of the island. One of the religious traditions of these Balinese Hindus is to give offerings to the gods. The woven offering trays are created from coconut leaves. Guests will be taught the technique, which involves stripping off of the central spine of the coconut frond, cutting, skewering and weaving. There are many different models ranging from very simple to remarkably complex and ornate.
Preserving The Coral Reefs and Turtle Release Complimentary
Guests can 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. As a special treat, guests who are lucky enough to be staying at The Oberoi, Lombok at the right time can participate in the hotel’s turtle release programme.
Sasak Pottery Classes Charges apply
Using local greyish-brown clay and simple ‘stone and paddle’ tools, the women of Lombok have been producing the pit-fired earthenware pottery known as ‘Tembikar Sasak’ since the early 16th century. The resulting pots are a beautifully rich, terracotta red colour. Guests will have the opportunity to learn the techniques and work the clay with their own hands to make a pot to take back home.
Sasak Weaving Charges apply
Lombok is well known for its hand woven textiles, which are produced using traditional back strap looms. In the Sasak weaving classes, guests can learn the technique and create their own table runner, which they can then take home as a very special memento of their visit to the island.
Weekly Yoga Complimentary
Early morning yoga sessions take place beside the Tokek Bar terrace, surrounded by the coconut palms and the magnificence of the Indian Ocean. A professional instructor will guide participants through the various postures, while also adapting the techniques to suit individual needs.
Children staying at The Oberoi, Lombok are in for a real treat. The hotel facilitates a fully-supervised children’s programme, for kids of 4 years and upwards, offering games, sports and a wide variety of creative educational activities including craft classes. All of this is designed to ensure that the youngsters have as much fun when they are on holiday as their parents do. Many of the activities utilise the outstanding features and amenities of the resort, including the extensive gardens, the swimming pool and the soft white sand beach.
Arts & Crafts Charges apply
Children can learn the local skills of woodcarving and tropical flower arranging, as well as drawing.
Cycling and Bicycle Maintenance Complimentary
Cycling is, of course, on the agenda and some would-be mechanics might wish to learn some bicycle maintenance.
Cooking Lessons Charges apply
Cooking lessons present kids with the opportunity to make traditional Indonesian snacks and, of course, the enjoyment of eating them afterwards.
Diving Trial Complimentary
The diving trial is an introduction to the thrill of breathing underwater. Youngsters now have the chance to take the plunge and learn the basics of scuba diving under the expert supervision of a highly qualified scuba instructor in the safety of the hotel swimming pool.
Young would-be farmers can learn about planting, harvesting and tending the crops in the hotel’s botanical herb garden and well-labelled fruit and vegetable plot. These organic gardens are worked by hand without the use of mechanical equipment, and the chemical-free production supplies the hotel’s kitchen.
Feeding The Fish Complimentary
A favourite activity for children of all ages is feeding the fish beside the jetty and in the pond.
First Aid Classes Complimentary
First aid is a critical skill for anyone to learn, including children. This activity will teach children about important first-aid techniques.
Traditional Indonesian games include Congklak, which is played with cowrie shells (after which the game takes its name) or tamarind seeds on a wooden boat-shaped board with a number of holes. Another traditional game is Gobak Sodor – a team game played on a court in which team members will try to hinder their opponents from crossing a boundary line. More familiar games include mini soccer.
Glass Bottom Boat Trip Charges apply
Finally, all kids can enjoy a glass-bottom boat trip to the coral sanctuary at Jambi Anom, which is the site of the hotel’s coral growth project. Additionally, the staff have created a reef ball here as a habitat for the fish. This is particularly effective in preserving the starfish and attracting reef fish, schooling fish and many other forms of marine life.
Indonesian and English Lessons Charges apply
Learning English or the Indonesian language can be a fun activity for children.
Pottery Artwork Charges apply
'Tembikar' Lombok pottery was traditionally used by the villagers for storing water or food, but nowadays it has evolved into a more elaborate form. The pots are decorated in unique, traditional and contemporary designs with paints and other finishes. Children can learn some of this pottery artwork in the charming surroundings of the Bale Sasak.
Sasak and Balinese Culture Charges apply
Kids will be taught many aspects of both the colourful Sasak and Balinese cultures including the arts of Sasak dance, Rindik or Gender music. They can also learn how to make the beautiful Balinese offerings.
Snorkelling is an excellent way to combine education and fun. Children will have the opportunity to learn and practice snorkelling, and witness marine life in the safe waters around the jetty.
Swimming Lessons Charges apply
Swimming lessons are available for children over 7 years old in the hotel swimming pool.
Tennis Lessons Charges apply
Tennis lessons are provided by a professional coach for kids over the age of 10.
Traditional Kite Making Complimentary
Kite flying is a major pastime in Bali and Lombok. Days and hours of work go into making the kites, which are famous for their colourful designs and beautiful craftsmanship. Large kites can be made by an entire community, while children will make their own flying creations from scraps of plastic and bamboo. Children staying at the Oberoi, Lombok will be taught how to make kites from simple materials using simple tools, they will then have the fun of flying them and the pleasure of taking them home.
Windsurfing & Canoeing Complimentary
Windsurfing lessons and canoeing in the sea are on offer to kids over the age of 12.