Our first ever official vacation together?! It was blissful and so much better than I thought it would ever be. We went to Lombok, an island next to Bali.
Here’s how we look on board the morning flight from Jakarta.
A little tired after a busy birthday get-together for my boy the day before.
Our flight was on time, without any glitch. We got one empty seat next to us so I even got to nap a little.
After almost 2 hours of flight, our landing was smooth.
“Welcome to Lombok, D” I gave him a peck on the cheek and we snapped a picture while we waited for the Hotel’s car.
The sun was shining brightly, the air clearly much cleaner than Jakarta.
He scanned the new airport and smile, taking it all in while I have my hand around his arm. He was holding onto our cart.
“Please Madam…” said the polite driver as he opened the door of the APV car.
The driver – I think his name was Pak Irwan – told us there’s some bottled water in the car for us and he told us the drive would take around 2 hours to our destination, Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp.
From the reviews and from what Pak Irwan informed us, we knew that there will be some bumpy ride before we reach the Beach Camp. We were prepared and not really worry about it. Hey, I grew up in remote places…bumpy unpaved road was common for me.
Dan was missing Alex after a great Birthday with my boy, (it’s totally a whole other blog post worthy) – bless my loving man – and he wished Alex was with us until we got to the bumpy parts. Then we realized taking Alex with us would be quite challenging with the rough ride. In total, the bad road was 11 km long (only 6.8 miles).
See it for yourself:
We stopped by in front of what seems like a really simple security gate. The guy smiled politely and said welcome. The road turned smaller…trees surrounding the sides of the small road. Butterflies everywhere!
Our excitements grew as we went further.
Until the car stopped and we saw several people in polo shirts and shorts waiting for us. We’re here! At the beach camp.
Two guys quickly picked our bags and one guy guided us to the reception area.
A tall guy with a genuinely warm smile greeted us, welcoming us to Jeeva Beloam and handed us wet towels. His name is Rachman, one of the Camp Hosts. It was the best wet towels I’ve ever had! Faint smells of refreshing lemongrass felt so nice on our faces and hands after a long journey to get there.
Check-in process was a breeze then Rachman guided us to our room or they call it Beruga – a traditional Lomboknese house. The views? Took my breathe away!
Our beruga was one of the newly built. There were 5 initial berugas then as the place gets busier, they built 6 more totaling 11 berugas all facing the ocean. We stayed in Berugas number 8. I love how they use traditional Lomboknese language as the room numbers and written that on the side of the Berugas.
We arrived around 2 PM or so, so we were pretty much starving and we asked if we could have lunch at the restaurant. They said, of course, we can. So after we freshened up, we went to the unique restaurant they have. From afar it almost looks like a safari tent. It’s literally a big tent with tables and chairs for us to dine at. So that’s where we had all meals during our stay.
Here’s how the restaurant looks at night. I just realized I didn’t take any picture during the daylight.
One of the staffs that we both love is Jae (short from Jaelani). He’s bubbly, friendly and very cheerful. We met him during our first lunch and didn’t see him again until our last day at the beach camp. He was away for days off and he really is the sweetest staff there. We adore him and we miss how he cheerfully greeted us “Hi Dan, Hi Maureen…”
From what we had read online we know electricity hasn’t reached the beach camp and they are running on generator sets and solar power. So we expected there will be hours where they shut down the generator sets, but it was running when we arrived.
I immediately fell in love with the room and the view from its porch.
Up next? Our activities there. Stay tuned!