Project of the Week: Gran Meliá Lombok

Our stunning Project of the Week is an ecoluxe resort taking shape on the Indonesian island of Lombok.

Gran Meliá Lombok is a partnership between Spanish group, Meliá Hotels International, and local real estate firm, Invest Islands, and will become the first internationally-branded hotel to open in Torok Bay.

Blending beachfront

The five star beachfront resort will reside on over 2 hectares of white sand. Bali-based Inspiral Architecture & Design Studios was tasked with creating the architecture, paying careful attention to the design by utilising natural elements that represent the essence of the destination. 

The hotel will blend seamlessly with its natural environment. Large windows will allow in natural light and help the property merge with its surroundings, while elegant furniture and warm tones convey a sense of luxury.

Accommodation range

Accommodation comprises 22 duplex bamboo villas on the beachfront and more than 100 one-, two- and three-bedroom villas located on a stepped hillside with private infinity pools and panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.

The hillside villas will showcase undulating roofs and are divided into thematic zones: modernist-influenced Aurora residences, La Residenza homes – named after the 1920s architectural movement, and Inspiral eco-luxury villas. The site also hosts luxury Kayma tented suites for glamping.

Rooms are integrated with gardens and ponds, while the ecoluxe one and two bedroom villas offer an enhanced sense of privacy and exclusivity for couples and families.

Club comforts

Set on 6,000 sq m in the northwest of the resort will be a clubhouse that sits upon a high elevation offering panoramic views of Torok Bay. 

The clubhouse will have facilities including a specialty restaurant; fine dining restaurants; feature bar; ocean club; kids’ club with an indoor and outdoor space for games, art and active play; events pavilion; dedicated gym; 20 suites; retail options; a co-working space; MICE facilities and access to a spa village. An infinity edge pool is elevated 6 m above a main pool with a cascading waterfall flowing through, plus gardens complete the eco setting.

Extravagant events

The MICE facilities feature a large iconic shaped conference room, along with a separate meeting room and catering facilities.

The events pavilion provides an experiential space suitable for ceremonies, yoga and workshops. The site features pools and gardens following the contours of the land, with waterfalls and streams that  create a serene and zen-like ambience.

Dramatic entrance

Accessed directly from the main road, the entrance building has a defining presence with its curvaceous bamboo structure. Access to the lobby is via a ramp to an upper level where guests are greeted by a sea view and a dramatic vaulted ceiling.

The beach club will cater to both Gran Meliá guests and guests from outside, and its lagoon pool will be complemented by direct access to the beach. The upper floor is dedicated to host events such as weddings, small conferences, private parties and activities.

Sanctuary and exclusivity

The entire hotel has been designed as an authentic sanctuary for wellbeing, including the beachside YHI Spa offering relaxing rituals and treatments, and the well-equipped fitness centre.

Dining options will combine the best local ingredients and techniques to offer guests authentic Indonesian dining experiences. The spacious lounge with scenic panoramic ocean views can provide a destination wedding setting.

Designed to evoke exclusivity and indulgence, each structure comes with various opulent features, ranging from high-end fixtures and hardware to state-of-the-art safety glass, dark-tinted windows to concealed and confidential safety deposit boxes.

Sustainability scope

Gran Meliá Lombok will maximise the use of local materials and clean energy, while combining the island’s traditions with photogenic features able to create global exposure in a modern world.

Each of the 100+ units at Gran Meliá Lombok will feature energy-saving features such as rainwater catchment tanks, greywater reuse systems, and solar roof panels. The  two-storey 700 sq m Waves Beach Club and Restaurant will be constructed from locally-sourced bamboo and recognise indigenous architecture.

Schedule and portfolio

When the project was first announced in 2021, delivery was originally scheduled for early 2024, but this has now been pushed back to late 2025. Construction is now well underway on the site.

The new opening will mark the first Gran Meliá property on Lombok and its second in Indonesia, after Gran Meliá Jakarta. Gran Meliá Lombok will become Meliá Hotels International’s 12th hotel either in operation or under development in Indonesia, with pipeline properties including the 280-key Meliá Bintan, due for delivery in Q2 2024.