Lombok Trip : Cocotinos Sekotong Resort

We fell in love right away with the profile of this resort, Cocotinos Sekotong Resort, when we saw the pictures from
(where we bought the room voucher). I honestly did not put high expectation since mostly pictures online could mislead our interpretation of real the thing. However, reading so many positive reviews and comments in both Agoda and Trip Advisor, we decided to take the chance of staying there for our 9th anniversary. It was a bold move because the area where the resort is actually very far from the usual tourism area (Senggigi) in Lombok.
Beach front at Cocotinos Sekotong Resort 

From Lombok Praya International Airport, the newly opened airport, it took us actually 2 hour to reach the 75 KM distance to Cocotinos. And adding the desperation, we need to take a detour to Senggigi first because we rent our motorbike from there. Almost the same amount of hours needed to reach Senggigi from Praya Airport. Thus, to reach Cocotinos for us was about 3,5 hour (1,5 hours by car from airport to Senggigi and another 2 hours from Senggigi to Cocotinos, minus 30 minutes lunch).

The views along the way is vary between the bustling cities of Senggigi- the tourism city and Mataram- the capital city of Lombok, the tropical forest along the way to Lembar (the seaport) and beautiful scenery of Sekotong beaches. It was probably the longest motorbike ride I've ever been. Our as*es and backs were severely tired of sitting down with our 3 backpacks on board too.

However, it's all worth the effort as we saw the blue pristine water and the golden sand beach right in front of Cocotinos resort. It has its own jetty, speed boat named ; Madeline, dive center (and dive boat), a nice warm water swimming pool, spa and beach chairs in beach front area.
Sunset from in front of our room.
And we got upgraded too!. How wonderful!. We actually booked Terrace Garden Room (Rate in Agoda about Rp 700,000) as we explained here but then when we arrived there, the receptionist told us that they upgraded us to Pool View Room, because it's low season and apparently there are only 2 rooms taken at the time; ours and the 2 gay men that we barely seen (and talk).

The room terrace.

Our room was #9 (our lucky number!), and it's so nice, and big!. Our bathrooms is spacious, there are wastafel area, toilet, inside shower and outside shower. The bed is comfy, king size with good sleep pillows, also a 'balebale' next to our window, we put our clothes there instead of the wardrobe, since I am too lazy to hang our clothes there. The TV is flat screen and quite big, around 32 inches. There is also a sofa bench in front of our room and a dining for two table in our terrace.
I really loveee our room!.

To my surprise; they also prepared an electric mosquito repellent and they provide us with one gallon mineral water so we don't have to worry about drinkable water. We got free breakfast and spa massage for 15 minutes including 20% discounts voucher for spa. Free WiFi is surprisingly quite fast, they gave us password to login, however it keeps disconnecting if you idle for few minutes.

Breakfast is served in ala carte, we choose between Continental (croissant with butter and jam), American (toast with eggs, bacon, sausages and eggs), Eastern (chicken porridge) and Indonesian (fried rice or fried noodles). We tried everything, hahaha. My fave is surely the American, I requested not to have bacon since it's not halal. The breakfast menu comes with Orange juice, tea/coffee, and fresh fruit platter. Nice!.

chillin' with banana fried banana.
We ate in their Ela-ela restaurant for our anniversary dinner. We ordered pasta and grilled chicken with rice, along with cold drinks, a bit expensive if compare to the taste of food, total damage was Rp 240,000,-. There are not many restaurant or small 'warung makan' nearby this resort, that is one of the turn down of staying here. We finally found a small traditional food stall that selling fried chicken and fish the next day. That was the only decent place to get food!. No convenience store such as Circle K/Indomaret/Alfamart nearby.
They also gave us free tea time; served in Ela-ela restaurant too around 4-6pm, tea with snack which was pisang goreng, nice service huh?!.

Afternoon tea.
On our second day, we tried the free massage, and it was amaziingg!. we are massage addicts and we've tried so many massage parlors and we both agreed that this lady masseur is one of the best one!. We really would like to try the full body massage package but the rate is highly expensive for us, Rp 325,000 for an hour massage, isn't it a bit rip off? I know she's good but this area is so secluded I don't think many people will come to Sekotong and agree to pay this much of money for the massage, it's almost half a price for our one night room rate. Another surprise awaits for us in our room, they gave us 2 candy bars of BengBeng along with a nice quote!, a very personal touch, I like it!.

For trip to Gili Nanggu, they provide a speedboat in daily schedule from the jetty around 8.30 AM to book our seat and depart at 9 AM. We can arrange our preferred time to pick up in Gili Nanggu. The rate of their service for this daily speedboat to Gili Nanggu is Rp 190,000/boat + Rp5000/pax for entrance fee of Gili Nanggu. Not bad!.

The swimming pool is so nice, the water is warm and we spent a lot of time in this pool after snorkeling or whenever we feel the weather is too hot.

Overall, we highly recomend you to stay here, but only if you are like us; oftenly visit Lombok and grew tired of the usual scenes of Senggigi, Gili Trawangan/Meno/Air, Mataram or if you come to Lombok via Padangbai-Bali by ferry, then you'll be arriving in Lembar seaport which is actually pretty close to Cocotinos. But if you're a first timer to Lombok, or if you're up to party scenes, I will not suggest you to stay here.

NOTE: more pictures are coming up! come back later.

If you would like to booking a room, kindly click this link to direct you to the best deal in town :)

Cocotinos Sekotong
Jln. Dusun Pandanan-Belangan Km. 51, Desa Sekotong Barat
Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat 83000


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