HOME AND AWAY
AS we lounge poolside at Lombok’s Quinci Villas, dozily contemplating the distant shape of Bali, 25km across the Lombok Strait, one of the resort staff notes wryly: ‘‘We can see Bali, but Bali cannot see us.’’ Lombok is indeed a refuge from the tourist hustle of its near-neighbour, and Quinci Villas has earned its reputation as the best resort on the island. Its 76 thatched-roof villas are set on 40ha of beautifully landscaped gardens featuring palms, frangipanis and lily-beds intersected by white stone pathways. The resort’s prevailing aesthetic is artful-rusticism — artworks and fixtures are crafted from tree-roots and stone, accommodation is minimal (no televisions) but tasteful, and stools and tables are carved from solid tamarind trunks. We spend days lying under thatched pagodas by the three infinity pools that front the beach, occasionally stirring ourselves for a massage. Two open-air restaurants serve passable Indonesian and international food, and more traditional fare is available from the family-run warungs along the beach. Lombok’s new airport is now a 90-minute drive away, but the effort is worth it. More: quincivillas.com.