The brand’s third Indonesian outpost will be a 200-room beachfront property in a previously undeveloped area.
Geneva-based Kempinski Hotels is now planning to expand its footprint in Indonesia before the end of the decade. The group has just signed a management agreement with local developer PT. Teluk Agung Alami to operate The Apurva Kempinski Lombok, a seaside resort that’s slated to open in 2027. The signing follows more than three years’ collaboration with the company at The Apurva Kempinski Bali, which made its debut in February 2019 (and was recently voted the best hotel in Indonesia by DestinAsian readers).
Set on 14.3 hectares in a secluded bay on the southwestern coast of the island, The Apurva Kempinski Lombok will feature 200 suites and villas starting from a generous 65 square meters. Guests can also expect an integrated spa and wellness facility offering locally inspired treatments, and five dining venues that celebrate Indonesia’s culinary traditions. An outdoor party lawn and on-site meeting facilities will serve as a backdrop for island weddings and events.
Bernold Schroeder, Chief Executive Officer of Kempinski Group, said in a statement, “The resort will complement the already successful The Apurva Kempinski Bali, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable island-hopping adventure across two spectacular destinations. This new signing reinforces our position as a steadily expanding hotel management group with outstanding properties and reflects our grand ambitions for the region.”
The Apurva Kempinski Lombok will occupy one of the largest plots in a mixed-use development that will ultimately be home to up to 10 hotels and resorts, as well as an organic farm, a ranch, and an equestrian center. Spanning 157 hectares and fronting a 3.6 kilometer-stretch of Mekaki Beach, the project aims to create a luxury resort enclave similar in scope to Bali’s Nusa Dua.
The Indonesian government is now accelerating Lombok’s development as a priority tourist destination, and plans are afoot to extend the runway at Lombok International Airport, upgrade Port Lembar on the western coast to accommodate luxury yachts and cruise liners, and build a new international hospital. Also part of the mix are large-scale events like MotoGP Indonesia, which has been reintroduced to the country after a 25-year hiatus. The 2022 edition was just held at the recently completed Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit on the island’s southern shores, about a two-hour drive from the future site of The Apurva Kempinski Lombok.