Siwa Clubhouse: Lombok’s New Hilltop Hot Spot

This breezy restaurant and bar with an infinity pool has a worldly flair more associated with southern Bali.

All photos courtesy of Siwa Cliff

Holidaymakers hopping over to Lombok from Bali should head over to Siwa Clubhouse, a two-story pool club with jaw-dropping views of the island’s beautiful southern coastline. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the newly opened venue is less than 15 minutes by car from the beach town of Kuta (and the fast-developing Mandalika precinct). It’s the first phase of the small-scale Siwa Cliffs development, which adds a dash of sophistication to the tourism scene on Bali’s less-heralded neighbor.

Siwa’s name was derived from “siwak,” the number nine in the indigenous Sasak language, and alludes to the idea of being up on cloud nine. Food and drink offerings here resemble what one might expect to find in southern Bali’s Canggu or Seminyak area. Scottish culinary director Steven Todd and Bali-born chef Alit Wilantara have developed Siwa’s globetrotting menu with an emphasis on fire-cooked dishes, taking inspiration from the cuisines of Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. Fresh ingredients used in the kitchen range from locally caught fish to island-grown fruit and vegetables sourced from local farmers in Lombok and Bali.

Poolside at Siwa Clubhouse.

Greenery and walls clad in natural stone at the entrance to the main dining area.

Left to right: Dishes at Siwa Clubhouse make use of fresh seafood; a dessert at the restaurant.

Light bites like roast pumpkin flatbread with za’atar and fried soft-shell crab in brioche sandos are ideal for post-swim snacking sessions. Visiting groups will want to opt for sharing plates like tea-smoked Sumbawa oyster served with Thai-inspired mango slaw and green chili nam jim, and heartier mains such as charred barramundi with burnt eggplant and laksa, or 42-day dry-aged Nebraska Tomahawk steak, cooked sous-vide. (The latter features Bordelaise jus, house salad, salt-baked garlic potato, and focaccia.) Guests can wash down their meals with a selection of international wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, or cocktails like the Sasak Sour — a refreshing blend of Bulleit bourbon, tamarind juice, honey, and freshly squeezed lime.

Aside from one-off events, regular weekly activities include movies under the stars on Thursday nights and DJ-led Spritz Sundays from the late afternoon into the evening. Staying on the grounds will be possible come January, when a series of cliff-side villas are set to debut at Siwa Cliff. The same group also operates KU Villas, a cluster of one-bedroom lodgings, two-bedroom family suites, and two-bedroom pool villas located a short drive away.

Local fruits like rambutan and passion fruit star in the cocktails.

Overlooking Siwa’s infinity pool from the second-story bar area.

Patrons can soak up views of the Indian Ocean from Siwa’s hilltop perch.

The sun setting on southern Lombok and the pool at Siwa Clubhouse.

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