I stayed at Atlas Villa July 2017 with my wife and 2 children (boy 14 girl 17) July 2017. I have travelled the world (accommodation £0.50 per night in India to £1,500 per night in Fiji) but I don't think I've stayed anywhere with a view this good. Turtle Island in Fiji is love/y- but its 10x the price.The only place we've stayed at which comes close are the over-water bungalows at the Aman Resort on Bora Bora - but they are also 10x the price and they are a lot more difficult to reach.
First off Michael the owner (very responsive via email which is great) has done a first class job designing the place - local materials used throughout, with accommodation split into 2 sections either side of the lovely pool - master bed / bath and huge living and kitchen area on one side and double bed / bath with mezzanine twin on the other - both delightful wit views to die for. At night the 100+ fishing boats are lit up like stars - the view is like something out of Hollywood CGI.
We arrived at 2pm after a 45 min drive from the airport (free transfer provided by Michael - delightful chap holding up sign at Arrivals. W were greeted by the villa staff and a very welcome cold towel and drink. Lovely staff - as per our experience across Indonesia (now and 25 years ago) and indeed across South Asia in general.
Dinner (cooked by the staff and absolutely fab) was booked for 6pm - but the kids were hungry by 3pm so the staff organised snacks for them. Nothing was too much trouble. Grey monkeys tried to disrupt our dinner but by then we had been 'adopted' by a local dog which I had stroked on the beach; enough attention to make him think I was a good bet for free food at the villa (which I was). Hence dog shooing off any 'intruders' and sleeping on the mat outside our room all night -
which I must confess (having grown up with dogs in the house) had a nice feel to it.
The excellent (possibly best in Lombok?) beach, which is a downhill 7-min walk away, is like Koh Samui 20 years ago - i.e. there are people on the beach (mostly 20+ backpackers learning to surf) but basically its empty. The water temperature is ideal / warm (not hot like Malaysia / Borneo) and the sea is clean and safe - so ideal for learner surfers and (as with my kids) budding body-boarders. Body Boards cost £2 per day to rent - presumably surf-boards aren't much more. There are lots of surf schools and the surf, while variable in strength, is mostly clean - no rips for swimmers to worry about either. Note "mostly clean" in this context is a surf thing not a cleanliness thing!
If this place had even a hint of commercial someone would be offering boat trips to the other close-by (equally delightful but impossible to reach without a boat) beaches. No one was doing this as at July 2017.
For meals outside the villa there is a lovely colonial-style cafe on the beach plus lots of great local cafes (basic huts with tables out front - really nice), The food was good / cheap at both - £3 to £5 for local curry and rice. My suggestion would be to do both. Don't miss out on dinner at the villa cos its great- but equally do an early (6pm) dinner on the beach - basic but tasty.
I (and the rest of my family) wholeheartedly recommend Michael's place - its awesome. It may look a bit out a of the way on the map but it really isn't - trip to Senggigi (via Michael's driver) took us 90 mins. Note Senggigi only worth as gateway to Gili Islands or Mr Rinjani, and by the way Mt Rinjani is a seriously challenging trek and most definitely not for the unfit faint-hearted - but that's a story for another day...
If you are thinking of taking a vacation to Indonesia...do NOT go to this place. The house is terrible, don't trust the photos. It is a classic bait and switch. Once we called them on their shady bait and switch they locked us in the compound, refused to let us leave, called the police and we had to pay both the villa owners and the police.
Just go to Bali
This will is not a 3 bedroom 3 bathroom villa as indicated by the owner. It is also not very clean. The staff barely speaks any English - my overall experience was not very good!
We arrived to find that the villa is really two bedrooms with a three beds in one room (that is why there are no pictures of the third bedroom). There are only two full bathrooms in the house and no wifi as advertised. Not only was the owner (Michael) rude he extorted money from us when we wanted to find suitable accommodations elsewhere. We had to pay to leave! Stay away from this place! Lombok is beautiful but this place is not worth it!!!! NOT AS ADVERTISED. Beware