Discover the beauty of
With our travel guide
Discover the beauty of
With our travel guide
Discover the beauty of
With our travel guide
Visiting Lombok Soon?
Here’s Our Guide to Discovering Lombok Accommodation, Restaurants, Beaches and Things to Do
The Basics – Get to Know Lombok
Population: about 4 million people
Size: 4,725 km2. To give you an idea that’s about the size of neighbouring Bali, almost double the size of Hong Kong and three times the size of London.
Local language: Sasak (and the national language Bahasa Indonesia)
Getting here: Direct flights from Bali, Jakarta, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Also accessible by boat from Bali.
Climate: The dry season (also the peak season) runs from about May to September with the wet season running from about November to February. But don’t worry it doesn’t get that wet in Lombok and is a lot drier than neighbouring Bali for example. Temperatures range from about 20 C to about 30 C, guaranteed sunshine year round.
Things to Do in Lombok
With its untouched nature, beautiful beaches and lush scenery, there is so much to explore in Lombok. We recommend simply getting lost and discovering the island by scooter or trying some of the following activities.
All types of surfers can get their fix in Lombok. From perfect beginner waves to world class barrelling point breaks, Lombok has it all. Those looking for lessons or guiding check out: Kura Kura Surf Camp or Surf Camp Lombok or Sasak Soul
Other water sports
Kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, wake boarding and kite surfing, the waters around South Lombok are made to be explored. Check out the following local companies offering water sport adventures: WhatSup Lombok and Lombok Playground
Hiking / Trail Running
Lombok has so many amazing places to explore by foot. If you’re looking to get your heart rate up, go on a three day hike to the peak of Mount Rinjani. The views across Lombok, Bali and beyond are breathtaking. Around the foothills of the mountain are some beautiful villages and waterfalls, also great for a day hike. Take a trip to Tete Batu (Ubud before the Eat, Pray, Love effect) and stroll along the rice paddies or explore the beautiful hillsides surrounding Tanjung Aan beach.
For Rinjani trekking tours we can personally recommend Rinjani Dawn Adventures
Where to Stay in Lombok – Hotel and Accommodation Guide
Top Tip: We’ve included links to each of the hotels – book directly with them for the best deals
A tropical and lush oasis offering a range of beautifully appointed accommodation options fit for all budgets. Two yoga studios offering daily classes, an onsite spa, swimming pool, healthy restaurant and evening cinema, everything you need for a relaxing stay.
Boutique hotel with beautifully furnished rooms and an amazing adjoining restaurant. No single-use plastic which we love, a TV with inbuilt movies and a fun rooftop pool.
Tranquil and idyllic boutique resort on the outskirts of Kuta, close to Tanjung Aan beach. Nestled in nature with lush tropical gardens, the villas have been beautifully designed with many offering direct pool access. With a spa, onsite yoga and two large swimming areas, you will instantly feel relaxed here.
A brand new two bedroom villa tucked away on a back street of Kuta. Beautifully designed and bursting with style, Villa Alba provides all the comfort in an idyllic central location. Private pool, fully equipped kitchen, open plan living area and air-conditioned ensuite bedrooms. Perfect for families or small groups.
Spacious and luxurious one bedroom loft with incredible views over Kuta bay. Perfect for a couple, family or small group of friends looking for a quiet getaway but with close proximity to Kuta Lombok (5 minutes scooter ride). Set within the Ashtari grounds you can enjoy daily yoga classes and fantastic food and drinks from their on-site restaurant.
Truly unwind at this small villa retreat in the heart of Kuta. Choose from one of their five large private villas and laze by the lagoon style shared pool. Strict no child policy here!
Located directly on the beach at Senggigi this is a romantic, luxury option with high end, local and Italian food in their fine dining restaurants. Great wine list too! All the facilities you would expect from a high end resort – spa, infinity pool and cocktails by the beach.
Located on Selong Belanak beach, this small, boutique resort offers an idyllic and relaxed beachfront getaway. Comfortable, spacious and elegantly designed, the villas have been built using natural, local materials throughout.
The 5 Must Visit Beaches in South Lombok
South Lombok offers some of the most stunning beaches, from the untouched crystal-clear water to the surfer’s paradise, there is a beach for everyone. Here’s our list of the best beaches in the region.
10 minutes from Kuta is the stunning and huge sweeping bay of Tanjung Aan. Enjoy crystal clear water and white powdery sand. It’s a great place to spend the day – a family friendly swimming spot with beautiful calm water, local warungs to enjoy a spot of lunch and stunning hills and cliffs if you fancy a short hike. You can also take a boat out into the bay to experience the perfect longboarder or beginner wave.
West of Kuta is Selong Belanak, arguably South Lombok’s most famous beach but still a quiet slice of paradise. A stunning, horseshoe shaped bay, with turquoise blue water and powdery white sand, Selong Belanak is breathtaking. A major highlight at this beach is watching the buffalos on their daily jaunt down the beach – a truly unique Lombok experience!
A surfer’s paradise, Mawi is a quality left and right hand reef break for the more experienced surfer. More rustic than Tanjung Aan and Selong Belanak, it’s easy to spend a day chilling at Mawi, enjoying a coconut or nasi goreng between surfs.
Tampah and Lancing
On the road between Mawun and Selong Belanak is the long stretching beach of Tampah and Lancing. Off the tourist trail, most days you can have this place to yourself. The locals here take amazing care of this beach and its super clean as a result. A great snorkelling spot too.
10 Must Try Restaurants in Kuta Lombok
Kuta Lombok is becoming quite the foodie heaven. While nasi goreng is still very much available, the area has seen some amazing new restaurant and bar additions bringing a huge variety of cuisines. It’s hard to pick a favourite but here’s our regular go to spots.
Spanish tapas inspired menu with beautiful interiors and stunning outdoor courtyard. Daytime they serve up their “Medi-campur” where you can choose from a wide selection of salads, quiches and sandwiches. By night, the menu provides an amazing selection of meat, vegetarian and seafood dishes designed to be shared (or not). We love the beef carpaccio, lamb pide, eggplant salad and the thyme clams. A great selection of craft beer and Spanish wine on offer.
A slice of the Mediterranean, with the freshest seafood, daily specials and the naughtiest deep-fried desserts. Explore the amazing range of locally caught seafood, expertly cooked and served with a range of salads, sides and sauces.
Best coffee. Best cocktails. Rooftop bar. Happy Hour Every Wednesday and Friday. Aussie cafe flavours. Need we say more.
Directly across the road from Milk is Bamba. Asian street food with a loving Nordic touch is how they describe it and we concur. An amazing range of vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian dishes drawing inspiration from every corner of Asia including Japanese, Malay, Indian and Thai. Try the steamed bao buns they are seriously moreish!
Health cafe by day, fun happening bar by night; throw in their daily crossfit and muay thai classes and you’ve got the perfect yin-yang! A beautiful, relaxed outdoor setting where you can pull up a bean bag and get comfy. Their smoothie bowls and salads are full of yummy, healthy goodness – perfect post surf / workout.
Chilled, laid back, community feeling hangout spot with seriously tasty salads, sandwiches and smoothie bowls. Everything homemade, fresh and packed full of goodness. Great coffee hit too.
Elegant and chic, Kemangi offers a great range of Western and Asian cuisine expertly made and served. A perfect place to try Indonesian cooking at its finest. A huge walk in cellar its also the best place in town for wine. Also check out their sister restaurant Square when in Senggigi.
Offering a delicious Mediterranean menu in a cool and breezy rooftop space. Homemade sourdough bread, ricotta, octopus, sardines to name but a few of their delicious fresh ingredients. Head their for sunset to enjoy some rooftop cocktails. Never disappoints.
A peaceful little oasis at the busy crossroads of town, admire the beautiful interiors while you charge up on one of their superfood smoothies. Healthy and fresh is the name of the game at Kenza – a great option for the vegan and meat eater alike.
Technically not in Kuta but on the way to Selong Belanak and Mawi, Kampung Café is an excellent post surf brekkie choice.
They offer many delicious and hearty breakfast options with our favourite being the ricotta hotcakes.
No website links for these places but keep your eyes peeled for roadside satay, bakso soup, Indonesian’s famous nasi padang, local favourite ayam taliwang and the amazing range of fruits including jackfruit, durian, dragonfruit and mango.