Feel like a tropical escape? Who are we kidding? Of course you do! One of Indonesia
’s lesser known islands, Lombok is delightfully different to its infamous neighbour across the water. But that only adds to its allure. A quiet and peaceful escape from the bustling craziness of Bali
, Lombok packs a punch with its lush evergreen centre frilled by gorgeous white sandy beaches and sweet surf spots. Add to that Indonesia’s second-highest volcano, the grand Mount Rinjani, and the notoriously beautiful Gili Islands, and Lombok is p-p-paradise! Book your Lombok accommodation with us below and go put a new holiday bikini on the credit card already!
Probably the most popular destie in Lombok is the Gili Islands (or the Gilis). And no wonder! Super chilled, this posse of three islands is fab for its white powdery beaches, sparkling turquoise waters and sunsets over Bali’s Mt Agung volcano. And amazingly, there are no cars or motorbikes buzzing around! If you were hoping for some party time to go with that ‘laxed spot by the water, Gili Trawangan is a party island with plenty of beach bars to keep you grooving. But that’s just above the water! Beneath the surface, the deepwater coral reefs are awesome for snorkelling and scuba diving, so don’t miss it.
Back on the main island, Senggigi is the spot to go for beautiful beaches and tourist-friendly attractions. The main tourist strip – though nothing like the tourist areas of Bali – is where you’ll find many of Lombok’s hotels, resorts and villas perched along the gorgeous beaches. While there are tonnes of great spots to snag some peace and quiet – or for a romantic escape (wink, wink) – the Senggigi Centre throws a few bars and beachside restaurants into the mix. This is a sweet base to explore the rest of the island from, so don’t be too lazy to check out the waterfalls, villages, temples and forests all within a few hours’ drive. And if you need some bustle and roar to spice things up a bit, head to nearby Mataram, Lombok’s capital. There really isn’t that much to ‘see’, as such, but if you’re keen to suss out the ‘real life’ for locals in Lombok, this is where you’ll find it.
Rather spend your time surfing? The south coast of Lombok is a surf magnet! Your best bet is to use Kuta as a base and venture out by car or boat to access your thrills. To top it off, the area is home to some totally flabbergasting scenery with all those cliffs and hills by the clear blue waters! But if you’d rather trek than get wet, the mighty peak of Mount Rinjani is totes calling your name. A semi-active volcano, it’s a sacred spiritual site – where the gods live – so taking a locally guided trek to the top is pretty spesh. Standing a whopping 3726m high, you’ll be amazed by the hot springs and the eye-catching emerald green lake in the crater.
Lombok is packed with amazing natural beauty and sweet spots to chill out. You can venture out to the waterfalls and forests, explore villages, chase surf breaks or even climb Mt Rinjani, but wherever you go, you won’t be able to resist kicking back on the kick-ass beaches. So forget about Bali and bustling Jakarta
, come here and chill! Book your Lombok hotel and a cheap flight to Bali
with us and lock it in!
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