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LombokIndonesia

An active volcano, dense forests and seemingly endless stretches of undeveloped coastline make this island a less crowded and more natural alternative to neighbouring Bali.

The volcanic island of Lombok lies in the heart of the Indonesian archipelago, just to the east of Bali. Though the islands are only 35 kilometres (22 miles) apart, there are stark differences between them. While tourism and development in Bali have continued unabated for decades, Lombok has been slower to develop. Enjoy Lombok’s untouched lengths of coastline, quiet surf breaks, and rural towns and villages that have changed little for generations.

Though often bypassed by visitors keen to hit the beaches, the island’s capital, Mataram, has rewarding attractions. Spend some time in the Mayura Water Palace, where 18th- and 19th-century Balinese royals used to unwind, and Pura Meru, the largest temple on Lombok.

Lombok offers some of the best beaches and islands in Indonesia. Head north from Mataram to Senggigi Beach and enjoy laid-back resorts, the rich marine life of Senggigi Reef and the heavenly views from Pura Batu Bolong temple. Follow the scenic road a little farther north to Bangsal, one of the access points to the incredible Gili Islands. Lying just a few miles off Lombok’s northwest coast, these three tiny islands epitomise tropical perfection.

When you are looking for an alternative to sand and surf, trek to the highest point on the island, the active volcano, Gunung Rinjani. If you’re not up for the climb, explore the beauty of the surrounding natural park with an expedition through its forests and villages.

Lombok is just a 25-minute flight from Bali. The island’s international airport is a 40-minute drive from Mataram. There are also numerous fast boat connections between Bali and Lombok, some going directly to Senggigi Beach and the Gili Islands. Passenger ferries connect Lombok to the rest of the archipelago. Getting around the island is easy and relatively inexpensive via tourist shuttle buses, private vans, motorcycles and even horse-drawn carts.

Being so close to the equator means Lombok is hot year-round. The best time to visit is during the dry season between May and September.

Top hotels in Lombok

Vila Ombak Hotel
Vila Ombak Hotel
4 out of 5
Gili Trawangan Island, Gili Trawangan, Gili Trawangan
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Located in Gili Trawangan, this beachfront resort is on the boardwalk and within a 10-minute walk of Meno Wall Dive Site and Gili Trawangan Harbor. Public harbour ...

4.1/5Very Good! (736 reviews)

"I loved the chalet with an opened toilet. Breakfast could be improved."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jan 2020

Vila Ombak Hotel
Wyndham Sundancer Resort Lombok
Wyndham Sundancer Resort Lombok
4.5 out of 5
Raya Pandanan, Dusun Pandanan, Sekotong Barat, Sekotong
The price is RM325 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan

Nestled on the beach, this Sekotong Barat resort is within a 5-minute walk of Sekotong Beach and Elak Elak Beach. Marine Aquaculture Development Centre and Mekaki ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)

"The Wyndham Resort is lovely place perfect for relaxing chill holiday. The location is out of chaotic traffic in middle of silence and the beach is close to the resort. The staff is very nice friendly. I had amazing good time there, thanks for the duty manager, for the hospitality and beers and for ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Dec 2020

Wyndham Sundancer Resort Lombok
Grand Kuta Hotel
Grand Kuta Hotel
3 out of 5
Jalan Raya Kuta, Pujut, Kabupaten Lombok Tengah, Kuta, Lombok
The price is RM48 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb

Situated in Kuta, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Kuta Beach and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Pantai Seger. Seger Beach and Serenting and Torok Bare Beach are also ...

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Vacation Rentals in Lombok

De'Coco Villa
De'Coco Villa
3.5 out of 5
Jl. Pantai Gili Indah, Pemenang, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Gili Air, Lombok
The price is RM262 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan

Situated in Gili Air, this beach villa is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Gili Meno Harbor and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Bangsal Harbor.

De'Coco Villa
Gili Villas
Gili Villas
3 out of 5
Jalan Bintang Laut, Gili Trawangan, Lombok
The price is RM210 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan

Situated in Gili Trawangan, this villa is steps away from Meno Wall Dive Site and Gili Trawangan Harbor. Public harbour ticket office and Gili Trawangan Turtle ...

4/5Very Good! (12 reviews)

"This property is perfect for location, cleanliness and it is really beautiful. It is literally a 5 min walk from the ferry port so walking distance no need for horse and cart and so in the best place for restaurants and bars."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2019

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Selong Selo Resort and Residences
Selong Selo Resort and Residences
5 out of 5
Jalan Batu Jangkih Sepi, Mangkung, Selong Belanak

Situated near the airport, this luxury villa is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Selong Belanak Beach and within 9 miles (15 km) of Mawi Beach and Lancing Beach. Mawun Beach ...

4.3/5Excellent! (9 reviews)

"Where to start...the views are incredible, villa is beautifully designed, delicious food and great staff. The property itself doesn't have the best connectivity phone/ internet. There is some construction going on but we didnt notice much from our villa. As this is still in pre opening I can only ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020

Selong Selo Resort and Residences
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