Lombok

Travel Guide
Gili Islands which includes a sandy beach and tropical scenes

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 22 miles (35 kilometers) 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.

Where to stay in Lombok

PinkCoco Gili Air
PinkCoco Gili Air
3.5 out of 5
Jl. Sunset, Gili Indah, Pemenang, Gili Air, Lombok, 0370
The price is £46 per night from 18 Jun to 19 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Gili Air. Enjoy free parking, a beach locale and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (105 reviews)
Clean and good vibes!
"The hotel is straight in front of the beach. You can literally jump from the room into the ocean, if there's no low-tide. ;) Rooms are clean and very stylish. I would always come back here!"

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2021

PinkCoco Gili Air
The Oberoi Beach Resort, Lombok - CHSE Certified
The Oberoi Beach Resort, Lombok - CHSE Certified
5 out of 5
Medana Beach, Tanjung, PO Box 1096, North Lombok, Tanjung, Lombok, 83352
The price is £227 per night from 21 May to 22 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Tanjung. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 9 indoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (80 reviews)
Incredible Island Paradise
"Fantastic experience in this incredible resort. The service and hospitality were second to none. The grounds and facilities were impeccable! Highly recommend."

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2020

The Oberoi Beach Resort, Lombok - CHSE Certified
Pearl of Trawangan
Pearl of Trawangan
3.5 out of 5
West Nusa Tenggara, Gili Trawangan, Gili Trawangan, 83355
The price is £62 per night from 21 May to 22 May
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Gili Trawangan. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (593 reviews)
"Very central with great facilities."

Reviewed on 5 May 2022

Pearl of Trawangan
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Villa Gili Bali Beach
Villa Gili Bali Beach
3.5 out of 5
Gili Trawangan, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, 83352
The price is £81 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 3.5-star beach villa in Gili Trawangan. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a private beach. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (9 reviews)
"Upon arrival we were greeted “welcome home” by very friendly and helpful staff, they kindly carried our luggage and provided welcome drinks. Check in was quick and easy. We were staying at the bungalow by the pool, which was very clean, beautifully decorated, private, with amazing ocean view. Room ..."

Reviewed on 9 Dec 2019

Villa Gili Bali Beach
Luxury Villa Bhuvana
Luxury Villa Bhuvana
3 out of 5
Jl. Pantai Gili Trawangan, Gili Trawangan, Gigi Trawangan, 83352
The price is £138 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly villa in Gili Trawangan. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Gili Trawangan Hill and ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Relaxing stay in beautiful villa
"The villa is so beautiful, really perfect for our short island getaway. The pool and garden is so relaxing. The villa is very close to the beach, great for snorkeling and sunset. The staffs also very friendly and helpful, we just love our stay!!"

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2019

Luxury Villa Bhuvana
Selong Selo Resort and Residences
Selong Selo Resort and Residences
5 out of 5
Jalan Batu Jangkih Sepi, Mangkung, Selong Belanak, 83572
Stay at this 5-star luxury villa in Selong Belanak. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (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
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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