Learn More About Indonesia (Bali, Lombok & Bintan)
Lombok is a neighbouring island to Bali. Equally scenic, with maybe even better beaches. It is a much quieter, less developed alternative.
The Gili Islands are just offshore Lombok and are regarded as a top diving area in the region.
See important footnote on volcano damage .
On Lombok there are still just a few international hotels, mainly boutique style and are generally located on the west coast.
Comparisons with Bali are inevitable, but the two islands have more differences than similarities which rather adds to the appeal. Both have high mountains and rice fields, but Lombok is much more rural with the east coast rather arid. Bali has a lively nightlife area and has generally an open hedonistic vibe, with numerous restaurant options. Lombok might have a few bars in the Sengiggi resort area, but generally, you go to totally chill out and relax, with most upscale restaurants located within the hotels.
Lombok and Bali are linked by daily flights, taking about 25 minutes, most of which is going up and coming down. However the airport in Lombok is located in the centre of the island, at least 90 minutes scenic drive from most of the west coast hotels. There are also ferry services, taking about 3 hours. There are also direct flights into Lombok most days from Singapore.
There are now several small boutique hotels and we have access to good rates at most. Early booking is essential, especially in the months of July/ August. We particularly like the gentle luxury of the Oberoi – probably the best known of the hotels, the quirky artistic bohemian vibe and incredible beach of Tugu and the intimate romance of Jeeva Klui.
Note – Both Lombok and the Gili Islands received disruption from the volcanic outburst in August 2018 . The airport remains open but many of the tourist areas were damaged . Ask us for update especially if you intend travelling September 2018 through to mid year 2019 .
Some of the best diving and snorkelling in the region. Some bar & restaurant options, essentially these are simple, natural pleasures. Development and crowds are coming, and the gentle pleasures of just a few years back are changing, and the most popular dive sites are just that – popular! Regular speedboat transport from Bali, or by local boats from Lombok.
Note – During the months of July / August the sea crossing between Bali and Lombok or Gili Islands can be exceedingly rough and would be against our advice . We suggest clients fly to Lombok and then continue by ferry on the short distance onto Gili .
About Lombok (and Gili Islands) – A CHIC Location
Hotels in Indonesia (Bali, Lombok & Bintan)
All price guides are Per Person Sharing Double Room (Entry level), based on travel between May and/or June when prices are generally at their lowest and include promotional offers.
Supplements will probably apply at other times, particularly mid-summer in the Med, and for rooms and/or transfers arranged for single travellers.
For example Caribbean and Indian Ocean prices for winter can be approximately double the May - June level and about 50% more in Asia.
Please refer to Travel Advice on our home page or look at www.fco.gov.uk as the Foreign Office may have issued specific destination information on safety and terrorism.
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