Located just across the shores from Bali, Lombok is one of my favourite places in Indonesia and has gained itself a reputation for being an untouched paradise.
The island is a surfer’s haven, boasting stunning beaches with pristine white sands, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and vibrant beach bars.
It lures in visitors with its magnificent waterfalls, beautiful viewpoints, and luscious jungles. The places to stay on the tropical island range from luxurious villas to sociable hostels, and enchanting jungle guesthouses.
This handcrafted, specialised guide of where to stay in Lombok will help you plan the adventure of a lifetime.
Kuta Lombok – A Surfers Paradise
Kuta Lombok is the top destination in Lombok for young travellers.
The vibrant area is packed with a load of incredible activities, spots to explore, vibrant bars and restaurants.
On my visit to Kuta, I was amazed by the variety of different activities. Not a day went by where I didn’t find something new to explore.
Join along on adrenaline-pumping activities like kite surfing, scuba-diving, and stand-up paddle boarding, or, unwind at a tranquil yoga class. Kuta Lombok is basically like a seaside town in Bali with lots of things to keep your days interesting. But, if you are more of a lounge on the sand girly, you can totally do that too!
When you get peckish there is a little bit of everything. Local warungs, budget spots, fine dining, and all that’s in-between. If you want something super special, find a beachside restaurant for sunset sips and bites – you won’t regret it.
If you are heading to Lombok for the surfing, Kuta is an amazing place to base yourself. You will have easy access to the beach, killer waves and little beachside shacks for board rental and a post-surf coconut.
Idyllic Luxury Villa in Kuta Lombok
Kabila Villas is beautiful place to stay in Lombok, just a short stroll away from Kuta Beach. The complex of Lombok villas are luxe and modern with a chic private pool, terrace area, and air-conditioned rooms. To make it even more luxe, guests have the option of having wine, champagne, fruits, and chocolates delivered straight to their door – pretty lavish I think!
Stylish, Tropical Hotel in Kuta Lombok
Sima Hotel Kuta is a swanky hotel nestled in the heart of Kuta Lombok, perfect for those who want to let their hair down a little. Conveniently located just a short walk away from a myriad of restaurants, cafes, and bars, it has one of the most sought-after locations in the area. You can enjoy a range of luxurious amenities including a fancy fitness centre, sparkling pool, and delicious restaurant on-site!
Affordable and Social Hostel in Kuta Lombok
Wondering where to stay in Lombok on a budget? Mad Monkey is a well-known hostel in Lombok where you can meet other travellers and have a comfortable spot to rest at night. Not only will you be close to all the hotspots of Kuta Lombok, but you will also have a range of incredible social areas to hang out at the property.
Things To Do in Kuta Lombok
- Experience a breathtaking sunset at Bukit Merese
- Catch a wave at Selong Belank Beach
- Tuck into a delicious meal at Bamba Restaraunt
- Laze the day away at the pristine Mawun Beach
- Go scuba diving with a local diving school
- Visit the alluring Bat Caves
Senggigi – The Gateway to Exploring Lombok
Senggigi is known for being the tourist hub of Lombok, and has the largest selection of accommodation options on the island! From five-star hotels to boutique villas and hostels, there is a little slice of accommodation heaven for everyone.
Senggigi itself isn’t home too much more than cool cafes, lively bars and some tourist activities. If you are searching for a more local and immersive stay in Lombok, Senggigi isn’t for you.
Lined with an unbroken expanse of pristine sandy beaches, you can rest, relax and lounge in total island paradise. The beaches near Senggigi are some of the best on the island, with silky white sands meeting shimmering turquoise waters. If you’re looking for a killer insta-pic, this is where you’ll get it!
If you’re a budget backpacker, this may not be the best spot for you to stay, but you can certainly stop by for a day on the beach.
Stunning Infinity Pool in Senggigi
Perched overlooking miles of luscious scenery, Villa Marley has breathtaking views. Despite feeling like you’ve been whisked away to a tropical oasis, it is in a fantastic location for exploring close to top landmarks like Montong Beach and Makam Batu Layar. The 3-bedroom villa is an idyllic accommodation for a small family or group of friends.
Boutique Beachfront Hotel in Senggigi
Situated along the Batu Layar hillside and just a 10-minute walk from Senggigi Beach, Sunset Lavina has one of the most stunning places to sty in Senggigi. The boutique beachfront hotel has only five rooms, creating an exclusive atmosphere. Each private room features stunning decorations and plush furnishings, and comes with either a private terrace or balcony with views overlooking the pool or ocean. Sounds idyllic right?
Homely and Fun Hostel in Senggigi
You know those hostels that just make you feel at home? That’s the vibe at Poppies Senggigi. The super friendly Lombok hostel offers a variety of room types, including private rooms and shared dormitories. Senggigi is known for being a little bit more expensive than other areas of Lombok, Poppies will help you keep costs down while enjoying the outstanding town.
Things To Do in Senggigi
- Catch a wave at Klui Beach
- Take a surf lesson with the incredible Lombok Wave Surf Shack
- Take a dip in the refreshing Benang Kelambu Waterfalls
- Experience a relaxing yoga class at Gypsea Yoga Eco Retreat
- Indulge in a traditional massage at a lavish resort
- Camp underneath the stars on Klui Beach.
Tanjung – A Destination to Unwind and Bathe in the Sun
Tanjung is one of the most beautiful places to stay in Lombok, luring in visitors with its pristine white sand beach, jaw-dropping coastlines, and breathtaking viewpoints.
The best attraction in Tanjung is the incredible Tanjung Aan Beach, where white sands ooze into the sparkling blue waters.
While not being as well equipped for tourists as its neighbour, Senggigi, there is still an amazing array of traditional restaurants, vibrant bars, and hip cafes in Tanjung for travellers to enjoy. The accommodation options in Tanjung are certainly not lacking. There are luxury beach resorts, stunning tropical villas, and budget-friendly lodges.
During a stay in Tanjung you can have sun-soaked beach days, leisurely waterfront strolls, and rejuvenating yoga classes. It is an ideal getaway for those who want to relax and move away from the stresses of everyday life.
Modern Chic Villa in Tanjung
Villa Sapi stands out as one of the most luxurious villas in Tanjung. Its chic and modern architecture perfectly accompanies its beautiful facilities, including a private pool with a magnificent sun terrace that is surrounded by palm trees. Not only does this villa have the very best facilities, it’s also in the perfect location, just a stone’s throw away from the beach.
5-star Beachfront Hotel in Tanjung
The list of fantastic amenities at the plush 5-star Oberoi Beach Resort is endless! From the beach club that has water sports such as scuba diving and windsurfing, to the tasty Lumbung and Sunbird Cafe that serves up themed Indonesian buffets, you will be amazed at what you can find at this hotel. Along with amazing common areas, all the rooms and villas at Oberoi Beach Resort have been beautifully designed for a comfortable stay.
Beautiful Eco Resort in Tanjung
Just a moment’s walk from a white-sandy beach, Rinjani Beach Eco Resort is a great place to stay in Lombok for those who want to be close to everything, but want to come back to a relaxing and peaceful environment. Each room at the eco resort is equipped with deluxe amenities including a fan, wardrobe, and en-suite bathrooms. Along with this, each bungalow is thoughtfully designed with traditional bamboo thatched roofs, adding a touch of authentic charm to your stay,
Things To Do in Tanjung
- Take a day trip to the idyllic Gili Islands
- Bathe in the beautiful Sendang Gile Waterfall
- Snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Tanjung Aan Beach
- Explore Pink Beach one of the most unique beaches in Lombok
- Enjoy a yoga lesson at Mana Yoga Retreat
- Try out your surfing skills at Tanjung Aan Beach.
Senaru – A Tropical Paradise in Northern Lombok
Situated at the foot of Mount Rinjani, Senaru is an outdoor adventure lovers’ haven! The beautiful village has many of Lombok’s best hiking trails, and is an ideal starting point for those embarking on the trek to the summit of Mount Rinjani. The activities in Senaru most certainly aren’t for the light-hearted, but if you fancy pushing yourself I’d definitely recommend a visit.
The village has many accommodation options, most of which have a stripped-back feel to them. You’ll find a selection of homestays, villas and hotels in Senaru that have breathtaking views of the surrounding tropical fields. Located away from the bustling crowds, this hidden gem allows you to fully immerse in nature and unwind from everyday life.
Visiting Senaru also allows travellers to delve into the traditions of the Sasak people, an experience I would highly recommend on a trip to Lombok.
A Tropical Lodge in Senaru
Rinjani Lodge is a beautiful eco-lodge with stunningly decorated rooms, a tasty restaurant, and a gorgeous outdoor pool that overlooks the luscious landscapes surrounding Senaru. Not only does Rinjani Lodge have some pretty epic facilities, it is also just a short distance from some of the Senaru’s hotspots including the spectacular Rinjani National Park and traditional Sasak Village of Dusun Senari. I’d 100% recommend visiting the local village if you want an authentic Lombok experience.
Tropical Guesthouse in Senaru
Villa Bambu is one of the coolest guesthouses I’ve seen in Lombok, and it’s in the perfect location for hiking and exploring some of Senaru’s best nature spots. The property is within walking distance to both Sindang Gila Waterfall and Tiu Kelep Waterfall, making it an idyllic spot for adventure lovers. Fuel up for the day by indulging in the homestay’s delightful breakfast! Villa Bambu offers guests a tasty selection of warm dishes from local specialties to pancakes.
Affordable Mountain View Room in Senaru
Dragonfly Senaru Lodge is a hotel with tranquil, tropical vibe and budget-friendly prices, perfect for those who don’t want to break the bank! Guests travelling to the lodge can expect a rejuvenating but exciting stay, with plenty to do. From immersing in the lush gardens, relaxing yoga lessons, and venturing into the nearby greenery, there are plenty of things to do.
Things To Do in Senaru
- Wake up early and catch a spectacular Senaru Sunrise at Sendang Gile
- Take in the views at the Bukit Selong Rice Field Viewpoint
- Cool off in the pools of Tiu Kelep Waterfall
- Trek up to Pergasingan Hill
- Embark on an epic journey and hike the Mount Rinjani Trek
- Sleep overnight at the Senaru Crater Rim
Mataram – The Perfect Blend of Cultural and Modern Tourism
When it comes to where to stay in Lombok for a bit of everything, Mataram is the one. It might not be the most glamorous and picturesque place to stay, but it is an excellent base to be able to hit all the other must-see sights on the island.
In Mataram, you can expect to take leisurely strolls through its charming markets, spend evenings watching the most incredible sunsets on the beach, and visit fascinating historical spots.
The capital of Lombok is often overlooked by tourists when they’re deciding on where to stay in Lombok, however, if you’re looking for a mix of cultural and modern tourism I’d definitely check it out.
Modern, Convenient Hotel in Mataram
ASTON Inn is one of the best hotels in Mataram with a sleek swimming pool that’s the perfect place to cool down from the humid Lombok heat. The hotel has a selection of excellent facilities, including a state-of-the-art fitness centre, en-suite bedrooms, and a magnificent shared lounge ideal for relaxing after a busy day of exploring.
Stunning Villa on the Outskirts in Mataram
Jeeva Mandalika is a luxurious and modern villa that left me in awe! With its breathtaking panoramic views, expansive lush gardens, and contemporary design, it is an unparalleled experience. It is ideal for family vacations or those traveling as a group. Expect to spend your days basking in the sun by the beautiful private pool before watching a picture-worthy sunset.
Luxurious & Tranquil Guesthouse in Mataram
For the budget-conscious travellers, Dewi Sri Guesthouse is an affordable and comfortable place to stay in Lombok. With a selection of room options along with an array of on-site events, including yoga classes and cycling trips, it’s an epic place to stay as a backpacker!
Things To Do in Mataram
- Visit the famous ‘Nose Hill’ of Gunung Batu Idung
- Mooch around one of the capital’s many shopping malls
- Catch an epic sunset at Ampenan Beach
- Explore the streets of Old Town Ampenan
- Visit the spectacular Islamic Center Mosque
- Take a trip to the fascinating Narmada Park
Lombok is an idyllic island, and with it being located just a short boat ride away from Bali, it’s a great destination to add to your Bali bucket list. It turned out to be one of my favourite islands when travelling around South East Asia, and I’d highly recommend exploring it yourself.
One of the activities I loved in Lombok is hiking Mount Rinjani. It allows you to fully immerse in nature whilst seeing some of the most incredible views.
As you can probably tell, Lombok has an incredible selection of accommodation options available in some stunning locations. This can make it hard to pinpoint where exactly to stay in Lombok. I really hope you have discovered a property that fits your travel needs, whether that be a sociable hostel or a luxurious villa.
So, what are you waiting for? Get booking! Lombok is awaiting.
Featured image: Villa Sapi