Where to Stay in Lombok

Going to Lombok and unsure of where to stay? Here you will find tips on the best areas to stay in Lombok plus the recommended accommodations.

Long overshadowed by Bali, its popular neighbor to the west, Lombok is quickly becoming the next hot spot for travelers visiting Indonesia. This island comes with pristine beaches, amazing waves, friendly locals, and dramatic landscapes.

Most people stay around Senggigi beach area * in Lombok, with its variety of accommodation choices as well as restaurants. For luxurious options, people choose to stay near to Gili Islands at Tanjung *. If you want to go for more hype then the new upcoming place to stis Kuta, Lombok *. Many travelers also choose to hop over to Gili Islands *as a place to stay instead.

Lombok, Indonesia

Lombok, Indonesia. Photo by Tanti Ruwani

Northwest Lombok – near to Gili Islands for luxurious hotels

With just a hop from Gili Islands, it is no wonder that this area is popular for a lot of travellers as a choice to stay. At this beautiful bay, you will find luxurious to mid-range hotels such as the recommended:

Luxury (from 150 USD)

The Oberoi Lombok
For those looking for the perfect getaway, be it for honeymoon or special occasions. This hotel comes with tastefully designed private villas with an amazing sea view. The outdoor pool also gives an illusion of nature, while a private beach is just a stone throw away.
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Hotel Tugu Lombok
For those looking for world class hotel with unique Lombok style, with its refusbished temple restaurant and other historical buildings. The infinity pool also overlooks the ocean and the service here is hard to top, they will go out of the way to make your stay enjoyable.
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Senggigi beach – mid-range resorts with beautiful sunset beaches

Not far from the capital of Lombok, Mataram, Senggigi beach is a good place to stay *, with a stretch of curved beaches with undeveloped hills covered with coconut groves. This place is a favourite place for tourists to photograph, especially the sunset view is stunning. This is a perfect base for exploring western Lombok, and you will find lots of mid-range to budget accommodations here. Note that there are also a number of nightclubs around, in case you are looking for peace.

Mid-range (50 – 150 USD)

Qunci Villas Hotel
For those looking for tranquil beach resorts, every villa comes with natural wood design with a garden or ocean views. It has also an outdoor pool with an amazing seaview, and located directly on Mangsit Beach. There’s also all kinds of amenities from spa to gallery and restaurants.
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Sudamala Suites & Villas Senggigi
For those looking for a beachfront resort with Lombok style and charm. Go straight for the sunset and ocean view resorts for the ultimate experience overlooking the ocean and Mt. Agung in the distance. This is a place for some quiet relaxation, soaking in a pool overlooking the oceans with green surroundings.
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Budget (below 50 USD)

Mama Bella’s Retreat
For those looking for Lombok version of bed and breakfast, this resort place comes with the famous Lombok thatched roof rooms with air-conditioned. There is are also terraces and pool for relaxation and breakfast is also included in this home away from home.
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Senggigi Cottages
For those looking for a resort stay in Lombok but with a budget, this boutique resort is really well located, with Mangsit Beach just 3 minutes away. It also comes with terraces and balconies and a pool to relax in. Value for money!
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Kuta, Lombok – white sandy beaches with hip cafes

The new hip and upcoming place that is Kuta, Lombok that will soon rival its same name in Bali. It is also a surfer’s paradise with 17 different breaks around. The place is now dotted with various homestays and budget accommodations *. The local restaurants (warungs) are also abundant alongside with many hipster cafes to cater to the crowd.

-> Read our Travel Guide to Kuta, Lombok – What to do, Eat and Tips

Mid Range (50 – 150 USD)

Mawun Raya Resort
This resort comes with a view of rolling hills and the sea. The vie can be enjoyed from the terraces or the pool itself. This place is like a slice of paradise in Lombok.
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Mana Retreat
With 12 minutes walk to the beach, this more resort comes with a zen atmosphere. You’ll find lush green gardens with a mix of modern and traditional architecture that blends into harmony. There’s a nice verandah for daily yoga and a private swimming pool too.
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Budget (below 50USD)

Maharani Homestay
For those who want authentic living on Lombok itself, this homestay has clean and modern rooms with terraces, garden, and a reportedly good breakfast. The owner is also known to be very helpful.
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Ike’s Hostel
This really popular hostel in the hip and happening corner of Kuta is well loved by many. With just 18 minutes walk to the beach, the price is just too good to pass up.There are also bike hire available here and the place is a favourite for solo and backpackers. Prices starting from only 10 USD!
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Stay in paradise Gili Islands

If you want to head out to the nearby paradise Gili Islands, you can check out Where to Stay on Gili Islands.

Related articles:
Lombok Travel Guide
Top 10 Things to Do in Lombok
Guide to Gili Islands near Lombok
Gili Trawangan Accommodations – Best hotels and resorts

Where to Stay in Indonesia: Homestay

How can you get the most out of your Indonesian holiday, save money and get to know local cultures and local people? Stay in a homestay!

Homestays are accommodations offered either in a local person’s home, or in a home-like setting.

Why Stay in a Homestay?

One of the best things about staying in a homestay is that your money goes directly to local people, which has a positive effect on their lives, and can have a positive effect on the environment. Some communities in Indonesia rely on slash and burn agriculture to survive, and tourism can provide an alternative source of income to reduce the threat of deforestation.

Homestays can often help you hire a car and driver, or offer you transportation in between cities or from the airport. They can also organize tours for you or connect you to local tour guides.

View from a Homestay in Indonesia

View from a Homestay in Indonesia

Favourite Homestay Indonesia

My favorite homestay is in Batuputih, North Sulawesi, near Tangkoko Nature Reserve. Ranger Homestay is located a few minutes’ walk from the park entrance. Sakar, who formerly worked with English-speaking NGOs, served as our driver and nature guide during our short stay. He and his daughter Fiona showed us the wonders of the forest: black tail macaques, cuscus, hornbills, tarsiers, and miscellaneous exotic birds. They welcomed us into their village, and even invited us to a family wedding. Ranger Homestay felt like our home away from home, in this small seaside village.

Tangkoko Nature Reserve, Indonesia

Tangkoko Nature Reserve, Indonesia

What to expect when you stay in a homestay

Accommodations are similar to how local people live. In Indonesia, this typically means the furnishings will be sparse (the mattress may be on the floor and dinner may be served on a rug), the toilet may be a squat toilet, and showers may consist of dumping a small bucket of water over your head. While these accommodations might be outside of your comfort zone, you can relax knowing that you’re being taken care of by a local family. Meals are usually included, which is a great way to try out local dishes. Most of the family will probably not speak much English, but don’t worry if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia – there is probably a younger relative who speaks good English.

Homestay in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Homestay in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

What to bring

Definitely bring cash. The local ATM might not work, and the homestay will only take payments in cash.

If you’re coming from a cooler climate, bring a sarong or bed sheet. Don’t be surprised if your room comes without a blanket, or with a very thick blanket. It’s best to bring your own sheet for covering up.

In the beautiful small towns of Indonesia where homestays are common, the nightlife can be quite sleepy. Bring a book, a deck of cards, an iPad loaded with movies, or other evening entertainment.

And definitely don’t forget your sense of adventure, and your curiosity! Homestays are a great way to get to know local people and to understand their way of life.

Heather Indonesia Travel Guide
Heather is an American living in Jakarta, surviving the macet and trying to get the most out of life in “the big Durian.” She loves traveling around Indonesia and writing about her discoveries here, and at OurInternationalLife.wordpress.com

Photo credits from top: Becky Stern, Lip Kee and yb_woodstock