Pristine beaches, mountains, nature and surf

Lombok is the perfect off the beaten path destination for adventurous couples that love nature. As we live in Bali, we hop over by ferry or plane to Lombok often, and we never get bored! The pristine beaches of South Lombok are arguably prettier than the best beaches of Bali. The massive Rinjani volcano is surrounded by dense forests and rice terraces. North-west Lombok offers some very luxury beachfront resorts at affordable prices. And we haven’t even mentioned the surf yet!

Lombok compared to Bali

Traditional Sasak Village Traditional Sasak Village Lombok is the large island towards the east of Bali. Lacking many international flights, way less tourists visit Lombok, and it tends to attract more adventurous travelers. While Bali’s population is majority Hindu, the majority of people in Lombok are Muslim (but you’ll still stumble across Hindu temples across the island too). Most of them belong to the Sasak tribes, you can actually visit traditional Sasak villages across the island (see activities below).

Lombok is a bit more conservative than Bali: alcohol can be hard to find outside touristy towns like Kuta and Senggigi. Nevertheless, the people of Lombok are extremely friendly and welcoming. Both Lombok and Bali are formed by large volcanoes, and therefore offer similar landscapes, however Lombok is slightly dryer as it is located east of the Wallace line (wikipedia).

Our Favorite Regions of Lombok

Check the map below, and read the paragraphs under it, for an overview of the best regions of Lombok to visit as a couple. Most travelers choose to combine multiple regions: many people visiting the mountain and forests around Tetebatu also check out the beaches of the lively town of Kuta. And as Senggigi is so close to the Gili Islands, we visited both during the same trip.

Map of our favorite regions in Lombok. Map of our favorite regions in Lombok.

Kuta: Surf, Best Beaches & Lively Town

Kuta is a lively town in South-East Lombok (not to be confused with Kuta in Bali!) that has become the main tourist town of Lombok in recent years. In town, you will find many hostels, hotels, bars, coffeeshops and restaurants. While the beach in Kuta itself is not amazing, some of the most spectacular beaches of Indonesia can be found a short drive away.

  • Our favorite beach roughly 20 minutes from Kuta is Selong Belanak Beach, the sunset here is amazing as it faces West and you overlook the sun setting over the mountains in the distance. In addition, this beach is really clean with white sands and its good for beginner surf. Trust us and check this place out!
  • Closer to Kuta you can find Tanjung Aan beach. The water hear is crystal clear and the ocean is very calm. Some simple beach stalls offer beach beds or bean bags if you buy a drink or some local food. TIP: a playful wooden swing suitable for two people is built here in the water, which might be a great spot to take some honeymoon pictures together.

We suggest couples to stay in town to have all facilities in walking distance. Couples that would enjoy experiencing hippy vibes for a few days, consider staying at the lovely Mana Eco Retreat in a lush green part of town. They are famous for their yoga classes, consciousness of their impact on environment and healthy vegetarian restaurant. If that’s not your vibe, a great alternative are the affordable 4-star private pool villas at Jati Kuta, right in the center of town.

Thatched roof cabins at the Mana Eco Resort. Thatched roof cabins at the Mana Eco Resort.

Surfers love to stay in Kuta as many famous surf spots can be found nearby. Gerupuk is the most notable, a wave in the middle of a large bay. You will need a boat to get close to this waves. Many other surf spots can be found in proximity of Kuta.

The original people of Lombok belong to the Sasak tribe. If you are interested in culture, there is a traditional Sasak village with original wooden houses that you can visit. While tourists are welcomed, this village did not feel like a tourist trap to us: people actually still live here and practise traditional crafts.

A little warning: in recent years, a MotoGP race track has been opened near Kuta. While international competitions are only held a few times a year, it has impacted the area East of Kuta quite a bit, with large roads and big resorts being developed. It is not the most attractive area, so we really recommend not staying in any of the hotels near the track. Instead, stay in town, or near any beaches towards the west of Kuta (towards Selong Belanak beach).

Senggigi: Luxury Resorts and Pristine Beaches

Senggigi is located on the west shores of Lombok. A winding road stretches over 10 kilometers across many bays, each with its own distinct character, but almost all featuring serene beaches with clear blue waters surrounded by palm trees and hills covered in jungle.

Senggigi is known for its beautiful bays surrounded lush green hills. Senggigi is known for its beautiful bays surrounded lush green hills.

Considering its beauty, we were not surprised to learn that Senggigi is the place where the first tourist hotels in Lombok were originally developed. Nowadays, Senggigi is where you find the most luxurious secluded beachfront resorts in all of Lombok, making it a great honeymoon destination. We suggest staying in one of the hotels north of Senggigi town, as we like the beaches on that side slightly better than the beaches further south.

There are two hotels we highly recommend. For a 5-star honeymoon experience, definitely check out Seven Secrets by Hanging Gardens. While not cheap, it is probably the best resort for a honeymoon in all of Lombok, located on an amazing secluded beach with suites that feature private hottubs and an amazing staff. Read the raving reviews if you’re not convinced yet. A slightly more affordable 4-star alternative, with private pool villas, is the boutique oceanfront Jeeva Santai. While we didn’t stay here overnight, we visited this place for sunset, cocktails and dinner and had a great experience with super friendly staff.

We believe Senggigi is a good base to explore Lombok. You can make day-trips to Mount Rinjani, the Gilis (snorkeling trip by boat), waterfalls or even the South Lombok beaches. Many people stop by Senggigi on their way to one of the Gili Islands, as it is close to the harbour of Bangsal. The town of Senggigi does have a few bars and restaurants, but we spent 2 nights in town and the options are quite limited as it is pretty small - better stay in one of the beachfront resorts!

There is a direct fast ferry from Padangbai in Bali to Senggigi in Lombok, which is operated by Ekajaya and takes about 1.5 hours.

Tetebatu: Nature and Mount Rinjani

Tetebatu is located in Central Lombok, on the south slopes of the massive Rinjani volcano. With 3,728 meters (12,224ft) it is the second highest volcano in all of Indonesia. Climbing to the top of Rinjani is possible, but it takes 2-3 days and is far from an easy climb, so we forgive couples that like to skip this one ;-).

However even when not hiking up Rinjani, we still think its a great idea to visit Tetebatu. Due to the volcanic soil and elevation, it is one of the greenest and most fertile nature areas of Lombok, resulting in a beautiful mix of forest, fauna, waterfalls and (often stacked) rice terraces. One highlight is the Monkey Forest, which is a breath of fresh air compared to the overcrowded monkey forest in Bali. In Tetebatu, you’ll walk through an actual forest in nature. Monkeys are less tamed and stay a bit further away from visitors.

It is possible to visit the Tetebatu area as a day-trip from either Senggigi or Kuta, but if you would like to enjoy the nature here in a calmer pace you could consider staying overnight. However, you won’t find any luxury hotels here, simple guesthouses and wooden cabins are your only options. We enjoyed Sama Sama Bungalows, a lively place with friendly staff that feels a bit like a hostel and has a pool overlooking a green valley - but the rooms are super basic!

Just of the coast of north-west Lombok, you will find the three Gili Islands. Cars and motorbikes are forbidden on these small islands. They are surrounded by white sand beaches and bright blue waters perfect for diving and snorkeling (we even spotted massive turtles!).

We love the Gilis so much that we wrote a dedicated article on Honeymoon in the Gili Islands. Definitely consider staying on one of the Gili Islands if you are visiting Lombok already, its soo close!

No time to stay in Gilis? You could experience the best of what the Gili Islands has to offer as a Gilis Day Trip from Lombok. This includes visiting the most beautiful snorkeling spots and beaches. We haven’t done this (as we actually stayed in the Gilis), but the tour operator is highly rated online and can pick you up anywhere in Lombok.

It is easy to travel between the three Gili islands. Gili Meno with Lombok in the distance.

Best Honeymoon Hotels in Lombok

We highly recommend the hotels listed below for couples on a Honeymoon or otherwise exploring Lombok. Make sure to use the filters to check whether they are in Kuta, Senggigi or Tetebatu, as Lombok is a large island!

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    Seven Secrets by Hanging Gardens

    5 starSplurgeBeachfrontSenggigi20m north of Senggigi

    Located right on the best beach of Senggigi, Seven Secrets is our favorite hotel in all of Lombok, and we believe its especially great for a honeymoon. Their suites include a private hottub, they offer private dining under the stars...

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    Mana Eco Retreat

    4 starAffordable luxuryKutaKuta town

    We love the Mana Eco Retreat in central Kuta, a highly rated boutique resort located in walking distance of Kuta's lively town center but still in a lush surrounding. Couples that love Yoga will feel at home here, with many...

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  • Jati Kuta

    4 starAffordable luxuryPrivate villasKutaCentral Kuta

    We like the 4-star Jati Villas as their rooms have a private pool, and it is located right in the lively center of town, in walking distance of all the cafés restaurants and bars that Kuta offers. Jati means wood...

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  • Jeeva Santai

    4 starAffordable luxuryBeachfrontPrivate villasSenggigi10m north of Senggigi

    We visited Jeeva Santai for beachfront dinner with cocktails during sunset, and loved the experience. While we did not stay here overnight, we had such a great dinner and cocktail experience with friendly staff that are confident to vouch for...

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  • Tetebatu Sama Sama Bungalows

    On a budgetNature viewsTetebatuTetebatu

    Located in the green area of Tetebatu on the slopes of Mount Rinjani, Sama Sama Bungalows is very basic, but we still enjoyed our stay a lot here. The place is very lively and feels a bit like a hostel,...

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Honeymoon Activities in Lombok

As a couple living in Bali, we have been to Lombok many times. Below is a list of our favorite romantic activities, as well as must-see highlights of Lombok.

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    Gilis Day Trip from Lombok

    ActiveBeachDaytripGroup tourPick up anywhere in Lombok

    If you are not staying overnight in the Gili Islands, definitely consider taking a snorkeling highlights day trip. They will pick you up in Senggigi or for a small additional fee in Kuta or Tetebatu as well. Highlights include...

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    Selong Belanak Beach

    BeachSouth Lombok, 20min drive from Kuta

    Sorry, we can't stop raving about Selong Belanak Beach. Whether you are staying in Kuta, Senggigi or elsewhere, make a trip down here for an afternoon of beach and sunset. Selong Belanak is a large sandy beach on the south...

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    Traditional Sasak Village

    CultureNorth of Kuta

    Just north of Kuta, you can visit a traditional Sasak Village. A great way to learn more about Lombok's rich culture. Before entering, you will be asked to make a small donation which is used for preservation efforts. However this...

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  • South Lombok Surf Class

    ActiveBeachMany spots in South Lombok (near Kuta)

    Take a surf class together, and maybe start a shared passion for the rest of your life! Lombok is a massive surf destination, with Gerupuk, Serangan and more spots near Kuta. There is a little bit of surf near Senggigi...

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  • Tanjung Aan Beach

    BeachClose to Kuta

    Close to Kuta (near the racetrack) you will find this beautiful white sand beach with calm blue water - with a good opportunity to take romantic pictures on the swing! Great for swimming if you don't like waves, as the...

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  • Tetebatu Monkey Forest


    The Tetebatu Monkey Forest distinguishes itself from its counterpart in Ubud by being an actual forest in nature, with wild monkeys that are less tame than the ones in Bali. This means they are also a bit harder to find,...

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  • Tetebatu Waterfalls

    ActiveNatureAround Tetebatu

    Due to its elevation, there are many waterfalls in the Tetebatu region. Our favorite are the Benang Setukul twin waterfalls which are about 30 meters high and feature a natural pool at the bottom. We love how they are surrounded...

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  • Don't go to Pink Beach

    1.5hr drive east from Kuta

    A little warning. Many sites advertise Pink Beach as a romantic and Instagrammable destination. Decide for yourself based on the latest Google Maps reviews, but we believe it is not worth the long 1.5 detour to East Lombok, partly over...

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Romantic Dining in Lombok

Your options for high end dining in Lombok are limited - it is a more off the beaten path destination, and you have more options in Bali. However Senggigi has a few good options, and Kuta has lots of great and healthy casual dining restaurants. We’ve listed some of our favorites below, make sure to filter by Kuta or Senggigi to find the ones near your hotel.

Don’t just stick to international food: Lombok has some flavourful (though also spicy!) local dishes. Our favorite is Ayam Taliwang, which you can find all over the island. It is a dish of chicken and rice with a rich red sauce, often served with urap (vegetables covered in grated coconut). As the sea is never far, it will also be easy to find grilled fish almost anywhere in Lombok. Our favorite is the local Red Snapper fish.

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    Milky Wave

    Fine diningViewpointJapaneseKutaOn a hill near Kuta

    As close as it gets to fine dining in Kuta. This beautiful bamboo building is located on top of one of the hills overlooking Kuta, so you will need a ride to get there. They offer excellent à la carte...

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    Pearl's at Jeeva Santai

    Casual diningViewpointSenggigi10min North of Senggigi

    We visited this beachfront place, part of the boutique Jeeva Santai hotel, for sunset. The cocktails are great (served with complimentary popcorn) and the views over the ocean are even better. While this is not a fine dining restaurant, the...

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    Qerang Exquisite Seafood

    Fine diningViewpointSenggigi10 min north of Senggigi town

    Qerang in Senggigi brands itself as a place for exquisite seafood. That is quite a claim, but this beachfront restaurant does live up to the promise of offering a unique level of experience that is uncommon for Lombok. They have...

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  • Jiang Nan

    Casual diningKutaCentral Kuta

    We discovered this simple Chinese dimsum place during our last trip to Kuta in March 2024. A simple but nicely decorated place for a casual meal of dumplings or spicy noodles, located right in the center of Kuta.

  • Kenza Cafe

    Casual diningBreakfast & lunchKutaKuta Lombok

    Kenza in downtown Kuta is our go-to place for a casual lunch. They have many tasty and healthy options at fair prices, as well as good coffee.

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  • KRNK

    Casual diningKutaCentral Kuta

    Bonus listing, as normally we would be hesitant to suggest a simple burger place to honeymooners... But we make an exception for KRNK! Going here at night is an experience. They grill their food on a large open grill, always...

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How to get to Lombok

There are multiple direct flights between Bali and Lombok every day. These flights only take 45 minutes and are usually affordable. We personally prefer Citilink as the more reliable airline over Lion Air and Wings Abadi. Taking a flight is a good option when heading to South Lombok, especially the Kuta area.

If you’re heading to the north-west Lombok, the region of Senggigi and the Gili Islands, your best option is taking a fast ferry from Padangbai port in Bali. Multiple fast ferries serve the Gili Islands and Bangsal port from Padangbai, and the trip over the Lombok Strait takes about 1.5 to 2 hours. Ekajaya Ferries also serves Senggigi directly from Bali, and is our recommended ferry company generally. Do note that in extreme weather, these fast ferries do get cancelled sometimes. We would recommend keeping some flexibility in your itinerary, especially if you have an international flight to catch out of Bali.

The cheapest way to get to Lombok is using a slower public ferry. These leave from Padangbai in Bali as well, but in Lombok they dock at Lembar in the south-west. Depending on the weather these ferries take around 4 to 5 hours. This is the only option if you want to take a bike or car from Bali to Lombok, but be aware that police in Padangbai harbour might check for certificate of ownership and drivers license before boarding.

Next Destinations

Map with regions of Bali. Bali Regions Map. Many people combine Lombok with the Gili Islands, as these tropical islands are only a short ferry ride away from Lombok’s Bangsal harbour. Travelers that came to Lombok for the surf might consider heading to Uluwatu or Canggu next. Alternatively, as the harbour you’ll arrive is located in East Bali, it might make sense to explore more of East Bali first: we like the beach towns of Amed for snorkeling and Candidasa for its nearby beaches, but for those keen to explore more of the countryside and inland nature of Bali, consider the off the beaten path destination of Sidemen or the popular tourist town of Ubud.

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    Made famous by Eat Pray Love. Jungle, art, rice fields, monkeys and spirituality.

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    Peninsula with cliffs, caves, surf and hidden beaches. Luxury resorts nearby.

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    NatureOff the beaten path

    Hidden gem with spectacular views. Explore crater lakes, waterfalls and temples.

    Read our Munduk Honeymoon Guide
  • Seminyak


    Upscale area with wide sandy beach, great restaurants and fancy beachclubs.

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  • Amed

    BeachCultureNatureDivingOff the beaten path

    Tranquil fishing villages, famous dive spots.

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  • Canggu


    Surf Beach, Party, Hipsers & Foodies.

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  • Candidasa

    BeachCultureNatureOff the beaten path

    Beautiful calm East Bali beach town.

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  • Lovina

    BeachCultureNatureDivingOff the beaten path

    Calm ocean away from the crowds. Watch dolphins and hike to waterfalls.

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  • Nusa Dua


    Luxury hotels and (all-inclusive) resorts facing white sand beach with all the comforts you could wish for.

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  • Sidemen

    NatureCultureOff the beaten path

    Off the beaten path nature destination between rice fields and mountains.

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  • Sanur


    Long stretch of calm ocean beach close to Bali airport. Spectacular sunrise.

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  • Nusa Penida Island

    BeachNatureDivingBeyond bali

    Hilly island of the coast of Bali with spectacular cliffs and rock formations.

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  • Gili Islands

    BeachNatureDivingNightlifeBeyond bali

    Real tropical island vibes! Three small islands great for diving, beach and party.

    Read our Gili Islands Honeymoon Guide
  • Lombok Island

    NatureOff the beaten pathSurfBeachBeyond bali

    The large island West of Bali. Famous for surf, spectacular beaches and Mount Rinjani.

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Written by Olivia & Dirk

Hi! We have put together this guide with a lot of care, based on our own experiences. As a couple, we have lived in Bali for the past 5 years, and we fell in love with the island. We have visited every corner of Bali, especially the romantic places ;-). While our articles do contain affiliate links, you can trust us to recommend only the experiences that we love.

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