While we were in Indonesia, we knew we wanted to pay a visit to Lombok: less touristy than Bali, but with just as much natural beauty. We did some research and decided to head to Kuta (not to be confused with Kuta, Bali!), the beachy surf town in the South of the island which boasted beautiful beaches, lots of cafes, restaurants & bars – basically everything we wanted. Kuta definitely exceeded our expectations – we weren’t expecting such a buzzing town with so many amazing places to eat and drink, and the beaches blew our mind – we were so shocked that Kuta wasn’t more built up considering how amazing it is! We’d definitely recommend paying a visit before that changes 😉
Kuta and it’s surrounding area has so many beautiful beaches! The sand is so white, with the most incredibly blue water and a backdrop of beautiful hills and mountains. Our timing was quite unlucky, as while we were there, there were building works going on directly behind Kuta beach, so we didn’t really use that much. However, the other beaches were so beautiful that this didn’t bother us at all. Some of our favourites were:
Tanjung An – This was easily our Number 1 beach. It was only a 20 minute scooter ride from Kuta, so we were there all the time. There are actually a whole string of different beaches here, separated by hills with amazing viewpoints. It’s definitely worth exploring the different beaches, coves and viewpoints. We went multiple times and each time visited different spots. There are also lots of nice warungs lining the beach which are perfect for a bite to eat or a beachside coconut.
Mawi Beach – Although a bit further away (40 mins) from Kuta, Mawi is such a beautiful beach! Again, there were hills either side with amazing views, so it’s worth taking a walk and exploring these. This is a great surf beach, but we didn’t see anywhere to rent boards, so would recommend renting from Kuta and taking one with you if you want to surf.
Eating & Drinking
We really fell in love with the cafe & restaurants in Kuta! We were so spoilt with choice of where to go – and sometimes would cut our beach trips a bit shorter to make sure we managed to visit all the places we wanted to. Everything lived up to our expectations too! Our favourites were:
Milk – This cafe is such a cool place to hang out – we couldn’t keep away. The coffee and food is amazing, and they also have a cute boutique shop, and some nights there is live music in the evening.
El Bazaar – We loved El Bazaar so much – from being a buzzy dinner spot to chow down on mezze platters in the evening, to stopping in for fresh, delicious brunches after a morning at the beach.
KRNK- Such a nice spot for brunch, lunch or dinner. Our favourite was the vegetarian curry.
The Mexican In Town – Fun little spot for delicious tacos, chips & dips.
One amazing experience we had in Lombok was a yoga class at Ashtari. Set on an open air platform with the most incredible view over Kuta, we watched the sun go down throughout the lesson. There’s also a cafe attached, to enjoy the view before/after your session.
Getting There & Getting Around
To get to Lombok we took a very short boat ride from the Gili islands, but you can also go straight from Bali by boat or plane. You can buy a boat ticket that includes a bus from the port down to Kuta, or alternatively there’s loads of private taxi’s available once you get off the boat.
There is little to no public transport in Kuta, so your best bet is to get yourself a scooter. There are so many rental places around and they’re all really reasonable – even though we were there in peak season we had no issues.
Next time we’re in Lombok we definitely want to try Senggigi, and also make the journey to Tiu Kelep waterfall. If you’re up for a challenge there is also the Mount Rinjani hike. We’d also highly recommend visiting the Gili islands when you’re in Lombok – the three islands are absolute paradise! Check out our blog on them here for more information.