After trekking and exploring waterfalls in Senaru it was time to begin heading south. We made sure to stop in Bukit Selong for sunrise overlooking the rice and farm fields. Our plan was to book a driver for the whole day and slowly meander our way south to Kuta Lombok with a few stops on the way.
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Our private car cost $75 USD for the day split between five of us. The driver was on time to pick us up at 4 am in the morning. We woke early as we were keen to make the one-hour journey down to Bukit Selong area hoping we would come across a good view of the rice fields.
We weren’t 100% sure about the location of the fields exactly in the Bukit Selong region of Lombok but thought it was worth a shot. Our driver kept asking locals along the way after we gave him an address of this hotel: Pesona Rinjani
It turned out to be a little bit away from that hotel but I have included this map with satellite view and the exact location. You can also clearly see the farm fields on the map
The rice fields were awesome! A variety of different colored crops create a contrasting patchwork quilt, covering the entire valley. The sun had not yet risen and mist and clouds made sure it wasn’t a bright morning.
There is a flat viewpoint, which is still really nice and gives you a great view of the whole valley but there is also a higher viewpoint. We climbed up the hill, still with heavy legs from trekking up Rinjani and sat under the wooden star while it began to rain. Huddled beneath the star we were laughing about the strange things we do like getting up at three in the morning to watch grey clouds block a sunrise in the run, huddled under a wooden star built for photos of a farm. Life.
The wooden star seems to have been constructed just for epic photos and it was pretty corny but still fun to hang out on. A lot of tourists began to come after the sunrise so I’m glad we went really early even though we never even saw the sun.
Behind the wooden star was a walkway to a tree platform overlooking the town and another valley of farm fields. It was a little less pretty but a great view nonetheless. We sat out on the platform listening to morning prayers ringing out from the various mosques.
After having my butt grabbed by a 50-yr-old Malaysian as we took a selfie she requested, I decided it was time to head off! It’s hard to find a cafe or warung nearby for breakfast as it is not a touristy area so keep that in mind and maybe pack something.
There was a fee for Bukit Selong rice fields but we arrived early so didn’t pay it until he requested the $1 as we exited.
WHERE TO STAY ON LOMBOK, INDONESIA
- If you are visiting attractions in the north such as Tiu Kelep or Mount Rinjani you should choose one of the three accommodations in the ‘Northern‘ section below.
- If you are staying in the south to enjoy the beaches and surf in Kuta, Lombok you should choose one of the three accommodations in the ‘Southern‘ section below.
Where to stay in the northern region of Lombok
The northern region of Lombok is the perfect base for adventuring to Tiu Kelep waterfall or hiking Mount Rinjani. There are budget guesthouses and beautiful resorts available in this region. These are my three recommended options.
Jeeva Santai Villas – Luxury Villa: The first place I recommend is Jeeva Santai Villas and it is my recommendation for a few key reasons. Firstly, the location is great. You are right on the beautiful Mangsit Beach but also within driving distance of Tiu Kelep and Mount Rinjani. It is a location that offers the best of both worlds. To be honest I would prefer staying near the beach and then driving to Rinjani rather than staying in the mountains and being closer to Rinjani but having no beach. Jeeva Santai Villas is a 4-star resort with a beautiful pool, wifi and really relaxed vibes. It’s great for a couple or even a chill spot for a family getaway.
Hakiki Inn Bungalows – Value: The second place I recommend is the value pick called Hakiki Inn Bungalows. This accommodation is what Lombok is all about. Set on the edge of rice fields with the jungle feel but the comfort of a private bungalow. These huts are so damn cool with stairs up to the entrance and the curved bamboo roofs. It’s very close to the Selong Rice field viewpoint and also a good place to base while doing the Mount Rinjani hike. With breakfast included for just $26 for a private bungalow, you are cruising!
Blue Mountain Cottage – Budget (but also value): This is where I stayed. Blue Mountain Cottage was somewhere we just randomly booked but it turned out being really good for a few reasons. The room was very basic but it was comfortable enough with a (once again) basic private bathroom. The accommodation had a restaurant attached, which is always handy and the food was tasty and very cheap. The location of this place was awesome. You could walk to Tiu Kelep and Sendang Gile waterfall entrance in about ten minutes. We also based ourselves here when we hiked Mount Rinjani. They let us leave our stuff in their office and looked after it. We also booked our Mount Rinjani trekking tour through Blue Mountain Cottage.
Where to stay in the southern region of Lombok
The southern region of Lombok is where people go to chill out, enjoy the surf and the beautiful beaches. You can expect smaller crowds here than Bali in what is still quite an underdeveloped area compared to mainland Bali, although there are lots of hotels and restaurants. These are the places I recommend to stay in Kuta, Lombok.
Harmony Villas – Luxury: These villas are so stunning and picturesque you may not want to leave to go explore. The white theme throughout the property contrasts against the emerald green pool and plants. The villas are laid out impeccably and the best part about this 4-star villa is that it actually isn’t as expensive as it looks. Definitely check out Harmony Villas if you are looking for a luxurious villa in Kuta, Lombok.
Martas Windows – Value/Luxury: This place is incredibly beautiful. Bungalow-style villas surround the modern pool at this amazing property. I love the high roofs in the bungalow villas and how they have made it luxury but with the bamboo vibe. For less than $65 a night you can get yourself what would cost hundreds of dollars in most other countries at Martas Windows.
Boogie Hostel Kuta Lombok – Budget: The Boogie Hostel is everything you ask for in a hostel. It’s super modern and clean, has lots of chill spaces as well as lockers for your gear and blinds for privacy at your dorm. It is just a really relaxing vibe for travelers and only costs $7 a night… with breakfast included.
MORE LOMBOK GUIDES
Lombok Travel Guide: 16 AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN LOMBOK
Mount Rinjani Trekking Guide: MOUNT RINJANI TREKKING REVIEW
Tiu Kelep Waterfall: SENDANG GILE AND TIU KELEP WATERFALL IN SENARU
Benang Stokel Waterfall: BENANG STOKEL WATERFALL IN LOMBOK