Kuta Lombok is the hub for most tourists when they visit the island. We found a few cool spots around town like Bukit Merese Hill but wanted to head out west along the south coast in search of some real adventures. We ended up meeting up with local adventurer @zilmizola who took us out towards Semeti Beach and showed us the best spots in the west.. of the south.
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SEMETI BEACH IN LOMBOK, INDONESIA
We drove for just under an hour from Kuta Lombok to reach Semeti Beach. Kids at the entrance charged us 10,000 rupiah or 80 cents entry, which is standard for most beaches in Lombok. We then paid an old couple 5,000 rupiah to park out moped under their shade. They were lying in the same position on their bench when we came back four hours later but smiled each time they saw us.
We walked away from the sandy Semeti Beach and towards the left, following a small dirt path. Our route led us towards a rocky cove and when we emerged we saw an untouched landscape of islands, rockpools, and cliffs. There wasn’t another person in sight.
Clambering across the rocks we headed towards the main island, which disconnects from mainland each day as the tide rises. Along the way, we found a few blowholes and other cool little coves.
By the time we got to the island, I decided it was time for a swim, although clambering back up the sharp rock walls was a challenge!
Our local mate, Ahmad showed us another trail that led up a small hill. This time we had epic views out over the bay. Jorden decided to scale another cliff so we could get a shot showing the scale of the whole area. It was pretty unreal to be out here right next to Semeti Beach without another person in sight in such a huge wide open area.
After our explorations in this area, we headed back to the real Semeti Beach. We walked through the farming fields before emerging from the trees to find Semeti Beach. Crystal clear water and a beautiful strip of sand was the perfect remedy for a cool-off after our morning adventures. There is no-one selling food, drinks or souvenirs. In fact, there was only a couple of other people enjoying the beautiful beach strip.
We had some solid chills at Semeti but decided to head down the road to Mawi Beach, a popular surf spot, to grab some lunch. This beach was equally as beautiful but was quite busy with several lunch spots and the surf crowd hanging out here in between sessions.
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