Lombok is just a ferry ride away from Bali but has a much more chill vibe. With attractions like Mount Rinjani and Tiu Kelep Waterfall, Lombok is one of my favorite places in Indonesia. This article will help you decide where to stay on Lombok depending on whether you want to venture to the north or south of the island.
- If you are visiting attractions in the north such as Tiu Kelep Waterfall or hiking 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.
QUICK PICKS: 3 BEST PLACES TO STAY ON LOMBOK
Don’t have time to read my detailed breakdown of all the best places to stay in Lombok? No worries! These are my three top picks for where to stay in Lombok. If you book one of these three, you are guaranteed to have a great stay in a great location!
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN NORTH 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
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
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 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
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 to be really good for a few reasons. The room was very basic but it was comfortable enough with a (once again) very 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. Pretty much it’s an ideal budget spot to visit waterfalls and hike Mount Rinjani.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN SOUTH LOMBOK
The southern region of Lombok is where people go to chill out, and enjoy the surf and the beautiful beaches. You can expect smaller crowds here than in Bali in what is still quite an underdeveloped area compared to mainland Bali. However, there are lots of hotels, cafes, and restaurants. These are the places I recommend staying in Kuta, Lombok.
Harmony Villas – Luxury: These villas are so stunning and picturesque that 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 is where I stayed in the south. Absolutely loved it and within walking distance of all the cafes. Each night I jogged down to the beach for a sunset run and loved their specialty breakfast, which was included.
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 a 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
Boogie Hostel Kuta Lombok – Budget: The Boogie Hostel is everything you ask for in a hostel. It’s super modern and clean and 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.
I hope you enjoyed this guide to the best places to stay in Lombok. There are plenty of Lombok accommodation options so I hope you find a nice spot to enjoy your vacation.
MORE LOMBOK GUIDES
Lombok Travel Guide: 16 AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN LOMBOK
Mount Rinjani Trekking Guide: MOUNT RINJANI TREKKING REVIEW
Benang Stokel Waterfall: BENANG STOKEL WATERFALL IN LOMBOK
Monday 31st of August 2020
Planning a big trip to Lombok next year if we are allowed to leave Australia so this has come in very handy with our holiday dreaming. Thanks!
Thursday 3rd of September 2020
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