Photo: The view from Madak Belo.

Lombok is so big, we’ve split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Lombok as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don’t know where to start? Read an overview of Lombok’s different areas.

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Accommodation



Gili Gede

Gili Gede is not a big island and while land speculation is rife, at least for now there are just a handful of places to stay scattered around the island. All are within walking distance of one another -- though it would take four or five hours to walk to all of them.


East coast of Gili Gede
Under 150,000 Rp
Pelangi Homestay
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
East coast of Gili Gede
T: (0818) 0376 1806

If you’d prefer a homestay to a more typical guesthouse, the friendly Pelangi Homestay is a 10-minute walk to the south of Madak Belo and offers a very clean, simple front room overlooking a manicured sand enclosure running down to the water. There’s comfortable chairs out front and a separate seated area for dining; simple Indonesian fare is available here from the attached warung. This will... Read our full review of Pelangi Homestay.

West coast of Gili Gede
400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Via Vacare
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
West coast of Gili Gede
T: (0819) 1590 4275

Via Vacare sits on the northern coast of the finger that juts out of the west coast of Gili Gede. It can deliver on impressive views when the sun sinks below the rugged coastline. Perched above a retaining wall, reachable most easily by boat or by 10-15 minute walks from nearby villages, you’re really paying for the wooded solitude here and not surprisingly, the resort is a popular spot for yoga... Read our full review of Via Vacare.

East coast of Gili Gede
400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Yut's Inn Flower Paradise Cottages
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
East coast of Gili Gede
T: (0817) 978 3508

A polar opposite in many ways to Madak Belo, Yut’s Inn Flower Paradise Cottages is set north of the centre of Gili Gede’s east coast and offers a mix of wooden bungalows and larger concrete rooms overlooking a fenced in lawn garden looking out over the sea. We had a look through one of the larger concrete rooms which friends were renting: it was an oversized and very clean affair with a bed, fan... Read our full review of Yut's Inn Flower Paradise Cottages.

Southern tip of Gili Gede
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Secret Island Resort
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Southern tip of Gili Gede
T: (0818) 0376 2001

Secret Island is the resort closest to the mainland on Gili Gede -- it wraps around the southern tip of the island with a mix of rooms from cement editions in a longhouse through to rundown wooden bungalows out on a pontoon -- the whole place is a bit ramshackle to be honest, and the grounds are littered with the most bizarre string and sheltered hammocks we’ve seen. Staff are friendly, but rooms... Read our full review of Secret Island Resort.

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Pelangan

The township of Pelangan is the closest serious point of civilisation near to Tembowong, from where regular boats can take you on the 10-30 minute boat ride (depending on destination) to Gili Gede. If you arrive late or in inclement weather or for whatever the reason want to overnight on the mainland, the two closest options to the boat "harbour" are Bola Bola Paradis and Palm Beach Garden. Neither are great lodgings, but both are friendly and will do at a pinch.


JL Raya Pelangan
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Bola Bola Paradis
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
JL Raya Pelangan
T: (0817) 578 7355

Of the two places close to the boat landing at Tembowong, if it fits your budget, Bola Bola would be our choice. Rooms come in two flavours; the cheaper are in the main building and are of a decent size with cold-water bathrooms (oddly with no doors) and soft beds (no mosquito nets). The fancier rooms are in hexagonal -shaped cottages dotted across the grounds, each with a cluster of rooms... Read our full review of Bola Bola Paradis.

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Further east

Further east from Pelangan and Tembowong you’ll reach a cluster of guesthouses and homestays a little before the road heads inland and turns to dirt. The road splits in two, with the right track leading to the fishing village of Bangko Bangko and the left veering to Desert Point, arguably Lombok’s premier surf spot. In season it is possible to stay at Desert Point itself, but out of season most places close and the options are strung out along the coastal road that faces out to Gili Asahan and Gili Goleng. As we visited out of season, the only place we could find that was open was Desert Point Lodge, which sits more or less opposite the boat landing for Pearl Beach on Gili Asahan.


Road to Bangko Bangko
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Desert Point Lodge
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Road to Bangko Bangko

Desert Point Lodge has a cluster of simple Sasak-style bungalows running back from the coastal road a few kilometres shy of the turn off to Bangko Bangko and Desert Point. We visited out of season and got the feeling it had been a long time between guests, but the chatty staffer advised he’d give the room a very solid clean out before we stayed -- this was reassuring, as it needed it. Rooms are... Read our full review of Desert Point Lodge.

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