Ageing beach resort
Set midway up the west coast of Lombok at the middle point of a series of sandy bays, Senggigi promises a lot but is mostly a bit of a dump that isn’t really worth a stay, save as a spot to break up your trip if you arrive too late to press on elsewhere. We would never choose to stay here if we could avoid it.
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If these were the only beaches in Lombok, perhaps we’d be kinder, but they’re not. You’ll find vastly superior beaches to the north on Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air, to the south on the beaches surrounding Kuta, and simpler beaches, without the hassle, to the southwest on the island beaches that can be visited from Gili Gede and to the southeast on the beaches near Ekas. Now that Lombok’s airport is considerably closer to Kuta than it is to Senggigi, there’s even less of a reason to stop here.
Senggigi itself is at the centre of a half dozen or so sweeping bays and exposed beaches that run north to south along the west coast of Lombok. The town straddles the sometimes very busy north-south running road and is little more than a string of tourist focussed restaurants, hotels, guesthouses, travel agents and a never-ending stream of touts offering their services. We had one on a motorbike chasing us -- in our car -- trying to rent us a car. Even by Bali standards, the touts are in a class of their ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 900 words.)