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The "Sire Peninsula" is about as close to a "luxury lane" as mainland Lombok gets. It plays host to three luxury resorts, a pricey midranger, and, a little further up the coast, an excellent flashpacker option. The largest nearby "town" is Tanjung, but the resorts are really so isolated and self-contained you’re unlikely to do much wandering aside from a stumble down one of the beaches.

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The southernmost of the resorts is the Hotel Tugu Lombok, which enjoys its own almost-white-sand beach lining a pretty little sheltered bay that curves around to the north -- you can reach the Oberoi on the northern side of the bay. Lombok Lodge is just to the north of the Oberoi, while the rambling hill top Medana Resort is a little to the south of the Oberoi. All have at least beach access, but also have their own swimming pools should the ocean simply be too far away (a possibility for the truly lazy staying at Medana).

Late light, in the rain, still gorgeous.

Late light, in the rain, still gorgeous.

To the north of the peninsula is a small harbour popular with sailors. It plays host to an inoffensive, if totally deserted hotel just back from the water. If you continue a kilometre to the north, there’s the enchanting beachside Rinjani Beach Eco Resort, which is certainly deserving of your attention for a night or two if your schedule allows. It’s set on a lovely stretch of black-sand beach and while we were told there was some very good coral offshore, visibility was too poor to judge due to heavy rain when we tried.
A step up from a streetside warung.

A step up from a streetside warung.

From there, trundle north a little more and you’ll reach Tanjung -- home to the last internationally functional (ie not BRI) ATM that we saw until Labuhan Lombok -- yes, on the eastern coast of Lombok -- so make sure you pack enough cash. Accommodation-wise, we saw nothing between Sire and Senaru, in the foothills of Gunung Rinjani, but we later heard of a place to stay somewhere near Gondang that travellers with their own transport might want to investigate.

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The road from Sire through to Senaru is fine -- sealed the whole way, with some quite scenic spots in parts. Traffic is very light, but keep your wits about you for roving kids and cattle.


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