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Where to Stay in Lombok: Best Areas & Hotels

Where to Stay in Lombok: Best Areas & Hotels

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

A complete all-budget accommodation guide to the six best areas to stay in Lombok, Indonesia.

Whether you’ve come to witness its picturesque waterfalls, chill on its white sandy beaches, or climb Mount Rinjani, the island of Lombok will leave you longing to come back.

However, with so many different regions to explore, from the surf beaches of Kuta Lombok to the rugged foothills of Senaru, planning your Lombok accommodation might feel overwhelming.

I’ve spent multiple weeks traveling around Lombok and stayed in many different areas while exploring the island. I’ve compiled this comprehensive guide for where to stay in Lombok for every budget to help you plan your visit, from picking a region to finding a hotel.

Tiu kelep waterfall in lombok, indonesia

Tip: My favorite hotels in Lombok are Martas Windows, Kuta with its unique designs and delicious breakfast and the Katamaran Hotel in Senggigi for unbeatable ocean views.

6 Best Areas to Stay in Lombok

Lombok is located in West Nusa Tenggara province, just 20 minutes by fast boat from the Gili Islands and a quick fast-ferry or flight from Bali. Senggigi and Kuta are the main tourist hubs in Lombok where you'll find many established hotels, hostels & beach resorts.

Below are the six main areas that I recommend staying in Lombok. Each offers unique and unbeatable adventures and a different vibe, depending on your travel style.

  • Kuta - A chilled-out town on the South Coast filled with epic beaches and those who love to surf.
  • Senggigi - Known as the main tourist town with its turquoise white sand beaches and a large range of beautiful resorts and private villas.
  • Sekotong - An off-the-beaten-path area known for its excellent snorkeling and scuba diving locations with secluded nearby small islands.
  • Sembulan - A small village renowned for its breathtaking views and is the gateway to the Mount Rinjani treks.
  • Senaru - Located in the north of Lombok this area is another gateway to the Rinjani Volcano trekking and offers magical waterfalls such as Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep.
  • Tetebatu - A quiet village known for its picturesque rice and strawberry fields, waterfalls, and monkey forests.

Kuta is more popular these days due to its surfing opportunities. However, Senggigi is still worth a visit for a more relaxed vibe!

Why stay in Lombok? Lombok is fast becoming a popular destination for travelers seeking a more laid-back and less crowded alternative to Bali. There are so many fun things to do in Lombok, from epic waterfalls to visiting beautiful beaches, and even jumping on the famous Lombok Loop.

Infographic map for areas to stay in lombok
Map for the best areas to stay in Lombok

Kuta Lombok: Best Place to Stay in Lombok for Surfing

Kuta Lombok for its laid-back atmosphere and epic surfing spots this small town attracts thousands of tourists each year. It is the perfect place to stay if you're into surfing or even for those wanting to learn.

It is also a convenient 20-minute drive from Lombok International Airport.

Below are my top places to stay in Kuta based on their high travel reviews and my own personal experience.

Outdoor private pool at neptune studios lombokNeptune Studios Lombok$$$
Aerial views over pullman lombok merujani mandalika beach resortPullman$$$
Martas windows bungalow villasMartas Windows$$
Rascals hotel adults onlyRascals Hotel - Adults Only$$
Lotide surf camp dorm bunkLoTide Surf Camp$

1. Neptune Studios Lombok

This 5-star modern-styled accommodation option offers its guests a private pool and a large comfortable bed surrounded by a tranquil atmosphere.

It is a great choice for those looking to spend more money on comfort and to be away from the hustle of hotel crowds. Located in a quiet area just a 1 km walk from the main area of Kuta and 1.8 km from Kuta Beach.

I highly recommend checking out the Loka Lombok which is located next door that offers a gym, cold plunge, and delicious healthy meals.

2. Pullman Lombok

Are you seeking relaxation under the palm trees on a private beach or beside a pool with its very own bar? The Pullman Lombok offers just that!

With 257 spacious rooms that have spectacular sea views, air-conditioning, and even a private pool it's no wonder it has over 800 5-star reviews on Google.

it's a great choice for families and those traveling with children as there is a kids club that will allow you to have some kid-free time at the on-site spa.

3. Martas Windows

Boasting authentic Indonesian bungalow villa-style rooms that overlook a tropical outdoor area with a large outdoor pool. This is an Instagrammer's dream place to stay as the photo opportunities are endless.

The rooms are large and the outdoor spaces are the perfect place to relax as there are many day beds available.

Located in the heart of Kuta it allows you to explore the area on foot. I recommend walking 300 m to the Cozy House which has the best pancakes and acai bowls.

4. Rascals Hotel - Adults Only

This 3-star hotel with over 1,400 high-rated reviews features an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant, and calm terrace, and lush gardens.

It offers a quiet and relaxing atmosphere being an adult-only hotel which is great for those looking for a child-free space.

Rascals Hotel is only 1.5 km from Kuta Beach and a 6-minute walk to some of the best pizza you could taste at Mama Pizza Kuta Lombok.

If you're looking for an adventure I suggest renting a bike and taking a day trip to Pink Beach for the day.

5. LoTide Surf Camp

With its low-cost dorm-style rooms and relaxing outdoor swimming pool it is great for those looking to save on accommodation.

I found this to be a great choice for those traveling solo as the atmosphere was great for meeting people and a top choice for those looking to surf as most people staying here went surfing each day.

If you're also looking for low-cost meals be sure to check out The Warung which is a 2-minute drive away.

Senggigi - Amazing Lombok Beach Hotels & Resorts

Senggigi is known for its incredible beachside resorts and abundance of restaurants with sunset views.

It has some of the most popular beaches to visit on the island due to its turquoise water and calm location.

Below are my personal accommodation choices that offer the best outdoor swimming pools, beach fronts and relaxing atmosphere.

Aerial views over the sheraton senggigi beach resortSheraton Senggigi Beach Resort$$$
Katamaran hotel & resort outdoor swimming pool and lounge areaKatamaran Hotel & Resort$$
Katamaran hotel & resort outdoor swimming poolCozy Cottages Lombok$

6. Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort

Sheraton Senggigi is a luxury beachfront family-friendly resort that has over 3000 positive Google reviews!

This accommodation offers its guests poolside bars, on-site restaurants serving international cuisine and buffet breakfast, tennis courts, multiple swimming pools, spa treatments, and convenient access to the airport shuttle service.

Each of the 154 rooms are individually designed and features a private bathroom, private balconies, and large comfortable beds.

7. Katamaran Hotel & Resort

The Katamaran Hotel & Resort ticks all the boxes, boasting an infinity pool, wellness center, and on-site restaurant you won't ever want to leave.

Located on the private beachfront along the crystal clear waters of Senggigi the Katamaran features large air-conditioned rooms with pool or ocean views with a private bathroom.

Katamaran is an ideal accommodation option if you're looking to stay in Lombok but would like to see the nearby Gili Islands for a day trip of snorkeling on coral reefs as this can be arranged.

8. Cozy Cottages Lombok

This villa-style cottage accommodation screams relaxation with its outdoor sun chairs and surrounding palm trees.

It is located just 600 m from Senggigi Beach and offers an on-site restaurant that serves delicious banana pancakes for breakfast. The outdoor swimming pool is surrounded by luscious gardens that provide a tranquil experience.

It is a short 10-minute drive to Malimbu Hill which I highly recommend visiting for sunset along with Magsit Beach.

Sekotong- Off-The-Beaten-Path Accommodation in Lombok

Sekotong is a slice of heaven hidden away from the rest of the bustling side of Lombok and it really shouldn't be missed. There are some epic things to do in Sekotong such as scuba diving, snorkeling and exploring Mekaki Beach.

To save money on transport, I’d recommend staying in this largely unexplored part of Lombok Indonesia for a couple of nights to check out all the best things to do.

Here are my top accommodation options for the Sekatong region.

Star sand beach resort private villasStar Sand Beach Resort$$$
Outdoor swimming pool at the cocotinos sekotong lombokCocotinos Sekotong Lombok$$$
Aerial view over krisna bungalows and restaurantKrisna Bungalows and Restaurant$$

9. Star Sand Beach Resort

Another great option on this epic Indonesian Island is the Star and Sand Beach Resort which offers secluded beachfront views and private luxury villa-styled accommodation.

This is the ultimate pick for families or those traveling as it sleeps 4 and even allows you to bring your pet which is another bonus.

The villa offers a fully equipped kitchen with its very own grocery delivery. The rooms are air-conditioned and each has a private bathroom.

Diving, fishing, and hiking can be enjoyed in this area.

10. Cocotinos Sekotong Lombok

Cocotinos overlooks the incredible Secret Gilli islands, has a large outdoor beachfront freshwater pool, a wellness center, and has its very own digital nomad video editing room.

It's the perfect base for those wanting a quiet location without the crowds and those wanting to explore the surrounding islands.

On-site massage services are available for those wanting to completely relax.

11. Krisna Bungalows and Restaurant

Located in Pelangan, not too far from Sekotong Harbor this accommodation option offers beachfront views.

Each double room is equipped with a fan and bathroom and is conveniently located in a quiet area. You’ll also get a free breakfast.

I recommend taking a trip to Gili Nanggu which is a small island or the surrounding Secret Gili Islands when staying here.

Sembalun - Unique Place to Stay in Lombok

Sembalun is a great area to stay if you want to climb Mount Rinjani or Pergasingan Hill.

It's also known for its colourful rice and strawberry fields which make for a great photo at Bukit Selong Viewpoint.

Bukit tiga lima boutique bedroomBukit Tiga Lima$$$
Radiya guesthouseRadiya Guesthouse$$
Sembalun kita cottage outdoor viewSembalun Kita Cottage$

12. Bukit Tiga Lima

The location is hard to beat with impeccable views over the surrounding rice fields.

This 3-star hotel features triangular modern rooms with BBQ facilities and an included breakfast. It is perfect for couples wanting to relax away from the bustling center.

It is a short 8-minute drive to Bukit Selong and local strawberry farms.

13. Radiya Guesthouse

I loved my time at Radiya Guesthouse due to its hospitality and calm atmosphere.

This is one of the best-value accommodation options in Sembalun. The rooms are small but very clean and have everything you need. There’s unlimited free coffee and tea, as well as a free breakfast included.

I recommend Mangku Sakti Waterfall which is a 25-minute drive from the property is is a must-visit along with Pergasingan Hill if you're looking for some adventurous activities.

14. Sembalun Kita Cottage

Set among the mountains the Sembulan Kita Cottage offers its guests incredible views from its rooms, hot water, free breakfasts, and hammocks for relaxing.

The most unique part of staying here is the option of sleeping in a 100-year-old traditional Indonesian house.

I recommend walking 500 m to Kebon Kupi Sembalun for a delicious meal and checking out the best things to do in Sembalun.

Senaru - Where to Stay in Lombok for Rinjani Trekking

Senaru is a well-known location to stay before starting the Rinjani Trek.

Located high in the mountains Senaru boasts unbelievable views over the surrounding landscapes and is tucked away from the larger crowds that you might find at Kuta.

You’ll find some of the best waterfalls in this region, including Tiu Teja, and Sendang Gile waterfalls.

Outdoor swimming pool at the rinjani lodgeRinjani Lodge$$$
Outdoor view of rinjani lighthouseRinjani Lighthouse$$
Dragonfly senaru lodge outdoor misty mountainsDragonfly Senaru Lodge$

15. Rinjani Lodge

The perfect option for those wanting a luxurious experience surrounded by mountain views whilst being nestled within nature.

Boasting 2 outdoor infinity swimming pools and breakfast delivered to your room Rinjani Lodge sits at the top of the list for convenience and ultimate relaxation. This is a great place to stay after your Mount Rinjani Trek as you'll feel pampered and refreshed.

It is just a 500 m short walk to the well-known Sendand Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfalls.

16. Rinjani Lighthouse

Rinjani Lighthouse is a mid-range accommodation option that boasts a fantastic free breakfast!

It is located within the lush forests of Senaru and a short distance from Sendand Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfalls.

The rooms are traditionally styled bungalows with mosquito nets, warm showers, and seating areas. The noise here is minimal and it offers a great place to relax and unwind after trekking Mount Rinjani.

If you're looking for a place to watch the sunset I recommend the Rooftop Sunset Bar Villa Bambu which is a short 400 m walk away.

17. Dragonfly Senaru Lodge

It's no wonder it got the name Dragonfly Lodge as you'll understand when you arrive just how many dragonflies are seen in the gardens.

The accommodation offers breathtaking views over the surrounding landscapes and Rinjani Volcano. It is 1 km from the surrounding Sendand Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfalls. And has its own on-site restaurant.

It's a great value choice for those looking to save money.

Tetebatu - Where to Stay in Lombok Amongst Ricefields

The traditional village of Tetebatu is a great place to stay in Lombok if you are looking for a relaxing, village life full of greenery and away from the crowds.

It is home to many waterfalls, my personal favorite being Benang Stokel due to its lush green rainforest walls.

Below are my favorite accommodation options in Tetebatu.

Bedroom layout with rice paddy views at les rizieres lombokLes Rizieres$$$
Ai sasaki accommodation in tetebatuAl Sasaki $$
Vanilla garden aerial view over rice fields.Vanilla Garden$

18.  Les Rizieres

Within walking distance of Tetebatu town the Les Rizieres offers comfortable accommodation with spectacular rice terrace views & a relaxing atmosphere.

The hosts are friendly and the crepes served with passionfruit are a must-try for breakfast!

It is located a short 10-minute drive from the must-visit Tetebatu Waterfall which is the ideal spot to cool off on a hot day.

19. Al Sasaki 

Surrounded by rice fields the Al Sasaki is an affordable accommodation option for those on a tighter budget.

Bicycle hire is available here which makes it easy to explore the nearby waterfalls and Tetebatu Monkey Forest.

Ronni and his family who run AI Sasaki are extremely accommodating and love showing others the way of life in Tetebatu. They love to share their local recipes and how the food is prepared so don't be shy to ask or get involved with the local culture!

20. Vanilla Garden

The perfect low-budget bungalow pick in Tetebatu is situated in the middle of rice fields and surrounded by coconut trees and it offers a free continental breakfast!

Vanilla Garden boasts fantastic views of the surrounding area and the impressive active volcano Mount Rinjani. It is a 20-minute walk to local eateries however this is worth the walk as it is amongst nature and extremely peaceful. Or you might opt to hire a bike from the property.

The rooms are cozy bungalows with minimal amenities however for the price it is great.

FAQ For Staying in Lombok

How many days is enough for Lombok?

It all depends on the activities that you plan on doing during your stay. However, I would recommend at least 7-9 days in Lombok due to the size of the island and the time it takes to get from one place to another. Also if you're planning on climbing Mount Rinjani this will take 2 days out of your itinerary.

What is the best area to stay in Lombok for first-time visitors?

For first-time visitors, I would recommend Kuta Lombok due to its vibrant atmosphere, beautiful beaches, and variety of accommodations suitable for all budgets. It's also a great spot for surfers or those looking to learn how to surf.

What is the best way to get around Lombok?

Renting a scooter is the most flexible and common way to explore Lombok. You can rent one for roughly 100,000-200,00 IDR per day, allowing you to visit remote beaches and attractions at your own pace. Make sure you have insurance before renting a scooter! For those not comfortable on two wheels, hiring a driver or using local taxis are good alternatives.

Is Lombok suitable for family vacations?

Yes, Lombok is suitable for family vacations with many family-friendly hotels and resorts, such as the Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort which offers a kids club. The island offers various activities that cater to all ages, including beach days, water sports, waterfall visits, and cultural tours.

What should I pack for a trip to Lombok?

Pack light clothing suitable for tropical weather, swimwear, a high SPF sunscreen, a reusable raincoat, insect repellent, and comfortable shoes for walking or hiking. If you plan on climbing Mount Rinjani bring a jumper as it can be cold at the top. Also, consider bringing a waterproof bag for water activities and a power adapter for Indonesia's outlets.

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