Lombok, Indonesia’s OTHER island paradise

Lombok, Indonesia - The Life in Limbo blog

Aussies and sun-seekers from all over the world has long since discovered the Indonesian beach paradise of Bali. However, Lombok should not to be overlooked when planning your trip.

Lombok Indonesia - The Life in Limbo blog

Situated just 35km from Bali, or reachable by flying directly to the Lombok International Airport, this is a more rustic paradise than Bali. People keep saying over and over it is what Bali used to be like 20 years ago. Things are changing fast and I don’t’ think this is accurate anymore. Lombok has seen many recent developments, resorts and holiday homes pop up everywhere.

Lombok Indonesia - The Life in Limbo blog

Qunci Villas Hotel

We stayed at a beautiful resort called Qunci Villas Hotel in the Sengiggi area, directly on Mangsit beach. About 90 minutes drive from the airport. Qunci means key in Indonesian and their slogan is: “The key to an idyllic Lombok”. They have a lovely spa, the Qambodja Spa as well as the Qul-Qul art gallery. Dining options include Asian and seafood specialities at Quali restaurant. For a Mediterranean menu with a Lombok twist, try Quah restaurant and Nooq Tapas Bar. Meals can also be served on the beach, with romantic dinner set-ups available. We watched the sunset from the pool deck over dinner every night, with Mount Batur in the distance.

Qunci Villas Lombok - The Life in Limbo blog

Qunci Villas Lombok - The Life in Limbo blog

Qunci Villas Lombok - The Life in Limbo blog

Qunci Villas Lombok - The Life in Limbo blog

Qunci Villas Lombok - The Life in Limbo blog

Near the hotel there is a little village market to buy souvenirs and crafts. A little further is also an official tourist stop called Bayan Lombok Handicraft & Tropical Gifts.

Lombok, Indonesia - The Life in Limbo blog

Gili Islands

The famous trio of Gili Islands, is also just a short boat ride away. For island-hopping and snorkelling, you can rent a boat just in front of the hotel. This used to be purely a backpacker’s party mecca, but recent focus is shifting towards more resorts and glamour options. There are no cars on the islands and they have a lovely relaxed, beach café environment, with restaurants and bars everywhere.

Gili Islands, Lombok - The Life in Limbo blog

Gili Islands, Lombok - The Life in Limbo blog

Gili Islands, Lombok - The Life in Limbo blog

Gili Islands, Lombok - The Life in Limbo blog

Gili Islands, Lombok - The Life in Limbo blog

Gili Islands, Lombok - The Life in Limbo blog

We took a private day trip to go snorkelling around the Gili islands and had a great time with our guide. A few days before we arrived they had rain in Lombok. Unfortunately, this resulted in rubbish washing down the river into the ocean from villages higher up. I wish there was some to help them with recycling, but I know it is easier said than done, especially in rural communities. Nevertheless, we saw some fantastic fish, coral and had a great day out, with a visit to the islands and lunch. For more things to do in Gili Islands, Tripadvisor has some great recommendations.

Gili Islands, Lombok - The Life in Limbo blog

Gili Islands, Lombok - The Life in Limbo blog

Gili Islands, Lombok - The Life in Limbo blog

The next day, we got a taxi and drove to Autore South Sea Pearls, where they cultivate their own pearls, for worldwide export. We found them on Tripadvisor too. We got to see how a pearl is extracted from an oyster as well as how they “seed” oysters to form new pearls. It was a first-time experience for me and a fascinating tour.

They are open 7 days a week, and it is free for children. To book directly please contact them at: P : +6281339920015 / +6281339920020

Autore South Sea Pearls, Lombok - The Life in Limbo blog

Autore South Sea Pearls, Lombok - The Life in Limbo blog

Autore South Sea Pearls, Lombok - The Life in Limbo blog

Autore South Sea Pearls, Lombok - The Life in Limbo blog

I love Indonesia and cannot stop recommending people to go and visit! Locals are always friendly and helpful.

Lombok, Indonesia - The Life in Limbo blog

Lombok Indonesia - The Life in Limbo blog

There is so much more to experience than Bali – go explore!

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