Your Complete Guide to Honeymooning on Lombok, Indonesia

Lombok Shoreline

Located just east of Bali, Lombok is the ultimate tropical island getaway with pristine beaches, breathtaking waterfalls, and stunning landscapes. Many people compare it to Bali 30 years ago, so it’s no surprise that it’s becoming an increasingly popular choice for honeymooners looking for a laid-back tropical honeymoon. Compared to many parts of Bali, it’s also more affordable.

If you’re a newlywed couple looking for a romantic getaway, this comprehensive travel guide to Lombok is just what you need. It will lead you on a journey through this magical island, highlighting its secret treasures, opulent resorts, and romantic activities, all of which will help you craft the ideal honeymoon or holiday itinerary.

Best time to visit Lombok for honeymooners

Lombok is a great destination all year round, but the best time to visit is during the dry season between May and October when the skies are clear, the waters calm, and the chance of rain is lower.

If you prefer to avoid crowds, consider planning your honeymoon during the shoulder seasons of April to June and September to November. These months offer pleasant weather, fewer tourists, and better deals on accommodations and activities.

Top honeymoon resorts and accommodations in Lombok

The Oberoi Beach Resort, Lombok
The Oberoi Beach Resort, Lombok

Lombok boasts a wide range of luxurious resorts and accommodations that cater to honeymooners’ needs. You’ll find the perfect place to celebrate your love, from private villas with infinity pools to beachfront resorts with stunning views.

For an unforgettable experience, consider staying at The Oberoi Beach Resort, Lombok. Nestled within lush gardens and overlooking the crystal-clear waters of Medana Bay, this 5-star resort offers spacious villas with private pools, personalised butler service, and romantic dining options.

The tranquil ambience and breathtaking views make The Oberoi ideal for honeymooners seeking privacy and luxury.

Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp
Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp

Another excellent option is the Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp, a luxurious beach camp hotel inspired by and modelled after a traditional Sasak fishing camp, built using recycled wood and bamboo with alang alang roofs.

Located on a secluded cove with two pristine white sand beaches, around an hour and a half from the airport, in the southern part of Lombok, this eco-friendly resort offers luxurious tented accommodations with panoramic ocean views.

Wake up to the sound of crashing waves, take romantic walks along the beach, and enjoy candlelit dinners under the stars. The Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp provides a unique honeymoon experience, combining luxury and nature in perfect harmony.

Romantic activities and experiences in Lombok

Lombok offers many romantic activities and experiences that will make your honeymoon truly unforgettable. Here are a few highlights:

Sunset Cruise

Sunset Lombok beach

Experience the most stunning sunset by taking a private cruise around Lombok. As the sun goes down, the sky explodes with vibrant pink, orange, and purple hues, creating a magical atmosphere that will leave you in awe. Several operators offer this service, and some hotels have boats for romantic sunset cruising.

 Spa Treatments Overlooking the Turquoise Ocean

Couple Spa

Lombok is home to some of the best spa resorts in Indonesia, with many of the four and five-star resorts offering indulgent spas and a wide range of rejuvenating treatments inspired by traditional Indonesian techniques.

This blissful experience will leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and pampered, just as you deserve to feel on your honeymoon.

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Climb Mount Rinjani 

Mount Rinjani.
Mount Rinjani.

If you’re an adventurous couple, you can challenge yourselves by taking an organised trek up Indonesia’s second-largest volcano, Mount Rinjani. You can see Mount Rinjani from almost anywhere on Lombok. Its ominous silhouette hints at the powerful forces rumbling beneath the earth’s surface.

If you want to climb the summit, some tours are over two days and one night, while others are over three days and two nights, which is still quite difficult. So, you need to have a certain level of physical and mental fitness. Keep in mind that Mount Rinjani hiking trails are closed every year from 1 January to 31 March due to the monsoon season, which often brings heavy rain and makes the trails dangerous.

There is more to Rinjani than just the trek. You can stay in Sembalun, which is situated at the foothills of Mount Rinjani, and experience the beauty of these magnificent mountains before starting your adventure of a lifetime.

Snorkelling Adventure in the Gili Islands

snorkelling on Gili Islands

If you’re wondering what the Gili Islands are and why they often come up in articles on Lombok, they are a small group of islands in the Lombok Strait. These islands are often called the “Maldives of Southeast Asia” due to their beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and exotic marine life. 

“Gili” refers to a small island with several islands in and around Lombok with the prefix Gili. However, when people talk about the Gili Islands, they usually refer to an archipelago consisting of three islands: Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan. 

Gili Trawangan, also known as Gili T, is the largest of the three, covering an area of 3 km in length and 2 km in width. The name “Trawangan” comes from “Terowongan,” which means a cave tunnel. The Japanese built one such tunnel during World War II. 

As you plunge into the crystal-clear waters, you’ll be amazed at the vibrant coral gardens surrounding you, teeming with a kaleidoscope of tropical fish and other fascinating marine creatures. The Gili Islands offer an unparalleled snorkelling experience, perfect for you and your partner to create lasting memories together, so be sure to put them on your list of things to do in Lombok.

Exploring the beautiful beaches of Lombok

Lombok is renowned for its stunning beaches, each offering a unique charm and beauty. Whether you prefer a secluded beach for a romantic picnic or a lively beach with water sports activities, Lombok has something for every couple.

Kuta Lombok Beach

Balinese hut on Lombok Kuta Beach

When talking about Lombok’s Kuta, we should distinguish it from its more famous namesake in Bali. Kuta, Lombok, is a small surfing village vastly different from the boisterous Kuta in Bali! Located in the southern part of Lombok, it’s a paradise for surfers, beachgoers, and everyone in between.

Kuta Beach is known as one of the best surfing spots in Indonesia. As a result, it’s more of a small surfing town than a party town. Expect to find plenty of local warungs that cater to your dining needs, and be sure to take advantage of one of the world’s best surfing beaches.

Tanjung Aan

Tanjung Aan

Around a kilometre fro Kuta Lombok Beach, Tanjung Aan is one of the most famous beaches in Lombok. It is known for its powdery white sand and turquoise waters, making it the perfect destination to relax and soak up the sun. You can take a leisurely stroll along the shore, swim in the clear waters, or relax under the shade of a beach umbrella. The beach is actually composed of a string of different beaches separated by hills that offer amazing viewpoints. It’s definitely worth exploring the different beaches, coves, and viewpoints to experience the natural beauty of Tanjung Aan.

Selong Belanak

Selong Belanak  Lombok

Selong Belanak is a stunning beach approximately 30 minutes west of Kuta Lombok. The beach is around 1 kilometre long and is situated in a beautiful sheltered bay in a mostly uninhabited area of Lombok. The lush green hills in the backdrop contrast the powder-white sand and clear turquoise waters, making it an ideal location to watch the sunset and snap a few photos.

The beach is said to be one of the best places in the world to learn surfing. Although it can get busy with surfers, there are still quiet areas where you can enjoy the beach and ocean in peace. About 1/3 of the beach is filled with warungs, surf schools, and sun loungers, while the other parts are quieter. Rent a couple of beach chairs, enjoy a romantic beachside lunch, and take in the breathtaking views of the ocean. Or, do what so many come here to do and take some surfing lessons!

Pink Beach

Pink Beach Lombok

Pink Beach, also known as Tangsi Beach, is situated in the southeast corner of Lombok and is a remarkable natural wonder. Indonesia boasts a few pink beaches, with the most well-known one being in Komodo National Park, while the lesser-known one is located in Lombok.

Lombok’s Pink Beach is located in the small village of Sekaroh on the Ekas Peninsula, away from the popular tourist beaches of Kuta Lombok. Although the beach is situated in a remote area, it is still accessible – although it requires going “off the beaten path.” The east coast of Lombok is less explored and developed, so be prepared to travel on unpaved, bumpy roads. You can arrange a driver in Kuta to take you to Pink Beach.

The beach gets its pink hue from a natural mix of crushed, dead coral and white sand, and it is definitely worth seeing if you’re up for an adventure to Lombok’s remote east coast.

Discovering the hidden gems of Lombok – waterfalls, villages, and more

Lombok is not just about its stunning beaches; it also boasts hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Venture beyond the coastline and explore the island’s lush landscapes, charming villages, and enchanting waterfalls.

Tiu Kelep Waterfall
Tiu Kelep Waterfall

One of the must-visit waterfalls in Lombok is Tiu Kelep. Located in the foothills of Mount Rinjani, Tiu Kelep is a majestic waterfall surrounded by lush greenery. Take a refreshing dip in the cool waters, feel the spray on your face, and let the beauty of nature envelope you. Tiu Kelep is a hidden oasis that will transport you to a world of tranquillity and natural wonders.

To immerse yourselves in Lombok’s local culture, visit the traditional villages of Sade and Sukarara. These villages offer a glimpse into Lombok’s traditional way of life, with their unique architecture, traditional crafts, and warm hospitality. Explore the narrow streets, interact with the locals, and learn about their customs and traditions. The cultural richness of these villages will add a touch of authenticity to your honeymoon experience.

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Indulging in Lombok’s local cuisine and dining options

No honeymoon is complete without savouring the local cuisine, and Lombok offers a culinary experience that will delight your taste buds. Lombok’s dining scene has something for every palate, from traditional Sasak dishes to international cuisines.

For a romantic dining experience, head to Asmara Restaurant. Located on the hillside overlooking Senggigi Beach, this restaurant offers breathtaking views, candlelit tables, and a menu filled with delectable Indonesian and international dishes. Enjoy a romantic dinner under the starry sky as you savour the flavours of Lombok.

If you want to indulge in traditional Sasak cuisine, visit Warung Menega. This authentic restaurant serves dishes made from locally sourced ingredients, allowing you to experience the authentic flavours of Lombok. Warung Menega will take you on a gastronomic journey through the island’s culinary heritage, from grilled seafood to spicy curries.

Planning day trips and longer excursions from Lombok

While Lombok offers many activities and attractions, it’s also a gateway to other breathtaking destinations. Take advantage of your honeymoon in Lombok to plan day trips and longer multi-day excursions to nearby islands and landmarks.

Aerial View of the Padar Island Bay, Padar Island Komodo National Park, Indonesia
Aerial View of the Padar Island Bay, Padar Island Komodo National Park, Indonesia

One of the popular trips from Lombok is a visit to the Komodo Islands, usually over four days. Embark on a boat tour and witness the majestic Komodo dragons in their natural habitat. Explore the pristine beaches, snorkel in vibrant coral reefs, and marvel at the unique flora and fauna of the Komodo Islands. This unforgettable adventure will add a touch of adventure to your honeymoon and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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If you prefer a laid-back excursion, consider visiting the Gili Islands mentioned above. These three tiny islands offer a paradise-like setting with white sandy beaches, clear waters, and a relaxed atmosphere. Spend the day hopping between the islands, snorkelling, or simply enjoying a beachside massage. 

Tips for a memorable and stress-free honeymoon in Lombok

To ensure a stress-free honeymoon in Lombok, here are some tips to keep in mind:

1. Plan: Research and book your accommodations, activities, and transportation well to secure the best deals and availability.

2. Pack wisely: Remember to pack essentials such as sunscreen, insect repellent, and comfortable footwear for exploring.

3. Stay hydrated: Lombok’s tropical climate can be pretty hot, so remember to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated throughout your trip.

4. Respect the local culture: Lombok is a predominantly Muslim island, so it’s essential to dress modestly and respect the local customs and traditions.

5. Embrace the island’s pace: Lombok has a slower pace of life than other tourist destinations. Embrace the relaxed ambience and take the time to unwind and connect with your partner truly.

How To Get To Lombok

Where is Lombok, Indonesia?

Lombok is situated in Indonesia’s Nusa Tenggara Barat province. It is a volcanic island that belongs to the Lesser Sunda Islands and is located east of the popular tourist destination, Bali. The Lombok Strait separates the two islands. If you’re wondering how to get to Lombok, two direct options are available: a flight or a ferry from Bali. If you plan to visit the Gili Islands before going to Lombok, you can also get a ferry there. Here’s an up-to-date guide that provides the best ways to get to the island.

By Boat

Bluewater Express has daily sailings from Bali to Lombok, which will take around 3+ hours. On the east coast, boats leave from Padang Bai in central Bali near Candidasa and Serangan in Sanur. You may have to go via Nusa Lembongan, which adds more time to the journey. Research your options thoroughly.

Lombok International Airport (LOP)

Daily flights between Lombok and Denpasar and many other direct routes within Indonesia and internationally (including direct flights from Perth) exist. Airlines flying into Lombok include Garuda, Lion Air, Silk Air, and Trans Nusa.

Lombok offers everything newlywed couples could ask for in a honeymoon destination. From its stunning beaches and waterfalls to its luxurious resorts and romantic activities, Lombok has it all. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or a mix of both, Lombok will exceed your expectations and provide the perfect setting for your dream honeymoon. 

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