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Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Lombok , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

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Overview+

Despite becoming an increasingly popular destination for 'those in the know', the beautiful Indonesian island of Lombok still remains as unspoilt as it was hundreds of years ago, offering a tranquil alternative to neighbouring Bali. The relaxed charm of its people, the alluring sandy beaches and breathtaking mountain scenery all blend together to create an experience like no other.
Revel in the mystique of the island's culture, discover majestic volcanoes and serene waterfalls and then retire to one of the spotless beaches for a well-earned rest. The beauty of Lombok is that you can be as active or as inactive as you wish; itineraries can be arranged to explore its many fascinating palaces and temples, or you may like to combine it with a stay on the surrounding islands of Moyo, Java or Bali. The hotel resorts, meanwhile, offer unparalleled luxury, excellent cuisine and delightful spas, ensuring you leave feeling totally relaxed and rejuvenated.

General Information
CapitalMataram
LanguageIndonesian
Time Difference3 hours
CurrencyIndonesia Rupiah
Voltage220v

Health

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.


Visa

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Climate+

Despite its close proximity to Bali, the stunning Indonesian island of Lombok experiences a much drier climate; however, like its neighbour, Lombok’s weather is split into a dry and wet season. The wet season usually arrives in October and intensifies during November – the wettest month of the year – sometimes lasting until March of the following year. Dry season starts as early as March and lasts through to September, coinciding with the peak tourist period. Just south of the equator, Lombok enjoys approximately twelve hours of daylight every day throughout the year, whilst wind is abundant to this glorious island.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Lombok.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January2897
February28122
March28135
April2892
May2860
June2727
July2618
August264
September2728
October28109
November28216
December28140

Highlights+

Beaches
Offering a true island paradise in the Indian Ocean, Lombok’s beaches are difficult to match in their breathtaking beauty. Picture powdery white sand that stretches out towards the transparent, aquamarine-coloured water – perfect for soaking up the island sunshine or cooling off in the waves. Surf fanatics will be in heaven as they take to Lombok’s famed, world-class surf breaks, whilst an unforgettable snorkel or scuba-diving excursion will provide a mesmerising encounter with the colourful marine life that swims among the stunning coral reef that surrounds the island.

Temples
In contrast to Bali, the majority of Lombok’s population is Muslim, resulting in active mosques standing among the existing intricate temples from the island’s long period of Hindu and Buddhist influence from Java and Bali. The holiest temple compound in Lombok, Pura Lingsar, built in 1714 and nestled among lush rice fields, actually caters for both denominations – housing a temple for Balinese Hindus and one for followers of the island’s take on Islam. The largest Hindu temple, Pura Meru, is dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, whilst Pura Batu Bolong is particularly worth visiting at sunset.

The Gili Islands
Just a short – and scenic – boat ride from lovely Lombok stand the utterly stunning, tiny desert islands: the Gilis. A vision of tropical paradise, each of the three islands is fringed by dazzlingly white sand and surrounded by teeming, pristine tropical reefs in crystalline, turquoise-coloured water. Now extremely popular and boasting a selection of chic restaurants, exclusive bars and lavish mosques, the islets have still managed to maintain their tranquil appeal and sense of remoteness, due to the continued absence of motor vehicles.

Volcanoes
Boasting an utterly mesmerising landscape and dramatic topography, Lombok is home to Indonesia’s second-tallest volcano, Mount Rinjani, standing at a striking 3,726 metres. With a spectacular peak and a summit housing hot springs and a shimmering crater lake, the active volcano is sacred to Hindus and Sasaks, an important pilgrimage site at which visitors leave offerings for the gods and spirits. One of a trinity of sacred peaks in the eyes of the Balinese, the other two are Bali’s Agung and Java’s Bromo mountains.

Getting There+

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