According to us the best place to stay in Lombok is in Kuta. In this lively village you’ll find the nicest restaurants and it is an excellent base to see various highlights of the island. We’ve spent a total of 6 nights here and will tell you how you can best spend the days in Kuta. We also give a few tips about our favorite restaurants and places to stay.
HOW DO YOU GET THERE?
The beautiful village of Kuta is located on the south coast of Lombok. When you fly to Lombok you’ll land in a little town in the center of Lombok, called Praia. From Praia airport it’s about half an hour by taxi to Kuta which costs you about 10 euros.
If you come from the Gili Islands, Kuta is still about 1.5 to 2 hours driving by taxi, which will cost you about 20 euros. Most taxis have got a fixed price, but you can always try to negotiate a bit.
WHERE TO STAY?
Most of the island’s accommodations can be found in and around Kuta. We spent all our nights in the Hideaway, booked with AirBnb. It’s a fairly new, affordable and very relaxed place, where you stay about 5 minutes from the beach and center of Kuta. The price is about 10 euros per night, which is absolutely nothing for what you get.
This way you have an incredibly beautiful cabin for yourself with a lovely outdoor bathroom and an extensive breakfast. You can rent a scooter on site and they will help you with anything you need. We had a fantastic feeling about this place, which makes it a perfect place to stay during your stay in Lombok. And by the time you get there, the pool bar might be ready.
WHAT TO DO?
Oh my gosh! There are so many beautiful things around Kuta. One of our favorites is watching the sunset at Bukit Merese. You can surf the beautiful beaches, visit Pink Beach or the Bat Cave and don’t forget all the delicious food! For more information about the highlights around Kuta you can check out our blog about the highlights on Lombok.
THE CUTEST RESTAURANTS
El Bazar – This Mediterranean restaurant is arguably the best restaurant in all of Lombok. Most important, the luxurious looking restaurant is still affordable for what you are used to in Indonesian prices. We usually eat at local warungs, but once in a while we love to feel like eating out again. There is plenty of choice for vegetarians and meat lovers. And the wine, don’t let Lianne start talking about that.
Milk Espresso – Another gem, but for breakfast! The perfect place to start your day with good coffee! They serve an “egg benedict” that will gives a horse hiccups, altough specialist in this field, Thom. In addition to the killer coffee and delicious food, the WiFi also works well if you need it. For us this place is a must go for breakfast.
Ashtari Lounge – In this lounge, about a 10 minute drive from Kuta by scooter, you can enjoy the beautiful view of Kuta and its coastline. Check the website when the Happy Hour starts, as this is a fairly exclusive tent. As a result, prices are normally slightly higher. The view and a cocktail and/or beer are more than worth the price. We didn’t eat here, but they have an extensive menu and a barbecue and pizza night.
The Bus Bar – This bus converted by a group of friends is now a cocktail bar and pizzeria with a great vibe. A place where you can eat a normal pizza after a time of “cardboard pizzas”. Also pay attention to the prices for a tasty gin tonic, you won’t find them much cheaper.
Warung Combi Break – In this local eatery you can eat or take away the tastiest specialties for almost nothing. The rendang here is almost unmatchable, so we have come back here regularly.
Local Sate Ayam tent – It may be a challenge, but if you find them you’ll have a good evening. Two guys are cycling around in Kuta with a cargo bike full of fresh chicken satay. You can find more of these guys along the road. Get about 20 sticks for 1 euro here and combine this with sliver, diced sticky rice.
If you want to know more about the highlights of Kuta, check this article! You may want to go to the Gili Islands from Lombok, more information you can find here.