Escape Bali and island-hop to neighbouring Lombok where the happening little town of Kuta awaits with cool cafes, spas, bars & world-class waves…
So, you’ve ticked off all of Bali’s best beaches, and now you’re looking for a new island adventure to escape to? We have just the spot. Just a hop, skip and a short 30 minute flight away from Bali, Kuta Lombok holds a very special place in our hearts. With its white sand beaches, turquoise crescent-shaped bays and rugged hillsides, it’s a jaw dropping island paradise. Couple that with cool cafes, vibrant new restaurants and an assortment of boutique accommodation, and you’ve got yourself a pretty happening little ‘hood.
So, we teamed up with resident and local expert Lucy Elliott from Reef Property Lombok to bring you this ultimate guide to Kuta Lombok. We’ve covered the best places to eat, where to stay and how to make the most of that stunning coastline in Kuta, Gerupuk, Selong Belanak, Serangan and beyond.
Happy island hopping, Honeys!
BREAKFAST, BRUNCH & LUNCH: Cool cafes & restaurants in Kuta Lombok
Head to these cafes in Kuta Lombok and beyond for brekkie, brunch, lunch or later, with epic coffees, island-inspired cuisine and of course, all-day cocktails.
1. Bush Radio
Best for: Long, lazy and laid-back hangs throughout the day.
An industrial-chic warehouse with friendly, fun and laid-back vibes, Bush Radio serves seriously tasty salads, sandwiches, smoothie bowls and juices. Everything at Bush Radio is homemade, fresh and packed full of goodness – their home-baked sourdough is a standout.
Bush Radio, Jl Raya Kuta, Kuta, Lombok, p.+62 8233 9874 778, e. [email protected]
2. Milk (temporarily closed)
Best for: Expert coffee & Aussie café culture
Rise and shine at Milk for darn good coffee and classic Aussie brekkie combos in tropical homely surroundings. Think bacon eggs benedict, smashing avocado and colourful smoothie bowls. Open in the evenings also, these guys make a mean cocktail (Espresso Martinis are their thang). Keep your eyes peeled for their two-for-one cocktail nights and live tunes.
Milk, Jl Raya Kuta, Kuta, Lombok, p.+62 822 6618 9838 (temporarily closed).
3. El Bazar
Best for: A taste of Morocco, grazing-style.
Longstanding favourite El Bazar is one of the most popular eateries in town. And rightly so. Step in and head straight to the back where a stunning, peaceful courtyard and fountain awaits. Known as the ‘cuisine of kings’, El Bazar perfectly emulates diverse Moroccan flavours. Think lamb tagines, vegetarian kebabs and, our fave, the Mezze platter.
El Bazar, Jl Raya Kuta No. 5, Kuta, Lombok, p. +62 853 3761 5945, [email protected]
4. Segara Lombok Bar & Restaurant
Best for: A long and lazy all-day grazing session with stunning sea views.
Sitting in prime view of Serangan’s pristine white-sand bay and world-class wave, Segara Lombok Bar & Restaurant is best known for its million-dollar vista and authentic homemade food. Falling somewhere between western and eastern cuisine, expect a mix of flavours from breakfast all the way through to dinner. Our top tip? Settle in for the day to laze and graze your way through the menu, sampling everything from smoothie bowls and pancakes alongside barista coffees and fresh juices, to sesame-seared tuna and zesty bruschetta with imported wines and fancy cocktails. And yes, sunsets here shouldn’t be missed either!
5. Markisa Restaurant
Best for: Easy breezy rooftop Mediterranean vibes
Escape the scorching streets and cool down at Markisa; the breezy rooftop restaurant and pool bar at Rawa Lombok. A quick glance at the mouth-watering menu here and you’re going to want to order one of everything. Think tomato crostinis, grilled sardines, anchovy toast and octopus ragu – an ever-changing menu of Mediterranean favourites.
Markisa Restaurant, Jl Pariwisata Pantai Kuta, Kuta, Lombok, p.+62 853 3850 5058, e. [email protected]
6. Terra (temporarily closed for dine-in)
Best for: A healthy feast of custom-made plant-based goodness.
Eating to live, instead of living to eat, is the motto at Terra, serving up a colourful array of raw, vegan, vegetarian and plant-based goodness. Whether you go for a smoothie bowl or salad, you choose all the ingredients while the staff whip it up for you – then you can enjoy your creation on their beautiful and fresh rooftop terrace. Time it right and you can also catch special dinners and cooking classes.
Terra, Jl Pariwisata Pantai Kuta, Kuta, Lombok, p.+62 859 366 33130 (temporarily closed for dine-in – delivery menu only).
7. Café Fin (temporarily closed)
Best for: A post-surf refuel with local village vibes.
Located in the traditional fishing village of Gerupuk (the jump-off point for some of Lombok’s best waves) is Café Fin. Smiling staff, a stunning wall mural and super tasty smoothies, smoothie bowls and epic sandwich combos – it’s the perfect little surfing pit stop.
Café Fin, Jl Mandalika Resort Pantai Putri Nyale, Gerupuk, Lombok (temporarily closed).
AFTER DARK DINING: The best restaurants for dinner in Kuta Lombok
Kuta Lombok’s dining scene is surprisingly vibrant, with cuisines from around the world. With new restaurants opening up all the time, it can be hard to keep track, but here’s our favourite spots to visit after dark.
Best for: Oh-so delicious Asian street food.
No visit to Kuta Lombok is complete without a visit to Bamba. Asian street food with a loving Nordic touch is how they describe it, and we concur. Drawing inspiration from every corner of Asia, the food at Bamba is oozing with unique flavour. The steamed bao buns are seriously moreish. Soft fluffy clouds of perfection.
Bamba, Jl Raya Kuta, Kuta, Lombok, p. +62 878 6051 9009.
Best for: Hungry, thirsty souls with a palate for pizza, burgers and margaritas.
Great tunes, dirty burgers, juicy pizzas and delicious cocktails. That’s KRNK in a nutshell. Grab your mates and head down for a feast; it’s the place to kick start a fun night out. Expect good times, happy hours, and big, beautiful portions fresh-from-the-oven.
KRNK, Jl Raya Kuta No. 5a, Kuta, Lombok, p. +62 819 9911 3026.
3. Kemangi Bar and Kitchen
Best for: Affordable wines and fancy Indonesian fare.
Elegant and chic, Kemangi offers sophisticated Indonesian dining in a beautiful setting. A great place to sample local food at its finest, and with an impressive and well-stocked cellar, you’ll also want to sip your way through the affordable wine collection…
Kemangi Bar and Kitchen, Jl Pariwisata Pantai Kuta, Kuta, Lombok, p. +62 878 6152 4585.
4. SeaSalt (temporarily closed)
Best for: Hella fresh seafood & naughty desserts
Bringing a slice of the Med to Kuta Lombok, SeaSalt takes the crown for the freshest locally caught seafood in town. Whether you’re tucking into the grilled baby mackerel with sawblade coriander salsa, or perfectly pan seared red snapper, you won’t be disappointed. Go with friends to take advantage of the tapas-style entrees to share, and whatever you do, don’t leave without tasting their heart-attack-inducing deep fried desserts – a Scottish culinary phenomenon!
SeaSalt, Jl Raya Pantai Kuta, Kuta, Lombok, p. +62 813 8198 7104 (temporarily closed)
5. The Mexican in Town
Best for: An authentic Mexican fiesta in humble surrounds.
Who doesn’t love Mexican?! Run by a real Mexican, the food here is legit. Expect all the classics: mouth-watering baja fish tacos, jam packed burritos, the freshest tuna tostada, and to wash it all down, we highly recommend their tangy margaritas. Or better still, pair it with a fiery Bintang Michelada. Currently the restaurant is only open every Monday and Thursday evening, but check back soon for added opening hours!
The Mexican in Town, Jl Pariwisata Pantai Kuta, Kuta, Lombok, p. +62 852 3911 0552.
6. The Bus Bar (temporarily closed)
Best for: The very best pizzas outside of Naples!
Busting out pizza all night long and even having the vegans and coeliacs covered with homemade cashew nut cheese and gluten free pizza bases is the Bus Bar. Famous also for their parties that would bring in the crowds (pre-Covid times!), it’s the perfect place to dance the night away beside the open-air bar.
The Bus Bar, Jl Pariwisata Pantai Kuta, Kuta, Lombok, p. +62 823 4089 7270 (temporarily closed).
HOTELS, VILLAS & RETREATS: Here’s where to stay in Kuta Lombok
Catch some z’s at these cool island abodes. From simple homestays to plush private villas and boutique escapes, here’s our fave places to stay in Kuta Lombok and beyond, listed (roughly) in descending price order.
1. Villa Sorgas
Grab your mates and book a luxury stay at this 400 square-metre, hillside villa. Relax in the infinity pool while you take in the breathtaking views of Tanjung Aan beach and Gerupuk Bay. The team are on hand to make sure you have an unforgettable stay, organising everything from private chefs and yoga classes through to fishing trips and private surf lessons. There’s nothing quite like it around…
Villa Sorgas, Gerupuk, Lombok, e. [email protected]
2. Selong Selo Resort and Residences
Topped high up on a mountain’s edge lies the stunning Selong Selo Resort and Residences. If anyone has seen a more zen beach view, please let us know! Selong Selo offers several sleek and modern bespoke villas, ranging from designer studios and eco-glamping tents, to a dazzling 11-bedroom cliff-hanging villa, engulfing the spectacular bay view below. Selong Selo’s casual open-plan Aura restaurant lovingly serves up fresh and healthy all-day Western staples as well as all the Indonesian classics. There’s also a gym, meeting room, and even a kids club if mum and dad fancy a surf sesh at nearby Mawi’s legendary waves. Selong Selo also offers concierge, a private chef and butler services, plus blissful spa treatments. The daily shuttle bus to the beach tops it all off, or simply pitch-up on a sun lounger and soak up that jaw-dropping Selong Selo vista…
Selong Selo Resort and Residences, Jl Batu Jangkih Sepi Mungkung, Selong Belanak, Mangkung
3. Villa Strata
A luxury five-bedroom abode with 360 degree panoramic views of ocean and rugged hillsides, Villa Strata (just next door to Villa Sorgas) is an architectural wonder. It’s decked out with contemporary interiors and dramatic geometric framing, matched by local wood and natural stone, lining an infinity pool that appears to disappear over the horizon. Squishy sofas and an ultra-modern kitchen frame the al-fresco ground floor lounge, while upstairs, all of the air-conditioned minimalistic rooms are sunset-facing, capturing the evening’s sundrops over Lombok’s awesome landscapes. For unobstructed views all around, head to the sprawling rooftop with a chilled bottle of vino…
Villa Strata, Gerupuk, Lombok, e. [email protected]
4. Seven Havens Luxury Residence
Exactly as its name suggests, this stunning boutique resort, perched high up on the hillside, is made up of seven havens, each with breathtaking views over the crystal clear Selong Belanak bay. A glittering infinity pool centres this ocean-breezy sanctuary, dotted with plush Soo Santai beanbags and a fully-stocked kitchenette and dining room. For the most panoramic view of them all, stay in the Havens of Tranquility suite right at the front of the resort, with its grand natural backdrop set behind floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s a 360-degree vista of spectacular scenery and sublime luxury.
Seven Havens Luxury Residence, Jl Raya Selong Belanak, Lombok, p. +6281337388339, e. [email protected]
5. Segara Lombok Beach Resort
Bright white sands, a sparkling ocean and untouched natural surroundings for as far as the eye can see – Segara Lombok is like something straight out of a postcard, and that’s before we’ve even mentioned the gorgeous resort. Segara’s luxurious beach bungalows with natural thatched roofs pepper the palm-studded horizon, fronted by an on-site restaurant and glittering infinity pool that looks out over Serangan’s pristine bay and world-class surf break. Situated slightly out of town in the peaceful village of Serangan, Segara is the perfect place to switch off, unwind, and soak up the very best bits of South Lombok – in all her natural beauty.
Segara Lombok Beach Resort, Serangan Beach, Selong Belanak, Lombok, p. +62 823 4096 3101, e. [email protected]
6. Sempiak Villas
Situated on the idyllic shores of Selong Belanak beach, Sempiak Villas is the perfect beachfront getaway. Using natural, local materials throughout, each villa has been carefully constructed and offers its own unique design and furnishings. With a beachside restaurant, pool, yoga and spa, it’s a truly special place to unwind.
Sempiak Villas, Jl Datuk Lopan, Selong Belanak, Lombok, p.+62 821 4430 3337, e. [email protected]
7. Jivana Resort
Stepping into Jivana is like stepping into an endless tropical garden. You’re completely enveloped in nature with stunning tropical plants, groomed lawns and peaceful ponds. The accommodation is equally stunning. They offer a range of options from double rooms through to three-bedroom private villas. Make sure you check out the swim-up bar!
Jivana Resort, Jl Raya Kuta, Kuta, Lombok, p.+62 370 615 8000, e. [email protected]
8. Villa Alba & VillaKarinya
Two stylish and eco-conscious two-bedroom villas tucked away on a quiet and shaded back street of Kuta, Villa Alba and Villa Karinya are tranquil, hidden gems for guests to call home. Expertly designed by the highly regarded and local sustainable architecture firm, Bambook Studio, the villas are bright, airy and bursting with style. Chill by the pool, snuggle up on the sofa or simply enjoy all the home comforts of these modern tropical oases.
Villa Alba & Villa Karinya, Jl Baturiti, Kuta, Lombok.
9. Roots Lombok
A hidden gem in the local fishing village of Gerupuk, Roots Lombok is a tropical-chic oasis just minutes from the main jump-off point to reach Gerupuk’s famous waves. It’s tucked away in the heart of the village yet just footsteps from the main Gerupuk strip, surrounded by lush greenery and a warm, welcoming vibe. The rooms are immaculate, each one designed with a keen eye for detail and gorgeous island style. The service is even better, where the hosts make you feel perfectly at home, with homemade breakfast spreads served up by the pool each morning. Choose a surf, yoga or combo package to really get a feel for the Roots experience. The only downside? You’ll never want to leave…
Roots Lombok, Jl Mandalika Resort Pantai Putri Nyale, Gerupuk, Lombok, p. +62 8234 163 7965, e. [email protected]
10. Origin Lombok
Nestled in nature, this tranquil boutique resort is just on the outskirts of Kuta and a short drive to Tanjung Aan beach. Offering a range of beautifully designed rooms, many with direct pool access, you’ll feel like you’re in a top resort at a fraction of the price. With a spa, yoga and two large swimming pools, it ticks all the relaxation boxes.
Origin Lombok, Jl Raya Sengkol, Kuta, Lombok, p.+62 370 615 8550, e. [email protected]
11. Rawa Lombok
A boutique hotel with a rustic but modern feel, the rooms at Rawa Lombok are incredibly spacious and beautifully furnished with lots of thoughtful touches. We particularly love how cold the air-con is, how hot the showers are, and how many movies come pre-loaded on the big TVs! Top tip: sip on a cocktail while the sun sets from the rooftop bar and pool, and feast at adjoining restaurant Markisa after dark – reason enough to stay.
Rawa Lombok, Jl Pariwisata Pantai Kuta, Kuta, Lombok, p. +62 852 6728 8488, e. [email protected]
12. Mana Yoga Retreat
A tropical and lush oasis offering a range of beautifully appointed accommodation options fit for all budgets, Mana Retreat is the perfect place for a relaxing stay in the centre of Kuta Lombok. It features two yoga studios offering daily classes, an onsite spa, swimming pool, healthy restaurant and an evening cinema. They even supply the popcorn!
Mana Yoga Retreat, Jl Baturiti, Kuta, Lombok, p.+62 853 3862 8659, e. [email protected]
13. So It Goes
A beautifully designed pod hotel brought to you by the team behind the delicious Bamba restaurant, sleeping doesn’t get more inviting than this. Slap bang in the centre of town, featuring a stunning outdoor courtyard, large swimming pool and rooftop bar, it ticks all the social boxes. Room configurations include single pods, double pods and also some private doubles for those requiring snuggle space.
So It Goes, Jl Raya Kuta, Kuta, Lombok, e. [email protected]
GET SALTY: The best surf spots and surf schools in Kuta Lombok
With crystal clear waters, untouched beaches and a range of surf breaks for all levels, getting salty is a must in Lombok. For those looking to test out or improve their surfing skills, there are many surf camps and surf guiding teams operating in the area.Here’s our top picks.
1. Surfcamp Lombok (temporarily closed)
Arguably Lombok’s first surf camp, Surfcamp Lombok is on the shores of five fantastic surf spots. Whether you’re looking to master the basics or learn advanced techniques, their courses cater to a range of levels. It’s a full-on program with surfs twice a day, video/photo analysis and lots of land-based theory. Perfect for those who want to take the next step (or first step) in their surfing careers.
Surfcamp Lombok, Gerupuk, Lombok, p. +62 821 4501 5464, e. [email protected] (temporarily closed)
2. Nalua Surf
Offering surfing packages, rooms and a cute surf shop right in the centre of Kuta Lombok, Nalua Surf is like a home away from home. Their beginner surf package will get you on your feet in no time, while their adventure package is perfect for those looking to explore the islands’ breaks with an experienced guide. Beautifully decorated, here you’ll find simple rooms with the added bonus of an idyllic rooftop hangout spot perfect for sunset.
Nalua Surf, Jl Raya Kuta, Kuta, Lombok, p.+62 819 0796 9162, e. [email protected]
3. Drop In Lombok
A peaceful lodge teetering high on a hill with breathtaking views over rice paddies and local villages, Drop In is perfect for those looking to completely switch off and enjoy Lombok’s natural surroundings. Drop In offers small group surf, dive and yoga packages tailored to different levels. You’ll also find cute bungalows with private verandas, a swimming pool, BBQ area, a workspace and a restaurant serving delicious homemade cakes and treats for refuelling after a long day of surfing. Bonus: check out some of the amazing community projects they’ve helped to set up in the local village.
Drop In Lombok, Jl Kener, Desa Sukadana, Kuta, Lombok, p.+62 819 0723 4673, e. [email protected]
3. WhatSUP Lombok (temporarily closed)
WhatSUP Lombok has the adrenaline junkies covered offering a range of activities including one-on-one surf lessons, kite surfing, paragliding, SUPboarding tours, kayaking, scuba diving and snorkelling adventures. If you’re looking to discover lesser known spots in Lombok, these guys will take you there. Make sure you also jump onboard their evening Senja Sunset Cruise – there’s no better place to watch the sun go down.
WhatSUP Lombok, Jl Pariwisata Pantai Kuta, Kuta, Lombok, p.+62 878 6597 8701, e. [email protected] (temporarily closed).
4. Sasak Soul – best for the local surf experience
Run by locals, let Sandy and the Sasak Soul team take care of your time in Lombok. Offering a range of surf packages and off the beaten path tours, including an overnight camping trip to the completely uninhabited island Gili Kondo, this place lets you discover Lombok like a local.
Sasak Soul, Jl Raya Kuta, Kuta, Lombok, p.+62 853 3780 0970, e. [email protected]
5. Kura Kura Surf Camp
Offering weekly surf camps for the complete novice through to the advanced surfer, Kura Kura Surf Camp invites you to stay in quaint homestay-style accommodation. Their camps start on the same day each week to ensure they can follow each surfers’ progress and make sure all beginners get the necessary theory lessons before hitting the water. It also must be mentioned that they were the first surf camp in the area to have a local female surf instructor – hang five to that!
Kura Kura Surf Camp, Jl Mawun, Mengalung, Kuta, Lombok, p. +62 8533 728 6914, e. [email protected]
SPA, YOGA & GYM: Where to relax, recharge & workout in Kuta Lombok
Because there’s more to Kuta Lombok than just epic cafes, surf and tropical stays, here’s where you can hit the spa, gym, yoga studio or boutique shops.
1. Bliss out at Matcha Spa
Sitting on one of the main Kuta Lombok strips with an incredible number of highly-trained spa therapists, there’s ample opportunity to bliss out at this little oasis. Indulge in a day of pampering with a wide range of treatments, including divine massages, facials, body scrubs and nail treatments. Go on, treat yo’ self!
Matcha Spa, Jl Raya Kuta, Kuta, Lombok, p.+62 823 3905 0182
2. Stretch it out at Mana Yoga Retreat
So much more than just a place to practice yoga, at Mana Yoga Retreat you can swim, chill out with a good book, master the slackline, or bliss out at the beautiful spa. Offering a range of yoga styles four times a day in beautiful tropical surroundings, friendly, experienced teachers are ready to guide the novice through to the experienced yogi.
Mana Yoga Retreat, Jl Baturiti, Kuta, Lombok, p.+62 853 3862 8659, e. [email protected]
3. Align those chakras at Ashtari Yoga
Set atop the hills overlooking Kuta Bay, practice yoga while you enjoy the breathtaking scenery at Ashtari. The open air, almost-floating yoga shala is also a great place to spot monkeys swinging in the nearby trees! Ashtari also offers yoga classes at a number of hotel locations around Kuta Lombok – check their schedule for details.
Ashtari Yoga, Jl Mawun, Kuta, Lombok, p.+62 823 4053 9445, e. [email protected]
4. Break a sweat at Loka Lombok
Don’t worry gym junkies, Loka has your workout needs covered (and your healthy eating and relaxation, too!). Their daily Crossfit and Muay Thai classes offer a solid workout for those looking to balance out those holiday munchies. Post workout, pull up a beanbag and recover in their scrumptious adjoining health café – the menu has been curated by a nutritionist, and it is simply delish!
Loka Lombok, Jl Raya Kuta, Kuta, Lombok, p.+62 821 4503 5400
5. Shop at Flow Surf Store
If retail therapy is how you like to relax, then a visit to surf store Flow is a must. Stocking an unrivalled range of premium surf board brands, including Channel Islands and Hayden Shapes, not to mention all the latest trends in surfing apparel and island wear, you’ll be looking your best in and out of the water.
Flow Surf Store, Jl Raya Kuta, Kuta, Lombok.
So there you have it: a complete guide to Kuta Lombok, Gerupuk, Selong Belanak and beyond!