We pinch ourselves. Can this be for real?
We’re sipping fresh mint-and-ginger mojitos by a stunning seaside infinity pool, waiters flitting between deck chairs – and our chic Qunci Villas resort costs less than $200 USD a night. Oh, and that includes breakfast and taxes too.
Is tropical Lombok a new Indonesian island paradise, where luxury is affordable?
Lombok is often described as “like Bali 30 years ago.”
Certainly it’s quieter and more subdued than tourist-thronged Bali with its colorful Hindu-based celebrations. There are few hotels lining Lombok’s white-fringed bays and even fewer people shaking out their towels on the sand. And the handful of boutique hotels that have sprung up, like chic Qunci Villas, offer terrific value for a beach vacation.
As tempting as it is, however, we don’t spend all our time poolside and by the beach. Hiking through jungle to two spectacular waterfalls calls out to us too. We also take a short outrigger boat ride to the tiny Gili Islands to go snorkeling and scuba diving…
Continue reading our story on Lombok beaches and other things to do in Lombok
The complete story of our visit to Lombok was published as “The Lure of Lombok” in The Vancouver Sun on September 6, 2014 (also published in The Montreal Gazette, The Edmonton Journal and Ottawa Citizen newspapers). Read a PDF of our print article (or see this easier-to-read PDF).