Lombok

I really enjoyed my time in Lombok when I eventually started to relax and leave behind the fast paced nature of London.I stayed in Kuta which is the main area so there was a lot of restaurants in walking distance, spas and yoga close which was perfect for me. At first I wasn’t too sure of the place as there wasn’t actually that much, especially as I can’t ride a scooter. I just basically surfed, ate and did yoga and actually this was exactly the kind of break I needed.

Where to eat

Milk Expresso- I really loved the interior of this place. The first time I went I had corn fritters which I wouldn’t recommend, not too tasty but this cafe is seriously popular so think I must have ordered the wrong dish. The also have a cute boutique selling vintage clothing which was pretty cool.

Warung Flora- A great standard warung for traditional indonesian food. Can’t really go wrong here.

Fish Barbeque- A lovely place for fresh grilled seafood. The portions were excellent and the squid was incredible. They also bring you a tonne of side dishes to go with your seafood pick.

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Where to stay

Nalua Surf- I stayed in a small little surf camp in the heart of Kuta. The room was great and my favorite part is that there was a hammock outside my room which was the perfect spot to read my many books. The people are lovely and the surf instructors were fab, really friendly and were excellent in the water. They also arrange activities in the afternoon like waterfall trip, beach day or sunset trip. The breakfast was great with homemade banana bread and pancakes with fresh fruit. However, it was the same everyday so if you were staying here a while it could get boring with the lack of variety. Nalua is the home to some gorgeous and friendly cats which made me happy when I was missing my kitten back home.

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What to do

Surf- I’ve honestly had the best surf in Gerupuk EVER. The waves are mellow but still a good size and really consistent. There’s no washing machine action like I’ve had in other places so you feel really safe in the water. It does get quite busy but usually if you go with a local surf guide you’ll still manage to get into tonnes of waves. I surfed a wave called Dan Dan, Inside which was always pretty busy and at Are Guling Bay which was an absolutely gorgeous beach but the waves were a little harder to catch and you can only go there when there’s no wind.

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Yoga at Mana Yoga Retreat- This is a gorgeous little retreat space with a lovely yoga shala. I went to a yin class here which was perfect post surf. I basically fell asleep during every single pose…

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Massage at Rainbow Spa- This is a no frills spa. I had a good massage which was exactly what I needed for 175k an hour. But if you’re looking for some luxury it’s probably not the best place.

Pamper at Matcha Spa- This had a lot nicer interiors than Rainbow Spa and felt slightly more luxurious. It’s only a little bit more expensive so if you’re looking for a relaxing pamper day would recommend getting treatments from here. The only con is that in order to book an appointment you have to physically go and pay a deposit and they do get booked up.

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Beach trips to Tanjung An- this was a really pretty beach with turquoise clear water and soft white sand. There are a few warungs along here so it’s a lovely place to grab lunch.

Watch the Sunset at Pantai Seger- this is a super chilled beach with two hills you can climb to watch the sunset. There’s a few beach shacks along the way where you can grab a Bintang or coconut.

Games Night at Loka- This is a surf gymn with a mixture of surf conditioning and cross fit classes. We had a great time here playing beer pong, table tennis, hoola hooping and a gold putting game.

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