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Lombok

Having basked in the claims of being ‘an unspoiled Bali’, or ‘Bali how it used to be’, a trip over the Lombok Strait will quickly demonstrate that these two islands are really chalk and cheese. This is because your short journey takes you over the Wallace Line, a boundary between the zoogeographical regions of Asia and Australia. Lombok is a mostly arid island, with the huge outline of Mount Rinjani towering over most every viewpoint.

The expected surge in tourism never quite materialised, leaving a myriad of beautiful unspoilt beaches, outstanding diving and the revered backpackers paradise of the Gili Islands largely untouched. Senggigi has the majority of the top hotels, with the uber-luxurious Oberoi continuing to lead the pack. Smaller hotels have been developed and for those who once lazed in A-frame huts on Gili Trawangan, Vila Ombak, Luce d’Alma & Kelapa Luxury Villas offer a far more comfortable option.

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