The Island of Lombok
The island of Lombok is an island in the West Nusa Tenggara province in Indonesia. It is part of the chain of the Lesser Sunda Islands, with the Lombok Strait separating it from Bali to the west and the Alas Strait between it and Sumbawa to the east. The total area is about 4.725 km² (1.825 sq mi). The administrative capital and largest city in Lombok is Mataram. Lombok has the third largest volcano in all of Indonesia, Mount Rinjani, which extends 3.726 meters high (12.224 ft) with a crater lake called Segara Anak.
The island’s inhabitants are 85% Sasak (a people, which are culturally and linguistically closely related to the Balinese but they are mostly Muslims), 10-15% Balinese, with the small remainder being Chinese, Arab, Javanese, and Sumbawanese.
A notable non-orthodox Islamic group found only in Lombok are the Wektu Telu (Three Prayers), who as the name suggests pray only three times daily, instead of the five times required in the Quran.
Lombok is a tropical island, hot and humid and drier than neighboring Bali which makes it a particularly attractive option during the October- December rainy season.
In the past, Lombok was less well-known and less-visited by foreigners, however, now it has become a travel hot spot. With the commercialization of Bali over the past few years, and with it the accompanying traffic and reduction in open, natural spaces, many tourists are discovering the charm of ‘Undiscovered’ Lombok.
Lombok can be easily accessed by air or sea. The simple pleasure of sunshine, white sandy beaches in quieter settings, enchanting waterfalls, unique culture and eco tours makes Lombok Resorts a perfect gateway for honeymooners, families or those looking for a place to relax totally and unwind from the daily life back home.
Kuta is a popular tourist destination (distinctly different from Kuta, Bali) where surfing is considered some of the best in the world. The beautiful and untouched beaches of Kuta can be found and felt from Novotel Lombok.