The Kuta Lombok Guide
Guide to Kuta Lombok, food, activities, wellness and more.
We have compiled the latest guide for 2023 and includes updated information for Kuta, Selong Belanak, Gerupuk and Tanjung Ann areas.
For more information or to help make bookings and arrange travel plans you can speak to one of the team at Villa Amani by contacting us here.
The Best Restaurants & Bars
Amidst an influx of foreign expatriates over the years and an increase in traffic due to the Mandalika Circuit, Kuta has witnessed the emergence of numerous outstanding new restaurants and bars. In this updated Kuta Lombok Guide, we present a diverse range of cuisines and venues that come highly recommended.
Casual fine dining style with a great atmosphere, bar and setting in the town centre. For us this is our best pick in town at the moment.
Indulge in fantastic Mediterranean cuisine and Asian fusion within a vibrant atmosphere, complemented by excellent drinks. They also offer great breakfast options.
Savor excellent authentic Chinese food featuring handmade noodles and dumplings, all within a stylish tropical setting.
Savor hearty plates of meat and fish dishes infused with creative flair, all while offering great value for money.
Recently opened and already world-famous, Mamas Pizza serves legendary sourdough-based pizzas and a variety of other delectable dishes.
Delight in contemporary Mediterranean and North African cuisine that has proven its timelessness.
Indulge in the vibrant atmosphere of this Mexican cantina, owned by the creators of El Bazar and Kenza Cafe.
A popular streetside bar celebrated for serving the best burgers in Lombok (apparently).
Experience the allure of a new Japanese fusion restaurant that boasts the best views of Kuta Town and the ocean.
Experience upscale Indonesian and Western cuisine in an elegant venue that boasts a substantial wine cellar.
Discover a fantastic day-club and restaurant, offering all-day dining along with super cool decor and uplifting vibes.
Delight in fresh seafood at this charming beachfront location.
Enjoy international cuisine within a vibrant bar atmosphere – a favorite among expats in the evenings.
THE MEXICAN IN TOWN
Experience the first and one of the best Mexican restaurants in the area, serving tantalizing tacos, burritos, and more.
Cafes & Breakfast
Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect espresso or craving a delightful avocado on toast, your search ends here – the Kuta Lombok Guide has got you covered!
Indulge in a delightful French bakery experience, offering an array of baked delights, sandwiches, and a sumptuous selection of breakfast items.
A hipster haven known for its excellent coffee and food, making it the ideal post-surf spot for satisfying your appetite.
This yoga retreat offers a range of vegetarian options and all-day dining for those with a health-conscious mindset.
Dive into a healthy, extensive menu that caters to both breakfast and all-day dining preferences. With a wide variety of wholesome options, tonics, and juices, it complements the nearby gym and recovery center perfectly.
A Kuta classic, this spot is the go-to for staying updated on the town’s latest news. Featuring a modern Australian menu and exceptional coffee, it’s a must-visit.
A vibrant cafe with a contemporary Australian menu that’s available all day, with occasional exciting parties.
A wonderful breakfast destination offering a fusion of European and Indonesian dishes, along with a range of beverages.
Indulge in the flavors of authentic Italian pasta, pizza, and other regional dishes that transport your taste buds to Italy.
Indonesia offers a diverse array of culinary delights that you simply can’t miss when visiting, from Nasi Goreng to Ayam Taliwang. In Kuta Lombok, you can savor all these exquisite flavors.
Indulge in Lombok-style seafood served alongside traditional side dishes and snacks.
WARUNG JAWA PERMUDA
Experience the flavors of well-curated local Indonesian cuisine with a focus on cleanliness. Enjoy healthy red rice options and fresh coconuts.
FISH BONES WARUNG
Located on the main street of town, this local-style eatery offers fresh seafood and sides. Don’t miss out on their fresh fish selections. Plus, they serve beer to complement your meal.
STREET KOPI VENDOR
If you’re fortunate and an early riser, you might stumble upon a local mobile coffee vendor roasting and preparing traditional Sasak Kopi. Fair warning: You won’t need another coffee that day, and make sure you’re near a restroom!
Delight in Sulawesi cuisine served in an authentic local setting.
For your evening cravings, this street-side kitchen offers classic Indonesian dishes like Nasi Goreng, Mie Goreng, and more.
Perfect for combating a hangover, Indonesian fried chicken should definitely be on your must-try list.
Beachclubs & Bars
While Kuta Lombok may not be famed for its nightlife, you’ll be surprised by the lively venues where you can enjoy drinks and embrace the bikini spirit.
Located around a 30-minute drive from Kuta, Serangan Beach boasts one of the finest private beach clubs in the area. With an excellent menu and a relaxed atmosphere, it’s a perfect escape.
A dynamic beach club situated on a secluded beach, offering modern Australian dining and drinks. It’s about a 45-minute drive from Kuta Lombok.
MANDALIKA BEACH CLUB
The newest addition to the scene and the closest and most impressive club in Kuta. Ideal for both all-day and evening enjoyment, it’s just a short drive or pleasant walk into town.
An original sandy late-night spot in Kuta Lombok, Surfers Bar offers live music, cold bintangs, and good times. If you’re concerned about hangovers, it might be wise to avoid the cocktails.
All the establishments listed here are conveniently situated: a short (under 10-minute) walk or a 5-minute scooter or car ride from Villa Amani Lombok.
Surf, Sea & Sand
Lombok needs no introduction as one of the world’s best locations for unspoiled beaches, epic surf, and rugged natural landscapes.
Discover a pair of horseshoe-shaped white sand beaches with pristine blue waters. Ideal for swimming, relaxation, and boasting numerous warungs and beachside bars. It’s a great spot for longboarders or mall wave enthusiasts, as well as beginner and intermediate surfers. Don’t miss out on the seafood and coconuts at Warung Turtle.
Hidden within rugged hillsides, this secret bay offers a tranquil atmosphere perfect for swimming and unwinding. While it may not have as many eateries as Tanjung Ann, it provides a quieter and more secluded ambiance. The wave works at specific tides and swells.
This renowned buffalo beach is home to several restaurants, bars, and an extensive stretch of untouched coastline. It’s an excellent place for swimming and learning to surf amidst dramatic beauty. Laut Biru is an upscale restaurant worth visiting on the beach.
Near Kuta, Seger beach is favored by medium to advanced surfers. It also offers a beautiful beach and striking hilltop viewpoints, perfect for watching the sunset.
Situated at the edge of Kuta town, this pedestrianized beach is ideal for swimming during higher tides and offers opportunities for running and various activities. It’s also a popular spot for kiteboarding during the season.
A surf beach that offers lovely coastal walks and rock scrambling during low tide. You’ll find a few warungs and vantage points to observe the surfers.
Several beaches surround the fishing town and are accessible by boat. They provide good beginner and intermediate waves.
Located in a remote bay, Mawi offers dramatic scenery and requires an adventurous drive. It’s suitable for intermediate and advanced surfers, but due to tides, swimming is not recommended.
A charming beach with higher-end restaurants. Strong currents demand caution while swimming. Serangan is a fantastic rainy-season surf spot, usually having rideable surf on various peaks and tide levels.
A sheltered reef break with consistent surf. Inside is great for longboards and beginners, while the outside requires more experience.
Though a bit distant from Kuta, we can’t omit it. Desert Point is undoubtedly one of the world’s best waves. However, it’s also among the most unpredictable, demanding a significant groundswell before breaking.
Diving & Fishing
Numerous dive operators are available to help you arrange trips and certifications from Kuta Lombok.
Experience the beauty of soft corals covering a shallow reef at a depth of 10-12 meters. The plateau slopes down into the deep blue abyss at over 40 meters, offering sightings of passing pelagic fish like skipjack tunas and Spanish mackerel.
Heading towards Tanjung Ringgit’s southeastern tip of Lombok, Halfway House provides a view across the Alas Strait to Sumbawa. A comparable dive site, Les Arches, can be found on the other side. This site is a playground for experienced divers.
As the name suggests, the Mandarin fish, a vibrant member of the dragonet family, takes center stage here. Among some of the healthiest staghorn corals, these colorful creatures are hidden.
Named after the magnificent fish eagle often seen soaring above the tall island walls, its local name, Batu Pilar, translates to ‘pillar of rock.’ Eagle Rock boasts impressive topography, including a swim-through arch-cave and a techno-colored coral wall.
For diving trips departing from Kuta Harbour, we recommend reaching out to Blue Marlin Diving. You can find more information at www.bluemarlindive.com.
Adventure & Activities
Discover an abundance of treks that immerse you in nature and showcase Lombok’s rugged beauty. From waterfalls to monkey forests and rice terraces, our villa team can assist you in arranging these experiences.
Embark on a two-day journey to conquer one of Indonesia’s tallest volcanoes, located just three hours from Amani.
Explore beautiful hiking routes with panoramic views of Rinjani and the surrounding landscapes. This location is a three-hour drive from Villa Amani.
For skateboarding enthusiasts, Kuta Lombok offers a variety of bowls and skateparks to enjoy.
Experience the unique culture and life of the Sasak people by visiting traditional villages near Kuta Lombok.
Discover one of Lombok’s wonders by taking a two-hour drive from Kuta to witness the unique pink coral beach featured in countless Instagram posts and movies.
MANDALIKA STREET CIRCUIT
Explore the world-famous new motorsports track in Mandalika, offering private hire track experiences when racing events aren’t taking place.
Experience fantastic kiteboarding opportunities along Mandalika and Tanjung Ann beaches. Look online for rentals and instructions.
Staying in Shape
TENNIS & PADEL COURTS
Located at Tampah Hills estate, just a short drive from Kuta, you’ll find three Padel Courts and one Tennis Court available for rent by the hour.
LOKA GYM AND RECOVERY
Discover a comprehensive gym and recovery center that offers classes, sauna, ice baths, a magnesium pool, and healthy dining options.
Kuta offers fantastic road running opportunities along the town from the Villa. Additionally, you’ll find a wide variety of coastal trail runs and beach runs in all directions. Keep an eye out for our upcoming runner’s guide on the website.
TANJUNG ANN GYM
Experience a unique beachside homemade community-style gym at Tanjung Ann. They offer drop-in passes and provide a fun atmosphere with a great crowd.
Take advantage of the small five-a-side basketball courts located at the Mandalika pedestrian area. These courts are free to use.