Beach lovers should definitely consider escaping to the southern part of Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara -- if they haven't already.
Mostly surrounded by breathtaking cliffs and pleasingly quiet compared to Bali beaches, there are at least four spots that within reach of Lombok International Airport in Central Lombok.
Less than a 30 minute drive from Lombok International Airport, Kuta Beach is a great option to kick-start your beach getaway on the island.
Situated right in the centre of the Kuta area, it is less crowded compared to Kuta Beach in Bali, and has been a favourite spot for tourists to sunbathe, swim and take selfies.
Tanjung Aan Beach
Nestled near the Lombok Mandalika tourism area, Tanjung Aan offers more than just serene beach and friendly waves. Visitors can marvel at the picturesque Meresek Hill and take photos with a gigantic rock named Batu Payung.
Snorkelers can easily rent a small motorboat for Rp 300,000 (US$22.86) to reach nearby underwater spots.
Due to its calm surrounding, Mawun Beach is a popular destination for those seeking to sunbathe, swim or read a book.
Flanked by two hills to the west and east, visitors can climb them and enjoy the fantastic panorama from higher ground.
Selong Belanak Beach
Approximately one-and-a-half hour drive from Mataram, Selong Belanak is blessed with turquoise water and white sandy beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see.
In addition to beach lovers, many beginner surfers can be found hitting the waves accompanied by an instructor.