When faced with the prospect of describing Lombok, a laid-back, tropical jungle island in the heart of Indonesia, you could be tempted to rely on juxtaposition alone. It’s Bali meets the Galapagos, in film terms, Castaway meets The Hangover, or musically, tribal rhythm meets Bob Marley.
It’s the expected beach and jungle paradise that you wish for when booking a holiday, but topped with an almost unbelievable, incomparable chain of volcanic peaks. In Indonesia, a country with more than most, that’s saying something.
What the comparisons fail to capture is that unlike Bali, for example, Lombok is still relatively untouched by rampant over-development. The five-star hotels are still here, of course, they’re just more discreet. The beach resorts are here - they’re just quieter and largely untouched.
But before you have time to take this all in, Lombok pulls out its trump card: the diminutive offshore Gili Islands, a miniature archipelago of crystalline waters, untroubled reefs and squeaky-clean sand.
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