With a jaw-dropping long sandy beach and friendly village, Selong Belanak is a wonderful place to base your family when visiting the South of Lombok.
WHERE: Selong Belanak on Lombok’s South coast
HOW: Purna from our accommodation, Bukit Indah, came and picked us up from the Lombok International Airport, about 45 minutes away.
FOR THE KIDS: The beach! And the chance to take a surf lesson.
We spend most of the year living in Auckland, New Zealand, which is within striking distance of beautiful beaches of all descriptions. So finding a beach that makes us go “ahh” is usually a tall ask. But the beach at Selong Belanak is one. The beach is truly gorgeous, a long stretch of gently sloping white sand with forest-clad hills at each end and clear blue water. Exactly what you hope for in a tropical beach getaway.
The South coast of Lombok is surfing territory and the waves at many of the beaches are too high for safe swimming. The surf at Selong Belanak is high enough to be fun for kids but not dangerously so – although very small children will need close observation. Older children may enjoy a surfing lesson from one of the several low-key surf schools based in huts behind the Eastern end of the central beach, which also serve basic meals and drinks. Food is also served at the beach-side restaurant of the moderately upmarket Sempiak Villas, one of a few accommodation options.
Selong Belanak makes a good base for travelling around the rest of the Kuta area of South Lombok, which contains a string of lovely beaches. We thought that Selong Belanak was the pick of the bunch, but also liked Mawun and Tanjung Aan, which has more sheltered swimming. Kuta beach itself, the most common place to stay in the area, was our least favourite, with a lot of rubbish on the beach and not-so-tasteful development. It does have more varied eating options though.
We stayed at the Bukit Indah guesthouse a little inland near the village and enjoyed walking to the beach past friendly locals and beautiful rice paddy and palm tree scenery. There is also a great weekly market just down the road from Bukit Indah – it’s well worth checking out, we just can’t remember what day of the week it was! Purna at Bukit Indah can let you know.