Sitting in the west of Lombok is the capital, Mataram. The city itself is somewhat of an aggregation of villages, made up of Ampenan, Mataram and Cakranegara. Just like many cities, Mataram is filled with layers and intricacies. Visit Jalan Udayana and Jalan Pejanggik, which are two streets home to a mix of food stalls and warungs (cafes) to dine at. As night falls and the streetlights glow, the food stalls continue to stay open. Mataram Mall is a popular destination for travellers and locals, with a mix of shops, dining options and even a swimming pool; or take a walk through town and explore the Barat Museum. The main square is lined with gorgeous buildings, and often hosts events and performances to bring the town together. When it comes to spending a night or two in town, Cakranegara is one of the preferred areas to stay in with some of the best accommodation and dining options.
Set in Mataram, 1.2 km from Mataram Mall, Aston Inn Mataram offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. Among the various facilities are a bar, a shared lounge, as well as a garden. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.
The units come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel every room has a wardrobe and a private bathroom.
Guests at Aston Inn Mataram can enjoy an American breakfast.
Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Meru Temple, Cakranegara Market and Lombok Epicentrum Mall.
Welcoming guests with stylish guestrooms and a restaurant, favehotel Langko Mataram - Lombok is situated in Lombok. This hotel also features free WiFi access throughout.
Decorated in bold colours, the comfortable rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen cable TV and a personal safe. A seating area, a minibar and electric kettle are also provided. The en suite bathroom comes with a shower, towels and free toiletries.
Operating a 24-hour front desk, the friendly staff at favehotel Langko Mataram - Lombok can assist guests with laundry and dry cleaning services at additional charges. Airport transfer is available for an extra charge. Guests can enjoy relaxing massage at the spa and wellness centre. The hotel also offers 6 meeting rooms, a business centre and concierge service.
Guests can enjoy dining on regional specialities, western and Indonesian dishes at Lime Restaurant.
Located in Central Mataram, just 50 m away from Mataram Mall as well as 1 km away from Mayura Park, Kura-Kura Waterbom and Lombok Epicentrum Mall, Lombok Raya Hotel offers an outdoor pool, spa and garden. All rooms come with a flat-screen TV. Free parking is provided.
Lombok Raya Hotel is a 20-minute drive from Senggigi Beach. Lombok International Airport is a 45-minute drive away.
Air-conditioned rooms are fitted with a minibar, refrigerator and bathroom toiletries. A balcony and seating area are provided.
Sightseeing arrangements and car rentals can be done at the tour desk. Dry cleaning and laundry services are available. Valuables can be stored at safety deposit boxes available at the 24-hour front desk.
A selection of Indonesian and Chinese cuisine is served in the restaurant. Room service is also offered.
The Lombok Epicentrum Mall (LEM) is set in Mataram City, for locals and travellers to enjoy. The diverse choice of stores and exhibits will keep you occupied for hours on end. The building's architecture has become something the city is proud to be identified by. Take a walk through town and see how the mall has become an icon. Take note of how inspiration from the sea has been used as the theme too. The architecture utilises environmentally sustainable design to reduce the building's imprint on the environment while making the most of natural light. The climate is a crucial consideration due to Lombok's extreme heat, and the direction of sunlight has been considered to protect and shelter shoppers. Visit the mall to see the beautiful architecture and stop by at the cinemas or food court for a casual lunch. Spread across four floors, the mall is Lombok's largest. Beyond shopping and food, the mall also provides entertainment for kids too. The journey is just under one hour by car to reach the mall from Kuta.
Lombok Epicentrum Mall is a popular place for social meet ups, with ample food and shops to explore. During your holiday in Lombok, enjoy a day of shopping in the air conditioning, or take a walk by the mall to see the interesting architecture.
The King of Mataram built Pura Agung Narmada in 1727, and it now holds a rich history and strong cultural significance to locals. It can be found in the west of Lombok and sits just half an hour from Mataram by car, about 10 kilometres in total. In the dry season, the park is still used as a resting place by the royal family. The history of the park can be explored with a local guiding you, as within it there is little information on display around its history.
Now Pura Agung Narmada has become a destination for locals to explore, swim or picnic at and this three-hectare park is very sacred for Hindus. Starting in the upper area of the park sits a stone step pyramid. There is also Balai Petirtaan, where water springs follow directly from Mount Rinjani and to enter the chamber, a yellow sash must be worn. It is believed that the water from the springs below is the water of immortality. Make sure you visit the royal bathing place, which is a public swimming pool for tourists to cool off too.
A journey through Pura Agung Narmada is a beautiful way to explore the site, learn about its historical value and enjoy the different facilities available. During your visit to Lombok, take the chance to wander through the landscaped gardens or experience the royal bathing pool.
Lingsar Temple brings a symbolic harmony between Hindu and Islam religions in Bali and Lombok. Residing 10 kilometres east of Mataram city, it is a short 20-minute journey by car. Set amongst luscious green rice fields, the temple was built in 1714, it has been renovated with a stunning garden and lotus pools surrounding it.
The temple features three buildings - gaduh, kemalig and perisaman. Different junctions through the temple have been built to honour different gods. The junction in the east is to honour the god in Rinjani Mountain, the west to worship god in Agung along with two united that symbolise both Rinjani and Agung Mountain. In the Wektu Telu area, you will find the famous pool of water home to holy eels. It is considered good luck if you see them, and they can be lured out of the water with hard-boiled eggs, which are available to purchase from stalls outside the temple. Continue on from here and there are nine fountains to purify and heal illness. This is considered to be one of the holiest temples in Lombok and it was built under the reign of King Anak Agung Ngurah.
As Lingsar Temple is a sacred space you will need to wear a sarong and a sash to enter the shrines. If you forget one, there are vendors outside where you can rent one-off. Lingsar Temple's dual heritage is a key part of Lombok’s identity and a symbol of unity between the island’s faiths.