Besides Bali, Lombok is one of the Indonesian islands that are starting to gain popularity among world travelers. In fact, most tourists who start to think Bali is getting a little crowded choose to cross further east to this island. But if you ask them where to go in Lombok, they’ll probably say one of the Gilis, either Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, or Gili Air, the three most popular islets of Lombok. However, there is a spot on Lombok’s main island that is worth it to visit that is no less beautiful and mesmerizing.
That spot is Kuta. Don’t be confused with an area with the same name in Bali. This Kuta is a bay located on the southern part of Lombok Island, less than an hour drive away from Lombok International Airport. In fact, it is closer to the airport than the popular Gilis. This area has been recently developed and is still developing. So, there are many recently opened hotels and homestays all around that are affordable, like the Village Corner Homestay. It is just 10 minutes away from Kuta’s beach, but it offers a cooler climate since it is located by the hill with surrounding natural forests. Let’s take a closer look into it!
Since Kuta is a newly developed area, don’t expect city-like road infrastructures. Except for the main road leading all the way from Lombok International Airport to Kuta Bay, other roads are still underdeveloped. And that is what you will find on your way to Village Corner Homestay. It is pretty hard to find. But the Google Map location will lead you to the right exit from the main road where you can see the big wooden sign stating “Village Corner Homestay.” From there, just follow the path uphill. In one intersection, follow the red “villa” sign pointing right.
If you’re not used to driving off road, it can be pretty dangerous. However, local drivers are used to this kind of situation and if you’re driving with one, you should be okay. My driver from the airport took me here for the first time. It was nighttime and there are no street lamps whatsoever. But he managed to take me right up to the homestay safe and sound.
Once you get there, you’ll feel so welcomed as everyone smiles at you, helps you carry your bags, and the owner serves you a glass of fresh coconut water. As soon as I got here, I knew I would enjoy the stay and I’m sure you will too. Just remember to wear proper footwear considering its location uphill.
Surprisingly cheap for all the services you get
The place is called Village Corner because it is actually located at the very end of the road, hence the name “corner.” It was just recently opened in January 2018 and they are still building more facilities.
There are currently only two rooms available. Each room has a double bed, shower, and a fan. It can get pretty hot during the day, but you can relax by the porch and let the breeze cool your body down. Yes, it would’ve been better with air-conditioning. I asked the owner personally and they are planning to add one sometime soon.
There is no door separating the bathroom from the bedroom as it was designed for guests traveling alone or couples. There is no closet or cabinet to keep your stuff, but there are enough hangers in the bathroom area and a space to keep your luggage. Fresh towels are available every day, along with one small bottle of mineral water for each guest.
My favorite part is the homemade breakfast cooked upon request. Once I got up and sat by the porch, the owner came up to me and asked if I wanted breakfast served. You can choose your hot beverage along with freshly cooked banana pancake and some tropical fruits. What a way to start a day in Lombok!
Enjoy the nice view overlooking the forest
This is something city life cannot provide. And this is why I chose this very part of Lombok to visit. This area is so quiet that I could hear the birds, wild dogs, and even monkeys in the forest from afar. At night, I could see the stars as clear as could be with my own eyes from my room’s porch. The air you breathe in is so clean and suddenly all the stress you left behind felt so far away. With a cup of tea in my hand, I looked around thinking I would definitely come back.
I booked the room online just a couple days prior to my visit. It was only 150,000 IDR (approximately 11 USD) per night. Compared to other places in Lombok, like Gili Trawangan, you would probably get a shared hostel room for the same price.
The owner will contact you right after you make your booking. They also provide an airport pickup and drop off service for 100,000 IDR (approximately 7 USD). Motorbikes are also available for rent with a full tank of gasoline for only 50,000 IDR (approximately 3.5 USD) per day.
What is in Kuta Lombok?
Just a 10-minute drive away from Village Corner Homestay, you will find Kuta Bay with its beautiful beach. It is easy to find through following the same main road you take from the airport. There are street signs, both official and made by locals, so chances are you won’t get lost. Also, the people are so friendly, so you can always ask around for directions.
There are restaurants and cafes by the bay, overlooking the beautiful beach that serve food for around 30,000 IDR (approximately 2 USD) per main dish. I recommend you try the sauteed veggie dish called kangkung and anything from the seafood menu.
Once your stomach is full, go by the beach and enjoy the views. The waves are relatively calm, so you can actually swim in the ocean water. Just mind your own safety since there are no lifeguards in sight. To watch the best sunset, go further west for about 7 kilometers (approximately 4 miles) over the hill. This area is accessible by motorbike and is pretty easy to find with street signs all around. Or, you could just stay at the bay and watch the sun go down against the hill’s silhouette.
A little extra effort for way more experience!
It may seem like a lot of effort just to get to the Village Corner Homestay itself. But once you get there, you will enjoy every bit of it. This is the right place for you to reconnect with nature and get acquainted with local hospitality. Since this place is still developing, it will only get better with more additional facilities. I cannot wait to go back and hopefully I’ll see you there or somewhere by Kuta Bay dipping your toes into the ocean!