1st timers to Lombok

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Posted by Colleen on April 12, 2006 at 1:44 am:

Hello all - Please be gentle with me it's the 1st time I've posted here but I'm a long term regular on other travel forums & we have been regular travellers to Bali & elsewhere for a long time.
I don't want to overload you all but I think I have to give adequate info in order to get across what we prefer & are looking for.Some friends suggested I come here & ask for advice.We are looking forward to spending some time in Lombok next trip,not sure for how long at this stage.If it helps when in Bali we feel more comfortable in Ubud & Lovina than the full on Kuta /Legian atmosphere.

I would really appreciate some advice re hotels & general ideas what to do & see around Lombok.Not into organised tours of full day shopping trips or being on the go all day,we like to relax & take it easy & at our own pace.We are happy to hire a motor bike to get around on own & explore ( I presume they are available ? )We think that's 1/2 the fun.
We are couple in our 40's,no kids with us on this trip,enjoy just a little shopping,not into surfing or nightclubs that go to the wee hours although we do enjoy a drink or two, mainly enjoy meeting people & enjoy taking in the cultural aspects & natural beauty,not into paying huge amounts to eat lunch or dinner,not really into 5 star or fancy big resort type places.

Re a hotel we would ideally like a smaller > medium size place with friendly staff,we prefer hot showers,fridge,air con & pool if possible but it doesn't have to be big.Also a close by warung or shop to buy drinks & munchies would be handy.
Any ideas or suggestions will be truly appreciated ! I would like to know what hotels or areas you'd suggest & what are some of the not to be missed highlights of Lombok ?

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