A short distance from the paradise island of Bali is its more serene neighbour, Lombok. Just like the high quality South Sea Pearl it produces, the island is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Beaches around Tanjung Aan are famous among surfers, and Lombok’s main beaches Senggigi and Kuta offer a serene respite. Three islets of Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan keep the backpackers coming with the combination of party atmosphere and quiet corners while Mount Rinjani beckons nature lovers. The culture of Lombok is dominated by the native Sasaks who are close relatives of the Balinese. See the unique blend of native, Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist features of Lingsar Temple and Narmada Park, admire intricate ikat weavings at Sukarara and Sade Village, and treat your palates with ayam taliwang (also called manuk pelalah) and plecing kangkung. Fascinating culture interweaved with gorgeous landscapes -- it’s hard not to fall in love with Lombok.