The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET | INDONESIA - CELESTE MITCHELL

Aslew of de­vel­op­ment is lur­ing Aus­tralians away from Bali to dis­cover the re­laxed vibe and scal­loped bays on the nearby In­done­sian is­land of Lombok. And in the wake of earthquakes in July and Au­gust, the fo­cus is on help­ing to en­sure tourists don’t shy away.

“The best thing Aus­tralians can do is visit Lombok, stay in a ho­tel and spend in the com­mu­nity,” Visit In­done­sia man­ager Miriam Tulevski says. “Aus­tralians can help peo­ple keep jobs.”

Lombok is a 25-minute flight from Bali’s Den­pasar air­port or you can also catch a one-hour fast boat from Bali to the Gili Is­lands off the coast of Lombok. Miriam says the main­land is also a trop­i­cal oa­sis. “There are spec­tac­u­lar beaches and bays where you can es­cape the masses,” she says.

“You have the Sasak peo­ple who are Mus­lim, so they bring to Lombok spec­tac­u­lar mosques; there is a small Hindu pop­u­la­tion … so you have tem­ples. Arab and Chi­nese traders have left their mark on the ar­chi­tec­ture and also the Dutch with Art Deco ar­chi­tec­ture in the cap­i­tal.”

Go be­fore the rest with these three ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions.

Rates ex­clude tax and ser­vice.

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