Took Emirates flight to Jakarta via Dubai and stayed a couple of nights. Then took the train to Yogyakarta, where we stayed at Prambanan Guest House (chilled atmosphere, lovely breakfasts, super pool). We enjoyed eating at Via Via, being massaged the House of Relaxing and visiting Borobudur (below) and Prambanan (also experiencing there the recommended Ramayana Ballet).
We then took a train to Surabaya, in order to catch a Merpati flight to Lombok. In retrospect flying to Surabaya might have been preferable although we did see a cool volcano on the way.
In Lombok we hired a car and took a weekend road trip visiting the Southwest peninsula. First night at Bola Bola Paradis, next to a fantastic white-sand beach (although there were unidentified spiny black creatures in the sea).
On the second day we drove to Kuta, finding en route that the road south via Pelangang was closed and then that the road via Sepi does indeed require a 4WD!
Kuta itself wasn’t much more than a surf town although the cove (above) was pretty spectacular.
From Kuta we drove to Sengiggi and in the torrential rain stumbled upon the Puri Saron hotel, which had an amazing pool flanked by bougainvillea (below) and very few guests so was a lucky find.
The following day we took a speedboat to Gili Meno, where we were landed on the beach below, jumping straight onto the sand from the boat. We stayed at Meno Dream Resort which was a relative hideaway on the West side of the island. The atmosphere was very chilled and the rooms were great.
The snorkelling on Gili Meno was a real highlight - lots of coral, hundreds of fish species and tortoises. Taking a boat out for a morning was cheap.
We ate a few times at Rust Warung but also enjoyed Ya-Ya Cafe which we only found on the last night.
We took the slow boat back to Lombok, to savour the view: