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Sira Beach House

Sira Beach (also spelt Sire), the longest white-sand beach on Lombok Island, is bordered by neatly planted rows of tall, swaying coconut palms with crystal waters lapping the soft, virgin-white sand. From the beach there is a panoramic vista of the mountains, the coastline, the tiny port of Bangsal and the Gili Islands.

Sira Beach is safe for all levels of swimmers, and a great place to while away the hours beachcombing. For golf enthusiasts, the uncrowded and serene Lombok Golf Kosaido Country Club (situated next door) offers stunning panoramas of the sea and the Rinjani mountain range. Hotel Tugu (2km) has a fascinating collection of artefacts and curios and is well worth the five minute walk along the beach, and both the Tugu and The Oberoi Lombok (9km) are great options for lunch, dinner or sunset cocktails. Boats head out from Bangsal harbour (4km) to the Gili Islands, laden down with pearl sellers, building materials, panniers of vegetables, chickens and the occasional goat or cow. But Bangsal itself is probably not worth visiting unless you’re heading to the Gilis– which we certainly do recommend. The market in Tanjung (9km) is also worth a trip. A novel new activity is the high-tech kitchen and cookery school at Sapi Culinary, next to Villa Sapi, just a five-minute drive away. Here guests can take cooking classes from Sapi’s master chef and learn a few secrets of both international and Indonesian fare, as well as just dropping in to have a meal in the dining room to taste the efforts of the local chefs who will be training there.

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