Just over one hours drive north of the Lombok International Airport, Senggigi is the main resort centre on Lombok and apart from the Gili Islands, the most developed tourism area on Lombok. The main town of Senggigi is about 10km north of Ampenan and Teluk Nara and Bangsal, the harbours to the Gili Islands are around 30 minutes drive to the north. Nowhere near as large or as busy as its Bali counterparts, Senggigi is a great base for exploring the rest of the island. The pace is laid-back with activities centred on the beaches and day trips to places of interest which are all within a few hours drive from Senggigi.
There is only one main road running through town and at night Jalan Raya Senggigi (the main street) comes alive. Dine in one of the many restaurants and cafes which cater to all tastes and budgets, listen to live music in the bars or dance the night away at the nightclubs. Senggigi Beach is the large bay that forms the centre of Senggigi with the main road running parallel to the beach and large resorts occupying the space between. The Senggigi Beach Hotel, Santosa Villas and Resort and Sheraton Senggigi Resort all line the beautiful curved bay of Senggigi Beach and offer a full range of resort facilities, equally attractive for singles, couples and families. The West Lombok Tourism Department has built some unattractive buildings and a large jetty on the beachfront which detracts from the natural beauty of the beach. It can become very crowded and is best avoided on Sundays and public holidays. However, it is still scenic and peaceful beaches are just minutes away to the north.
In the early mornings, walk along the quiet beach looking out to the ocean, which is dotted with the bright, colorful sails of fishing boats as local fishermen return with the day's catch. In the late afternoon, one of the most spectacular sights on the islands is the sunset viewed from Senggigi Beach, with the bright orange sun sinking into the sea to the west and Bali's Gunung Agung volcano silhouetted on the horizon like a giant pyramid floating in the ocean. Promontories jut into the sea at each end at each end of the beach, forming a wide protected curve. Senggigi Reef, off the southern point, has good coral for snorkelling during the dry months. To the left, Anjungan is a popular surf spot and in the right conditions, has some decent surf breaks. When the winds are high, local surfers can be seen catching the waves here every day.
Canoes can be hired from the beach on the weekends and during peak tourism times. Local outrigger boats (perahu) can also be chartered from the beachfront for trips along the coast or out to the Gili Islands. The main road in Senggigi is lined with small attractive restaurants and cafes catering to all budgets as well shops,tour agencies, bars and nightclubs many of which have live music in the evenings. There are a couple of supermarkets, numerous ATM's and moneychangers, a post office and all the normal tourist facilities. Senggigi is a relaxing and attractive place to stay with a good range of luxury hotels and resorts as well as mid-range and budget accommodations. Some of the top accommodation in central Senggigi includes the large Santosa Villas and Resort with a range of comfortable hotel rooms, suites and private pool villas set in lovely gardens leading onto Senggigi Beach. The private pool villas at Kebun Villas and Resort are luxurious and well-positioned with attractive rates (much less than comparable villas in Bali). Also in central Senggigi, Puri Bunga Beach cottages has a range of options to suit all budgets set on a terraced hillside with views over Senggigi Beach. Sendok Guest House, behind Sendok Restaurant on the main street, has nicely furnished and comfortable rooms in a pretty garden setting with a swimming pool all at very affordable rates.