I just wanted to say thankyou to everyone who has replied to my questions on this and other Bali forums within TA. Especially to Lombok Lovers, Hercule and a few others.
Thanks to your thorough answers to my probably much asked questions we have now booked our trip, culminating with 5 days in Kuta Lombok. We were able to book Lion Air flights through where we are staying instead of risking the fastboats from the Gilis and I feel sure that we have chosen the right accommiodations and destinations for our trip at the end of February/March and a full review will be forthcoming with any info we manage to pick up.
So, as someone who loves to share.....here's our itinerary and although it may not seem very adventurous I think it will give us a nice all-round impression of Bali and Lombok.....
3 days Padang Bai
3 days Amed
7 days the Gili Islands
5 days Kuta Lombok
3 days Ubud
So again thanks to all of you who take the time to share what is not only useful but always very interesting info.