Issue 126 | 15 – 29 October 2012
LOMBOK GUIDE ( 0370 6594005 | www.thelombokguide.com
PUBLISHED BI-WEEKLY IN LOMBOK, FOR LOMBOK
BAZAAR… CAKRA MARKETS!
TASTY NEW DIRECTIONS FOR THE SHERATON
GLAM AND GIN AT YAK AWARDS!
A LITTLE SLICE OF ITALY ON THE GILIS
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That’s why they attract talented photographers like Beck Rocchi from Australia, who took our front page photo this issue. And, of course, they attract tens of thousands of visitors from around the world to swim, snorkel, dive, beach walk and just gaze in wonder at their natural splendour.
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To find out more, pick up a copy of The Lombok Guide from the locations listed on page 62 or visit www.thelombokguide.com and discover the magic of Lombok for yourself…
Photo by www.beckrocchi.com.au
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The beauty of our beaches is one of the many things that surprise first-time visitors to Lombok. Unlike the crowded beaches of Bali, our beaches are wide open, sublimely undeveloped and unpolluted.
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THE BEAUTY OF LOMBOK!
IN THIS ISSUE Getting to Lombok Attractions & Actitvities Lombok Map Special Feature Senggigi Senggigi Map What’s Hot/ Local News Special Feature Local News Local Scene Local News In Good Taste Classifieds Discount Vouchers Local News The Cities Cities Map Distribution The Southwest Mr Fixer Kuta & The South Useful Contacts The Gilis Gilis News Gilis Fast Facts Getting to the Gilis Gilis Map
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GETTING TO LOMBOK
GETTING TO LOMBOK
It’s easy to get to Lombok from Bali – flight time is only 25 minutes European connections are easy via Jakarta (the capital city of and fares start from around Rp 300,000 (approx US $33) one way. Java) or Bali. Direct flights from Jakarta to Lombok are available Buy tickets direct from the airline counters at the domestic airports, every day and are usually timed to connect with European flights. or contact local travel agents, in both Bali and Lombok. Lombok is easily accessible from Jakarta, Bali, Jogyakarta and Lombok International Airport (or Bandara Internasional Lombok, Surabaya and is an important connection for travel to the eastern commonly abbreviated to BIL) is the only airport on Lombok. The islands, in particular Sumbawa, Komodo and Flores. airport is approximately 40km south of the city of Mataram, and Garuda Indonesia has direct flights between Lombok, Bali, around 1 ½ hours’ drive from Senggigi and 25 minutes from Kuta. Surabaya, Makassar and Jakarta every day, Call Center : 0 804 Airport departure tax is Rp 25,000 for domestic departures and Rp 1 807 807, Sales Office : +62 370 642303, 649999. www.garuda100,000 for international departures. indonesia.com
BALI TO LOMBOK BY AIR In Lombok, flights depart and arrive at Lombok International Aiport. In Bali, flights arrive and depart at Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) Domestic Airport.
Lion Air has daily flights between Lombok, Bali, Jakarta and Surabaya. Ph: +62 370 664009. www.lionair.co.id Merpati Airlines has flights available between Lombok, Bali, Bima, Dili, Bandung, Flores and Kupang. Lombok, ph: +62 370 621111. www.merpati.co.id
Garuda Airlines has direct flights between Lombok, Bali and Jakarta every day, Call Center : 0 804 1 807 807, Sales Office: +62 Trans Nusa Air flies between Lombok, Sumbawa and Bima once a day. Lombok, ph: +62 370 624555. www.transnusa.co.id 370-642303, 649999. www.garuda-indonesia.com Merpati Airlines flies direct between Bali and Lombok four times a Batavia Air has flights between Lombok, Jakarta every day. Lombok, +62 804 1 222 888 / +62 21 38 999 888. day. Lombok, ph: +62 370 621111, Airport: +62 370 633637 / +62 www.batavia-air.co.id 87864253577. Bali, ph: +62 361 420999. www.merpati.co.id Trans Nusa Air operates two flights between Bali and Lombok daily. Lombok, ph: +62 370 624555. Bali, ph: +62 361 8477395. www.transnusa.co.id Lion Air flies between Bali and Lombok with three flights daily. The company share-codes with Wings Air, so you may purchase a Lion Air ticket and find yourself on a Wings Air flight! Lombok, Call Centre: +62 80 4177 8899. Bali, ph: +62 361 765132. www. lionair.co.id Sky Aviation operates morning and afternoon flights between Bali and Lombok every day. The company also offers private charter flights between the islands, as well as other destinations throughout Indonesia. Lombok, ph: +62 370 630 787. Bali, ph: +62 361 936 8320. www.sky-aviation.co.id
INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS Lombok International Airport has full Visa on Arrival facilities, with efficient and fast visa processing. Silk Air (a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines) flies direct between Lombok and Singapore, three times per week. Lombok, ph: +62 370 628254 / 628255. www.silkair.com Garuda Airlines flies between Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Lombok every day, with a short stop-over in Jakarta. Call Centre: 0 80 418 07807. Airport: +62 370 649100. www.garuda-indonesia.com
Sky Aviation offers flights to remote and difficult to get to destinations, including Labuhan Bajo on Flores, Batam, Pekanbaru, Jambi and more. Ph: +62 370 630787 or see their website for full details. www.sky-aviation.co.id
BALI TO LOMBOK BY SEA Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) provides the sea link between mainland Bali and Lombok. Lembar Harbour (Lombok) is approx. 1 hour south of Senggigi, Lombok. Arrange your own transport and buy tickets direct from the harbours, or use a reputable tour company to provide a transfer service. Public Ferries depart every hour for the sea voyage between Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) and Lembar Harbour (Lombok). The crossing between the islands costs Rp 36,000 per person and takes approx. 4 to 5 hours. Lembar Harbour ph: +62 370 681 209. Padang Bai Harbour ph: (+62 363) 41849 / 41840
FAST BOATS There are now numerous “fast boat” services operating between Bali and Lombok. Most serve Gili Trawangan, but several also call at Teluk Kodek on mainland Lombok, making fast boats from Lombok to Bali (and vice versa) an option to flying. See the “Getting to the Gilis” section for details.
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ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES Getting around Lombok is easy by car or motorbike and you can hire these in all the main tourism areas, with an International Drivers License. The roads are generally in good condition and traffic is light. Alternatively, hire a car and driver for exploring or take part in the tours and day trips offered by the many tour agencies on the island.
Climbing Mt Rinjani by Iwan Haryanto
Mawun Beach by Barbara
all three islands are well served by professional dive operators who offer full PADI certification courses, day and night dives to the many sites around the Gilis, as well as specialised courses and live-aboard adventures to exotic locations. For the more adventurous, there is superb diving around the islands off the southwest coast, as well as near Kuta on the south coast and the small uninhabited islands off the east coast.
The whole island is surrounded by fantastic beaches, most of which are covered in clean white sand and fringed by coconut palms. Drive just north of Senggigi to Malimbu or Nipah and enjoy deserted beaches with fine snorkelling and swimming. The southwest coast also has fine beaches, especially around Sekotong and Taun.
Lombok is becoming a world-renown surfing destination amongst surf enthusiasts world-wide. Huge waves and challenging surf lure die-hards to BangkoBangko (also known as Desert Point) on the south-western tip of Lombok.
Visit the small island of Gili Nanggu for rustic accommodation and great snorkelling just off shore or stay at Secret Island Resort on Gili Gede to explore the twelve other undeveloped islands in the southwest. The beaches around Kuta are breathtakingly beautiful. Visit Gerupuk for fantastic scenery, Kuta for long stretches of white sand and turquoise waters, or swim in the peaceful lagoon at Mawun.
Here you can hire a board, get board repairs and take surf lessons from the professionals.
DIVING With so many beaches and small islands, Lombok offers a myriad of diving and snorkelling opportunities. The best known locations are around the Gili islands - Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan. Snorkelling is easy from the shore and
Kuta, on the south coast, is surf-central and has a range of accommodations and services catering specially to surfers.
The waves at Gerupuk and Kuta offer a variety of challenges from beginners to sheer madness! Ekas Bay has two surf breaks: Inside Ekas and Outside Ekas, which are suitable for beginners to experts, depending on different peaks and tides.
TREKKING Much of the island is still covered by natural rain forest and jungles, making Lombok ideal for ecotourism and adventure tours. There are a number of spectacular waterfalls on the island which provide lovely trekking opportunities, whether travelling independently or as part of a tour. Sendang Gile on the slope of Mt Rinjani in the north is an easily accessible waterfall in a stunning jungle setting and popular with visitors. Air Jeruk Manis, near Tetebatu is reached by walking through pretty rice fields and forests. The awesome Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu waterfalls, in central Lombok, are located within a short trek of each other and make a perfect day trip for those who appreciate truly magical natural surroundings.
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ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES Aik Kalaq (Hot Spring Water) near Segara Anak Lake at Mt Rinjani by Koes Nadi
animist statues remain today. Perang Topat, is an annual festival held at Lingsar and features a ritualised war with rice cakes, which also serve as an offering to the Gods.
MOUNTAIN CLIMBING Mt Rinjani, Lombok’s famous volcano, soars 3726 m above sea level and is the second highest volcano in Indonesia, attracting thousands of trekkers and climbers annually. The huge crater near the top contains a beautiful lake, Danau Segara Anak (Child of the Sea Lake) and a smaller volcanic cone, Gunung Baru Jari, which was formed a couple of hundred years ago. There are a number of caves, small waterfalls and hot springs located around the volcano. In 2004 Rinjani won the World Legacy Award and the volcano is recognised internationally as an important eco-tourism destination. Two, three and four day treks on the volcano are offered by tour companies and trek organisers in all the main resort areas of Lombok.
HISTORIC SITES & TEMPLES There are a number of interesting temples around the west coast, many of which are Hindu or ancient animist sites of worship. Pura Lingsar is possibly the only place in the world where Hindus and Moslems come together to pray and celebrate. Built around 1714, Pura Lingsar was originally based on the prevailing animist beliefs of the time, and some of the original
Pura Narmada (or Narmada Temple), around 10 km east of Cakranegara in Narmada, was created circa 1805 as a replica of Gunung Rinjani and Segara Anak, the lake within Rinjani’s crater. The gardens at Narmada are beautifully maintained and surround the pools and lake. Pura Suranadi, a complex of three temples located a few kilometres north of Narmada in Suranadi, is the oldest and holiest of the Balinese temples in Lombok, founded by the 16th-century Javanese priest, Danghyang Nirartha. Underground streams bubble up into restored baths, used for ritual bathing. Huge sacred eels live in the pools and streams here, and can sometimes be lured out with an offering of boiled eggs (purchased at a nearby stall). To see a sacred eel is considered very lucky!
HANDICRAFT VILLAGES Lombok is famous for its traditional earthenware pottery made from local clay with distinctive “Lombok primitive” designs. You can also purchase hand-woven sarongs and fabrics (ikat). Pringgasela in central Lombok is a small village which is steeped in tradition and is a
major centre for weaving ikat. Visit the small houses and shops here to purchase traditionally woven, colourful fabrics. Masbagik, close to Pringgasela, is a small pottery village. Wander the streets and see the pottery being made in the small yards behind the simple homes here and purchase the wares for amazingly cheap prices. Sukarara is 5 km to the west of Praya, heading south towards Kuta. This is a weaving village where quality ikat and traditional cloth is displayed and sold. Weavers work outside many of the shops, using antiquated “back strap looms” to painstakingly produce works of art. Some of the larger pieces can take several months to weave, and collectors from around the world visit this village to purchase the blankets, sarongs and cloth produced here. Banyumulek, easily reached on the road south to Lembar Harbour, is an important centre for pottery on Lombok. The small village is packed with shops selling pottery produced in the area, as well as from the other main pottery-making villages such as Penujak and Masbagik. Lombok pottery, with its distinctive terracotta styles, has become famous internationally and is exported throughout the world. Pura Suranadi (Suranadi Temple) by Barbara
as are the cunning cats lurking under the tables crowded with fish and seafood.
Lombok isn’t known for its shopping opportunities. Shopaholics will get their fill in Bali, with its thousands of shops and stalls touting t-shirts and mass-produced souvenirs on the streets of every tourist area. Lombok is for relaxing. It’s a place to hunt out a bargain in a dusty market, to haggle for pearls and sarongs on the beach, to explore quaint villages and pick up a genuine handicraft for a song. Or to brave the local markets in search of a unique collectible or quirky item at bargainbasement prices.
A good place to start – and one not usually listed in tourism guides – is the Pasar Cakranegara, or Cakra Market. Located in the middle of the city, at the intersection of Jl Hasanuddin and Jl AA Gde Ngurah, the Cakra Market is a labyrinthine maze of stalls spanning a city block, packed with bargains for the intrepid traveller.
In counterpoint, nearby stalls waft exotic aromas with baskets of spices for sale – cloves, ginger, pepper, lemongrass, garlic and shallots add their scent to the warm air.
If you’ve ever wondered where the locals do their shopping, this is one of the best places. It is also very popular with domestic tourists, who know where to seek out a bargain when they visit from Java and the other islands. Stalls upon stalls line the narrow alleys of this market, shoulder-to-shoulder with their neighbours, and overflowing with goods of every description. Upstairs, one section of the market is dedicated to food and produce – and is not for the faint-hearted! The sights and smells can be overpowering on a hot day. Chickens, freshly plucked, heads and feet piled high on trays (and considered a delicacy) lay on tables next to hacked pieces of meat and offal. Swarming flies are lazily flicked away by the vendors,
Bright oranges and mandarins, bunches of fat purple grapes, spiky pineapples, curious snake-skin textured salak, papaya, bananas and other tropical fruits spill from stalls in bright confusion. Continued on Page 16
Senggigi Bay by Iwan Haryanto
WEST COAST RESORT
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 the town. At night, Jalan Raya Senggigi (the main street) comes alive. Dine in the many restaurants catering to all tastes and budgets, listen to live music at 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 the Sheraton Senggigi Resort all line the curved bay of Senggigi Beach and offer a full range of resort facilities, equally attractive for singles, couples and families. The beachfront is currently undergoing “revitalisation” by the West Lombok Tourism Department, which threatens to ruin the natural beauty of the beach. It can become very crowded and is best avoided on Sundays and public holidays. However, many more beautiful beaches exist just minutes away to the north. One of the most spectacular sights on the island 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. Senggigi Reef, off the southern point, has good coral for snorkelling and, in the right conditions, some decent surf breaks. Canoes can be hired from the beach on the weekends and during peak tourism
times. Local outrigger boats (prahu) can 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 hotels catering to all budgets, shops, tour agencies, restaurants, 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. Tourism development runs north along the coastal road for about 10 km, with many hotels and restaurants positioned along the beautiful beaches that line the entire west coast. About 2 km north of central Senggigi Kerandangan Valley has a popular beach nearby and some small boutique hotels, such as Puri Mas Spa Resort and Villa Campi Sorga, situated in a pretty valley. Dream Estate Park comprises private villa accommodation for owners and investors, and has villas available for short and long term rental in a secure, well-managed estate. At the end of the road through Kerandangan Valley is the Taman Wisata
Malimbu by Koes Nadi
Just over one hour from Lombok International Airport, Senggigi is the main tourism centre on Lombok and, apart from the Gili islands, the most developed tourism area on Lombok. The town of Senggigi is about 10 km north of Ampenan, and about 30 minutes drive from Teluk Nara and Bangsal – the harbours to the Gili Islands.
Alam – Kerandangan Nature Reserve – with clearly marked hiking paths leading through the rain forest along the river. There is a small Ranger’s hut and visitors centre near the entrance, and picnic areas with basic concrete tables along the paths. The park boasts a small waterfall, pretty river scenery, families of local monkeys, and a variety of tropical plants and birdlife. Further north, Mangsit has developed as an accommodation alternative to Senggigi, with boutique style hotels positioned along the breathtaking beaches of this section of coast. The popular Qunci Villas, Puri Mas Beach Resort, Windy Beach Resort and Holiday Resort Lombok are located in Mangsit. Furthest north are Klui and Lendang Luar, with two hotels – Jeeva Klui and Hotel Bulan Baru – and long stretches of pristine beaches. Mainly deserted white sand beaches, flanked by coconut groves and untouched by hotel development, continue all the way north along the main coastal road. Malimbu and Nipah are two picturesque bays less than half an hour from Senggigi, which are good for snorkelling, swimming and getting away from it all. Teluk Nara and Teluk Kodek are on a large bay that forms a natural harbour, about 25 kms north of Senggigi. All the main dive operators have boats here, which transfer guests to the Gili islands, as an alternative to nearby Bangsal Harbour. Bangsal Harbour, less than 5km further north, is reached by turning left at the crossroads in Pemenang and from there it is easy to catch the public ferries (actually large outrigger boats) out to the Gilis, or to charter boats for island hopping. Whether you are seeking luxury accommodation at a top resort with fine dining and spa facilities, or a budget holiday with days spent exploring – or all the choices in between – Senggigi caters for all tastes and budgets. From Senggigi, it’s easy to explore the attractions of the stunning south coast or to hop on a boat to the famous Gili islands lying just offshore. Swim, snorkel, dive, hike, lie in the sun, have a massage, eat and drink at some of the great restaurants and bars in town; or just take a break and be enchanted by the peace and beauty of Lombok.
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BAZAAR…CAKRA MARKETS! Conituned from Page 10
Further along, baskets overflowing with flower petals provide welcome relief and are a colourful sight. These are sold to the many Balinese Hindus who live in Lombok and who use the flowers in their daily offerings to the gods. Woven bamboo baskets, brightly painted boxes and bowls, platters and containers of all shapes and sizes teeter in towers on stalls all around. Many are used for ceremonies in the temples but also make great collectibles and accessories for the home. Down another alley, glass cabinets display traditional headdresses, glittering brooches and elaborate costume jewellery – worn for weddings and special celebrations.
More stalls sell beautifully sewn intricate lace kebayak – the traditional blouses worn by Indonesian women.
shoes and stilettos, in myriad colours and styles. All at prices so cheap, it’s silly to buy just one pair!
Alongside are hair-pieces and wigs hanging on hooks all along the edge of the shelves. Ever wonder how the ladies in traditional dress with their elegant buns manage to keep their hair so neat?
The next alley reveals jewellery, jewellery-making findings, buttons, beads and haberdashery. Necklaces, bracelets, rings, bangles, and everything under the sun to do with decoration, hang on stands and are piled in plastic bags on the floor.
Down yet another alley, stalls overflow with shoes. Cheap copies of famous sports sneakers, casual sandals and thongs, heaped next to high heeled dress
Then there are stalls full of hats, handbags, scarves and shawls. Desks officiated over by serious men sell gold
and gold jewellery by the gram, at current market prices. Nearby, a little old man squats next to his display of silver rings and semi-precious stones. In the true tradition of an eastern bazaar, the Cakra Markets are an amazing kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, colours, textures and smells… engaging all the senses… and presided over by friendly and wily traders who are happy, and perhaps a bit surprised, to see a tourist in their midst. Like in any market in Indonesia, be prepared to rub shoulders and squeeze through narrow spaces and – most of all – remember to haggle! Generally start at around half of the asking price and enter into the art of negotiation with a smile and good humour. You can’t help but walk away with a bargain!
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What’s Hot! / Local News
18 Ghosts and Ghoulies, trick or treat - Halloween has become a favourite in Lombok over past years and guests can celebrate the spooky holiday this year on 31 October with the All Hallows Masquerade Party at Papaya Restaurant in Senggigi. Dress up and get into the Halloween spirit with trick or treat surprises, a Hallows Buffet dinner, Red Blood Cocktails, live music and much more for just Rp 150,000 per person. Children love Halloween and are welcome (50% discount for little kids). Get a group together and make it a fun night! Bookings: 0878 6415 4442. We love the great new range of bean bags now available for sale at Puri. The home décor supplier in Kampung Duduk (on the road opposite Batu Bolong Temple) has a huge selection of bean bags in all shapes and sizes, and fabulous colours. There are tub chairs, lounge chairs and even kids chairs now in stock. Puri also sells a beautiful range of contemporary furniture and furnishings, as well as synthetic rattan furniture for the garden and around the pool. Also just in stock are some beautiful glass
light fittings and lanterns to add style to your home or business. Both personal and business shoppers are welcome to come and see the range. Soft furnishings, fabrics and cushions can be made to order within days. If you haven’t visited Puri yet, you may be pleasantly surprised – and save yourself a shopping trip to Bali. Ph 0813 3955 5456 to view. Garuda Indonesia has released special fares for its Penerbangan Perdana (“First Flights”) using New Series Jet CRJ 1000 Bombardier from Lombok to Ujung Pandang (Sulawesi) and from Lombok to Surabaya. The special fare from Lombok to Ujung Pandang is available on 16 October, 2012, departing at 13.20 (1.20pm) local time. Prices start from Rp 500,000 per person, including tax. The inaugural flight from Lombok to Surabaya will take place on 14 November at 12.30, and prices start from just Rp 390,000 per person including tax. Ph: 0804 1807 807.
THE ROAD TO PROGRESS
The ongoing road works from Montong to Senggigi are providing plenty of entertainment for residents and some surprises about the standard of earth moving equipment now available in Lombok, in comparison to just a few years ago.
Traffic was held up considerably by the rubbernecking drivers and onlookers, which was made more complicated by the fact that the road was partially closed due to the resurfacing work going on at the time. A spokesman from The Papaya Restaurant was quoted as having said that it was attracting more attention than his new tablecloths and he was thinking of booking a similar event in the near future.
Below, we stopped to watch a huge pile driver demolish part of the foundations of the bridge over Meninting River!
immediately outside the Papaya Restaurant on the main street (Jalan Raya Senggigi). A similar incident was reported the day before where another fully laden 20 ton truck almost disappeared down the same hole.
Meanwhile, one of our readers is so amused by the antics he sent us the following: LET THEM TRUCKERS ROLL! A new tourist attraction was added to the ever growing list of things to see in Senggigi on Tuesday, 18 September when a 20 ton truck loaded with road gravel collapsed down a storm drain
Bets were being taken at the Baru Bar by the regular Aussie drinkers sitting at the bar opposite the incident on the odds against a third truck falling down the same hole on Wednesday. Workers were busy emptying the load from the truck so as to be able to right the vehicle and allow widening and resurfacing to continue.
It was his fault!
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C o c k t a i l & Ta p a s L o u n g e Lonely Planet: â€œThis terrific, hip hotel-restaurant has a well-selected modern menu [and] is an incredibly romantic settingâ€?
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Jl. Raya Mangsit, Senggigi, Lombok | Phone: +62 370 693800, Fax: +62 370 693802 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website: www.quncivillas.com
TASTY NEW CULINARY DIRECTIONS FOR THE SHERATON Chef at the “W Hotel” Doha in Qatar, amongst others. His career has also seen him work alongside three-star Michelin Chefs, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Alain Ducasse.
Lamberto is now Executive Chef for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and Executive Chef at W SPA. Currently he is waiting to take up his appointment as Director of the Culinary and Services complex at the new Westin Resort in Ubud. It was a happy coincidence when the delayed opening of the Westin in Ubud gave Lamberto a two month window of opportunity to join the Sheraton in Senggigi as a special consultant in revamping their culinary department.
The winds of change are blowing through the kitchens at the Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort. Well, perhaps not quite a wind as yet, but a gentle breeze… General Manager, Dominique Duvivier, and Director of Sales, Pak Jelantik Suhartha, have been planning a revamp of the 5-star resort’s food and beverage department for some time now and have been just waiting for the right person to take their cuisine to the next level. Enter Lamberto Valdez Lara – a personable international chef who has led the kitchen brigades of some of the best known resorts in the world to culinary greatness. Starting with his own restaurant in Florida, US, Lamberto is a man with a passion for food and a desire to teach others the skills of great cooking. His career in the culinary arts began with his move to Executive Chef at the Ritz Carlton in Florida and he has since held positions of Banquet Chef/ Chef Garde Manger at Le Meridien, Executive Sous Chef at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC, Executive Chef at Sofitel Luxury Hotels and Resorts, and Executive Sous
“I spent over 4 years with Starwood, prior to that with “W” and nine years with Meridien and four years with Ritz Carlton. I am very loyal to Starwood – I think, in the hotel industry, it is the best on offer,” Lamberto said when we met with him last week. “I’m looking forward to starting with the Westin in Ubud but I’m also very happy to have this chance to come to Lombok and to view things from the outside, so we can make exciting changes at the Sheraton.” If the meal Lamberto created for us is any indication of those changes, Lombok is about to have another top dining venue of the caliber of Quali and Quah Restaurants at Qunci Villas, and the popular Square Restaurant in Senggigi.
parmesan and the surprising addition of capers in the creamy sauce. The main course really showed off Lamberto’s skills in the kitchen, with a lamb rack accompanied by creamy risotto topped with fresh scallops. The timing required for each component is very difficult to get right and too often in Indonesia these dishes are served dry and overcooked. The lamb was superbly tender and cooked just slightly over rare. The risotto – the bane of bad chefs anywhere – was perfectly al dente, velvety and glossy, and a superb foil for the plump scallops; again cooked to perfection with just a sear on the outside, while still moist and sweet on the inside. This was a meal worthy of a fine dining restaurant and a fantastic achievement on Lamberto’s first day at the resort! To add to the momentum, the Sheraton has also recruited Chef Agus Hariadi, Executive Chef at Cocoon Beach Club in Bali, to join the kitchen team this month. “We have a beautiful location here on the beach in Senggigi with fabulous views out over the ocean and magnificent sunsets,” GM, Dominique said. “Our gardens and the poolside, as well as the beachfront, provide a number of lovely dining options, with no traffic noise which plagues the restaurants on the main road. Now we will take our cuisine to the next level and give our guests a true paradise island dining experience.” Exciting changes for the Sheraton… and a new dining venue to watch in the future!
Our dining experience started with an appetiser of delicately grilled king prawns, served with a light and piquant avocado reduction flavoured with lime and accompanied by salad greens. Next was a wonderful Beef Carpaccio – very thin slices of tender and juicy beef, enhanced with the mouth-watering flavours of shaved fresh
Lamberto Valdez Lara
New Culinary Excellence at Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort Change is in the air. New menus and culinary delights to tempt all palates. New Tapas at our Sunset Bar. A new approach to cuisine, using the freshest local ingredients prepared with international excellence. Because you donâ€™t just wine and dine in paradise... You belong.
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Try our home-cooked foods without MSG: fresh garden salad, chicken sandwich (grilled chicken breast and salad in toasted bread), spaghetti bolognese, spring rolls, or our delicious burgers with the meat patty made from fillet steak and based on a Slavic â€œcevapciciâ€? recipe
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Complete pet supplies in Senggigi! We carry a large selection of quality Dog and Cat Foods Pet Accessories (Collars, leads, cages, bowls, toys, etc) Pet Care Products (Vitamins, shampoos, flea and tick powders, coat conditioners and pet medicines) Hamster and fish foods and more!
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Clean and comfortable. Located in the middle of the”kampung”near the local Kebon Roek traditional market you immediately have a sense of the real Indonesian life. Ampenan is near Mataram and Cakra and only 7 kilometers away from Senggigi.
Room rates (smoking & non smoking) Standard room with fan – Rp 80 000 Standard room with TV & AC – Rp 130 000
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Lombok’s Boutique Hotel [ The Lonely Planet: “Top Choice for Lombok” ] [ Cosmopolitan: “Lombok’s Hidden Beauty” ] [ Guide du Routard: “Le Reve!” ] Jl. Raya Mangsit, Senggigi, Lombok | Phone: +62 370 693 800, Fax: +62 370 693 802 Email: email@example.com | Website: www.quncivillas.com
MOVES TO ABOLISH TELKOMSEL DECLARED BANKRUPT VISA ON ARRIVAL FEE
Bisnis.com reports that Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, has expressed her concern that the permanent imposition of the US $25 visa-on-arrival fee threatens the future development of tourism to Indonesia. Pangestu said the government has received many complaints from Japanese travel operator who are members of the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) regarding the US $25 charged to arriving tourists in exchange for a 30-day visa. Japanese travel professionals point to other destinations, such as Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines who do not charge a visa fee and make obtaining a visa hassle free. “I will recommend to the Minister of Finance that the imposition of the visa fee become an agenda item in future discussions. Hopefully, we can find the best solution,” said Pangestu while attending the Indonesian stand at the JATA Tourism Forum and Travel Showcase in Japan, September 20-23, 2012. Nia Niscaya, the director of marketing for overseas markets from the Ministry said the cost of obtaining the visa applies to most foreign tourist coming to Indonesia. She insisted abolishing the visa fee would be a relatively easy matter for the related ministries accomplish. “If the fee is abolished it would have a positive effect on increasing tourist visitors that in turn would increase revenues in all supporting sectors, such as hotels, resorts and shopping for handicrafts,” Nia explained.
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In a move that has shocked business observers, a Jakarta court has declared Telkomsel bankrupt due to a legal technicality. The state-controlled mobile phone services company has around 117 million subscribers and reported revenues of Rp 48,700 billion, with earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of Rp 27,500 billion last year. However, it has been declared bankrupt because of a disputed, unpaid debt of just Rp 5.3 billion. Prima Jaya Informatika, a sim card and mobile phone credit distributor, successfully petitioned for Telkomsel to be declared bankrupt, arguing that it was owed the money after Telkomsel failed to deliver its latest order and cancelled their distribution agreement. Telkomsel, which is 35 per cent owned by Singapore’s SingTel, insists that it cancelled the agreement because Prima Jaya breached their terms and that it therefore does not owe Prima Jaya any money. The bankruptcy petition by Prima Jaya Informatika is possible due to a quirk in Indonesian corporate law, which allows creditors to petition for a company to be declared bankrupt if there are just two outstanding debts and one is unpaid. This creditor-friendly law was brought in during the Asian financial crisis, when many over-leveraged Indonesian companies were trying to avoid paying off their debts. In a statement to investors, Telkomsel has said that it will appeal the decision in the Supreme Court court but, in the meantime, administrators appointed by the court at Prima Jaya’s behest have taken control of Telkomsel until the debt issue is resolved. Telkomsel advised that the company’s business will carry on as normal, although the administrators must agree to any new contracts or acquisitions. Fitch, the credit rating agency, confirmed that it would not downgrade the company as a result of the technical bankruptcy.
For more information: Jalan Wisata Alam Kerandangan 0813 3868 8524 | 0813 3972 1541
“De Quake is One of the Most Enjoyable Places to Eat in Senggigi” – The Lonely Planet
Lunch daily 11am - 3pm Freshly baked breads and homemade pastas, delicious sandwiches, salads and burgers
Dinner from 4pm til late Fine cuisine and fresh ingredients Steak, seafood, pasta and Asian specialties
Art Market Senggigi, Lombok +62 370 693694
The Little Shop Unique Gifts with Reasonable Prices
Exotic Style Fashion - Bags - Accessories
We Sell Nice Resort Wear, Hand Made Bags From Natural Materials and Many Kind of Accessories For Your Style at Tropical Island
We Sell: Wood Bowls, Shells, Accessories, Paintings, Statues, Bronze, Candles, Frames and Many More... For your gift choices to your family and friends when you back home from our island
Phone: 0370 693 647 | Art Market, Jl Raya Senggigi, Lombok
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Luxury and Tranquility Privately positioned on terraced slopes of beautiful flowers, overlooking Senggigi Bay and the Lombok Strait to Bali Standard, Deluxe and Suite Cottages with air conditioning, hot water, television, mini bar, telephone and internet access
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Hair and Beauty – Trained Hair Stylist Facials and Skin Care – Body Shop and Biokos Products Waxing and Nails Massage, Reflexology and Body Treatments Spa Packages OPEN DAILY 10am to 9pm
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d’Oria is derived from Latin meaning “SUNRISE” d’Oria will give you a new & memorable experience Especially for honeymooner and family vacation
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Rahayu & Brian Marry! Popular Lombok personality, Rahayu (Yayuk) married her long-time love, Brian, in a beautiful and fascinating â€œAkad Nikah Jawaâ€? (traditional Javanese wedding ceremony) recently.
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THE SAGA OF SOUTH-EAST LOMBOK CONTINUES Contributed by Dr Kerry Black from HOTPlanet
Then, suddenly, some light appeared in the tunnel when Heaven on the Planet Resort received a letter from the Bupati office saying electricity would be arriving in two months’ time. Of course, this was more than two months ago.
“Roads still not made, no electricity, no water and no anything”. This is still the situation in south-east Lombok. The area’s reputation as “the land the government forgot” might be well deserved. Historically, south-east Lombok has been a very poor region, with subsistence farming hampered by low rainfall compared to the lush paddies in central Lombok. The farmers here might get one crop and this might be eaten by bugs, destroyed by unseasonal rain, or by lack of rain in an extended dry season. They have recently found that tobacco may bring in a second crop. But the drying process requires firewood and so the whole district rings to the sound of chainsaws in tobacco season. And the district is rapidly changing, with many of the large trees well gone. So the many people of south-east Lombok are tough, having learned to live with adversity. This means that the added adversity of being forgotten by their government washes over them like the 3-foot waves at Inside Ekas.
They never choose to protest and they never think that a modern society should have the basics of water and electric. Consequently, there appears to be little hurry in the government. Last year the government started bulldozing a road around the south-east but they neglected to pay the land owners for the land and they unfortunately seem to have finished the budget before they finished the road. People still struggle in the wet season to get along this road to buy rice and other household basics.
Recently HOTPlanet hosted the Assistant Bupati at Ocean Heaven with 20 or more friends. They brought their own lobster for lunch, but when conversation shifted to infra-structure, the Assistant told the people present that they “need to go slow with the electricity” and that it wouldn’t be coming until 2015. Definitely going slow is good when driving but, when bringing electricity to a remote area, snails might be seen to go faster. Surprisingly, the government seems to hope that hotels will be built here without electricity and mains water. No-one has ever done that in 12 years except Heaven on the Planet, and we can’t expand due to water limitations.
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NOW OPEN IN SENGGIGI! MAMAS, NIKMAT, CATER PRODUCTS Sirloin, Tenderloin, Fillet Steaks Cold Cuts and Deli Meats Salami, Ham, Chicken and Turkey Sausages - Breakfast, Pork, Chicken, Beef, Herb and Mixed Dry Pasta and Sauces Gandari Purified Ice Cubes
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In Good Taste... Welcome to Lombok! As an expat working here in Lombok, I want to share with all our valuable visitors a few of the recipes that you will try around our lovely island, so hopefully you can take more than just a great memory home and show your friends that – apart from beautiful scenery, sexy beaches, amazing weather and friendly people – we have some exquisite food available here and Lombok people do take their food seriously! Selamat Makan! By Bryce Adamson, Chef and Beverage at Qunci Villas.
This is a recipe from Nuzul Fatmi, Cook at De Quake Restaurant:
IKAN BAKAR BUMBU MATAH
For this edition of “In Good Taste” I visited the popular restaurant, De Quake, in the Art Markets, Senggigi and met with Chef, Patrick Opperman, and his Cook, Ms Nuzul Fatmi.
Preparation: 1. Marinate fish with salt, pepper and lime juice. 2. Grill fish until cooked.
This recipe is such a defining “Lombok taste” with chillies and lime enhancing the flavour of the fresh fish. As an archipelagic nation, seafood is abundant and commonly consumed, especially by Indonesian people living in coastal areas. Popular fish used in Indonesian cuisine includes, among others: mackerel, tuna, wahoo, milkfish, red snapper, anchovy and cuttlefish.
3. Bumbu Matah: Slice the lemongrass, lemon leaves, red chili, and shallots. Cut the tomatoes into small cubes.
Grilled Fish With Bumbu Matah
Ingredients: Seafood in Indonesia is usually cooked 180 gr Fish Fillet bakar (grilled), rebus (boiled) or goreng (fried). Bumbu Matah: “Rempah” is the Indonesian word for “spice”, while “bumbu” is the Indonesian word for mixed spices or seasonings, and this word commonly appears in the names of certain spice mixtures, sauces and seasoning pastes. So this recipe is basically “grilled fish with spicy chutney”. As much as I’ve searched for its history, I cannot find any but I wanted this recipe, as it is really great tasting! Chef Fatmi learned this recipe from her mother, who learned it from her mother, and it has been perfected over time and many tastings!
3 pcs Lemongrass 3 cloves Shallots 1 pcs Red Chili 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper 3 pcs Lemon leaf
Mix all in the bowl with cayenne pepper, then add, salt, pepper, sugar, enough of shrimp paste, and salad oil. Stir well. 4. Shred fish fillet and mix with the Bumbu Matah. 5. Serve with warm steamed rice As always, if you are all thumbs in the kitchen or just can’t be bothered to cook, visit Patrick and Fatmi at De Quake Restaurant and they will be happy to do the work for you!
½ pcs Tomato Flavouring: Salt to taste Pepper to taste 1 tbs Shrimp Paste Powder 1 tbs Sugar 1 tea spoon Salad oil Juice of 1 Lime
If any Lombok chefs would like to contribute a local recipe, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Gandari Villa Residence is currently under development and consists of 3 luxurious Villas within a peaceful and secluded compound, just 5 minutes from Senggigi and 2 minutes from the beach. Each of the 2-storey Villas features:
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GLAM AND GIN AT YAK AWARDS! Bali’s bold and beautiful, dressed to the nines, flocked to the Mozaic Beach Club in Batu Belig to quaff martinis and gourmet nibbles while rubbing shoulders with the island’s famous and infamous.
Bali’s ultra-chic and irreverent leading lifestyle magazine, The Yak, hosted its 8th Annual Yak Awards on Friday, 28 September 2012.
Guests enjoyed a magnificent array of food prepared by some of Bali’s most notable establishments including by Mozaic Beach Club, Ayana, Anantara, Bridges Bali, Ku De Ta, Oberoi Bali, Potato Head, Sardine and Slippery Stone; washed down with Martinis by Hu’u, beer by Heineken, and wines by supplied by Indowines and Pantja Niaga.
The Annual Yak Awards – which started as a bit of tongue-in-cheek fun – has grown in popularity over the years and has Congratulations to all those receiving nominees scrambling to take a coveted Yak awards this year: award home. This year’s event, organised by Promo Events and the Yak Team, had the theme “The Martini Years”.
Best Newcomer: Mama San, Seminyak. Best Spa: Jari Menari, Seminyak. Best Fashion Label: Nakal, sks Simple Konsep Store, Seminyak Best Jewellery Design: Tulola, Petitenget Best Resort: W Retreat and Spa, Seminyak Best Wine List: Metis, Petitenget Best DJ: Stuart McLellan Best Community Services: Bali Kids Outstanding Achievement Award: Ni Nengah Widiasih, YPac Paralympic Athlete. Best Bar: Mantra, Seminyak Best Retail Space: Bathe, Seminyak Best Chef: Michael Shaheen, Sardine, Petitenget Best Sunset Venue: Potato Head Beach Club, Seminyak Best Restaurant: Ku De Ta Best Ad Campaign: Deus Ex Machina Best Event: Fatboy Slim at Potato Head Beach Club Yak Man of the Year: Desmond James, Sourcing Bali Yak Woman of The Year: Suhaila Nordin, Beachwalk Bali
54 The three main cities in Lombok – Ampenan, Mataram and Cakranegara – have expanded over the years and now merge together to create what is, for Lombok, an urban sprawl of shops, administrative centres and residential areas. A visit to the cities makes an interesting day trip, exploring the numerous small shops selling everything imaginable at low prices. There are numerous pearl shops in Ampenan selling unset pearls and pearl jewellery at cheap prices. These are genuine pearls from the pearl farms on Lombok and Sumbawa and, if you bargain the price, are a good deal. Gold shops are also popular in both Ampenan and Cakra, with 24 kt gold being sold by the gram, regardless of the design. For cheap and interesting food choices, explore the many restaurants, warungs and food stalls in the cities. Or just wander around the streets to soak up the atmosphere and discover fascinating insights into Lombok city life! Ampenan was the original old port in Lombok during Dutch colonial times and some of the old architecture is still visible around the town, particularly toward the beach to the west. This area becomes a market at night, filled with warungs and kaki lima (food carts) for cheap, tasty food and local flavour. With its numerous shops, cheap hotels, dusty roads and plentiful cidomo (horse carts), gold and pearl shops, and its Arab quarter, Ampenan is a colourful town to explore. Kebun Roek, just near the traffic lights in Ampenan on the road from the airport, is the site of the local markets. Every day traders set up stalls selling fresh produce from around the island, local snacks and products, live chickens and fresh fish in the afternoon when the fishing boats
Mataram Mall come in. A stroll through the markets is a pungent and enlightening experience! Mataram, about 3 km to the east of Ampenan, is the administrative centre for Lombok and Sumbawa (NTB Province), with government offices, banks, mosques, schools and colleges, bookstores, the main post office, and Mataram University downtown. In Mataram, the Nusa Tenggara Barat Museum houses historical and cultural artefacts from Lombok and Sumbawa. It’s an interesting place to visit and occasionally hosts special exhibits. Displays include exhibits on geology, history and culture. Address: Jl Panji Tilar. Ph: 632159 for opening times. There is a small admission fee. Also worth visiting is the cultural centre, Taman Budaya on Jl Majapahit. Music and dance performances are presented here regularly. Phone: 622428 for details. Mataram Mall, on the main street in Mataram, has an upstairs food court for cheap local meals. Lombok’s only real mall, there are four floors of shops and stalls selling a vast selection of goods. Particularly good buys are shoes, jeans, and copy brand bags and belts. There is a department store, several electronics stores, and shops selling clothing, CD’s and DVD’s. Hero Supermarket, on the ground floor, is useful for some western goods, food and toiletries. The Chemist next door has imported toiletries, supplements and medicines. McDonalds and KFC have outlets on the ground floor.
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Cakranegara (usually abbreviated to “Cakra”) is Lombok’s main shopping area. It is also home to many Chinese and Balinese, who make up over 50 percent of the city’s population. The streets of the city make an interesting tour with gold
shops, sporting goods, clothing stores and very good fabric stores selling imported silks, laces and cottons, to name a few. Many of Lombok’s weaving and basket making industries are located near Cakra; turn left at the central traffic lights and look for the market on the right near the bridge. The baskets in particular are sold in Bali at many times the local price. The next large town east of Cakra, Sweta, has a huge market every day near the Bertais bus terminal, with all kinds of goods on sale, from foodstuffs to clothing, exotic birds, handicrafts and more. Nearby Temples and Places of Interest Pura Meru on Jl Selaparang, Cakranegara, was built in 1720 by Balinese Prince Anak Agung Made Karang and is the largest temple on Lombok. Its three meru are for the Hindu trinity – Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. This is an important temple for the Balinese here and its annual Pujawali festival, held over five days during the full moon in September or October, is the biggest Balinese Hindu event on Lombok. The outer courtyard hall has large drums used to announce ceremonies and festivals. In the central courtyard are two buildings with raised offering platforms. The interior enclosure has 33 shrines as well as the three multi-tiered meru. Pura Mayura, just across the street from Pura Meru, was built in 1744 as the court temple of the last Balinese kings in Lombok. An open hall or bale kambang (floating pavilion) stands in a large artificial lake here and is used as a place for meetings and to relax. Today the palace gardens are a playground for children. The temple sits behind the sedate water gardens and is open daily; admission is by donation.
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Vaksin Untuk Buah Hati Anda Pemberian vaksin memberikan manfaat besar dan penting untuk dilakukan. Pada bayi, imunitas lebih ditingkatkan oleh pemberian Air Susu Ibu (ASI) eksklusif pada bulan keempat hingga enam bulan pertama kehidupan. Pemberian vaksin bertujuan untuk memberikan kekebalan lebih pada tubuh manusia untuk mencegah beberapa penyakit, seperti polio, tuberkulosis, difteri, tetanus, campak, serta hepatitis B yang berisiko kematian. Berikut vaksin yang wajib diberikan untuk buah hati: Vaksin BCG Diberikan sebagai injeksi intradermal segera setelah lahir untuk mencegah TB. Dapat menyebabkan suatu daerah penonjolan di tempat suntikan. Namun, jangan aplikasikan obat apa pun ke area yang telah divaksin tersebut. Vaksin OPV Diberikan secara oral dengan beberapa dosis sampai usia lima tahun untuk mencegah polio. Poliomyelitis merupakan penyakit yang mempengaruhi saraf. Penyakit ini menyebabkan kelemahan otot dan kelumpuhan. Vaksin polio ini diberikan bebas biaya untuk semua anak di bawah usia lima tahun jika dilakukan di bawah program pemerintah. Vaksin Campak Vaksin ini diberikan di bawah kulit setelah bayi berusia genap sembilan bulan. Campak merupakan suatu infeksi virus yang sangat menular, yang ditandai dengan demam, batuk, konjungtivitis (peradangan selaput ikat mata/konjungtiva), dan ruam kulit. Penyakit ini disebabkan karena infeksi virus campak golongan Paramyxovirus. Penyakit ini dapat berkembang menjadi infeksi bakteri yang menyebabkan pneumonia, dan infeksi otak (ensefalitis) yang dapat menyebabkan kematian jika tidak diobati. Vaksin DPT Diberikan sebagai injeksi intradermal, mencegah tiga penyakit: 1. Diphtheria Diphtheria merupakan penyakit bakteri akut yang menyerang tonsil, faring, laring, hidung, dan kadang selaput lendir atau kulit. Bahkan, menyerang konjungtiva atau vagina. Penyakit infeksi ini akan membuat tenggorokan terasa sakit diikuti dengan kelenjar limfe yang membesar dan melunak. 2. Pertusis Pertusis dikenal juga sebagai batuk rejan. Penyakit ini mempengaruhi paru-paru pada anak di bawah 15 bulan. Dimulai dengan demam dan batuk, berkembang menjadi episode batuk dengan suara keras. Komplikasi termasuk pneumonia, kerusakan otak, dan kematian. 3. Tetanus Tetanus dimulai ketika luka terinfeksi dengan bakteri yang ditemukan di dalam tanah, hal itu mempengaruhi otot tubuh dan syaraf. Toksin yang dihasilkan oleh bakteri menyebabkan kejang otot, mengganggu saraf, dan bisa berakibat fatal.
Vaccines for Children You Need to Know Vaccination is of great benefit and important for the health of babies. In infants, immunity is enhanced by the provision of breast milk exclusively in the first four to six months of life. So, what is the importance of the different vaccines? The aim of vaccines is to provide more immunity to the body to prevent diseases such as polio, tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus, measles, and hepatitis B, which all carry a risk of death. Vaccines are available to effectively counter the risk of diseases. The vaccines below are categorized as mandatory vaccines given to infants: BCG Vaccine Administered as an intradermal injection immediately after birth to prevent tuberculosis, it can cause a protrusion at the injection site. However, do not apply any medication to the area that has been vaccinated. OPV Vaccine Administered orally with several doses up until five years of age in order to prevent polio. Poliomyelitis is a disease that affects the nerves. The disease causes muscle weakness and paralysis. Polio vaccine is given free of charge to all children under the age of five years if carried out under government programs. Measles Vaccine This vaccine is given under the skin after the baby is nine months old. Measles is a highly contagious viral infection, characterized by fever, cough, conjunctivitis (inflammation of the tissue lining of the eye / conjunctiva) and skin rash. The disease is caused by infection of the measles virus (paramyxovirus) group. This disease can develop into a bacterial infection that causes pneumonia, and infections of the brain (encephalitis), which can lead to death if untreated. DPT Vaccine Given as intradermal injection against three diseases: 1. Diphtheria Diphtheria is an acute bacterial disease that attacks the tonsils, pharynx, larynx, nose, and sometimes the mucous membranes or skin. It can also attack the conjunctiva or vagina. This is an infectious disease that causes a sore throat, with enlarged and tender lymph nodes. 2. Pertussis Pertussis is also known as Whooping Cough. This disease affects the lungs in children under 15 months old. It starts with a fever and cough, and evolves into severe coughing episodes. Complications include pneumonia, brain damage, and death. 3. Tetanus Tetanus begins when wounds are infected with bacteria commonly found in soil. It affects the bodyâ€™s muscles and nerves. Toxins produced by the bacteria cause muscle spasms, disrupt nerve function, and can be fatal.
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Secret Islands, Pristine Beaches!
Floating in the sparkling turquoise waters just off the southwest coast are twelve small islands called the Southwest Gilis. Unlike the famous Gili islands in the northwest of Lombok, the Southwest Gilis are largely uninhabited and have yet to be discovered by most travellers, thus they are often called “The Secret Islands”. The Sekotong region starts just south of Lembar Harbour and features stunning beaches and bays set against a backdrop of rolling hills. The drive itself is a worthwhile trip, meandering through villages where life is largely untouched by tourism and where the people are involved in their day-to-day activities of farming, fish cultivation, boating and fishing, brickmaking and other traditional pastimes.
across the sandbar and explore this uninhabited island. Old volcanic rocks and stone carved from centuries of tides create small caves and alcoves, providing shelter for picnics and interesting nooks and crannies to explore.
Elak Elak, Sekotong by Didiek Hariadi
the northwest and Madak Belo on the east. Gili Gede is large enough to provide a range of activities such as hiking to the hills in the centre for fantastic views across the other islands, exploring deserted beaches and hidden coves and meeting the people living on the island, who are very friendly and, as yet, unspoilt by tourism.
Back on the main road and slightly further south is Sundancer Resort, with its distinctive blue roofs dotted on the Secret Island has comfortable budget hillside overlooking another white sand accommodation, including a unique beach. The hotel development is still under Along the roadsides you will see people bungalow perched on a pier over the reef – construction. building and repairing boats, laying the only one in either Lombok or Bali. The out hand-made bricks to dry in the sun, Resort offers a host of activities that all the Across the road from Sundancer, on the working in the fields, and sometimes family will enjoy, while also being a place beachfront, is Dive Zone – currently guiding primitive wooden ploughs where you can get away from it all. the only diving facility in this part of harnessed to huge water buffalo, as they Lombok and the experts on diving around prepare the fields for planting. Secret Island can also organise fishing trips the southwest islands, having pioneered and island hopping excursions to the other The peaceful village of Taun (or Tawun), is development of previously unknown dive beautiful islands in the area, most of which sites in this area. situated on a wide, placid bay in Sekotong. are deserted, about their comfortable 9m The ocean is sparkling turquoise and the custom-built boat “Scorpio”. Dive Zone offer dive trips around dazzling white sand stretches in a wide Sekotong and the islands, as well as To the south of Gili Gede, the islands of sweep around the bay, while the hills in three locations in South Lombok – Gili Ringgit, Layar and Asahan are lined behind form a perfect backdrop to this including challenging world-class diving up like secret treasures in the calm sea. idyllic setting. off southeast Lombok. Bounty Cruises, a Bali-based company, Just out in the calm bay are the three Past Dive Zone another few kilometres is own much of the land on Gili Ringgit and lovely islands of Gili Nanggu, Gili Cocotinos Boutique Beach Resort on the have constructed a boat mooring and pier Tangkong and Gili Sudat – all easily secluded beach at Tanjung Empat. With accessible by local outrigger boats. A small 28 rooms, including beachfront villas with on the island. There is good snorkelling on the west side of Gili Ringgit, accessed by sign in the nearby village will direct you private swimming pools, Cocotinos is the boat. Large gardens of hard and soft corals to the local boat hire area, where you can only luxury accommodation in the area. lay just beneath the surface and the reef arrange boat trips out to Gili Nanggu and extends along most of the island’s coast. At the next intersection there is a the other small islands offshore. signpost to the right for Labuhan Poh and The other side of the island, where the Of the three, only Gili Nanggu has Pelangan, the site of Bola Bola Paradis. pier is located, has a fantastic white sand accommodation for visitors, with Gili This is a small hotel, situated right on Nanggu Cottages providing simple beach and is a favourite for guests from the beachfront with comfortable and cottages on the beach and a restaurant, as Secret Island Resort and Dive Zone, as the clean rooms at reasonable prices. The well as deluxe rooms further back from the hotel also organises snorkelling tours and scenery and beach here are so lovely. beach. The island is small and the beach is a popular choice for those surfing at It’s easy to snorkel offshore just north of here has soft white sand and a good reef Bangko-Bangko. the pier and, although the reef isn’t as large just off the beach for snorkelling. The largest of these islands is Gili Gede, as on the other side of the island, there is Travelling a little further south, before the appropriately meaning “Big Island”. The still plenty to see. marine culture complex (Balai Budaya island lays just offshore and is so large Bright blue starfish drape themselves Laut), there is a small dirt road leading out visitors often mistake it for part of the across patches of coral, and bright yellow onto a white peninsular of sand that juts mainland. Gili Gede is easily reached by into beautiful clear waters. Drive to the boat from the village of Tembowong and is and black Moorish Idols dart through end for superb views and a close up look the water. Schools of hundreds of small only minutes across the water. at Gili Genting. iridescent fish swim past and weirdly Gili Gede is one of the few islands in the shaped squid drift by in the deeper areas. Gili Genting sits just off the tip of the area that has accommodation, at Secret peninsular and at low tide you can walk Island Resort on the south, Via Vaccare on Continued on Page 66
66 We met a boat load of happy tourists on Gili Ringgit, out for the day with Dive Zone, who described the diving as some of the best they’ve ever experienced. Most couldn’t stop gushing about the huge school of turtles they had just seen near Gili Layar! All around these Southwest Gilis, abundant coral reefs lay just below the surface waiting to be explored, filled with thousands of brightly coloured tropical fish, huge sprawling blue starfish and magical turtles gently gliding through the water. Slightly south of Gili Gede, beautiful Gili Asahan attracts visitors with deserted white sand beaches, clear calm waters and swaying palm trees. Pearl Beach Resort, the only accommodation on the island, is a lovely boutique hotel with charming and welldesigned bungalows here looking out over a breath-taking beach. Of a much higher standard than most of the accommodation in the southwest, each bungalow is spacious with a private terrace and western standard bathrooms with hot water showers.
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There is also a beachfront bar and restaurant serving western and Indonesian meals, and good snorkelling directly from the beach. The resort is popular with divers and can arrange diving and snorkelling trips, as well as island-hopping tours.
wide white sand bay is lined with fisherman’s huts and draws hundreds of surfers every year from as far away as Hawaii and Brazil to challenge the huge waves of Desert Point, just offshore.
Although the road deteriorates after Labuhan Poh, it is still passable for most vehicles in the dry season. During the surfing season, from mid-May to September and again in December, the beach is buzzing with surfers, but otherwise it is a remote and peaceful area. Bali is clearly visible, with the island of Nusa Penida only about an hour’s sail away. The drive to the point is dotted with bucolic scenery and tiny villages, making it a worthwhile trip even for non-surfers. There is basic surfer accommodation in the area and plans for development in the near future.
Pearl Beach is perfect for romantic escapes The southwest is slated for tourism and for those seeking the tranquillity of a development and it’s easy to imagine private island resort. hotels and resorts on all these beaches and Leaving Gili Asahan and back on the islands in the future, as well as yachts, mainland there are small home-stays and fishing boats, windsurfers, dive boats and private accommodations spaced out along the like. But for now, the Southwest is the road to Bangko-Bangko – the surfing unspoilt and the Gilis remain the secret Mecca for those in the know, located on islands… stunningly beautiful, pristine and the far southwest tip of Lombok. The unique; and known only to the lucky few.
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69 ridiculous predicament. However, in the first store when I produced my credit card in payment for my purchases I found that my card had been cancelled.
processing software to fail and may even cause the computer to crash.
QUESTION: I have arrived in Lombok to enjoy the sunny beaches and blue skies and have just checked my bank balance. The banks in Europe are worse than useless. Before coming to Lombok I decided to apply for a credit card and I have just received a bill for my as yet unused credit card stating that I owe $0.00. I have ignored it and thrown it away. Last week I received another similar bill and threw that one away too.
Assuming that, having spoken to the credit card company only the previous day, the latest bill was yet another mistake, I ignored it; trusting that the company would be as good as their word and sort the problem out.
QUESTION: During the long flight to the idyllic shores of the holiday island of Lombok I had a strange dream.
Now, the credit card company have sent me a very nasty note stating they are going to cancel my card if I don’t send them $0.00 by return post. I called them and they said it was a computer error and told me they’d take care of it.
MR FIXER: With all the financial trouble the European banks are embroiled in, is it any wonder? Why not add to their demise and play them at their own game by mailing them a cheque for $0.00.
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I decided that it was about time that I tried out the troublesome credit card, figuring that if there were purchases on my account it would put an end to this
Let’s hope you don’t get a letter from the credit card company to say that your I immediately called the credit card cheque has bounced and that you owe company who apologized for the computer them $0.00 and they are taking steps to error once again and said that they would recover the debt. If they do, tell them that take care of it. I have just received another you too will immediately be taking steps. bill for $0.00 stating that payment is now Great big ones to another bank! overdue.
Now, I’ve got another bill for $0.00 stating that I have 10 days to pay my account or the company would have to take steps to recover the debt. What do you think I should do?
The computer will duly process your account and return a statement to the effect that you now owe the credit card company nothing at all. With any luck the $0.00 cheque will cause their cheque
I dreamed I was in a secret place near a stream where the birds were chirping in the crisp, cool mountain air. I was in total seclusion from that hectic place called “the world” and the soothing sound of a gentle waterfall filled the air with a cascade of serenity. The water was very clear and I could make out the face of my husband as I held him under the water. The judge agreed it was self-defence. I am still not allowed to have anything sharp, so I am writing this in crayon. Do you think I will find a soul mate in Lombok? MR FIXER: Yes, come on down!! You’ll fit right in here!
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Kuta and The South Coast
KUTA AND THE SUBLIME SOUTH COAST
Indonesia boasts some of the most magnificent scenery in the world and the south coast of Lombok rates as being among the best.
Kuta this year and smaller developments are already under construction. Kuta by Barbara
South Lombok has views that inspire artists and photographers and leaves visitors from around the world speechless at the sublime panoramic beauty that unfolds beach after beach, bay after bay, all along the coast. The beaches of the south draw crowds to bake on the blindingly white sands, swim in the crystal clear oceans and challenge some of the best surf breaks in Indonesia. Kuta (sometimes spelt Kute) is the main town and tourism centre on the south coast of Lombok, and is the hub for exploring the fantastic southern beaches and the many points of interest in the region. Located around 60 km south of Mataram and about one and a half hour’s drive from Senggigi, Kuta makes for a wonderful day trip from other points in Lombok, or an alternative holiday destination for travellers exploring Lombok. Since the Lombok International Airport opened in late 2011, many of the major roads have been upgraded and the main road to Kuta is very good. The new airport is located only 25 minutes’ drive north of Kuta and has made access to the south very easy. The proximity to the airport has already sparked an investment boom in the area and major developments are expected over the coming year. For now, the south is uncrowded, pristine and spectacular. The drive down to the south coast is an interesting rural tour of small villages and farming communities. Fields of tobacco, corn and peanuts line the roadsides and farmers till the fields using antiquated ploughs pulled by large water buffalo.
mosques in Lombok, Mesjid Kuno. The small building with a thatched roof is considered holy and many believers make pilgrimages to pray here. Slightly further south is Sade, an hilltop village with more Lumbungs and traditional homes. Both villages have been renovated and cater to the tourist market, but are still interesting examples of traditional Sasak architecture and communal living within the compounds, where life continues as it has for centuries. Residents, who act as guides for a small fee, encourage walks through either of these villages and are happy to share a glimpse of their lifestyles with visitors.
Nearby Mandalika Beach is named after the legendary Princess Mandalika, a beloved character in Sasak folklore. It is near here that thousands of people gather every year to celebrate the colourful ritual of Bau Nyale, when masses of sea worms spawn in the waters offshore.
Ashtari, around 2km west of Kuta, stands out from the usual Kuta cafés and is a “must stop” for those touring in the area. Kuta itself is a small town with hotels, Perched on top of the hill with spectacular home-stays and backpacker’s hostels that views over Kuta and the surrounding cater mainly to the thousands of surfers beaches, Ashtari serves exquisite teas and from around the world who are drawn to juices, and delicious vegetarian meals and the area every year to surf the left- and organic gourmet snacks that are truly out right-hand breaks out in the bay. of the ordinary. Open Tuesday to Sunday, There is a good variety of accommodation, for breakfast and lunch only. restaurants and facilities for travellers and – with investment taking off –more options Kuta attracts thousands of visitors every year for the great surf locations are opening all the time. There are plans at Gerupuk, Tanjung Aan, Ekas, and the for a luxury beachfront resort in central beaches to the west. It’s easy to hire a board and a surf guide from here to learn surfing or, for experienced surfers, to access the more challenging surf breaks in the area. Hire a car or motorbike and you can spend days visiting beautiful, mainly deserted beaches, both to the east and west of Kuta. Around 4 km east of Kuta is Tanjung A’an, with perfect white sand beaches and good waves for surfers. Slightly further east is Gerupuk, well known as a top surf location and situated on a peninsula of land that juts out into the ocean, with stunning views of the sea, and the surrounding islands and bays. There is a good surf school here and no fewer than five surf breaks.
Just before arriving in Kuta, the road passes two traditional Sasak villages – Sade and Rambitan. On the east side of the road is Rambitan, a village that caters to tourists and has authentic clusters of thatched Lumbung, or rice barns, and traditional homes made of thatch and bamboo, with hardened cow and buffalo dung floors. Nearby, on the hilltop, is one of the oldest
At present, Kuta boasts just one luxury resort: the Novotel Lombok. The Novotel has a range of accommodation, from comfortable hotel rooms to spacious suites and luxurious villas, some with private swimming pools. Designed to blend in with the environment, and with a stunning beachfront location, the Novotel is a wonderful example of traditional Sasak architecture.
The beaches and scenery continue all the way to the east coast, with fantastic places such as Bumbang, Awang Bay, Ekas and Pantai Sorga (Heaven Beach)… the name says it all! Continued on Page 73
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At Bumbang, Bumbangku Beach Cottages has simple thatched cottages and comfortable brick deluxe rooms right on a beautiful deserted beach. There is a good restaurant, serving fresh fish and seafood caught by local fishermen, and easy access to the best surfing spots nearby. Even for non-surfers, Bumbangku is a delightful place to spend a few days, swimming, strolling along the wide calm bay and relaxing in the peaceful natural surroundings. Further east, Heaven on the Planet and Ocean Heaven (collectively known as HOTPlanet) currently has the monopoly
For now, however, these two exclusive properties provide the chance to really escape from the outside world in sublime surroundings. The resorts feature comfortable accommodation, good restaurants, swimming pool, a Spa and Wellness Centre and a host of water activities, such as surfing, snorkelling, kayaking, wind-surfing and more. Heading west from Kuta are another series of beautiful beaches and bays hidden behind headlands and rolling hills, providing peaceful and secluded spots for picnics and swimming. All are within easy day trips of Kuta. Mawun Beach is around 30 minutes’ drive to the west and is a picturesque, almost circular bay with small green headlands rolling into the ocean from either side. It is a spectacular beach with calm blue waters, perfect for swimming and spending a day lazing on the white sand.
Mawi, around another 7km to the west, has good right- and left-hand barrels for surfing when the swell is large enough. At other times, it is a lovely beach with impressive views of Gili Lawang just offshore; look for the three startling pinnacles of rock jutting out of the ocean. Selong Blanak is a long sweeping bay framed on each end by headlands and surrounded by rolling hills. Sempiak Villas has plush villas perched on the hillside with breath-taking panoramic views. Laut Biru Café at Sempiak Villas is a popular place for a stop – or justifies a day trip in itself – and serves fresh and delicious snacks and meals throughout the day in a pretty restaurant overlooking the beach. Spend a day exploring the area, with lunch and a swim here as the highlights of your trip. Further west are picturesque Sepi and Blongas bays, and many more scenic beaches along the way; all are mostly deserted. The road deteriorates rapidly and the going can be rough at times. For exploring this remote area it’s best to use an experienced local guide with a good vehicle. Steeped in history and legend, surrounded by beaches of almost surreal beauty, the south coast is a fascinating area to visit, whether your interests are historical, cultural or just the opportunity to see and explore some of the most beautiful and pristine coastal scenery in Indonesia.
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The Gili Islands Unique tropical escapes!
Three perfect coral islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air – fringed with white sands and swaying palm trees, lay in the sparkling ocean just off the north-west coast of Lombok. Every year the Gilis attract tens of thousands of visitors from around the world for their pristine waters, great diving and snorkelling opportunities, and laidback charm. The word Gili actually means “small island”, and so these islands have come to be known as “The Gilis” by travellers. The Gilis are Lombok’s most popular islands and are consistently rated as top SEA island destinations by travellers and travel publications. Gili Trawangan
Although previously popular mainly with backpackers, the Gilis now attract a diverse range of visitors – serious diving enthusiasts, sun-seekers looking for the perfect beach getaway, singles, families, and couples of all ages find something to attract them to the Gilis. There is a good selection of accommodations, restaurants and bars on all three islands, with the biggest range on Gili Trawangan. While nobody comes to the Gilis for shopping, each island has many small shops selling essentials such as sunscreen, mosquito repellent, toiletries, cold drinks, snacks and more. In addition, there are cheap clothing and t-shirts, sarongs and local handicrafts stalls. Activities include walking, riding bikes, horse riding and kayaking on Gili T, yoga, massage and beauty treatments, glass bottom boat trips and island hopping, live-aboard dive trips and cruises to nearby islands, fishing, sailing, surfing and all kinds of water-based activities. The islands provide ample opportunities for visitors to swim, relax, sunbathe, explore, snorkel or scuba dive with the many internationally accredited dive operators based in Lombok. Continued on Page 82
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Snorkelling is easy in the calm waters directly off the beaches, with plenty of colourful fish to see. At greater depths and at specific dive locations around the three islands, the pristine waters are home to an abundant variety of corals, aquatic life and thousands of species of tropical fish. An impressive array of sea life can be seen, including green and hawksbill turtles, morays, barracuda, reef sharks, occasionally leopard sharks and manta rays, and much more. Visibility is very good and commonly in the 15-30 m range; and water temperatures average 23°C (73°F) to 29°C (84°F). Currents around the islands can be quite strong and drift diving is the norm. Many of the popular dive companies are owned and operated by westerners and PADI and SSI licensed dive operators, with professional standards of safety and
environmental awareness, exist on all three islands. Each Gili has developed independently and at different paces, giving each a different “personality” or style, and catering to different types of holidaymakers and travellers. This means that travellers have a good choice, depending on their individual tastes and what type of island escape they prefer. Gili Trawangan is the most developed and popular of the three, with the greatest range of facilities and activities; while Gili Air has a relaxed, laid-back style and is popular with couples and families. Gili Meno is the quietest of the three, perfect for really getting away from it all. Choose the island that suits you most, or it’s easy to combine an island-hopping holiday to sample the best of all three!
A LITTLE SLICE OF ITALY ON THE GILIS
Contributed by Joseph Hunter
For over a year, two friends from Genova in Italy have been serving authentic Italian cuisine on Gili Trawangan in their restaurant, “Il Pirata”; more commonly known as “The Pizza Place”.
Reading their guestbook it is clear to see that, regardless of the customers’ nationalities, there is resounding praise for the two friends who brought the Mediterranean taste to the tropics so successfully.
As an expat living on the Gilis, I thought I had just about exhausted every warung and restaurant to be sampled on this tiny island. That was until I was tipped off about the delicious and exquisite dining experience to be had at Il Pirata! Tucked away just off the main strip (slightly inland from Wrapper Snapper), awaits delicious pizzas cooked to perfection with mouth-watering toppings, the freshest tomatoes and a crispy crust.
One happy customer proclaims “Amazing! World class food and service”; another writes, “Your lovely pizza made our honeymoon even tastier!”
Antonio, the chef, and Alberto, the restaurant director, have over 25 years of experience running their own restaurant in Genova before they packed up their bags and relocated to Indonesia to share the original flavours of their homeland.
I urge you to taste for yourself and see what keeps bringing repeat customers to Il Pirata night after night.
Their real wood-fired pizza oven was hand built by the two owners in the traditional Italian fashion. Antonio was taught his craft by a Napolese chef and it remains his passion to create the best pizza this side of the equator.
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GILI ISLANDS FAST FACTS
Gili Trawangan by Didiek Hariadi
There are numerous fast boat services operating between Bali and the Gilis. In good weather, fast boats can make the crossing in around 80 minutes but in heavy seas the trip can take two hours or more. Make sure you choose a reputable company who care about passenger comfort and safety, rather than “pack them in and profit”. Check weather conditions before going – the Lombok Strait is one of the deepest bodies of water in the world and seas can get very rough, with waves up to 5 metres in bad weather. Refuse to board overloaded boats. It is also possible to fly to Lombok and transfer to the Gilis from the mainland. See “Getting to Lombok” and “Getting to the Gilis” sections for details. Electricity on all three Gilis is supplied by generators and blackouts are sometimes a problem. Many places have their own emergency generators but the smaller businesses may rely on candles and lanterns when the power goes out. Water is a scarce resource on the islands and fresh water is shipped from the mainland daily. A business on Gili T now supplies desalinated water and fresh water showers are becoming common. However, smaller hotels and home-stays may only
provide salt water showers. Use bottled water to rinse off. The tap water on all the islands is not suitable for drinking but bottled water is cheap and readily available. Internet is available on the Gilis at internet cafés and most larger hotels and restaurants. Connections can be intermittent and speeds are generally slow. ATM machines are available on Gili Trawangan and Gili Air. Credit cards are accepted at most dive shops and larger hotels and restaurants. Money changers are available on all the islands, although the rate is lower than on Lombok. Health services on the islands are limited. There is a 24-hour Clinic at Hotel Vila Ombak on Gili T, and small local clinics on Gili Meno and Air. Dive shop staff have emergency first aid training and basic medical supplies but for anything serious, get to the mainland as fast as possible. Weather is generally hotter on the islands than mainland Lombok. Make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and use sun protection, even on cloudy days. There is no motorised transport on any of the islands. Walk, ride a bicycle or ride in a cidomo (local horse cart). None of
the islands is very large, so walking is an easy option. Bicycles can be hired for between Rp 25,000 and Rp 50,000 per day, depending on the type and condition of the bike. Some hotels provide bikes free of charge for guests. Cidomo fares are now fixed by law and fares are displayed in the front of the cart. Generally, short distances will cost around Rp 40,000; a round-the-island tour costs Rp 125,000 on Gili T. Dress is casual on the islands and it is normal to see tourists walking around in swimsuits, sarongs and shorts. Remember that the islands’ residents are Muslim and nude or topless sunbathing is frowned upon. Please respect island sensibilities and keep clothes on! Mosquitoes can sometimes be a problem, especially during rainy season. DEET repellents are the best protection and local products such as “Autan” and “OFF!” are relatively cheap and readily available in the shops. The Gili Eco Trust (GET) is a non-profit organisation based on Gili T that works to protect and conserve the environment. GET activities include reef conservation, resource management, waste management and education programmes, to name a few. To date, the Eco Trust has installed 63 Bio Rock structures around the islands. The metal frame structures create artificial reefs using low voltage current to promote new coral growth and provide homes for schools of fish and reef creatures. The Eco Trust raises funds for its programmes through an Eco-tax of Rp 50,000 collected from divers on the islands. Clean-up days, to collect rubbish from the beach and sea, take place on the first Friday of every month on Gili T. Register at Gili T dive shops and join in the fun! To find out more about Eco-projects and to support GET programmes, visit: www.giliecotrust.com
GETTING TO THE GILIS
The Gilis are easily reached from Bali via the numerous fast boat services now operating between Bali and Gili Trawangan. Alternatively, you can fly to Lombok and travel across to the Gilis.
Fast Boats: With Lombok’s airport now based further away in central Lombok, the fast boat services are a popular option, providing fast and easy transfers between Bali to Gili Trawangan. The crossing between the islands can be treacherous in bad weather, so choose a reliable operator and avoid companies that practice “over loading” in busy times. Blue Water Express, operated by Blue Water Safaris, provides transfers between Bali and Gili Trawangan. BWS operates two boats, with 28 and 30 passenger capacities, departing from Serangan (near Benoa Harbour) at 8am and 10am, and from Padang Bai Harbour at 11.15am every day. Return transfer from Gili Trawangan is at 11am. Fares include air conditioned hotel transfers in Bali. Ph: (0361) 841 3421-24 / 0813 3841 8988. www.bwsbali.com
FROM TELUK NARA AND TELUK KODEK: Teluk Nara is a large peaceful bay on the west coast, about 25 minutes’ drive north of Senggigi. Most of the dive companies and many businesses on the Gilis have their boats moored in the bay and transfer guests to the islands every day from Teluk Nara. Gili Cat, Blue Water Express and Island Getaway also operate fast boat services between Lombok and Bali from this harbour. It is possible to negotiate private boat trips (including fast speed boats) out to the islands with local boat owners here, thereby avoiding the hassles of Bangsal. At the northern end of the bay is Teluk Kodek, where Vila Ombak, The Beach House, ko ko mo and Scallywags have bases for transferring their guests by speedboat to the Gilis.
Gili Getaway is a comfortable fast boat departing from Benoa Harbour, Bali (only 20 mins from Kuta) daily at 8am. The crossing takes around 2 hours to Gili Trawangan and Teluk Kodek on Lombok. Ph Bali: (0361) 751570 / 726 523; or Bali: 0819 1673 3051; Gili T: 0878 6432 2515. www.island-getaway.com Gili Bookings.com is an online booking service offering easy reservations with the leading fast boat operators between Bali and Lombok. Availability checks, schedules and e-ticketing, as well as accommodation options and more, are all available online from their website: www.gilibookings. com By Plane: Fly to Lombok and either stay on the mainland before making a trip out to the Gilis or travel to Senggigi (1 hour 15 minutes) to arrange transport to the Gilis. There are many different options, as described below. Tour companies and dive operators in Senggigi also provide transfers daily. HOTEL TRANSFERS: Many of the larger hotels on the islands now provide speedboat transfers for guests, as well as pick up services from the airport – enquire when you make your booking.
MENTIGI BAY: Also on the west coast, a few kilometres before Teluk Nara, Mentigi Bay is a base for Blue Water Cruises. The company offers relaxing day cruises around the Gilis onboard a beautiful traditional phinisi boat, with plenty of opportunities for swimming and snorkelling. Boats depart daily at 9am. There is a small café at the bay and a variety of fun water sport options available. Blue Water Cruises also operate regular cruises to Komodo Island and other islands to the east, as well as dive and cruise packages. Visit their website for details: www.bluewatercruises.com.
Be aware that public boats leave when there are enough passengers to warrant the trip, so you may have to wait for a while. Best times are between 8am and 4pm. If you don’t want to wait, it doesn’t cost very much to charter a boat, especially if you have a few people in your group. Don’t let anyone carry your bags or, if they offer to carry baggage, negotiate a price first. Ignore people who tell you that there are no return public transfers… there are; or that there is no water, mosquito repellent, etc., on the islands. All the essentials are readily available at shops on all three islands. Bangsal is a pretty area; it’s a shame some of the touts try to ruin it for everyone. If you get stuck at the harbour in the evening, there are some basic home-stays on the road from the beach. Arnel is a nice option with pretty rooms at reasonable prices. The attached Salero Minang restaurant serves delicious Minang meals and the friendly owners can help with everything from vehicle hire to travel information and laundry services. FROM SENGGIGI: You can charter local outrigger boats from the beachfront in Senggigi (in front of the Art Markets). The trip out to the islands takes around one and a half hours. The journey up the coast in the morning is very scenic, but you may get wet on the way back. Make sure you negotiate a price with the boatman first!
FROM BANGSAL HARBOUR: Catch a taxi or bemo to Bangsal Harbour, the small harbour on the north-west coast, about 30 minutes from Senggigi.
A good alternative is to check out the many dive centres on the main street in Senggigi who offer reasonable rates for transfers, usually including pick up from your hotel.
Public ferries (really just large outrigger boats) depart regularly to all three islands and charters are available, with prices depending on the number of passengers and your bargaining skills.
Arranging snorkelling and dive trips inclusive of island transfers is a good way to save time, money and hassles.
Unfortunately, the area is plagued by touts and scams, so ignore them and head directly to the ticket office on the beachfront. Public ferry and charter boat prices are posted clearly on the wall of the ticket office.
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The most well-known and popular of the three Gilis, Gili Trawangan is the largest island and the furthest from the mainland, but easily reached in less than an hour by local boat and only 10 minutes by speedboat from Lombok.
and Bali, together with singles, couples and families from all over the world.
The island itself is around 3km long and 2km wide, so walking is easy and you can cycle around the island in around 1 1/2 hours (but will need to get off and push Previously tagged “the party island” by the your bike through sandy sections on the Lonely Planet, Gili T (as it is affectionately west side). known) has moved on and up. This is the only Gili to rise significantly above sea level and the hill in the south Gone are the days when backpackers is a great lookout from which to enjoy flocked to the island for Rp 20,000 a the spectacular sunsets across the ocean night huts on the beach and Rp 5,000 to Bali; or in the mornings, the brilliant Bintang beers. Today, Gili T has a sleek sunrise over Gunung Rinjani on mainland sophisticated side that becomes more Lombok. evident every year. That’s not to say that the original charms that attracted tourists in the beginning are gone. The perfect white sand beaches, clear turquoise waters and laid-back island style are still there in buckets.
On the far south end of the hill are the remnants of old WWII Japanese gun emplacements and crumbling bunkers, but the hand-dug tunnels have been blocked up.
But the island has cast off its grungy origins and now combines the best of a tropical island paradise with a touch of chic and all the mod cons of a top holiday destination.
The main development on the island is on the east coast, particularly southeast in the area called “Sentral”, where the boats dock. The tracks inland are through coconut groves and pockets of development.
Gili T still hosts backpackers and budget travellers, but these days they are joined by expatriates and trendsetters from Java
Development runs all along the east coast with swish places rubbing shoulders with
the older bars and accommodations. The north coast is quieter and offers peaceful alternatives to the central area. Such is the appeal of the island, the south and west coasts are now dotted with small hotels, home-stays, private villas and a couple of larger resorts. This part of the island is the quietest and, although the beaches aren’t as nice as those on the east, the sunsets looking across to Bali are magical. Accommodation on Gili T ranges from basic home stays to luxury hotels and villas. The old style bungalows with woven bamboo walls and thatched roofs are slowly disappearing, to be replaced by simple cottages with western style bathrooms to suit the budget crowd. At the other end of the scale, boutique hotels and luxurious villas boast all the comforts of 5 star resorts, including designer furnishings, private swimming pools or Jacuzzis, WiFi internet, iPod docks, satellite TV and DVD. Restaurants rival Bali in quality, if not numbers. There are lounges and sophisticated bars, Internet cafés, movie “theatres” and beachside cafés galore. Most restaurants and bars are located along the east coast, although the north coast has some lovely low-key options. Dining choices range from the typical Indonesian nasi goreng to sushi; barbecued seafood on the beach to international fine dining; and everything between. There is a lively bar scene at night and the island has a rotating party roster, where some of the top places have licences to host a party on one night of the week (hence the “party island” reputation). These, and the full moon parties that take place on the beach during high season, are a big draw-card for the crowds of younger people who come to the island.
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91 There is a good surf break on the south coast with a fast right-hander that really pumps in the right conditions. Local surfers will happily lead the way and rent you a board.
Continued from Page 89 For those who prefer quieter entertainment, there are sophisticated dining opportunities, particularly at places such as ko ko mo, Scallywags Resort, and on the beachfront at Hotel Vila Ombak. Cocos has an upbeat café scene during the day and Horizontal is the coolest place to chill out, day or night. The social options are virtually unlimited.
The best snorkelling on the island starts on the northern end of the east coast, where you can wade to the reef just offshore. The water is calm and there is a drift from north to south, making it easy to lie on the surface and float down the coral outcrops. Although much of the coral is damaged, there is still an abundant variety of tropical fish species to enjoy and patches of colourful coral.
These days, Gili T is a serious tourist destination with a good infrastructure and range of tourist facilities. Many of the larger restaurants, hotels and dive shops accept credit cards; there are ATM’s in front of Vila Ombak on the east coast and further north, near Horizontal, as well as on the west side at Ombak Sunset. Internet cafés with Wifi are readily available, as are money-changers, tour operators and a large number of fast boat services. There is a tennis club and fitness centre at Kelapa Villas and a medical centre at Vila Ombak with emergency facilities and a doctor on call.
Horses can be hired from The Stud on the southeast coast; sea kayaking is available at Karma Kayak on the north coast; yoga, meditation, massages and other health and beauty treatments are available at numerous places around the island. There is even shopping at the Pasar Seni (Art Markets) in Sentral and at any number of shops and kiosks all around the island, selling everything from pearls to sarongs to hammocks. Innuendo has some upmarket resort wear and Silver Dragon sells beautiful silver jewellery. But it is the beaches and the diving that remain the main draw card for Gili T. People flock here to sunbathe on white sand beaches and swim in clean blue waters, to dive the fabulous reefs and to bask in the hedonistic pleasures of a tropical paradise.
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Further off shore, the island is famed for its vast gardens of coral and is one of the best dive spots in Lombok, which is why thousands of divers visit Gili T every year. It is also one of the safest and easiest places to learn to scuba dive, with warm water temperatures, calm seas and excellent visibility almost all year round. There is a very good selection of professional western-operated dive shops and a range of dive locations suitable for beginners through to thrill seekers. It’s been a slow evolution over the past 20 years for Gili Trawangan, but the island’s time has come. While the backpackers will no doubt lament, there’s a whole new scene unfolding on Gili T. A world-class tourism destination is emerging – without the traffic and pollution – set down on an idyllic tropical island.
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under the star-filled skies. There is no rowdy bar scene and no noisy full moon parties here. Like all the Gilis, the best swimming beaches and most tourist facilities (including boat docking and departure) are along the east coast. Although there are small places dotted all around the island, many of the hotels and restaurants are located along the southeastern coast, with beautiful views over Gili Air and Mt Rinjani to the east. It is possible to walk around the whole island on a small beachside track in around 90 minutes. Those seeking total tranquillity head to the north and west coasts, where more development has been quietly taking place over the past year. Mahamaya on the northwest coast has the most luxurious accommodation on the island, with two exclusive beachfront villas and more planned for later in the year. The restaurant is earning accolades for top quality cuisine served in the shady dining area or at pretty tables on the beachfront. Stylish rooms and personalised service make Mahamaya popular with honeymooners and those seeking luxe island escapes.
Gili Meno is the middle and the smallest of the three Gili Islands, with the lowest population and the least number of visitors. The island has not developed as quickly as Gili T or Gili Air and suffered unpopularity when, in the mid-90’s, The Lonely Planet wrote that the salt lake on the island created mosquito problems. This was untrue – mosquitoes are no more prevalent on Gili Meno than anywhere else – but the damage was done. Many would say that the bad publicity was a blessing in disguise. Today, Meno
is probably the prettiest of the three Gilis, with the laid-back and uncomplicated charm of a true castaway tropical island. The water surrounding the island is clear turquoise and the beaches are covered in brilliant white sand, fringed with groves of coconut palms. Although investors are steadily buying up land, especially on the west coast facing Gili T, there is no major development on the island as yet. There are a few upmarket villas, but no large resorts. Fortunately, much of the investment taking place here is low-key and – perhaps recognising the pristine nature of the island – development tends to be along environmentally and ecologically sound concepts. For now, small hotels and basic beachside bungalows provide accommodation for those seeking a peaceful place in the sun with un-crowded beaches, clean waters and peaceful nights
Good mid-range options include Tropical Hideaways and Adeng-Adeng. Tropical Hideaways, located a short stroll from the best beaches on the east coast, has comfortable and modern air conditioned rooms and a good restaurant and bar, serving delicious and well-priced meals. Set in shady gardens, Tropical Hideaways has one of the few swimming pools on the island. Adeng-Adeng is a new resort being developed along ecological lines on the north coast. Rooms and dining pavilions are set on unique islands surrounded by small canals in a pretty garden shaded by conifers. Cotinued on Page 95
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95 There is also good snorkelling off the west coast near the now-defunct Bounty Resort. Swim out to where the old pontoon has sunk and become a home for many fish. Inland from the beaches, the island is quite dry with small homes scattered through the coconut groves. In the middle, toward the west coast, is a salt lake from which the local people still harvest salt on a small scale. It can be quite full in rainy season but dries up in the summer. Also inland, on the main track from the east coast, Gili Meno Bird Park has some tropical birds and a few interesting animals. There is accommodation here and a great display of Beatles memorabilia collected by the owner.
Continued from Page 93 Accommodation includes air conditioning and lovely open-air bathrooms, while the garden café and beachfront bar are already attracting popularity for excellent quality cocktails and delicious freshly-prepared meals. There is good snorkelling in front of Adeng-Adeng and along the northwest
coast, where it is often possible to see Green, Leatherback and Hawksbill turtles.
Casual beachfront cafés and bars serve Indonesian and popular western meals, with fresh fish and wood-fired pizzas being Gili Meno specialties.
To swim with the turtles – these huge creatures that are so awkward and ungainly on land but move through their natural element with a breath-taking dignity and grace – is perhaps the most special underwater experience of all and a major reason for visiting Gili Meno.
Some provide low-key entertainment in the evenings, more so in the high season, but visitors to Gili Meno largely come for romantic escapes and a chance to rejuvenate in the natural beauty of the island’s deserted beaches, which some argue are the best of all three Gilis.
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“Play Gili” off the south coast that attracts crowds when it is pumping. It breaks over sharp coral, so check with local surfers about conditions and board hire. Diving opportunities abound and there is a good selection of reliable dive operators on the island, including Blue Marlin, Dream Divers, Oceans 5, Karang Divers and Manta Dive. The calm waters and good visibility make Gili Air an ideal place to learn to dive or to upgrade diving skills. There are a number of popular dive sites that attract divers from the other Gilis, including Air Wall off the west coast, Hans Reef and Frogfish Point off the north coast.
Gili Air is the island closest to the mainland and can be reached in around 20 minutes by local boat or five minutes by speedboat. Gili Air has the largest local population of the three islands, combining the charm of a tropical island with access to the people and culture that make Lombok unique. At present, Gili Air is a laid back little island with a beachfront lined by simple cafés and bars made from bamboo and thatch. Its main appeal is in its unspoilt nature, with few of the swanky restaurants and villas that have sprouted up on Gili T… and that’s why so many people love it. However, with some believing that Gili T is becoming over-developed, Gili Air is taking off as an alternative destination. Over the past couple of years, investors have been snapping up land on Gili Air and a number of up-market accommodations and restaurants have sprung up, with more to open in the next year. Most development is on the east coast and towards the south. Scallywags, who have another popular resort on Gili Trawangan, own Scallywags Organic Beach Club on the southern end of the east coast with excellent swimming in front and a friendly atmosphere. The restaurant has taken island dining to a new level with its excellent menu and guest facilities. The Australian owners of the successful Senggigi business, The Beach Club, will also open The Beach Club Gili Air in mid2012. Plans include charming bungalows, similar to their Senggigi accommodations, with large bedrooms, private terraces and semi-open air bathrooms, as well as a restaurant serving above-average island fare. Existing accommodation on the island is
generally simple and until now, has mainly been the domain of the backpacker crowd; although the Gili Air Hotel on the north of the island has a variety of rooms and a swimming pool, and Manta Dive has nice bungalows with a swimming pool. Many of the older places offer thatchroofed bungalows with basic amenities, close to white sand beaches and at relatively low prices. There is a good variety of small restaurants and beachside cafés on the island, with many offering traditional Indonesian dishes and basic western fare. The beach barbecues with freshly caught fish are particularly good. The bar scene can get pretty lively in the evenings and, during high season, the island kicks into high gear with Full Moon parties on the beach. Activities include walking and cycling around the island, sun bathing, and swimming, snorkelling and diving in the crystal clear waters. Yoga and meditation, together with relaxing massages and body treatments, are available at H2O Yoga and Meditation. For exploring, there is a path running parallel to the beach and it takes around 90 minutes to circle the whole island. The interior is crisscrossed with a maze of tracks that can get confusing, but all lead back to the beach. There is a good surf break with a barrelling right hander known as
The water surrounding the island is of a colour hard to describe – a clear, translucent turquoise, made even more pure by the sparkling white sand beneath. Gili Air still boasts living reefs off much of its coast and there is wonderful snorkelling directly from the shore, particularly from the east and northeast beaches. The coral starts within metres of the beach, making it easily accessible to anyone – even novices who have never snorkelled before. Because the island is protected by reefs, there are few waves and the ocean is amazingly gentle, allowing snorkellers to drift in a dreamy daze above this panorama of aquatic shapes and colours. As is the case on all the Gilis, there are no cars or motorbikes allowed on the island, thus there is no pollution to spoil the clean air and the peaceful atmosphere. The views from all points of the island are stunning but the east coast, facing Lombok, is probably the most fantastic – looking back at the big island with its white beaches and green mountains dominated by the volcano, Mt Rinjani.
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