Issue 134 | 4 – 18 February 2013
LOMBOK GUIDE ( 0370 6594005 | www.thelombokguide.com
PUBLISHED BI-WEEKLY IN LOMBOK, FOR LOMBOK
CHINESE NEW YEAR ON LOMBOK
ROMANTIC IDEAS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY
QUNCI HELL’S KITCHEN
YKS SETS SAIL IN CEMARA
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IN THIS ISSUE Getting to Lombok Attractions & Actitvities Lombok Map Special Feature Senggigi Senggigi Map What’s Hot / Local News Special Feature Local Scene Special Feature In Good Taste Mr. Fixer Useful Contacts Land & Property The Cities Cities Map The Southwest Kuta & The South Coast South Coast Map Distribution Classifieds Discount Vouchers The Gilis Gilis Fast Facts Getting to the Gilis Gilis Map
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LOVE IN LOMBOK!
The next two weeks are sure to be a happy time with Chinese New Year (called Imlek in Bahasa Indonesia) and Valentine’s Day both being celebrated in February.
Lombok is home to a large community of Chinese people who will be welcoming the start of a new year on 10 February. If you are in Lombok during this time, ask your hotel desk or tour guide about dragon dances and Chinese celebrations taking place around the island. To all our Chinese readers, gōng xǐ fā cái! Valentine’s Day is traditionally the day of love and is eagerly celebrated by young locals on Lombok. Where better to celebrate with your loved one than in the warm, tropical paradise of Lombok, with candlelit dinners under the stars and romantic walks along beautiful peaceful beaches? Plan your romantic escape now!
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GETTING TO LOMBOK
GETTING TO LOMBOK
Garuda Airlines flies between Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Lombok every day, with a short stop-over in Jakarta. It’s easy to get to Lombok from Bali – flight time is only 25 minutes Call Centre: 0 80 418 07807. Airport: +62 370 649100. and fares start from around Rp 300,000 (approx. US $33) one way. www.garuda-indonesia.com Buy tickets direct from the airline counters at the domestic airports, DOMESTIC FLIGHTS or contact local travel agents, in both Bali and Lombok. European connections are easy via Jakarta (the capital city of Lombok International Airport (or Bandara Internasional Lombok, Java) or Bali. Direct flights from Jakarta to Lombok are available commonly abbreviated to BIL) is the only airport on Lombok. The every day and are usually timed to connect with European flights. airport is close to Praya (Central Lombok); approximately 40km Lombok is easily accessible from Jakarta, Bali, Jogjakarta and south of the city of Mataram, and around 1 ½ hours’ drive from Surabaya and is an important connection for travel to the eastern Senggigi, and 25 minutes from Kuta. islands, in particular Sumbawa, Komodo and Flores. Airport departure tax is Rp 25,000 for domestic departures and Rp Garuda Indonesia has direct flights between Lombok, Bali, 100,000 for international departures. Surabaya, Makassar and Jakarta every day, Call Centre: 0 804 1
BALI TO LOMBOK BY AIR
In Lombok, flights depart and arrive at Lombok International Airport. In Bali, flights arrive and depart at Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) Domestic Airport. Garuda Airlines has direct flights between Lombok, Bali and Jakarta every day, Call Centre: 0 804 1 807 807, Sales Office: +62 370-642303, 649999. www.garuda-indonesia.com
807 807, Sales Office : +62 370 642303, 649999. www.garudaindonesia.com 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
Trans Nusa Air flies between Lombok, Sumbawa and Bima once Merpati Airlines flies direct between Bali and Lombok four times a a day. Lombok, ph: +62 370 624555. www.transnusa.co.id day. Lombok, ph: +62 370 621111, Airport: +62 370 633637 / +62 Batavia Air has flights between Lombok, Surabaya and Jakarta 87864253577. Bali, ph: +62 361 420999. www.merpati.co.id every day. Lombok, +62 804 1 222 888 / +62 21 38 999 888. Trans Nusa Air operates two flights between Bali and Lombok www.batavia-air.co.id daily. Lombok, ph: +62 370 624555. Bali, ph: +62 361 8477395. Sky Aviation offers flights to remote and difficult to get to www.transnusa.co.id destinations, including Labuhan Bajo on Flores, Batam, Lion Air flies between Bali and Lombok with three flights daily. Pekanbaru, Jambi and more. Ph: +62 370 630787 or see their The company share-codes with Wings Air, so you may purchase a website for full details. www.sky-aviation.co.id Lion Air ticket and find yourself on a Wings Air flight! Lombok, Call BALI TO LOMBOK BY SEA Centre: +62 80 4177 8899. Bali, ph: +62 361 765132. www.lionair. Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) provides the sea link between mainland co.id Bali and Lombok. Lembar Harbour (Lombok) is on the southwest Sky Aviation operates morning and afternoon flights between coast, approx. 1 hour south of Senggigi, Lombok. Bali and Lombok every day. The company also offers private Arrange your own transport and buy tickets direct from the charter flights between the islands, as well as other destinations throughout Indonesia. Lombok, ph: +62 370 630 787. Bali, ph: +62 harbours, or use a reputable tour company to provide a transfer service. 361 936 8320. www.sky-aviation.co.id Public Ferries depart every hour for the sea voyage between INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) and Lembar Harbour (Lombok). Lombok International Airport (IATA: LOP) has full Visa on Arrival The crossing between the islands costs Rp 36,000 per person and facilities, with fast and efficient visa processing. +62 370 622987 takes approx. 4 to 5 hours. Lembar Harbour ph: +62 370 681 209. FREE +62 370 622987 Padang Bai Harbour ph: (+62 363) 41849 / 41840 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 Air Asia operates direct flights between Lombok and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia three times per week (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday). www.airasia.com
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
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CHINESE NEW YEAR ON LO M B O K
based around the legend of the Nian. According to the legend, in ancient China, the Nián was a man-eating beast from the mountains (in other versions from under the sea), which came out every 12 months somewhere close to winter to prey on humans.
Chinese New Year is on 10 February, 2013 and the Chinese community in Lombok will be celebrating as we bid goodbye to the Year of the Dragon. According to the Chinese Five Element Astrology Calendar, 2013 is the Year of Water Snake.The colour of Water in the Five Elements system is related to Black. Therefore we can say 2013 is a Black Snake, Water Snake or Black Water Snake year. Chinese New Year’s celebrations in Indonesia, known locally as Imlek, incorporate customs, beliefs and practices brought to Indonesia by Chinese immigrants who still follow the practices handed down from their parents. In Indonesia, past government policies discriminated against the Chinese community (which makes up approximately three to four percent of the Indonesian population), and no public displays of the Chinese New Year celebrations had been permitted since 1967, when the Chinese bore the brunt of shifting political regimes. It was only after 1997, and the end of the Suharto regime, that some of the discriminative policies were revoked or changed and,in 2002, Chinese New Year became a national holiday, to the relief of millions of Chinese Indonesians. Chinese New Year (also called the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year) is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. The festival begins on the first day of the first New Moon in the Chinese calendar (this year on 10 February) and ends on the 15th day (called the Lantern Festival). The Chinese New Year celebrations are
The people believed that the Nian was sensitive to loud noises and the colour red, so they scared it away with explosions, fireworks and the liberal use of the colour red. These customs led to the first New Year celebrations. “Guònián” means to celebrate the New Year, and literally means “pass-over of the Nian”. Chinese New Year celebrations include visits to family, relatives and friends and sharing a special feast together, similar to Christmas and IdulFitri. New clothing is usually worn to signify a new year and the colour red is liberally used in all decorations. On the days before the New Year celebration Chinese families give their home a thorough cleaning. It is believed the cleaning sweeps away the bad luck of the preceding year and makes their homes ready for good luck. The biggest event of any Chinese New Year’s Eve is the dinner every family will have. A reunion dinner is held on New Year’s Eve where members of the family, near and far, get together for the celebration. This is comparable to Christmas dinner in the West, except with much more food. Red packets, called Ang Pau, are often distributed during the reunion dinner.
These packets contain money in certain numbers that reflect good luck and honour. Since the number 4 is considered bad luck (because the word for four is a homophone for death), money in the Ang Pau never adds up to 4. However, the number 8 is considered lucky (for its homophone for “wealth”). Sometimes chocolate coins are found in the red packets.
The people of China have a long held belief that they are descendants of the dragon; a tradition that is firmly embedded in their culture and one that is encountered across all aspects of Chinese society and in the minds of its people. The dragon is held in high esteem for its dignity and power for good. The most vibrant and spectacular way of expressing fondness for the dragon is the Dragon Dance or the Lion Dance (Barongsai). This has evolved from what was once a ritual rain dance into a popular entertainment performed during the period from Spring Festival until the Lantern Festival. It is believed that the loud beats of the drum and the deafening sounds of the cymbals, together with the dragon dancing aggressively, can drive away bad or evil spirits. Some families and businesses may invite a dragon dance troupe to perform, as a symbolic ritual to usher in the Lunar New Year as well as to rid the premises of bad spirits. It is considered lucky to give Ang Pau the dancers and so you will often see people placing the red envelopes into the mouth of the lion or dragon during the parades.
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WEST COAST RESORT
Senggigi Bay by Iwan Haryanto
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. 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 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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CHINESE NEW YEAR ON LOMBOK Continued from Page 10
Lighting firecrackers also signifies a joyous occasion, as well as symbolically driving away bad spirits, and has become an integral aspect of Chinese New Year celebrations.
This year, many of Lombok’s hotels are planning celebrations and offering special accommodation packages to welcome Chinese New Year.
An interesting place to visit is Poa Hwa Kong Temple, on Jalan Yos Sudarso 180 in Ampenan (the road leading down to the old port). Built in 1806, this is an important temple for Chinese Indonesians living in Lombok and many come to pray here on Lunar New Year.
For main course, share a feast of Sweet and Sour Chicken; Beef and Cashew Nut; Whole Steamed Fish with Ginger Sauce; Black bean Shrimp and Chinese Broccoli; Baby Bok Choy in Braised Shitake Mushroom Sauce; served with Steamed Rice.
The Lion Dance is usually performed in the evening and Ang Pau envelopes are distributed outside the temple to the poor from the local community. Visit during the 15 days from New Year to the Lantern Festival and see people making offerings amongst the beautiful statues of dragons and gods, and clouds of sweet smelling incense. Entrance is by donation.
Qunci Villas in Mangsit is offering a special Chinese New Year Menu served in the traditional family style for two or more people, for just Rp 250,000 per person. First course includes Assorted Dim Sum and Szechuan Duck Egg Rolls with Plum Sauce, followed by Asparagus, Sweet Corn and Crab Soup.
Finish up with a delicious dessert of Banana and Mango Spring Rolls with Coconut-Chocolate Ganache, and Rambutan and Chinese 5 Spice Ice Cream. Other hotels and restaurants around town will be offering special Chinese New Year buffet theme dinners – including Holiday Resort, Square Restaurant and Naga Restaurant (in the Graha Hotel) – that will feature delicious Chinese foods. Join in the celebrations and, hopefully, you’ll be lucky enough to feed a friendly dragon or lion as it dances its way into the New Year!
ROMANTIC IDEAS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY! Valentine’s Day is on Thursday, 14 February and where better to celebrate love than on the romantic island of Lombok?
Chateaubriand for Two – Classic Grilled Imported Beef Tenderloin with Chateaux Potatoes, Roasted Vegetables and Béarnaise Sauce.
Valentine’s Day is all about flowers and chocolates, romantic candlelit dinners for two and magical moments… read on for places to dine and romantic escapes with the one you love!
The desserts at Qunci are well known for being decadently delicious, so finish with indulgent Grand Marnier Sabayon with Strawberries and White Chocolate, andCardamom Rice Pudding served with Marmalade and Cointreau Sauce. Bookings highly recommended, ph: 693800.
Treat that special someone to ultra romantic fine dining on the beachfront under the stars at stylish Quali Restaurant Sheraton Senggigi Resort is another at Qunci Villas in Mangsit. wonderful place for special occasions. The Beachside Candle Light Dinner is Celebrate Valentine’s with their just USD 70 per couple and includes a Valentine’s Romantic. six course dinner and “Pinky Valentine” Dinner Set Menu for Rp 250,000 net welcome drink. per person. Price includes a glass of Start with an Amuse Bouche of Grilled champagne to celebrate and a rose for the Foie Gras on Brioche with Spiced Apple lady. Jam, and follow with your choice of Start with an Amuse Bouche of Coconut Chicken and Avocado Soup with Roasted Crusted Shrimp with Thai Coconut Mild Sweet Corn, or Chilli and Galangal Clam Spicy Sauce, followed by your choice and Fish Chowder. of appetisers: Seared Jumbo Scallops For appetisers, choose from Smoked Duck with Saffron and Asparagus Risotto, and and Walnut Ravioli with Blue Cheese Organic Grown Arugula; or Boneless Sauce, or Coconut Prawn “Rumiah” Breast of Duck with Green and Red with Avocado Corn Salsa; followed by Braised Cabbage, Sweet Potatoes and Port a refreshing Cinnamon and Lime Sorbet Wine Sauce. with Crystallised Ginger. Next is an Intermezzo sharing plate of Main course is for sharing, with a choice Three Types of Imported Cheeses, Grapes, of Seafood Platter for two – Fresh Lobster, Mango Chutney, and Assorted Breads. Prawns, Tuna, Calamari and Clams with Garlic Butter and Fresh Lemon Sauce, or For main course, choose fromImported
Beef Tenderloin, with Foie Gras, Truffle Sauce, and Potatoes Au Gratin, or 150 Grams Lobster Meat with Freshly Made Angel Hair Pasta, Vegetables Julienne, and Champagne Cream.
End this fine dining feast with Chocolate Fondant with Raspberry Sauce, Heart Shaped Chocolate, Vanilla Cake and Strawberry Grand Marnier Sauce. Reserve your table by phoning 693 333. d’Oria Boutique Resort recently opened in Lendang Luar, just north of Mangsit (around 7 minutes’ drive from Senggigi). Set in peaceful surroundings overlooking a quiet beach, the restaurant is offering a special Candle Light Dinner for Two with games, a gift for the couple, photo corner, entertainment and more, all for just Rp 300,000 per couple. Phone: 693246 for details and bookings. For a true escape, take your loved one away to another world at Desa Dunia Beda on Gili Trawangan. The resort features elegant Joglo accommodation in a lovely setting on the north coast of Gili T, away from the noise and crowds. The special Valentine’s Package includes two nights accommodation, welcome drink and fresh fruit on arrival, daily breakfasts for two, a romantic Valentine’s dinner on the beach or by the pool, and return transfers to the harbour on Gili T. See advert page 94, or phone 6141 575.
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What’s Hot / Local News
18 Anyone who lives in Bali or Lombok understands what we mean when we talk about “the dog problem”. Indonesians aren’t generally great at looking after pets and dogs are left to fend for themselves, roaming the streets, rummaging in rubbish bins for food, and breeding out of control.
Donations to help cover the costs can be made at The Beach Club. The popular bar and café will also be holding a Quiz Night in the near future to raise funds… please show your support and be generous!
After listening to complaints from local and expat residents for years, The Beach Club in BatuBolong are finally doing something about it!
BAWA have managed many similar and successful programmes in Bali for years. They last visited Lombok in 2005 when they carried out the programme in BTN Green Valley… the dog population dropped dramatically that year.
They have organised for the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) to visit Lombok in March and attend to the dogs with diseases and injuries, and to sterilise roaming dogs in residential areas.
For those who are always complaining about roaming dogs… now is the time to put your money where your mouth is! To make donations, drop into The Beach Club or contact Ibu Deirdre on 693 637.
Under the programme, BAWA will sterilise dogs to control breeding and overpopulation, vaccinate dogs for diseases and treat those that are already sick, and cull dogs with distemper and other serious problems.
The Mount Rinjani National Park Authority has closed all tourist gateways to Mount Rinjani, including Sembalun, Senaru, Torean, and Timba Nuh from 10 January 2013.
Areas planned to target are BTN Green Valley, Kerandangan, Kampung Duduk and the beaches from Batu Bolong to Senggigi. BAWA will supply veterinary staff and pay their wages, as well as cover the costs of medicines and equipment. However, the community of Senggigi and surrounds will need to raise funds to pay for the staffs’ living away from home allowance, accommodation, meals and transport costs.
The Authority normally closes Lombok’s famous tourist attraction to trekking around this time every year to protect tourists from risks caused by bad weather during the monsoon season. Areas on the volcano are prone to landslide safter heavy rains and Lake Segara Anak often fills to over-capacity, endangering climbers who cross the river on the edge of the lake. In addition, strong winds often make trekking perilous, particularly to the summit of the volcano.
Sukrati, a park ranger, said the closure of the 3,726 metre mountain was to prevent people from falling, as the extreme weather made climbing dangerous. He also said that, with the rainy season now in full swing, the number of mountain climbers had naturally decreased. “A number of students who came down from Rinjani reported there were several landslide locations up there, and that it was dangerous because of heavy rains and strong winds,” he said. They also noticed that besides the landslides, there were gaping holes on the ground and narrow paths along ravines had become slippery. Closing Mt Rinjani each year allows the mountain environment to regenerate and also allows the Park Authority to carry out repairs to public facilities along the route. During this time, porters and trek guides living in communities around the mountain will also help to clean up rubbish left by trekkers on the mountain. The Mt Rinjani trekking season will open again from 1 April 2013.
LOMBOK RATES HIGH IN TRAVELLERS CHOICE AWARDS 2013
TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, has announced the winners of its 2013 Travelers’ Choice® awards for hotels.
In its 11th year, the awards have identified the most outstanding properties worldwide, in the categories of Top Hotels, Luxury, Bargain, Service, Small Hotels, and B&Bs and Inns. Representing its biggest-ever Travelers’ Choice campaign, TripAdvisor has named more than 6,000 award-winning properties around the world this year, with dedicated lists now covering 82 countries and nine regions worldwide. Unlike any other hotel honors, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions covering more than 650,000 hotels and collected in a single year from travellers around the world.
“Once again, TripAdvisor is thrilled to recognise the finest accommodations based on the feedback from those who really matter: their guests,” said Barbara Messing, Chief Marketing Officer for TripAdvisor. “It’s the insights from millions of travellers that make these awards so special, as they help others discover the hotels travellers love most – whatever the budget, in all corners of the world.” Congratulations to the many Lombok hotels which ranked in the top 25 in the following categories:
TOP 25 LUXURY HOTELS IN INDONESIA: (10) The Puncak, The Hill, Batu Layar, Lombok TOP 25 SMALL HOTELS IN INDONESIA: (1) The Lombok Lodge, Pemenang, Lombok; (15) The Puncak, The Hill, Batu Layar, Lombok TOP 25 BARGAIN HOTELS IN INDONESIA: (13) Puri Mas Boutique Resort and Spa, Mangsit, Lombok; (15) Rinjani Beach Eco Resort, Lombok; (18) Pesona Resort, GiliTrawangan, Lombok
TOP 25 SMALL HOTELS OF THE WORLD: (22) The Lombok Lodge, Pemenang, Lombok
TOP 25 B & B’S IN INDONESIA: (3) MAHAMAYA Boutique Resort, Gili Meno, Lombok; (6) Marta’s Hotel, Gili Trawangan, Lombok; (9)Yuli’s Homestay, Kuta, Lombok; (13) Pearl Beach Resort, Gili Asahan, Lombok
TOP 25 HOTELS IN INDONESIA: (10) Jeeva Klui Resort, Mangsit, Lombok; (12) Qunci Villas, Mangsit, Lombok
TOP 25 HOTELS FOR SERVICE IN INDONESIA: (1) The Lombok Lodge, Pemenang, Lombok.
“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
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Italian Beachfront Restaurant Delicious Fresh Seafood, Authentic Italian Dishes Oriental Food, Barbecue on the Beach Wood Oven Pizza, Homemade Pasta and Italian Bread
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Try our home-cooked foods without MSG: fresh garden salad, chicken sandwiches and chicken burgers, spaghetti bolognese, spring rolls, fresh salsa, Indonesian soto and nasi goreng, or our delicious burgers with the meat patty made from fillet steak and based on a Slavic “cevapcici” recipe
While you’re eating delicious food in the Warung, drop into the Deli which sells a range of handy products such as Imported goods, pastas, herbs, cooking oils, lentils, nuts, butter, cheeses, jams and sauces, Lindt chocolates, juices, and fresh vegetables
All from Rp 15,000 to Rp 30,000!
Fresh Salads Garden
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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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BLUE MARLIN DIVE SENGGIGI ...DIVE THE DIFFERENCE!
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QUNCI HELL’S KITCHEN
1st Place Tuna Steak Mul
Cracked Prawns Exec Chef Lamberto Valdez judging entries Qunci Villas in Mangsit needs no introduction as one of the best places to dine in Lombok. However, the stylish boutique hotel is never one to rest on its laurels; and is continually modifying and refining menus to give guests’ the highest level of satisfaction in its restaurants.
1st Place Winner, Mulyadi
This quest for excellence inspired Qunci Executive Chef, Bryce Adamson, to run his own version of Gordon Ramsey’s popular television series, “Hell’s Kitchen”. Fortunately, Bryce doesn’t throw tantrums and knives, ala Chef Ramsey, but the competition became serious fast as the 52 kitchen staff at Qunci were motivated by the competition to create dishes of a standard they had never believed themselves capable of doing.
2nd Place Winner, Sodik
Ikan Kuah Kuning
Over the past few weeks, the 52 competitors were challenged to create their own award-winning dishes, suitable for a Qunci Villas menu. Gradually the numbers were honed down to the Top 20 and, last week, the Top 10 competed in a culinary stand off for first, second and third place. The judging panel had an increasingly difficult job narrowing down the entries, as competitors took judges’ feedback on board and pushed themselves to excel.
2nd Place Qunci NC Tumpeng
All ten dishes in the finals were of a very high standard and were as good as anything seen on a 3rd Place Wok Prawn Kemangi real “Hell’s Kitchen” final – proving what talented and innovative local chefs we have here in Lombok! Congratulations to Mulyadi, who took first place with his incredibly delicious “Tuna Steak Mul”. Second place was won by Sodik for his exquisitely presented Indonesian-style “Qunci NC Tumpeng”. Third place was won by Nyoman, with his inspired and tasty dish of “Wok Prawn Kemangi”. Sweet Potato Gnocchi w/ Salmon
Top 10 Finalists
Top 20 Finalists
The Judging Panel
Judging the Finals
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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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AUSTRALIA DAY @ THE BEACH CLUB
Aussies (and friends) celebrated Australia Day on 26 January with a true blue Aussie BBQ at The Beach Club
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LOMBOK SUPER DEAL 2 NIGHTS STAY Rates begin from just USD150++/night Take advantage of our LOMBOK SUPER DEAL Promotion, enjoy super privileges such as: • Return Transfer with MARINA SRIKANDI 8 FAST BOAT with Full Air-conditioned for 2 persons from PADANG BAI Bali – SENGGIGI (SHERATON SENGGIGI direct). • Free PICK UP and DROP OFF with Air-conditioned transfer in Bali meeting point : Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Kuta, Seminyak, Denpasar and Sanur. • International Buffet Breakfast for 2 persons, Welcome Drink, Health Club, 25% disc for food consumed at hotel restaurants, 25% off on all Spa Treatment at Laguna Spa and 25% disc on Laundry. • Additional Night Stay, received Lombok Traditional SPA Treatment 1 x 60 minutes or Set Dinner for 2 persons.
Term & Conditions: The above rates is based on a Superior Room per night for two adult. The Lombok Super Deal Package is based on a minimum 2 night stay. Third person rate when sharing a Superor Room is USD 60++/night include breakfast and fast boat transfer. Rate is subject to 10% service and 11% prevailing government tax. Rates and offer are valid from January to 31 March 2013
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P uri Mas Gallery The Essence of Tradition, Luxury & Style AT PURI MAS BOUTIQUE RESORT
Just 5 minutes north of Senggigi Free pick up and drop off service in Senggigi area Fine Arts and Collectibles From Around the Archipelago
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FOR SALE: Gallery Jacks Gallery, House & Workshop
ILLNESS FORCES URGENT SALE! Located on the main road in Melase, Batu Layar (near Jayakarta Hotel). Good location for business. Electricity and water available. Buildings include local house, large workshop at rear and shopfront on the roadside. Currently houses gallery but would also suit café / restaurant / home stay / minimart in growing area. 2.5 are (250m2) 3 years leasehold with option to renew at nominal annual rent. Price with gallery and workshop stock: Rp 225 million Price without gallery stock: Rp 160 million. All offers considered!
!!!FOR SALE up to 50% discount!!! Wooden Furniture, Fibreglass Lamps and More! Ph: Jack 0817 575 2059 / Carla 0819 0784 3327
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THE RED PEPPER INN 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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A new Yayasan (non-profit foundation) aims to teach new skills and provide a better future for unskilled villagers at the Cemara Yacht-maintenance/ building and Sailing School in West Lombok.
a light note to the official part of this event, saying, “It gives me great pleasure to be able to offer our help to the local community of Cemara in setting up a new educational program and building a school, which will teach the young generation professional skills. These skills will give them the chance to find jobs all over Indonesia, after completing their training and certification.
YKS SETS SAIL IN CEMARA
Yayasan Kebon Sepatu, which already operates a Hibiscus tea farm on Lombok, recently held their official “foundation stone laying ceremony” at Cemara, a small village on the coast just north of Lembar Harbour. The ceremony took place against the backdrop of a large Vietnamese shipping vessel, recently stranded on the beach in Cemara… a striking symbol for the new sailing facility to be built here soon. The event also marked the 5th anniversary of Yayasan Kebon Sepatu (YKS), which has its Head Office in Jakarta and a branch office on Lombok, with well-known Javanese fashion designer, Adi Boreel, as its President. The work of the YKS is financed through independent and self-supporting funding, rather than by request to local government for financial support, which poses a different approach to many other yayasan on Lombok. The project entails a school for youngsters between 15-18 years old, with a proven talent for technique, wood- and textile handicraft, plus a passion for the sea, and has taken two years to develop. The Training Centreand additional out buildings will house staff, volunteers from Europe and America, as well as students and resident teachers and lecturers, and will create an entirely new professional group, not only on Lombok but for all Indonesia.
Another aspect is that of Eco-tourism; teaching respect for the environment in combination with watersports activities that will give Lombok its own specific tourist trademark. YKS will make this program accessible for Indonesia’s younger generation by inviting students from Lombok, and the rest of NTB, to submit applications for this course. This will bring young people together nationally, but also internationally, as the expertise in teaching specific skills will encompass contacts and networks throughout the world. This will enable YKS to be a strong bridge to bring education from West to East and vice versa. VIP Guests attending from Lombok included, HJ Baiq Diyah Ratu Ganefi SH, (DPD RI), Kepala Desa South Lembar, Lalu Solikin, plus the Kepala Dusun (Village Heads) and Drs H Fathurrahim, Head of Office, Kepala Dinas Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan (Education and Culture Dept)West Lombok, who made a warm and encouraging speech, wishing the YKS all good fortune and giving his full support to the project. As representative of the Jakarta Team, Ms Akke Draijerde Jong took the stand to introduce herself and gave
We could not have wished for a better example than the one you see in front of this beach; with instruction on navigation and latest standards on safety, this would not have happened if the crew of this stranded ship had followed the training that our students will get. To achieve the plans to build the Cemara Yacht- maintenance/building and Sailing School, YKS will set up small business units to attract local tourism to enjoy the watersports facilities the YKS will provide as part of the curriculum and will stimulate Eco Tourism on Lombok. The community of Cemara will benefit from free English language courses, information sessions on hospitality and tourism and, when the school builds its swimming pool the very young will learn how to swim. Sport activities should be accessible and affordable to all, and so with the help of our neighbours, a beach football field will placed on the grounds of the Cemara Training Centre. Also later, a Rumah Adat will be built that can be used for community gatherings of the people of Cemara; meetings, events and perhaps even weddings can be organised there, to make the Cemara Training Centre the true heart of our village. To me, born in Jakarta and with 75% Indonesian blood running through my veins, it is a great privilege and a dream come true to express my love for my country of origin in taking part in this project. My brothers and sisters of the YKS are happy to feel so welcome on the beautiful island of Lombok, and in Cemara in particular.”
[ Yo u r K e y to an I d yllic Lombok ]
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
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 Lamberto Valdez Lara, Executive Chef for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide: 3) Remove from the heat. Add 8 of the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well with a wooden spoon after each. The dough should look soft and glossy and keep a “hook” shape when the spoon is pulled from the dough. If not, beat in one more egg.
This issue’s recipe is brought once again by my friend,Lamberto Valdez, Executive Chef for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, and currently Consultant Chef at The Sheraton. I’ve been busy doing our version of “Hell’s Kitchen” at Qunci and, in the next few issues, I will be sharing the winner’s recipes in here - which hopefully gives the other chefs in Lombok the 5 minutes it takes to print a recipe, snap a picture and get published!
4) Scrape the dough into a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. Pour enough canola oil into a deep heavy skillet (cast iron is ideal) to fill 1-inch. Heat over medium heat until the tip of the handle of a wooden spoon gives off a slow steady stream of tiny bubbles.
Lamberto found the time to help me judge our “Hell’s Kitchen” competition and to give his fantastic Mexican Churro Recipe to us… big thanks to my favourite Mexican Chef!These Churros are fantastic and are available every Saturday at the Sheraton… eat them hot!!! CHURROS History: The history of the Churro is a bit hazy but here’s what Ive found. One theory is that they were brought to Europe by the Portuguese. The Portuguese sailed for the Orient and, as they returned from Ming DynastyChina to Portugal, they brought along with them new culinary techniques, including modifying the dough for You Tiao, also known as Youzagwei in Southern China, for Portugal.
5) Carefully pipe the dough into the oil, forming 6-inch crullers. Pipe only as many crullers into the oil as fit comfortably. Overcrowding the pan will result in soggy crullers.
Ingredients: 2 cups water 8 tablespoons unsalted butter 4 tablespoons brown sugar 2 teaspoonsvanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cupsall-purpose flour 8 eggs 1 cup sugar
However, they modified it by introducing a star design because they did not learn the Chinese skill of “pulling” the dough (the Chinese Emperor made it a capital crime to share knowledge with foreigners). As a result, churros are not “pulled” but rather extruded out through a star-shaped die.
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Another theory is that the churro was first made by Spanish shepherds as a substitute for fresh bakery goods. Churro paste was easy to make and fry in an open fire in the mountains, where shepherds spend most of their time.
To make the crullers:
Enough history, bon appetite or as they say in Mexico ¡Queaproveche!
Oil for frying 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6) Fry, turning once, until golden brown on each side. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining dough. 7) Put the sugar and the cinnamon in a paper bag. Crimp the top and shake well to mix. Drop a few crullers at a time into the bag and shake until well coated. These are served with a mango purée,vanilla cream, chocolate sauce and chopped jackfruit at the Sheraton. Reading this recipe makes my mouth water so guess where I’ll be going on Saturday! As always, if you don’t feel like doing all this, try the special Mexican Menu available every Saturday at the Sheraton in Senggigi, where Lamberto and his team will be more than happy to do the work for you!
Directions 1) In a medium saucepan, heat 2 cups water, the butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt over medium-high heat until the edges of the liquid start to bubble. 2) Add the flour all at once and stir briskly with a wooden spoon until well mixed and no lumps of flour remain.
If any Lombok chefs would like to contribute a local recipe, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tongue-in-cheek answers to your personal and building problems QUESTION: I am a musician who has come to the idyllic shores of Lombok to chill out, build a small house with a pool, and write some songs for my latest solo album.
MR FIXER: There are several ways to dispose of brown and grey water (toilet and sink waste water). The cheapest way is to pipe the waste straight into a soak away cesspit sump. This is a hole in the ground, usually at least 3 or 4 metres deep, and lined with concrete tubes 50cm in diameter. This is usually covered with a concrete top and ventilated through a 1 inch pipe. As long as there are no drinking wells within shouting distance of the sump, the danger of pollution is considered by some to be worth the risk of endangering the lives and health of their neighbours.
A slightly better solution is to build a concrete box with at least three tipping chambers. This involves three concrete boxes; the overflows of each being progressively lower than the other. By the time the liquids have reached the final chamber, the solids have settled to the bottom in the other chambers and what should be left is relatively safe water which can then be dispersed into the garden. At his funeral, I sang his favourite song Some chlorine treatment would be advised called “I used to kiss her on the lips but it’s before dispersal. all over now”, which reached number 69 in the pop charts in 1978 in Romania. By far the best solution is to install a proper septic tank. These are now widely I intend to build a small 2 bedroomed available and are simple to install. house but I am concerned that the toilet drainage might not be up to standard. Can My friend George sang at his friend’s you give me any advice on how to dispose funeral just recently but he was late for of my toilet waste? the actual burial. By the time he got there, I have been in the music business for over 40 years and was the other half of the duo,“The Simbollocks”. Sim (my singing partner for over 30 years) has recently died from kidney failure in Bali. After his untimely death, I tried to perform solo as the other half of The Simbollocks, but the name wasn’t quite the same without Sim.
the mourners had all left, but he sang his heart out over the hole in the ground containing the casket. One of the workman said he had been installing septic tanks for over 20 years and had never seen anything quite so moving. QUESTION: I have just seen an advert for a 2 bedroom villa with a pool and sea view. The price includes a load of personal stuff that I don’t really want. One of the items was a Rolex Oyster watch with the flash band strap. Those straps are rubbish! The holes are too close together and are really for a girly wrist. Most of the watches I have bought with these kinds of straps from the boys on the beach have ended up broken and I keep finding them in drawers. They are really only meant for hairdressers. The owner also wanted to include the cat as part of the deal. What do you think? MR FIXER: Pet ownership (especially on a holiday island) should not be entered into lightly. Buying a holiday villa can be a good investment and a lot more fun than owning a cat! In today’s market, the worst thing that can happen is that you will get your money back. You can’t say that in Europe at the moment. Just ask the fat cats in the good old US of A!
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General Information (Directory Assistance): (0370) 108 BANK / ATM Bank Central Asia (BCA) Jl. Pejanggik No.67, Mataram, Lombok Phone: 0370 632588, Fax: 0370 622347 ATMs - Jl. Raya Senggigi, Senggigi, W. Lombok - Mataram Mall, Mataram, W. Lombok - MGM Plaza, Jl. AA Gede Ngurah, Mataram - Jl. Airlangga, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Jendral Sudirman, Praya, C. Lombok - Jl. Langko, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl Raya Senggigi (Senggigi Square) Bank Danamon Indonesia Jl. Pejanggik No.117, Mataram, W. Lombok Phone: 0370 631322, Fax: 0370 633068 ATMs - Jl. Koperasi 1, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Raya Senggigi, Senggigi, W. Lombok - Komplek Ruko B1, Sweta, W. Lombok Bank International Indonesia (BII) Jl. AA Gede Ngurah No.48, Mataram, W. Lombok. Phone: 0370 635027, 633347 ATMs - Jl. Airlangga No.25, Mataram, Lombok - Mataram Mall, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Raya Senggigi, Senggigi, W. Lombok Bank Mandiri Jl. Pejanggik No.20-22, Mataram, W. Lombok. Phone: 0370 631311 ATMs - Jl. Pejanggik No.20, Cakranegara, Lombok - Jl. Taruna Jaya, Mataram, W. Lombok - Mataram Mall, Mataram, W. Lombok - Selaparang Airport, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl Raya Senggigi (In Front of Santosa) Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) Jl. Langko No.64, Mataram, W. Lombok Jl. Raya Senggigi, W. Lombok Phone: 0370 631046, Fax: 0370 631005 ATMs - Jl. Langko No.64, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Pejanggik No.68, Mataram, W.Lombok - University of Mataram (UNRAM) - Jl. Sandubaya, Sweta, W. Lombok - Jl. Selaparang No.37, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Raya Senggigi, W. Lombok - Mataram Mall, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Jendral Sudirman 51, Praya, C. Lombok Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) Jl. Pendidikan No.16, Mataram, Lombok Phone: 0370 632246, Fax: 0370 633084 ATMs - Jl. Airlangga, Mataram, W. Lombok - Mataram Mall, Mataram, W. Lombok - Jl. Pahlawan No.92, Selong, E. Lombok MEDICAL / HEALTH CARE Medika Husada Clinic Jl Raya Senggigi. Phone: 0370 6644820 HOSPITALS Rumah Sakit Harapan Keluarga Jl Ahmad Yani 9 Selagalas. Ph: 6177000, 670000. Emergency (24hrs): 6177009. Mataram Public Hospital (Rumah Sakit Umum Mataram) Jl. Pejanggik No.6, Mataram, W. Lombok Phone: 0370 623498 / 6604605 New Mataram Public Hospital (Rumah Sakit Umum Mataram) Jl. Bung Karno 1 Mataram. Phone: 0370 645045 Central Lombok Public Hospital Jl. Jendral Basuki Rachmad, Praya, Central Lombok. Phone: 0370 654007 East Lombok Public Hospital Jl. Professor M. Yamin No. 55, Selong, East Lombok. Phone: 0376 21680
Biomedika Clinic Jl. Bung Karno 143 Mataram. Phone: 0370 645137 Risa Clinic Jl. Pejanggik 115 Cakranegara. Phone: 0370 625560 / 632117 DENTAL drg. Farida Istiarini, Sp.Ort (Joli Sourire Dental Care) Mataram Mall. Jl. Pejanggik, Cakranegara. Ph: 0370 668 1797 drg. Lina Kulsum Jl. Gunung Dieng No.7, Mataram, Lombok Phone: 0818536236 / 0370 632131 MONEY CHANGERS Multigraha Kelolavalas - Jl. Rasa Senggigi km.10, Senggigi, W. Lombok, Ph; 0370 693693 - Jl. Pejanggik No.1, Mataram, W. Lombok, Ph: 0370 631567 Multigraha Valas Jl. Saleh Sungkar No.1 Ampenan, W. Lombok, Ph: +62 370 624045 PT. Bali Mispintjira Jl. Raya Senggigi km.13, Senggigi, West Lombok, Ph: 0370 692247, 0370 692247 SHOPPING Senggigi Abadi Supermarket Jl. Raya Senggigi, Km.8.5, Senggigi, West Lombok. Phone: 0370 693311 Senggigi Jaya Supermarket Jl. Raya Senggigi, Km.8, Senggigi, West Lombok. Phone: 0370 693530 Alfa Mart Jl Raya Senggigi Indomaret Jl Raya Senggigi Art Market (Pasar Seni) - Jl. Raya Senggigi, Senggigi West Lombok - Gili Trawangan, West Lombok Barata Department Store Jl. Niaga II, Ampenan, West Lombok Phone: 0370 646123 Grand Store Mataram Mall, 3rd floor, Jl. Pejanggik, Cakranegara, W. Lombok. Ph: 0370 629931 Hero Supermarket Mataram Mall, 1st floor, Jl. Pejanggik, Cakranegara, W. Lombok. Ph: 0370 629918 Tiara Department Store Mataram Mall, 1st & 2nd floor, Jl. Pejanggik, Cakranegara, West Lombok Phone: 0370 629902 Kharisma Book Shop Mataram Mall, 2nd floor, Jl. Pejanggik, Cakranegara, West Lombok Phone: 0370 629875 Ruby Supermarket Jl. Pejanggik No.111, Cakranegara, West Lombok. Phone: 0370 631092 Jembatan Baru Supermarket Jl. Pejanggik No.41, Cakranegara, West Lombok. Phone: 0370 636106 MGM Plaza Jl. AA Gede Ngurah No.98, Cakranegara, West Lombok. Phone: 0370 646007 EMERGENCY Senggigi Tourism Police: Jl. Raya Senggigi, Phone. 00370 693267 Lombok Regional Police: Jl. Gajah Mada No. 7 Ampenan. Call this emergency number: 110 Fire Brigade: Phone. 0370 672013. In emergency call 113
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Land & Property Section FOR SALE FOR LEASE FOR RENT
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Located in a peaceful estate 5 minutes to Senggigi 3 minutes to beach 2 spacious double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, open living areas, private swimming pool, sun deck and barbeque terrace.
PRICED TO SELL! IDR 1.35 Billion
ALSO AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL
Approx USD 142,000 (offers considered)
Phone: 0819 1593 2899 (Indonesian) / 0819 3676 6611 (English) | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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MAIN OFFICE: Jl. Bung Karno / Opposite Lombok Garden Hotel Ph: 0370 648863 | Mobile: 082 147 768 880 | Fax: 0370 648865
1. HOUSE and VILLA IN MONTONG: 22.5 are, swimming pool, certificate. IDR 3.2 billion. 2. HOUSE FOR SALE: at Montong Kedaton near Senggigi. IDR 225 million. 3. FLAT LAND ON THE HILL with ocean view. Land size 2.8 Ha certificate. Price IDR 23 million/are. 4. LAND ON THE HILL. Batu Layar, Senggigi, 1800 m2. IDR 45 million/are 5. LAND FOR SALE: 2.7 Ha near Senggigi, ocean and sunset view. 6. LAND IN SEKOTONG: 1,1 Ha white sandy beach, certificate, 1.5 hour from airport, price IDR 18 million/are. 7. 33 ARE LAND ON HILL with ocean and Mt. Agung Bali view. Suitable for villa with road access. Price IDR 40 million/are 8. LAND IN TANJUNG Near OBEROI: 1.2 Ha. 25 million/are. 9. LAND IN KUTA: 1 Ha, certificate, ocean view & Kuta panorama, suitable for resort, hotel and villa. IDR 40 million/are.
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This 3 bedroom stunning villa is the ultimate in contempory sophisticated living. Includes separate guest house, infinity pool and massive outdoor entertaining area all on 42 spacious are (4,200sqm). Price: AUS $750,000 ISLAND PROPERTIES LOMBOK Real Estate Specialists
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New exclusive agent for Sundancer Beach Resort in Sekotong Sundancer Resort now has 26 apartments sold and 26 of the villa lots sold and will be opening July 2013. Sundancer Apartments give a guaranteed 8% return for 3 years â€“ absolutely unbeatable in Lombok! www.islandpropertieslombok.com For Brochure and further info contact Island Properties direct Phone: Angie on 0819 1742 0804 / 0878 6155 1001 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.islandpropertieslombok.com | Office: Sundancer Office, Art Market, Senggigi
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GREEN VALLEY Contemporary design, modern conversion, top quality finish!!!
2 large bedroom, 2 bathroom: Rp 550 Million.
THE RESIDENCES KERANDANGAN 2 or 3 bedroom luxury Villas nestled in a beautiful green belt, next to a National Park. European design and western quality construction. The most exciting development in Lombok DON’T MISS OUT!!! From US $175.000
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FIRST TIME OFFERED Jln. Palm Raja 4 Green Valley Two story, 4 bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, open plan design home. Large upstairs family room. External features inc’ two carports. Plenty of space for a pool. Asking Price US $77,500
SETANGGI LAND Magnificent elevated ocean views. 15 minutes from Senggigi. 4 large lots, part retaining walls completed. Construction plans available. Geo-technical report available. PT. Company available. Area 10,292 sq metre / 103 are Asking Price 20 Million/are
MONTONG Direct beach frontage and sunset views. Magnificent new 2-Storey 3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Villa. 3 Minutes to International school. Large swimming pool, lovely gardens on 5.6 are block. A VIEWING MUST!!! US $315,000
KERANDANGAN LAND Attention astute purchasers! Rare opportunity to purchase one hectare of elevated ocean and palm tree views. 10 mins from the tourist centre of Sengiggi. Peaceful outlook and tranquil destination - be one with nature. A BARGAIN AT 20 MILLION PER ARE FIRST TIME OFFERED Jl Baronang 12, Green Valley Well located large house with two bedrooms and two ensuite bathrooms, kitchen/dining, living area, verandah and double carport. Area for a pool. Asking Price 700 Million Rupiah
GREEN VALLEY Two bedroom brick and tile residence in quiet cul de sac on the river. Room for a second storey. 10 minute walk to the beach, restaurants and tourist strip. ONLY US $28,000 / Rp 262 Million
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SENGGIGI LAND FOR SALE
GRAHA SENGGIGI BEACH HOTEL
Strategic Location: 100m to main street, 200m to the public entrance of the beach. From 1000 to 8500 sqm, Rp 40 - 50 million / are Direct contact with owner: firstname.lastname@example.org Models for rent starting from IDR 3.700.000 pw Model Studio Kerandangan Wine
Per Week IDR Per Month IDR
3 700 000 4 600 000 6 500 000
9 500 000 11 200 000 15 400 000
*All prices are 10% tax included and subject to (currency) change Including electricity, water, gas, daily towel change and cleaning.
For more information: Jalan Wisata Alam Kerandangan 0813 3868 8524 | 0813 3972 1541
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THE HILL – LARGE SUB-DIVIDABLE PLOT 75 are (7,513m2) Lush location with stunning Bali and sea views. Sloping land with immediate road access. Water and electricity available. FREEHOLD ONLY IDR 50 million per are. TOTAL USD 387,000 (approx)
THE HILL – PANORAMIC SEA VIEW PLOT 16 are (1,600m2). Private road access. Level and ready to build. Electricity already on plot. Water available. 2 similar adjoining plots also available at IDR 70 million per are. Total per plot USD 116,000 (approx)
THE HILL – SEA VIEW BUILDING PLOT THE HILL – MAGNIFICENT PLOT (1,089m2) Sea views to Bali. Sloping plot on crest of the hill with 360 degree 41.6 are (4,169m2) almost flat land. Private entrance. Excellent view to city lights of Mataram. Private access. Water and electricity to road access. Water and electricity available. IDR 55 million per are. plot. IDR 90 million per are. Very affordable at ONLY USD 104,250 Perfect for subdivision. TOTAL USD 237,000. Just look at that view!
THE HILL – SEA VIEW BUILDING PLOT THE HILL – 10 ARE (1,000m2) STUNNING OCEAN VIEWS With excellent road access. Water and electricity available. Sloping 16.28 are (1,628m2) Private road. Retaining wall already built. Water and hillside land. Unobstructed Bali and sea views. IDR 120 million per are. electricity already on plot. Level and ready to build. IDR 80 million per are. FREEHOLD. Total price for this unique plot only USD 125,000 FREEHOLD USD 134,000 (approx). Last plot left with this view!
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PALM BEACH... Magnificent Land and Property for Sale
Palm Beach Garden Residential Plots Palm Beach Garden is situated 5km north of Senggigi, in Klui - a quiet valley surrounded by hills and open to the nearby sea. Astonishing panoramas, natural beauty and always a nice cool breeze from the many palm trees. Easy access from main road near Jeeva Klui. Shared services and facilities such as garden maintenance, cleaning, laundry, catering, security and staff housing are available. SPECIAL OFFERS! Palm Beach Hill A new residential development next to Palm Beach Garden! Located on the hills above Klui Valley with wonderful views over the valley and Klui Beach, and across the ocean to Mt. Agung on Bali. Level plots with access roads and electricity connections are ready to build.
Everything you need to start building your own dream villa! But hurry.... these prime lots are selling fast!
Modern style villa, 200m2 floor, 52m2 lap pool, 2 bedrooms en suite, deep-well, carport on a lot of 2000m2, plus 1000m2 walked beachfront across the road.
Price US$ 300,000
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3 BEDROOM VILLA WITH POOL AND SEA VIEWS FULLY FURNISHED AND ALL AMENITIES PROBABLY NOT AS EXPENSIVE AS YOU THINK! Phone: 0819 1738 7775
The Gandari Villa Residence
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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• 3 Bedrooms and 3 Bathrooms • Master has Ensuite Bathroom and Pool Access • Modern Kitchen with Built-In Appliances, • Store Room and Separate Service Access • Luxury Dining with Indoor / Outdoor Features • Spacious Living Areas and Upstairs Gallery • Private Study / Home Office with Balcony • Separate Maid’s Quarters • All Utilities (Private Road Use, State Electricity and Water Connections, STP Sewerage Treatment System and Phone Land Line) • 600sqm Land with Freehold (Hak Milik) Certificate • Landscaped Swimming Pool • Outdoor Entertaining Terrace • Garden Bale and Fish Pond • Separate Entrance and Covered Car Park
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Tourism Information 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.
Pura Meru (Meru Temple)
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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Redwood Café & Lounge Upstairs (2nd floor) at Melissa Bakery
It’s Coffee!!! And delicious meals, cakes, snacks, desserts and drinks. Coffee Breaks, Meetings, Lunch with Friends, All day dining!
Fresh Brewed Coffee
Organic Coffee | Luwak Coffee (Black or White) | Redwood “HOUSE BLEND” REAL Cappuccino | Latte | Espresso Toraja Cappuccino | White Coffee Chai Tea Latte | Thai Tea | Espresso Brownies and more! Special Single Origin: Aceh Gayo | Toraja | Bali Kintamani Java Mocha | Sumatra Mandheling Peaberry Coffee | Papua Wamena Flores Bajawa | Trung Nguyen East Timor Arabica & Sumatra (lintong) | Breakfast Blend Coffee Bean
Live Music 7pm: Friday & Saturday Melissa Bakery & Redwood Café Jl Pejanggik Mataram Mall
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Open Monday - Saturday: 8am – 8pm Sunday: 8am – 7pm
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Spacious, Convenient Location & Great Low Prices! Lombok gift and Souvenir shop Sarongs, Ikat & Fabrics, T-shirts, accessories, and many more! Phone: 0370 646 122 / 087 765 229 449 Email: email@example.com
Jalan Meninting Raya No.10 (In front of Meninting Raya Bungalows) Branch: Cakra Market at Jl. Tumpangsari No 14
Elak Elak, Sekotong by Didiek Hariadi
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. Along the roadsides you will see people building and repairing boats, laying out hand-made bricks to dry in the sun, working in the fields, and sometimes guiding primitive wooden ploughs harnessed to huge water buffalo, as they prepare the fields for planting. The peaceful village of Taun (or Tawun), is situated on a wide, placid bay in Sekotong. The ocean is sparkling turquoise and the dazzling white sand stretches in a wide sweep around the bay, while the hills behind form a perfect backdrop to this idyllic setting.
Of the three, only Gili Nanggu has accommodation for visitors, with Gili Nanggu Cottages providing simple cottages on the beach and a restaurant, as well as deluxe rooms further back from the beach. The island is small and the beach here has soft white sand and a good reef just off the beach for snorkelling. Travelling a little further south, before the marine culture complex (Balai Budaya Laut), there is a small dirt road leading out onto a white peninsular of sand that juts into beautiful clear waters. Drive to the end for superb views and a close up look at Gili Genting. Gili Genting sits just off the tip of the peninsular and at low tide you can walk 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.
Back on the main road and slightly further south is Sundancer Resort, with Just out in the calm bay are the three its distinctive blue roofs dotted on the lovely islands of Gili Nanggu, Gili hillside overlooking another white sand Tangkong and Gili Sudat – all easily accessible by local outrigger boats. A small beach. The hotel development is still under construction. sign in the nearby village will direct you to the local boat hire area, where you can Across the road from Sundancer, on the arrange boat trips out to Gili Nanggu and beachfront, is Dive Zone – currently the other small islands offshore. the only diving facility in this part of
Lombok and the experts on diving around the southwest islands, having pioneered development of previously unknown dive sites in this area. Dive Zone offer dive trips around Sekotong and the islands, as well as in three locations in South Lombok – including challenging world-class diving off southeast Lombok. Past Dive Zone another few kilometres is Cocotinos Boutique Beach Resort on the secluded beach at Tanjung Empat. With 28 rooms, including beachfront villas with private swimming pools, Cocotinos is the only luxury accommodation in the area. At the next intersection there is a signpost to the right for Labuhan Poh and Pelangan, the site of Bola Bola Paradis. This is a small hotel, situated right on the beachfront with comfortable and clean rooms at reasonable prices. The hotel also organises snorkelling tours and is a popular choice for those surfing at Bangko-Bangko. The largest of these islands is Gili Gede, appropriately meaning “Big Island”. The island lays just offshore and is so large visitors often mistake it for part of the mainland. Gili Gede is easily reached by boat from the village of Tembowong and is only minutes across the water. Continued on Page 66
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Gili Gede is one of the few islands in the area that has accommodation, at Secret Island Resort on the south, Via Vaccare on the northwest and Madak Belo on the east.
and black Moorish Idols dart through the water. Schools of hundreds of small iridescent fish swim past and weirdly shaped squid drift by in the deeper areas.
There is also a beachfront bar and restaurant serving western and Indonesian meals, and good snorkelling directly from the beach.
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.
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!
The resort is popular with divers and can arrange diving and snorkelling trips, as well as island-hopping tours.
Secret Island has comfortable budget accommodation, including a unique bungalow perched on a pier over the reef – the only one in either Lombok or Bali. The Resort offers a host of activities that all the family will enjoy, while also being a place where you can get away from it all.
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.
Secret Island can also organise fishing trips and island hopping excursions to the other beautiful islands in the area, most of which are deserted, about their comfortable 9m custom-built boat “Scorpio”.
Slightly south of Gili Gede, beautiful Gili Asahan attracts visitors with deserted white sand beaches, clear calm waters and swaying palm trees.
Leaving Gili Asahan and back on the mainland there are small home-stays and private accommodations spaced out along the road to Bangko-Bangko – the surfing Mecca for those in the know, located on the far southwest tip of Lombok. The 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.
To the south of Gili Gede, the islands of Gili Ringgit, Layar and Asahan are lined up like secret treasures in the calm sea. Bounty Cruises, a Bali-based company, own much of the land on Gili Ringgit and have constructed a boat mooring and pier on the island. There is good snorkelling on the west side of Gili Ringgit, accessed by boat. Large gardens of hard and soft corals lay just beneath the surface and the reef extends along most of the island’s coast. The other side of the island, where the pier is located, has a fantastic white sand beach and is a favourite for guests from Secret Island Resort and Dive Zone, as the scenery and beach here are so lovely. It’s easy to snorkel offshore just north of the pier and, although the reef isn’t as large as on the other side of the island, there is still plenty to see. Bright blue starfish drape themselves across patches of coral, and bright yellow
Pearl Beach is perfect for romantic escapes and for those seeking the tranquillity of a private island resort.
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. Of a much higher standard than most of the accommodation in the southwest, each Bali is clearly visible, with the island of bungalow is spacious with a private terrace Nusa Penida only about an hour’s sail and western standard bathrooms with hot away. water showers. 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 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.
The southwest is slated for tourism development and it’s easy to imagine hotels and resorts on all these beaches and islands in the future, as well as yachts, fishing boats, windsurfers, dive boats and the like. But for now, the Southwest is unspoilt and the Gilis remain the secret islands… stunningly beautiful, pristine and unique; and known only to the lucky few.
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.
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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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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.
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.
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. 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. Continued on Page 80
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80 Continued from Page 78 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!
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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: +62 361 895 1111 / 0813 3841 8988. www.bluewater-express.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 GiliBookings.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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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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Continued from Page 85 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. Continued on Page 91
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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.
dignity and grace – is perhaps the most special underwater experience of all and a major reason for visiting Gili Meno.
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.
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.
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
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.
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. Casual beachfront cafés and bars serve Indonesian and popular western meals, with fresh fish and wood-fired pizzas being Gili Meno specialties. 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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90 minutes to circle the whole island. The interior is criss-crossed 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 “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 and Manta Dive.
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 island with a beachfront lined with simple cafés and bars made from bamboo and thatch. Its main appeal is 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. Just to the south of Scallywags, the Australian owners of the successful Senggigi business, The Beach Club, opened The Beach Club Gili Air in mid2012 and offer eight charming bungalows, similar to their Senggigi accommodations, with large air conditioned bedrooms, private terraces and semi-open air bathrooms. The bar and restaurant serves aboveaverage meals and the beachfront here is a great place for lounging during the day, or
upmarket dining in the evening. 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. Oceans 5, on the south coast, is a well-managed resort with above-average rooms, a good restaurant and swimming pool. Manta Dive has nice air-conditioned bungalows and 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. Popular places include Chillout Bar and Zipp Bar. 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
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. 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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