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Issue 157 | 23 December 2013 – 6 January 2014


LOMBOK GUIDE ( 0370 6594005 |






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IN THIS ISSUE Getting to Lombok Attractions & Actitvities Lombok Map Special Feature Senggigi Senggigi Map What’s Hot / Local News Classifieds Discount Vouchers Special Feature In Good Taste Local Scene Local News Land & Property The Cities Cities Map The Southwest Kuta & The South Coast South Coast Map Useful Contacts Distribution The Gilis Getting to Gilis Gilis Feature Gilis Fast Facts Gilis Map

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The Beach Club

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From pristine beaches and jungles to world-class resorts and restaurants, Lombok has it all! Come and share the start of a bright new year with us! To find out more, pick up a copy of The Lombok Guide from the locations listed on page 52 or visit and discover the magic of Lombok for yourself… Like thousands of others, you’ll be enchanted!

The Lombok Guide wishes all of our advertisers and readers a magical festive season and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014! Selamat Tahun Baru!

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It’s easy to get to Lombok from Bali – flight time is only 25 minutes Direct flights from Jakarta to Lombok are available every day and and fares start from around Rp 350,000 (approx. US $35) one way. are usually timed to connect with European flights. Buy tickets direct from the airline counters at the domestic airports, Lombok is easily accessible from Jakarta, Bali, Jogjakarta, or contact local travel agents, in both Bali and Lombok. Surabaya and Makassar and is an important connection for travel Lombok International Airport (or Bandara Internasional Lombok, to the eastern islands, in particular the islands of Sumbawa, commonly abbrev iated to BIL, and using the IATA code “LOP”) is Komodo and Flores. the only airport on Lombok. Garuda Indonesia has direct flights between Lombok, Bali, The airport is close to Praya (Central Lombok); approximately Surabaya, Makassar and Jakarta every day, Call Centre: 0804 1 40km south of the city of Mataram, and around 1 ½ hours’ drive 807 807, Sales Office: +62 370 642303 / 649999. Airport: 0370 from Senggigi, and 25 minutes from Kuta. 649100. Airport departure tax is Rp 30,000 for domestic departures (Rp Lion Air has daily flights between Lombok, Bali, Jakarta and 40,000 from Bali) and Rp 100,000 for international departures. Surabaya. Ph: +62 370 6627444 / 642180. BALI TO LOMBOK BY AIR Merpati Airlines has flights available between Lombok, Bali, Bima, Dili, Bandung, Flores and Kupang. Lombok, ph: +62 370 In Lombok, all flights depart and arrive at Lombok International Airport. In Bali, flights arrive and depart at Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) 621111. Domestic Airport. Trans Nusa Air flies between Lombok, Sumbawa and Bima daily. Lombok, ph: +62 370 624555. Garuda Airlines has direct flights between Lombok, Bali and Jakarta every day. Call Centre: 0 804 1 807 807, Sales Office: +62 Batavia Air has flights from Lombok to Surabaya and Jakarta (via 370-642303, 649999. Surabaya) every day. Lombok, Ph: +62 370 648998. Merpati Airlines flies direct between Bali and Lombok four times a day. Lombok, ph: +62 370 621111, Airport: +62 370 633637 / +62 Wings Air (Lion Air) has daily flights from Lombok to Bali and 87864253577. Bali, ph: +62 361 420999. Surabaya, Ph: +62 370 6627444 / 642180. Bookings via Lion Air. Lion Air flies between Bali and Lombok with three flights daily. The company share-codes with Wings Air, so you may purchase a HELICOPTER FLIGHTS Lion Air ticket and find yourself on a Wings Air flight! Lombok, Call Centre: +62 80 4177 8899. Bali, ph: +62 361 765132. Air Bali operates regular helicopter transfers between Bali and Gili Trawangan, with the possibility of on-services to mainland Lombok, as well as private charters. Ph: + 62 361 767466 or 766 Trans Nusa Air operates flights between Bali and Lombok daily. 582. Lombok, ph: +62 370 624555. Bali, ph: +62 361 8477395. BALI TO LOMBOK BY SEA INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) provides the sea link between mainland Bali and Lombok. Lembar Harbour (Lombok) is on the southwest Lombok International Airport (IATA: LOP) has full Visa on Arrival (VOA) facilities, with fast and efficient visa processing. Ph: +62 370 coast, approx. 1 hour south of Senggigi, Lombok. 622987. Arrange your own transport and buy tickets direct from the harbours, or use a reputable tour company to provide a transfer Jetstar Airways (a subsidiary of Qantas) operate direct flights service. between Perth (West Australia) and Lombok four times per week (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday). Public Ferries depart every hour for the sea voyage between Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) and Lembar Harbour (Lombok). The Silk Air (a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines) flies direct between crossing between the islands costs Rp 40,000 per person and Lombok and Singapore, five times per week (Monday, Tuesday, takes approx. 4 to 5 hours. Lembar Harbour ph: +62 370 681 Thursday, Saturday and Sunday). Lombok, ph: +62 370 628254 / 209. Padang Bai Harbour ph: (+62 363) 41849 / 41840 628255. Tiger Air also operates direct flights between Singapore and Lombok, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Air Asia operates direct flights every day between Lombok and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Garuda Airlines flies between Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Lombok every day, with a short stop-over in Jakarta. All other international connections are available via Jakarta. Call Centre: 080 418 07807. Airport: +62 370 649100. DOMESTIC FLIGHTS European connections are easy via Jakarta (the capital city of Java), Bali and other capital cities such as Jogjakarta, Surabaya and Makassar.

FAST BOATS There are now numerous “fast boat” services operating between Bali and Lombok. Marina Srikandi operates direct fast boat services every day between Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) and Senggigi (Lombok), arriving and departing from the jetty on Senggigi Beach. This is the only direct service between Bali and Lombok (mainland). Lombok Ph: +62 370 693 383, Bali Ph: +62 361 729 818. Most fast boats serve Gili Trawangan, but several including Blue Water Express also serve mainland Lombok, making fast boats from Lombok to Bali (and vice versa) an option to flying. See the “Getting to the Gilis” section on page 84 for details.



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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.

Malimbu Beach by Iwan Haryanto

BEACHES 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. 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.


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.

Senggigi Beach

Snorkelling is easy from the shore and 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.


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.

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.

Kuta, on the south coast, is surf-central and has a range of accommodations and services catering specially to surfers. Here you can hire a board, get board repairs and take surf lessons from the professionals. 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.


Much of the island is still covered by natural rain forest and jungles, making Lombok ideal for ecotourism and adventure tours.

Benang Setokel Waterfall by Iwan Haryanto



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ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES designs. You can also purchase handwoven sarongs and fabrics (ikat).

Segara Anak Lake at Mt Rinjani

originally based on the prevailing animist beliefs of the time, and some of the original 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

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”

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. Weaving Ikat at Pringgasela, East Lombok



Special Feature


The whole world celebrates on New Year’s Eve and Lombok is no different! The streets of Senggigi will be packed, the Gili Islands will be rocking, and all over Lombok people will be celebrating as we say goodbye to 2013 and welcome in 2014. Whether you are looking for a romantic dinner for two in a superb restaurant, dining on fine cuisine and sharing a bottle of champagne as the clock ticks toward midnight, or want to spend the night dancing to great music, surrounded by other happy people, sharing the excitement and the shouts of “Happy New Year”, Lombok has it all.

Meru Restaurant at The Chandi in Batu Layar has a reputation for elegant dining and service, and is a romantic place to celebrate with a special New Year’s Eve Live Cooking Buffet for just Rp 450,000++ p/p.

Boeuf Wagyu a la Bourguignone (Gratin Dauphinois Burgundy Wagyu Beef Cheeks Stew and Potato Dauphinois); or Barramundi Fillet, Broad Beans Papardelle with Saffron Clams Jus; or Carciofo Parmigiano Ragù, Riso Fritto a la Erbe,

Start with Yellow Fin Tuna, Seared Scallops, and other delicious entrees before enjoying main courses such as Angus Fed Beef Rib Eye, Roast Lamb Rib Cutlets, Grilled Prawns and more.

(Italian Artichoke and Parmesan Stew, and Herbed Fried Rice).

Top off this delicious meal with a selection of mouth-watering desserts, while being entertained by cultural dances and live acoustic music.

Finish this fine meal with Qunci’s Signature Chocolate Molten Cake or Iced Nougat with Tamarillo Coulis. Bookings are a must for New Year’s Eve at one of Lombok’s most popular and stylish restaurants. Ph: 693800.

In this issue, we list the best dinners and parties on offer to get your year off to a happy start!

See the full menu on page 13. To reserve your table at this intimate restaurant on the beach, phone 692198.

Santosa Villas & Resort in Senggigi continues its annual “I Ain’t Your Sister” party this year.

Café Alberto, in Batu Bolong, has a fun New Year’s Eve Party on the beach every year.

Lotus Bayview Restaurant, on the beach at the Art Markets, lights up the Senggigi beachfront with fireworks and live music to dance the New Year in!

Held around the pool on the beachfront, entertainment includes fire dancers, stilt walkers, a fashion show, lucky draw, and performances by DJ’s Laura, Jhoni and Marcopolo.

Enjoy a special menu from just Rp 200,000 ++ (or ala carte menu is available), together with live music, dancing and door prizes. Make a wish for 2014 with unique wishing balloons released on the beach at midnight. Book by phoning: 693039 or 693313. Graha Hotel in central Senggigi celebrates the New Year with a traditional Indonesian Cultural Party. Enjoy a Gala Dinner (in Kampoeng Style) with live music from Alexis Band, as well as a Magician’s performance, Fortune Teller, Tattoo corner, Handicraft Stalls, Traditional Dances, fun games and lucky draws. All this for just Rp 400,000 nett per person! Ph: 0370 693 401 The Holiday Resort in Mangsit always kicks off the New Year with a fabulous night of wining, dining and entertainment, and this year they celebrate with their New Year’s Gala Dinner. The full programme includes a cultural show, traditional Genjek Dance, a live band, bartender performances, sexy dancers, lucky draw and prizes. Price, including the huge gala buffet dinner and all events, is Rp 950 000 Nett per person. For reservations, phone 693444.

Dine on a delicious special buffet showcasing new dishes being introduced to the 2014 menu at this popular Italian eatery and dance the night away on the beach. Bookings recommended: Ph: 693 758 Puri Mas in Mangsit is hosting their “Let Us Entertain You!” party to kick off the New Year. Known as “the home of dance in Lombok”, guests will be entertained at a sophisticated New Year’s Eve party with amazing food, music and dance. Dinner and Party kicks off at 9pm (21.00) and price is 950.000 ++ per person. Reservations are essential: 693 831 Qunci Villas, on the beachfront in Mangsit, is the perfect place to start the year with romantic dining under the stars with your loved one. Celebrate with a 4-course New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner for $65 per person, including a glass of Louis Roederer Champagne. The luxurious menu begins with Sleeper Lobster Tail in Tom Yam Broth or House Foie Gras Terrine with Snake Fruit Chutney; followed by Scallop Satay, Seaweed Salad and Sweet Chili Sauce or Champagne Mousseline Asparagus. Main Course is a choice of Joue de

At midnight, gather on the beachfront for one of the biggest fireworks displays in Lombok! Entry to the party, from 11pm til late, is just Rp 250,000++ per person. Ph: 693090 for bookings. Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort is wellknown for its fantastic New Year’s Eve parties and its impressive fireworks show on the beach at midnight. This year the party takes place in the lovely gardens alongside the beachfront and includes a huge New Year’s Eve Buffet. Guests will be entertained by a live band and dancing, lots of games and prizes, a fashion show, fire dances and a DJ. Before midnight, gather together for the countdown and Champagne toast, before watching the awesome fireworks show on the beach. Bookings are essential: 693 333 Square Restaurant is a favourite place to enjoy a delicious meal and pleasantly pass the hours leading up to midnight, before kicking on to the bars and nightclubs. On New Year’s Eve enjoy a sumptuous 5-course fine dining menu (with choices) starting with Smoked Salmon, Beef Consomme or Ahi Tuna for entrée. Continued on Page 20



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West Coast Resort

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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18 Good news for people travelling between Bali and Lombok, with Garuda Indonesia adding extra flights between the two islands. The new schedule, just released, lists three flights every day from Lombok to Bali (increased from one flight daily), with a new morning flight available at 10.10 (arriving in Bali at 10.55). The existing afternoon flight remains, at 17.20 (arriving in Bali at 18.10), while

another later flight has been added at 20.00 (arriving in Bali at 20.45). There are now two flights (increased by one) from Bali to Lombok every day, at 15.50 (arriving in Lombok at 16.35) and an evening flight at 18.50 (arriving in Lombok at 19.30). The airline’s website shows that an additional flight from Bali at 12.15 is planned for January 2014. The Lombok-Bali flight at 17.20 and the Bali-Lombok flight at 15.50 use Boeing 737/800 aircraft, while all other flights are onboard ATR72-600 aircraft. Garuda Indonesia purchased 25 of the

Resort in Mangsit is hosting a “Salsa Party” on Sunday, 29 December. Well known as “the home of dance” in Lombok, the Salsa Party will feature dance shows with exciting Salsa performances, as well as Latin and line dance. new ATR72-600 European turboprop aircraft earlier this year and commenced operating the planes on its regional routes just a few weeks ago, on 2 December 2013. This ATR 72-600 has 70 seats and is equipped with the new ‘Armonia’ cabin, specially designed for ATR by the Italian designer Giugiaro, featuring the most advanced standards of comfort and technologies. Using the new aircraft, new flights are scheduled from Bali to Labuan Bajo and Ende (Flores), and from Bali to Bima and Lombok. See the new Lombok flight schedule on page 64. As part of their Christmas – New Year celebrations, Puri Mas Boutique

Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the fun! Reservations are essential on: 693 831 (see advert on page 20) The popular Cellar Party at Square Restaurant continues in 2014! The next Cellar Party – and the first one for the New Year – is on Friday, 3 January from 7 - 10.30 pm. Get a group of friends together for a fun night out and enjoy three and a half hours of free-flow red and white wines, together with a delicious buffet meal – including sushi, tapas, pasta, roast meats, salads and desserts – at one of Senggigi’s best dining venues. Held on the first Friday of every month, the Square Cellar Party is great value at just Rp 400,000 per person inclusive for a night of wining and dining, or Rp 150 000 for the buffet only.

INDONESIAN NATIONAL HOLIDAYS FOR 2014 Indonesian national holidays (tanggal merah) for 2014 total 19 days. National holidays have increased by one day over 2013, due to the addition of May Day this year, as announced by the government recently. There are a total of 4 “shared public holidays”, introduced by the government to create long holiday weekends, in 2014. Official National Holidays for 2014: 1 January: New Years Day 2014 14 January: Birth of the Prophet Muhammad (Maulid) 31 January: Chinese New Year (Imlek 2565)

31 March: “Nyepi” / Bali Hindu New Year (Saka 1936) 18 April: Good Friday 1 May: International Labor Day / May Day 15 May: Buddhist Holy Day of Waisak 2558

27 May: Ascension of the Prophet Muhammad 29 May: Ascension of Jesus Christ 28 - 29 July: Lebaran / Hari Raya Idul Fitri 1435 Hijirah 30 - 31 July: Shared Public Holiday (for Idul Fitri) 1 August: Shared Public Holiday (for Idul Fitri) 17 August: Indonesian Independence Day 5 October: Idul Adha 1435

Hijirah 25 October: Islamic New Year 1436 Hijriah 25 December: Christmas Day 26 December: Shared Public Holiday (for Christmas)



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For dessert, there is a choice of Chilli Dark Chocolate Mousse with Berry Compote or Saffron Poached Pear with Vanilla Ice Cream.

SOUTH LOMBOK: Those holidaying and living on the south coast are invited to celebrate the New Year at Laut Biru Café at Sempiak Villas in Selong Belanak. The special 5-course gourmet menu created by Executive Chef, Toni Foerg, is exceptional value at just Rp 355,000 ++ per person. Entrées include Tuna Carpaccio with Ranch Salad; Puff Pastry Filled with Beef Fillet; or Grilled Feta Cheese with Orange Strawberry Sauce, and Sundried Tomatoes.

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SOUTHWEST LOMBOK: For a different and unique start to the New Year, why not escape to your own secret island? Every year Secret Island Resort on Gili Gede (just off Lombok’s beautiful southwest coast) celebrates New Year’s Eve with an exclusive and intimate party far from the madding crowd.

Cleanse your palate with a Mangosteen Jackfruit Sorbet, and then choose between Pot Roasted Bamboo Lobster on Truffle Mushroom Risotto or Wagyu Beef Tenderloin with Blue Cheese Mashed Potato.

This delicious offering at one of Lombok’s best dining venues is Rp 500,000 ++ per person (see full menu on page 3). Book early on: 6644 888 or 693 688.

Special Feature

This year they celebrate with their “8th Annual Really Excellent Fireworks Show”. Enjoy a traditional roast turkey dinner for just Rp 250 000 per person including Rum Punch, and afterwards gather under the stars for a fantastic fireworks display over the water.

Pause for a refreshing Mint Sorbet, and follow with Calamari Skewer, Mixed Green Salad and more. For mains, choose from Beef Stew A La Chef with Cognac Jus or Grilled Barracuda with Yellow White Rice. Finish with Lemon Tart or Strawberry Tart, Homemade Cookies and tea or coffee. The evening culminates in a fantastic fireworks display on the lovely Selong Belanak beachfront. Bookings are recommended: Ph: 0821 4430 3339.

Simple but comfortable accommodation is available at reasonable rates, as well as two unique bungalows over the reef. Walk along deserted beaches, or charter the Resort’s speedboat and go fishing, snorkelling and island hopping around the stunning secret islands of the southwest. Ph: 0818 03762001 See New Year events on the Gilis on page 86

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SALSA PARTY! Join us for an exciting night of dance – SALSA, LATIN, LINE DANCE – and LIVE MUSIC 29 DECEMBER 2013 Special Salsa Set Menu and a complimentary Margarita Cocktail Rp 275,000++ per person or a la carte available ALL WELCOME RESERVATIONS ESSENTIAL No children under 12 years




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The Ballroom Restaurant CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE!!! Spend Christmas Evening at the Ballroom Restaurant 25 December, 7pm to 11pm Traditional Turkey & All the Trimmings – or a Delicious A La Carte Menu Great Entertainment – Live Music & Heaps of Dancing! Rp 650,000 ++ per person Reservations Essential: (0370) 693 831 No Children Under 12 years

A sophisticated New Year’s Party with amazing food, heaps of dancing, good fun & new mates!!!

“Let Us Entertain You” Celebrate the New Year with Puri Mas Gooday to 2014!

Rp 950,000 ++ per person

Dinner & Party kicks off at 9pm (21.00) Reservations Essential: 0370 693 831 Free Pick up and drop off in the Senggigi Area




CAFE ALBERTO ITALIAN & INDONESIAN BEACHFRONT RESTAURANT Delicious Fresh Seafood, Authentic Italian Dishes, Oriental Food, Barbecue on the Beach Wood Oven Pizza, Homemade Pasta and Italian Bread

Christmas on the Beach

New Year’s Eve Party Special Menu starting from Rp 200,000 ++ or Ala Carte, Live Music and Door Prize.

Spent Christmas Day on the Beach or by the Pool Special Grilled Duck with Honey Sauce Rp 150,000 ++ or Ala Carte Menu Available

Make a wish for 2014 with our wishing balloons at midnight

Jl. Raya Batu Bolong, Senggigi | Phone: 0370 693039 / 693313 |




24 OPEN 9am to 10pm 7 Days a Week

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

Fresh Salads d r Ga en

Jl Raya Senggigi (Between Rambo Petshop & Papa Besar Cafe) | Phone: 0370 693177

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!

Open 7 days a week

Jl Raya Senggigi (next to Deli Senggigi)

Phone: 0370 693177



BLUE MARLIN DIVE Senggigi ...DIve the difference Lombok’s premier PADI 5 Star Dive Centre Senggigi’s most time efficient daily return trips Professionally trained dive and snorkel staff We do not combine our Senggigi-based guests with our other dive centres providing a more personalised service for you We ensure small groups for your comfort and safety Daily transfers direct from your hotel Excellent Restaurant and Facilities to enjoy during your break on Gili T

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Daily Dive & Snorkel Trips - Gili Trawangan Transfers - Hotel Dive and Stay Packages

Please email and quote “Lionfish” for special discount offers

Main Office: Holiday Resort Lombok +62 370 693 719 |



NOW OPEN IN SENGGIGI! MAMAS, NIKMAT, CATER PRODUCTS Sirloin, Tenderloin, Fillet Steaks Cold Cuts and Deli Meats Salami, Ham, Chicken and Turkey Sausages - Breakfast, Pork, Chicken, Beef, Herb and Mixed Dry Pasta and Sauces Gandari Purified Ice Cubes

Open 9am to 10pm every day

Jl Raya Senggigi, next to Sendok Bar & Restaurant | Ph: 0370 693 531


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Hotline: Hp: 081 836 8731 | Ph: 0370 619 4273 | Flexi: 0370 668 1958





COFFEE & BREAD Roasted Coffee Beans Kopi Luwak Coffee Machines Coffee Business Solutions Oven Fresh Baguettes Sandwiches Pastries & Cakes

Swiss Bakery & Cafeteria

SENGGIGI SQUARE BLOK A/04 TELP. 0370-692085, 0818 365 790

FREE BAGUETTE with every kilogram of coffee purchased!



Looking for nice presents or home decorations?

We sell: Salt and Freshwater Pearls, San Marco Jewellery, Lombok Pottery, Hand Painted Modern Wooden Statues and Masks, Unique Lamps, Paintings, Handwoven Ikats, Sarongs and much more!

Jl Raya Senggigi (next to Rambo Petshop) | P: 0817 5730 012 | E:



CELEBRATE THE FESTIVE SEASON WITH US! 24 DECEMBER CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER with children’s choir and entertainment on the beachfront Seafood festive menu buffet!

31 DECEMBER NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY We light up the beachfront with fireworks and live music Special buffet to introduce new dishes for our 2014 menu! Contact us now for bookings!

w w w. l o t u s - r e s t a u r a n t s . c o m Specialising in delicious and authentic meals... real Italian food from our real Italian chef!

FREE Transport and delivery service in Senggigi area

On the beachfront, Senggigi Art Market Ph: +62 (0) 370 693 758 | Fax: +62 (0) 370 693 375


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Jl. Saleh Sungkar, Gg. Sawah, Ampenan, Lombok Ph: +62 370 636150 - Fax: +62 370 637635

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 100 000 Standard room with TV & AC – Rp 130 000


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CV. ANANTA GUNA LESTARI OUR SERVICES: Pest Control | Rodent Control Termite Control | Fumigation Employee Recruitment (Out Sourcing) Cleaning Service (On Call) Gardener | Pool Maintenance

Ciokolata New Boutique Collections Jl. Raya Senggigi (next to Senggigi Jaya Supermarket)

Tours and Travel Service Available! Jl. Alpa Raya Blok IV No. 4 BTN Sandik - Lombok Mobile: 0812 3693 5382 / 0818 0363 6609 Phone (0370) 6657069 / Fax: (0370) 621627 Email: w w w. a n a n t a g l . c o m


Individual and Group Pearl Farm Tours Pearl and Jewellery Showroom Private viewings welcome

Showroom and CafĂŠ Open Daily

PT Autore Pearl Culture, Teluk Nara, Malaka, Lombok Phone: +62 370 6844 895 / 0813 3992 0020 | Email:




Learn to cook healthy and delicious Indonesian foods

Small personalised and friendly classes in a tropical garden!

Clean, Comfortable & Spacious Homestay

Pondok Anggrek Putih, Presak, Meninting (near Meninting bridge)

0821 4782 0060 | | • Imported Meats, incl Harvey Beef • Home-baked Breads, Cakes & Pastries • Dairy – Yoghurt, Cheeses, Butter, Cream • Wide Range of Imported Products • Open Every Day for your Convenience!

Ask us about our Catering Services, Wedding & Birthday Cakes! Jl Palm Raja No 5, BTN Green Valley, Senggigi. Phone: 0370 693251





DREAM DIVERS have been Lombok diving specialists since 1996. Our SSI Instructor Training Center and PADI Dive Center on Gili Trawangan (also home to the DREAM DIVERS Bungalows, Bar & Restaurant), Gili Air and in Senggigi, on mainland Lombok, offer fun diving for everyone, SSI & PADI diving courses for all age groups and skill levels - from ‘Discover Scuba Diver’ to ‘Dive Instructor’. MORE THAN JUST A DIVE CENTER! Our staff is ready to ensure that you experience a really great holiday. We can arrange snorkel trips, accommodation, domestic flights, transport, sightseeing tours, diving in South Lombok, Komodo or Bali, and much, much more. Let us help you make your stay unforgettable. Nothing is impossible - DREAM IT… DO IT! For our Senggigi based guests we offer daily transport & dive trips over to the Gili Islands, including a pick up from your hotel.

Explore the Reef!

Not much time?

Snorkeling Trips on Gili Air & Gili Trawangan

Discover Scuba Diving in 1 day Become a Scuba Diver in 2 days

HEAD OFFICE SENGGIGI: Ph 0370 692 047 | Fax 0370 693 738 | Gili Trawangan: 0370 6134 496 | Gili Air: 0370 634 547 |



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Lombok’s Boutique Hotel [ The Lonely Planet 2013: “Best Place to Stay in Lombok” ] [ Cosmopolitan: “Lombok’s Hidden Beauty” ] [ Guide du Routard: “Le Reve!” ] Jl. Raya Mangsit, Senggigi, Lombok | Phone: +62 370 693 800 Email: | Website:






De Quake is One of the Most Enjoyable Places to Eat in Senggigi – The Lonely Planet

Cocktail of the Week A Different Cocktail Every Week

Rp 35,000++

We ONLY use imported spirits

Every Sunday: Roasted Chicken Rp 35,000++ Art Market Senggigi, Lombok +62 370 693694





Massage, Body Scrub, Body Mask Rp 150,000 net / 2 hours


Massage, Body Scrub, Body Mask, Manicure, Pedicure, Nail Polish Rp 200,000 net / 3 hours

Complete Spa Services at Local Prices! Open every day from 10am to 10pm Phone: 0819 1593 2899

Two convenient locations in Senggigi Senggigi Plaza Blok 3 No.9 (Senggigi Beach Road)

Galeria Shops (Near Rambo Petshop)



NOW OPEN IN SENGGIGI FRESH AND PREPARED CHICKEN PRODUCTS GOURMET FRESH SAUSAGES ALL 100% CHICKEN, BEEF OR LAMB Freshly prepared and easy to cook! Chicken Kiev, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Shaslicks, Chicken Mignon, Marinated Legs and Wings, and more!





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Great Prices and Trained Therapists... Come in and try our full range of services for beauty, health and relaxation!

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0817 578 9207 / 0370 627 766 THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LOMBOK sekolah Nusa alaM

and the Lombok International Language Institute Cambridge A-Level Certificate Courses in English, Biology, Business, Art and Maths IGCSE Courses in Grade 9 and 10. Integrated International and Indonesian Curricula in Grades 7 and 8 lead to SMP and IGCSE Courses Integrated Curricula in Play Group (TK) to Grade 6 Primary (SD) English: Cambridge and IELTS Exam Preparation Courses Bahasa Indonesia Courses for Adults

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GOLF PLAYERS WANTED SENGGIGI HACKERS AMATEUR GOLF SOCIETY (SHAGS) Friendly, non-profit golf Games every week – Monthly Cup New members, tourists and casual games Discount rates! ALL WELCOME!

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WANTED GERMAN SHEPHERD OR ROTTWEILER OR DOBERMAN DOG. (A cross of these OK) Pay up to 3 million for good dog. 2 for bitch. Good home avail. Ph: 0819 0780 5863


Rp 35 Million / are (Negotiable)

Untuk 30 orang pendaftar pertama dapat discount Rp 40,000 untuk satu bulan

The Learning Center at The Berugaq Classes for all ages and levels

TLC teachers are supported and coached by native English speakers Discounts for groups of 6 or more registering together Rp 40,000 discount for first 30 registrants

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The Berugaq Coffee House & Gallery, Jl. Adi Sucipto, Griya Ellen Indah, Ampenan | Ph: 0877 6543 6878 Desa Kerandangan Valley 5-10 minutes to Senggigi shops, cafes & restaurants. 5 minutes to the nearest beach. Owner Certificate (Sertifikat Hak Milik) 2500m2 (25 are). Please contact the owner: Nuni/Ted Bain, email: or Mobile: +61-403816181 (Sydney-Australia)

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Contact owner 0819 9991 5775 / 0821 4433 9449 Fun and friendly homestay in Kuta!

Rooms start from Rp 150,000 for fan / cold water. Aircon & Hot water Rp 250,000 Located in Desa Mong (2km north of Kuta) We can arrange transfers, tours, fishing trips, motorbike rental, etc

Cloth Chairs - Sofas - lounges - Carpets Office Chairs - Spring Beds - Car Seats Telp: (0370) 622 224 / Hp: 0812 3754 350

Jl. Raya Mong, Desa Mong, Kuta. Ph: +62 818 369 950 Email: /


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Safe and professional English-speaking driver with comfortable air conditioned car (seats 5 - 6). Private airport transfers or airport to Kuta, Mataram, Senggigi, Gilis, etc Available for private charter and Lombok tours. Competitive rates and friendly service!

Ph: 0819 1701 3714 / 0821 4458 7910 Email:

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20% discount on the entry fee Entry fee Rp 200,000 per person includes complimentary boat trip to our ancient snorkelling reef or fun lesson on our Stand-up Paddle Boards. Exquisite scenery, Lombok’s largest relict fossil site, Infinity pool, buy lunch in the restaurant, stroll in the forests or pristine beaches. * Surf craft not allowed for day guests | Ekas Bay, South-east Lombok

10% Discount on Snorkel Tours 5% Discount on PADI Dive Courses. Please book in advance by phone: (0370) 693 719 or visit our offices at the Holiday Resort * Discount applies to a min 2 people Not in addition to any other promotions or discount offers

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Valid 23 Dec 2013 – 6 Jan 2014

Valid 23 Dec 2013 – 6 Jan 2014


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Special Feature



December has been a month to remember at “Indonesia’s Leading Resort” – Qunci Villas in Lombok. The popular resort in Mangsit has hosted a number of prestigious events to celebrate its 10th year anniversary – as well as being named the 2013 winner for “Leading Indonesian Resort,” presented by the World Travel Awards in Dubai last October – culminating in a fantastic Christmas Party on 7 December.

More than 400 guests from around the world attended the party event of the year, where they enjoyed cocktails and canapés in glittering surroundings whilst being entertained by stage shows and crowdwowing performances by South African guest stars, Three Tons of Fun. The night before the big party, an intimate group of 45 diners were treated to an outstanding 5-course gourmet dinner prepared by special guest chef, Martin Sorensen from Denmark. Martin’s culinary journey includes some of the best restaurants in the world, such as Noma Restaurant in Copenhagen (2 Michelin stars and 3 times rated #1 restaurant in the world), Restaurant Amador in Germany (3 Michelin stars), The Amador in Abu Dhabi, and the acclaimed Marque Restaurant in Executive Chef, Sydney, Australia. Martin Sorensen In keeping with the dinner’s theme “Colours, Food & Flowers”, Quah Restaurant at Qunci Villas was transformed into a magical wonderland of extravagant blooms, floral arrangements and candles by Bali-based designer, Leo Meijer of QT Events & Interiors. Quests gathered early to enjoy the fabulous sunset views from the beachfront while sipping exotic fruit- and spice- infused cocktails prepared by Bali mixologist, Dee Cee. The lavish dinner showcased Martin Sorensen’s award-winning style with on-trend dishes such as Tuna Tartar with tarragon cream and confit of quail

yolk; Foie Gras Custard on brioche with beetroot, onion and lemon oil; and Chicken, Mango, Coconut Curry Ragout with lemon basil. The dinner – and indeed all the events held in December – set Qunci Villas apart in terms of style and progressive-thinking. Since its opening the resort has pushed the boundaries of what is expected in Lombok… and shows no sign of slowing down, with plans to host “A Month of

Love” in February celebrating food, art and all things beautiful. “Qunci has risen to the top through careful expansion and refinement,” said Eric Levy, Managing Director of Tourism Solutions International, a hospitality investment firm based in Singapore which works closely with Scott Coffey, owner of Qunci Villas. “As a result, Qunci consistently wins outstanding online rankings, as an example. There wouldn’t be another Indonesian property outside Bali generating such overwhelming and ongoing appeal, and with the recent WTA recognition announced just before Qunci’s decade anniversary, there’s plenty of reason for them to celebrate.”



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Live Music! Great Food! Good Times! BOOK NOW FOR OUR FAMOUS CHRISTMAS LUNCH With Roast Turkey, Childrens’ Choir & Lucky Draw Traditional Turkey Christmas Eve & Christmas Lunch

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In Good Taste

By Bryce Adamson, Manager and Executive Chef at Gili T Resort

Good day all and welcome to the end of 2013 in paradise. Reflecting back on this year, it’s been a truly wicked ride! I started off the year as the Executive Chef at Qunci Villas, which went on to win 2013 Leading Resort in Indonesia, and in May, I got my own resort to run! What a buzz! Speaking of buzz, I’m going to do something different in this issue as – let’s face it – no one cooks at this time of year! Restaurants are full, no one sweats over a stove all day (except the pro chefs!), so I’m not going to do a recipe this time. Instead I’m going to give all our great readers a little insight and international wisdom with regards to 1st January. Yes, I’m referring to the dreaded hangover most of us will be suffering come the first day of the New Year. Working at many places around the world and imbibing in quite a few others, I compiled the best and worse food and drinks to help you start off the New Year feeling a little less like the Walking Dead!!! Wrath of Grapes or the Hops of Death – the need-to-know little bit of science for everyone. Typical hangover symptoms (dry mouth, rabid hunger, nausea, sensitivity to light, headache, achy muscles, diarrhoea, and decreased motor skills) are all caused by changes in body chemistry, including dehydration, hormones, chemical reactions within the body, and the toxic chemicals in alcohol. The science of hangovers (and how to prevent them) is largely unstudied (really now where are our tax dollars going!), which is why people have been inventing their own “cures” for centuries. Though there is no one thing cures that all, certain foods are better for rebalancing your body than others. After waking up with a pounding head, aim to restock the body with necessary fluids and nutrients like fructose, vitamins, amino acids, and minerals that can help break down toxins or lessen the body’s negative reaction to the chemicals in booze. Oi, it’s morning!!! DRINKS THAT HELP: Water. What else?! The elixir of life should be your number-one priority after

waking up with a pounding head. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it pulls liquids out of the body. When nothing’s left in the tank, the body will draw water from any available source, including the brain – hello, headache! Drinking some H20 before heading to bed can help prevent some painful hangover symptoms, and grabbing the water bottle in the morning doesn’t hurt either. Coconut water. Sugary sports drinks can do good for a hangover but being in the land of coconut trees, even better to get fresh coconuts and drink the juice! Coconut water has five of the electrolytes found in human blood, while most sports drinks only have two.

In Good Taste

there’s no reason to eschew all Japanese food. Like traditional chicken soups, miso soup is a great morning remedy – the broth rehydrates and restocks sodium levels, while the fermented miso can help aid digestion. Oats. Hard to look at the morning after but, take this superfood for a spin when you’re feeling less than stellar in the morning. A hot bowl of oatmeal has plenty of essential nutrients like B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and iron. Oats can help neutralize acids in the body and raise blood sugar levels, giving you an instant energy boost.

Tomatoes. Leave the Bloody Mary, take the tomato juice. Tomatoes contain Ginger tea. DO NOT GET COFFEE. For lycopene, an antioxidant that reduces a soothing brew, look no further than local inflammation in the body. Tomatoes also herbal teas. Studies also show that ginger contain fructose and vitamin C to give the tea can reduce nausea and motion sickness. liver a boost. Add a little honey to sweeten it and FOODS AND DRINKS TO AVOID: replenish your washed away blood sugars. Greasy food. Contrary to popular wisdom, Fresh fruit juice. (Avoid citrus juices! heading to the local greasy spoon is not a More on that later). Pour a glass of great hangover cure. A large, fatty meal is watermelon, apple or mango juice to kick better at preventing a hangover than curing start the recovery process. The fructose one. Chowing down on a big burger before in sweet fruity drinks gives the body the liquor starts flowing can help insulate some instant energy, and may even help the stomach, preventing alcohol from boost metabolism to get rid of those being absorbed into the stomach lining nasty alcohol toxins. Juice also contains and bloodstream. A fried feast the morning vitamins and plenty of water to get the after can actually irritate a sensitive body rehydrated. stomach, so leave the basket of fries for Pickle juice. This ancient hangover later. remedy is crazy but true, as long as Hair of the dog. This wacky expression you have a strong gag reflex! The sour comes from a Norwegian folk saying that liquid contains vinegar, salt, and water, claims the best cure involves the substance which can help rehydrate and replenish electrolyte and sodium levels. To make the that did the damage in the first place. Scandinavian wisdom aside, boozing most of it, sip 2 shot glasse before hitting in the morning is not the solution to a the party and another 2 in the morning. hangover. An alcoholic beverage can help FOODS THAT HELP: take the edge off in the morning, but it will further dehydrate the body and lead to Bananas, kiwi fruit, and spinach. These even worse hangover symptoms (and liver brightly coloured fruits and veggies are damage) later in the day. loaded with potassium, an important electrolyte that is depleted due to alcohol’s Coffee. Zero energy, pounding head… diuretic effect. Not vibing for a salad first sounds like the right time for a cup of Joe. thing in the morning? Add some yogurt Nope! Like alcohol, coffee is a diuretic, and blend these bad boys into a hangover- so that latte will only dehydrate the body fighting smoothie. even more. Coffee is a vasoconstrictor – a substance that causes blood cells to swell Eggs. This breakfast staple is a brunch – so a morning espresso will only take a all-star for a reason. Eggs are chock full headache to the next level. of hardworking amino acids like cysteine and taurine. Taurine boosts liver function Orange juice. A glass of this mellow and can help prevent against liver disease. drink may help you rise and shine during Cysteine breaks down acetaldehyde, the the week, but lay off the OJ after a night yucky headache-causing chemical that’s on the town. Sour citrus like orange and left over when the liver breaks down grapefruit can irritate an already sensitive ethanol. Spinach omlettes are fantastic! stomach. Soto ayam or chicken noodle soup. Nothing says “wild one” like a bowl of chicken noodle soup, eh? It might not be the most conventional hangover food, but a cup of noodles can restock sodium and water levels in the body. Chicken and some vegetables contain cysteine, which give the liver a much-needed boost. Miso Soup. Sushi is the last thing most people want to eat with a hangover, but

I hope this helps a few of you to make 1st January a little less painful... the only real tried and true way I’ve gotten over hangovers is to sleep til 2nd January! Ho Ho Ho and have a Happy New Year!!! If you’re looking for a hangover cure on Gili T, or if you just want a reason to escape to paradise, come visit us at The Terminal Restaurant where we’ll be happy to whip up some delicious cures for you!



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10th Anniversary & Xmas @ Qunci Villas

Local Scene

More than 400 guests from around the world celebrated a Christmas to remember with the party event of the year at Qunci Villas. Entertainment featured stage shows by South African performers, Three Tons of Fun



Local News


The first Lombok International Bamboo Architecture Festival was held on the beach at Batu Bolong from 1 to 8 December, 2013. During the week, teams gathered on the beachfront to demonstrate the many uses of versatile bamboo. Weird and wonderful shapes were constructed – some functional, taking the form of buildings, sun canopies and seats; some purely fanciful, with shapes and techniques showcasing the bamboos flexibility and myriad uses.

Organised by the Indonesian Institute of Architects and Budi Pradono Architect, the festival had the theme “Re-Design the World with Bamboo” and aims to develop the creative economy on Lombok through architectural design utilising local

materials and creating an environmentally sustainable product. Prior to the festival, participants were invited to submit their design of a bamboo installation with the maximum size 5m x 5m x 8m to be constructed on the beach. Teams competed for prizes totalling US $5000. This is the first bamboo festival held in Indonesia and it is now planned as an annual event. Next year’s festival will be held in Vietnam and will return to Lombok again in 2015. Over the week of the festival, a total of 28 bamboo installations were erected on the beach, representing architectural designs from 12 different countries, including Malaysia, Russia, Sweden, the UK, Canada, France, Vietnam, Belgium, Thailand, Japan, Singapore and Germany.

Tebing” (Bamboo Guard for Water and Cliff). Second prize of $1,800 went to Elena Goray from Russia for the work of “Wave Tamed”. The third prize of $1,000 was awarded to Universitas Parahyangan in Bandung for their “Stairway to Heaven” exhibit. The bamboo installations will be on display on the beachfront (just south of Batu Bolong Temple) for the next three months.

The first prize of $2,200 was won by Karya Suklu, from Bali, with their installation “Bamboo Penjaga Air dan

A model poses inside a fanciful pavillion

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LOMBOK COMPETES IN NATIONAL GYMNASTICS © Contributed by Ibu Charlie, Sekolah Nusa Alam

On the 26 November, Wallace Magee and her mother, Leanne, flew to Citraraya Hall in Surabaya to represent Nusa Alam Gymnastics Club at the national gymnastics competition, Kompetisi Kejusnas VIII.

The manager of the club, Charlie Karim hopes that next year the club will be able to send at least five students. “Now that Ibu Kadek is familiar with how the event runs, I am confident we will be able to send more gymnasts including boys to next year’s competition.”

The competition is held annually and this was the first time that Lombok had ever taken part in the event. One of the club’s coaches, Ibu Kadek, attended the event from the opening on 25 November until 1 December. Ibu Kadek and Pak Sumarlin had given Wallace weeks of intensive training leading up to the event to get her up to the required standard. There were over two hundred participants from twelve provinces across the Indonesian archipelago and Wallace made everyone in the local community proud with her performances when she was awarded 4th place for the vault in her age group. Wearing a green, white and gold long sleeved leotard, Wallace looked every inch the professional gymnast. She said of her experience, “I thought it was amazing because I got to meet lots of new friends but I felt quite nervous just before the competition.”

Whilst the Club obtained a generous donation of mats and two low beams from the Indonesian Federation of Gymnastics last year, they are still in desperate need of more equipment. Wallace at the gymnastics competition

Her mother Leanne said, “The competition was very well organised. The gymnasts were very competitive and showed dedication to their sport. Wallace made some friends and her overall performance was very good.” “It would be good if we could get some more students from Nusa Alam to compete in future competitions,” she added. It is amazing to think that less than a year ago the Nusa Alam Gymnastics Club had not even gotten off the ground, so to have a gymnast representing Lombok is a huge achievement. It is without a doubt that Wallace is an inspiration for other wouldbe gymnasts.

“From the proceeds of the club, we have purchased our own vaulting box but there are pieces of equipment that we need to complete the girls’ equipment; the bars and a standard height beam is still a long way off from being obtained,” Mrs Karim said. “It would be wonderful to have all the equipment that we need before next year’s competition to give our gymnasts the best chance of success.” Nusa Alam Gymnastics Club is hoping to run a one week course during the Christmas holidays from 6 to 10 January 2014 for children aged between 4 and 10. For more details on the course, or to help the Club with donations, please contact Ibu Charlie on

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THE CITIES 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.

Mataram Mall 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 old Selaparang airport, is the site of the local markets. Every day traders set up stalls

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selling fresh produce from around the island, local snacks and products, live chickens and fresh fish in the afternoon when the fishing boats 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.

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.

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. 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.

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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The Southwest

Floating in the sparkling turquoise waters just off the southwest coast are thirteen 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 we call them “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-today activities of farming, fish cultivation, boating and fishing, brick-making 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.

Secret Islands, Pristine Beaches! 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 tidal flow 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 its distinctive blue roofs dotted on the The peaceful village of Taun (or Tawun), is hillside overlooking another white sand situated on a wide, placid bay in Sekotong. beach. The hotel development is still under construction. The ocean is sparkling turquoise and the dazzling white sand stretches in a wide Across the road from Sundancer, on the sweep around the bay, while the hills beachfront, is Dive Zone – a well-run behind form a perfect backdrop to this diving facility and experts on diving idyllic setting. the southwest islands, having pioneered development of previously unknown dive Just out in the calm bay are the three sites in this area. lovely islands of Gili Nanggu, Gili Tangkong and Gili Sudat – all easily Dive Zone offer dive trips around accessible by local outrigger boats. A small Sekotong and the islands, as well as in three locations in South Lombok – sign in the nearby village will direct you including challenging world-class diving to the local boat hire area, where you can off southeast Lombok. arrange boat trips out to Gili Nanggu and the other small islands offshore. Another few kilometres past Dive Zone is Cocotinos Boutique Beach Resort, set Of the three, only Gili Nanggu has on the secluded beach at Tanjung Empat. accommodation for visitors, with Gili

With 28 rooms, including beachfront villas with private swimming pools, Cocotinos is the only luxury accommodation in the area. Cocotinos in Sekotong is the second venture for the Odyssea Asia group, with their first dive resort already well established in Manado, Sulawesi. Scuba diving courses and dives, operated by Odyssea Divers, are available from the resort, together with snorkelling, boating and other sea sports. Fronting the resort is a glorious white sand beach which spans over 300m, part of which is a private cove. Facilities include a 17m beach front swimming pool, a restaurant overlooking the bay, the Laleina Spa on the waterfront, a boat jetty, and diving and boating facilities. 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. 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. Gili Gede is large enough to provide a range of activities such as hiking to the

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67 own a large parcel of 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. On the other side of the island is where the pier is located, with a fantastic white sand beach. It is a favourite for guests from Secret Island Resort, and Dive Zone often brings divers to the island to relax in between dives, as the scenery and beach here are so lovely.

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. 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

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 and black Moorish Idols dart through the water. Schools of where you can get away from it all. hundreds of small iridescent fish swim past Secret Island can also organise fishing trips and weirdly shaped squid drift by in the and island hopping excursions to the other deeper areas. beautiful islands in the area, most of which We met a boat load of happy tourists on are deserted, about their comfortable 9m Gili Ringgit, out for the day with Dive custom-built boat “Scorpio”. Zone, who described the diving as some of the best they’ve ever experienced. Most To the south of Gili Gede, the islands of couldn’t stop gushing about the huge Gili Ringgit, Layar and Asahan are lined school of turtles they had just seen near up like secret treasures in the calm sea. Gili Layar! Bounty Cruises, a Bali based company, Continued on Page 68

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All around these Southwest Gilis, abundant coral reefs lay just below the surface waiting to be explored, filled with thousands of brightly coloured tropical fish, huge sprawling blue starfish and magical turtles gently gliding through the water. Slightly south of Gili Gede, beautiful Gili Asahan attracts visitors with deserted white sand beaches, clear calm waters and swaying palm trees. Pearl Beach Resort, the only accommodation on the island, is a lovely boutique hotel with charming and welldesigned bungalows looking out over a breath-taking beach. Of a higher standard than most of the southwest accommodation, each bungalow has a private terrace and western style bathrooms with hot water. There is also a beachfront restaurant serving western and Indonesian meals. The resort is popular with divers and can arrange diving and snorkelling trips, as well as island-hopping tours. Pearl Beach

is perfect for romantic escapes and for those seeking the tranquillity of a private island resort. Leaving Gili Asahan and back on the mainland there are small home-stays and private accommodations spaced out along the road to Bangko-Bangko – known as Desert Point and 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. Although the road deteriorates after Labuhan Poh, it is still passable for most vehicles in the dry season. During the surfing season, from mid-May to September and again in December, the beach is buzzing with surfers, but otherwise it is a remote and peaceful area. Bali is clearly visible, with the island of Nusa Penida only about an hour’s sail away.

The drive to the point is dotted with bucolic scenery and tiny villages, making it a worthwhile trip even for non-surfers. There is basic surfer accommodation in the area and plans for development in the near future. Those who wish to explore the underwater world further can join dive adventures with either Dive Zone in Sekotong or Odyssea Divers at Cocotinos The dive sites reflect a good cross-section of what Indonesian diving has to offer. Dive in and be fascinated by turtles, white tip reef sharks, cuttlefish, moray eels and many other varieties of marine life. The reefs are full of bright soft corals and colourful corals, which harbor an amazing variety of rare marine life, including ghost pipe fish, leaf fish, pygmy seahorses and much more. 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.

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Kuta and The South Coast

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Kuta by Barbara Cahyadi


Indonesia boasts some of the most magnificent scenery in the world and the south coast of Lombok rates as being among the best.

South Lombok has views to 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. 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 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 the area every year to surf the left- and and organic gourmet snacks that are truly right-hand breaks out in the bay. out of the ordinary. Open every day from There is a good variety of accommodation, 6.30am until 8pm for breakfast, lunch, restaurants and facilities for travellers and dinner and all day dining. Get there in time – with investment taking off –more options for sunset drinks! are opening all the time. Kuta attracts thousands of visitors At present, Kuta boasts just one luxury every year for the great surf locations at resort: the Novotel Gerupuk, Tanjung A’an, Ekas, and the Lombok. The beaches to the west. It’s easy to hire a Novotel has a range board and a surf guide from here to learn of accommodation, surfing or, for experienced surfers, to from comfortable access the more challenging surf breaks in hotel rooms to the area. Hire a car or motorbike and you spacious suites and can spend days visiting beautiful, mainly luxurious villas, deserted beaches, both to the east and west some with private of Kuta. swimming pools. Around 4 km east of Kuta is Tanjung A’an, Designed to with perfect white sand beaches and good blend in with the waves for surfers. Slightly further east is environment, and Gerupuk, well known as a top surf location with a stunning and situated on a peninsula of land that juts beachfront location, out into the ocean, with stunning views of the Novotel is a the sea, and the surrounding islands and wonderful example bays. There is a good surf school here and of traditional Sasak no fewer than five surf breaks. architecture. Continued on Page 73


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Kuta and The South Coast 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! 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 on accommodation in the southeast, although there are plans to develop the Tanjung Ringgit area. These two exclusive properties 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

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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 Belanak 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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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

Hospital UGD (Emergency Unit Service): Phone: 0370 622254 Ambulance: Phone. 0370 623498. In emergency call 118 TAXIS Blue Bird Taxi, Phone: 0370 627000 Express Group Taxi, Ph: 0370 647555 IMMIGRATION Jl. Udayana, Mataram, Ph: 0370 632520 PUBLIC SERVICES ELECTRICITY PLN Mataram. Ph: 0370 632182 PLN Senggigi. Ph: 0370 693535 WATER PDAM Mataram. Ph: 0370 632510 PDAM Senggigi. Ph: 0370 693886 Telkom (Phone/Internet). Ph: (0370) 147 POST OFFICES Mataram: Jl. Sriwijaya, Phone. 0370 632645 Senggigi: Jl. Raya, Phone. 0370 693711 CONSULATES AUSTRALIA (incl. New Zealand, Canada) Phone: 0361 241118, Fax: 0361 221195, Email: BRAZIL Phone: 0361 757775, Fax: 0361 751005. Email: BRITAIN Phone: 0361 270601, Fax: 0361 287804, Email: CHILE Phone: 0361 756781, Fax: 0361 756783. Email: CZECH REPUBLIC Phone: 0361 286465, Fax: 0361 286408. Email: DENMARK & NORWAY Phone: 0361 701070, Fax: 0361 701073/4, Email: FINLAND & SWEDEN Phone: 0361 288407, Fax: 0361 287242. Email: FRANCE Phone: 0361 285485, Fax: 0361 286406, Email: GERMANY Phone: 0361 288535, Fax: 0361 288826, Email: HUNGARY Phone: 0361 287701, Fax: 0361 287456. Email: INDIA Ph. 0361 259502/259503, Fax. 0361259505 E: / ITALY Phone: 0361 701005. Email: JAPAN Phone: 0361 227628, Fax: 0361 265066. Email: SPAIN Phone: 0361 975736, Fax: 0361 975726, Email: SWITZERLAND & AUSTRIA Phone: 0361 751735, Fax: 0361 754457. Email: THAILAND Phone: 0361 263310, Fax: 0361 238044 THE NETHERLANDS Phone: 0361 761502, Fax: 0361 752777, Email: USA Ph: 0361 233605, Fax: 0361 222426. Email:





GARUDA INDONESIA AIRLINES: Departure counters in LOMBOK, BALI & JAKARTA. BLUE BIRD TAXI & EXPRESS GROUP TAXI: In their every taxi unit in Lombok & Bali.

0370 659 4005


AIRPORT: Hotel counters outside the airport. BALI: Air Bali, Arena Sport Bar & Rest, Asia Collection Tour, Asian Trails Tour, Balcony Rest, Barb’s Sport Warung, BIMC, Blue Water Express, Bounty Cruises, Caesar Rest & Bar, Café Canggu, Café Marzano, Café Smorgas, Canggu Club, D Corner Bar & Rest, Eco Beach Rest, Exotissimo Travel Indonesia, Gardenia Cafe & Bar, Gili Shop Poppies 1 & 2, Gloria Jeans Coffee 1 & 2, Go Vacation Tour, Golden Kris Tour, Grocer & Grind, Jones Lang LaSalle, Junction Bar & Rest, Khaima Rest & Bar, Made’s Warung Kuta & Seminyak, Maya Coffee & Smothie Bar, Ocha Warung, Pacific World, Pacto Tour, Piduh Rest, Poppies Bar & Rest, Prime Resort Services, Red Carpet, Rutica Cucina Italiana, Sate Bali Rest Echo Beach, SOS, Sticky Fingers Italiana, The Cameng Bar & Rest, The Plumbers Arms, The Porch Cafe, Trattoria Cucina Italiana, Ultimo Bar & Rest, Vila Lumbung, Warung Bale Bali, Warung Bonita, Warung Eropa, Warung Italia, Warung Kolega, Warung Pregina, Warung Sulawesi, White Sands Rest & Bar, Yut’s Place Rest. MATARAM: Citramulia Travel, CV Ananta Guna Lestari, Depo Jaya Bangunan, Falcon Developments, Ira Property, LG Electronics, Losmen Tjabe Merah, Maktal Coffee Bar, Mataram Mall (Delicio Café, Joli Sourire Dental Care, K2 Hotel, KFC, Lombok Coffee House, McDonalds, Oceanic Café), NTB Museum, Sinta Pest Control, Toko Susana. GILI GEDE: Secret Island Resort. KUTA: Bombora Bungalows, Bumbangku Cottages, Ketapang Bungalows, Kuta Bay Homestay, Kuta Heights, Kuta Indah Hotel, Mimpi Manis Homestay, Novotel, The Chili Cafe, Warung Bule, Yuli’s Homestay. SENGGIGI: Alfa Mart, Anna’s Giftshop, Asmara Restaurant, Bean Bags, Blue Marlin Senggigi, Café Alberto, Cafe Lombi, Chicken Stop, Ciokolata, De Quake, Deli Senggigi, Dream Divers, Dream Estate, Graha Beach Senggigi Hotel, Holiday Resort, Living Asia, Lombok Property & Villas, Lotus Bayview, Marina Srikandi, Marshander Spa & Salon, Meat Mart, Orchid Spa, Pondok Anggrek Putih, Puri Bunga Cottages, Puri Mas Boutique Resort, Qunci Villas, Rambo Petshop, Santosa Villas & Resort, Senggigi Jaya Abadi Supermarket, Sheraton, Square Restaurant, Stars Cafe, Sundancers, Temptations, The Beach Club, The Chandi, The Office, Warung Botol, Windy Beach Resort, Ye Jeon Restaurant. GILI T: Blue Marlin Dive, Blue Water Cruises, Desa Dunia Beda, Exqisit Villas & Spa, Gili T Resort, Gili Getaway, ko-ko-mo Resort, Oceano Resort, Pesona Resort, Hotel Vila Ombak, Kayu Cafe, Manta Dive, Ombak Sunset, Scallywags, The Beach House, The Trawangan. GILI MENO: Blue Marlin Dive, Mahamaya, Tropical Hideaways Resort. GILI AIR: Scallywags, The Beach Club. SUMBAWA: Mini Mart, Newmont Mining Site. Special thanks to our contributors: Barbara Cahyadi, Dian Cahyadi, Didik Hariadi, FOKUS Unram, Iwan Haryanto, Printed by PT. Temprina Media Grafika, Denpasar, Bali Copyright © 2013. All rights reserved. Nothing in The Lombok Guide can be reproduced in whole or part without written permission from the publisher.

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The Gili Islands Unique tropical escapes!

Three perfect coral islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air – fringed with white sands and swaying palm trees, lay in the sparkling ocean just off the north-west coast of Lombok. Every year the Gilis attract tens of thousands of visitors from around the world for their pristine waters, great diving and snorkelling opportunities, and laidback charm.

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.

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.

There is a good selection of accommodations, restaurants and bars on all three islands, with the biggest range on Gili Trawangan.

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.

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.

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.

Although previously popular mainly

Activities include walking, riding bikes,

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 83

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On the beach at the Jetty... your Gili T holiday begins and ends here! R’N’B / HIP HOP / DEEP HOUSE


Local food buffet featuring fresh seafood Front row seats for fireworks on the upper deck!

Try out NYE detox scrub at our spa to get rid of the hangovers!

Clean and comfortable twin and double rooms with air conditioning, satellite television, in-room safes, fully stocked mini bar and private bathrooms with fresh hot water. Fresh water swimming pool and separate kiddies pool. Beachfront bar and restaurant with fantastic views serving delicious snacks and meals all day

Come and try our fabulous new menu!

The Jetty, ‘Sentral’, Gili Trawangan | Phone: 0370 6138513 |


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Gili Trawangan

Luxury Villas on Gili Trawangan

Elegantly furnished villas with private pool Generous living space, dining and kitchen Centrally located to beach, restaurants and bars Last minute discounts available +62 (0) 81 237 55 721

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83 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.

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.

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.

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!

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

Gili Trawangan’s only Indian Restaurant Sheesha Lounge & Beach Resort

Luxury Suites, Villa Rooms, Deluxe Bungalows & Rooms with AC or Fan, situated in private gardens. Private terraces with Hammocks, hot water, western bathrooms, TV & DVD, AC, Safety box, 24hr security and shady tropical gardens. Bali, Lombok & Gilis Transfers Available

Phone / Fax: +62 370 6123 521 | Mobile: +62 818 0549 4876 | Email:


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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 provides transfers between Bali and Gili Trawangan, and Lombok mainland. BWE operates two boats, with 30 and 50 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.

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. Marina Srikandi operates direct fast boat services several times a day between Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) and the Gilis, as well as a direct service to Senggigi. Hotel transfers to main tourism areas in Bali are available. Ph: +62 370 693 383, Bali Ph: +62 361 729 818. 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: 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. By Helicopter: Air Bali offers a regular helicopter transfer service between Bali and Gili Trawangan. Private charters are also possible (subject to availability). Ph: + 62 361 767466 or 766 582. www.airbali. com 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. 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. Blue Water Express, Marina Srikandi and Gili Getaway also operate fast boat services between Lombok and Bali from this harbour. It is possible to negotiate private boat trips (including speed boat transfers) 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, kokomo and Scallywags have bases for transferring their guests by speedboat to the Gilis. FROM BANGSAL HARBOUR: Catch a taxi or bemo to Bangsal Harbour, the small harbour on the north-west coast, about 30 minutes from Senggigi. 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. 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. 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! 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. Arranging snorkelling and dive trips inclusive of island transfers is a good way to save time, money and hassles.

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For many, there’s no better place to be on New Year’s Eve than on one of the three Gili Islands.

Chocolate Mousse with Cinnamon Cake. Rp 380,000 net per person. Set Menu 2 features Soup from Red Lentils with Curry Ravioli; Salmon with Parsley and Mustard Crust; Mango Sorbet; Duck Confit with Baby Potatoes and Vegetables; Chocolate and Ginger Cheesecake. Rp 420,000 net per person.

Gili Trawangan is famous as a party island and the last night of the year sees almost the entire island become one big party, as all the crowds and parties merge together along the beachfront. Gili Meno and Gili Air offer their own charms with plenty of party choices, dancing and music at the hotels, bars and cafés around both islands.

After dinner, lounge on a bean bag and watch the huge fireworks display next door at Vila Ombak. Phone 0812 3818 2999 now to reserve your table next to the waves!

Join in the fun at any of the numerous places on the Gilis or choose to celebrate in style at one of the top venues below: GILI MENO Gili Meno’s most elegant venue, Mahamaya Boutique Resort, celebrates with New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner by candle-light on the Mahamaya beachfront. Enjoy an apéritif of Sparkling “Unduragga Brut” and start your gourmet meal with Seared Scallops with Pea and Mint Puree; followed by Roast Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup with homemade bread. For main course, choose between Roast Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing, Roast Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, and Yorkshire Pudding with Steamed Vegetables and Homemade Gravy; or Seared Salmon with Sautéed Spinach and Wild Mushrooms, served with Mashed Potatoes and White Wine Sauce. Finish with Mahamaya Chocolate Fondant with Homemade Ice Cream and coffee or tea. Price is Rp 950,000 per person (and already includes 21% tax and service charge). Reserve your beachfront table now on 0888 715 5828. GILI TRAWANGAN This year Gili T Resort joins the party action on Gili T with their “New Year’s Drunken Monkeys Pool Party”! Starting from 2pm and going til late, the event includes fun in the pool, followed by great music and an optional local food buffet with seafood specialties. Party-goers can dance to R n B, Hip Hop and Deep House spun by DJ O’Shea (Townhouse Bali and LA). At midnight, head for the Upper Deck and watch the amazing fireworks display over the beach. Admission is Rp 150,000 and includes a glass of champagne at midnight. Ph: 613 8513 for details. ko-ko-mo Resort offers guests an evening of fine wining and dining under the stars, with a special five course New Year’s Eve

Dinner for Rp 850,000 ++ per person. Relax at elegant tables on the beachfront and enjoy a gourmet menu starting with complimentary Amuse Bouche and freshly baked bread. Entrées include a choice of Kokomo Lobster Soup; or Chicken Breast Salad; or Roasted Scallops and Artichokes; and Caprese with Vine Ripened Tomatoes and Bocconcini. For mains, choose from Individual Beef Wellington with Chicken Liver Pate and a Red Wine Demi-glace; or Pan Seared Gold Band Snapper with Parsley Potatoes, Mussels and White Wine Butter Sauce; or Grilled Veal Tenderloin with Sautéed Spinach, Raisins and Roasted Pine Nuts; or Oven-roasted Stuffed Whole Baby Chicken with a Garlic and Parsley Jus; or Tri Color Vegetable Saffron Risotto. Finish with Lemon Myrtle Crème Brûlée served with Caramelized Sugar and Fresh Fruit; or Mille Feuille of Chocolate Mousse with Caramelized Apples and Lime Sorbet; or Fresh Fruit and Berries in a Brandy Snap Basket with Coconut Ice Cream, plus a selection of Italian coffees and imported teas. After this fine feast, guests are welcome to join the happy crowd at The Beach House for the midnight countdown and fireworks. Bookings highly recommended on 614 4169. Pearl Beach Lounge joins the list of top venues for celebrating this year, with two special set menus for New Year’s Eve. Set Menu 1 features Pumpkin Soup with Roasted Sunflower Seeds, Green Asparagus and Scallops; Ginger Sorbet; Roast Beef with Thyme Puree, Roasted Mushrooms and Homemade Gnocchi;

The Beach House needs no introduction as one of the most popular beachfront restaurants and bars on the island. For New Year’s Eve they are offering diners their Famous Seafood Barbeque, with the best selection of seafood on the island including lobster, prawns, swordfish, yellow fin tuna and an array of freshly made salads and accompaniments. The resort has an extensive selection of imported Champagne and wines to toast the New Year and, at midnight, enjoy the huge fireworks show on the beach, with VIP viewing area on the upstairs deck. Bookings essential: 614 2352. Ombak Sunset rocks the west coast with its “Hesperis, the Glamorous Taste of Gili” party on the beachfront. Start the night off with a cocktail party followed by a Gala Dinner, Countdown Party and Theatrical Show. Entertainment includes Gendang Beleq (traditional Lombok big drums) performance, live music, DJ A PE, fire dance, door prizes and fireworks over the beach. Ph: 0370 644333 New Year’s Eve at Hotel Vila Ombak is a legendary event. This year, Gili T’s biggest resort ushers in the New Year with the “Eclipse, the Other Side of Trawangan” and a full night’s entertainment on the beach in front of the resort. Start with a sumptuous banquet with an amazing variety of foods including lots of fresh fish and seafood dishes, and delicious international dishes prepared by the awardwinning kitchen team. The line-up of entertainment includes DJ Michael Vagas (from Switzerland), Contemporary Dancers, Gendang Beleq (traditional Lombok big drums) performance, FDJ Belly (from Jakarta), MC’s Carlos and Muji, Live Band and Spectacular Fireworks display at midnight. Fun and prizes, including a chance to win the total prize Rp 50 million! Reserve your table now by phoning 614 2336.

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The most well-known and popular of the three Gilis, Gili Trawangan is the largest island and the furthest from the mainland, but easily reached in less than an hour by local boat and only 10 minutes by speedboat from Lombok.

and families from all over the world.

alternatives to the central area.

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 your bike through sandy sections on the west side).

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.

Previously tagged “the party island” by the Lonely Planet, Gili T (as it is affectionately This is the only Gili to rise significantly known) has moved on and up. above sea level and the hill in the south is a great lookout from which to enjoy Gone are the days when backpackers the spectacular sunsets across the ocean flocked to the island for Rp 20,000 a to Bali; or in the mornings, the brilliant night huts on the beach and Rp 5,000 sunrise over Gunung Rinjani on mainland Bintang beers. Today, Gili T has a sleek Lombok. sophisticated side that becomes more evident every year. On the far south end of the hill are the remnants of old WWII Japanese gun That’s not to say that the original charms emplacements and crumbling bunkers, but that attracted tourists in the beginning are the hand-dug tunnels have been blocked gone. The perfect white sand beaches, clear turquoise waters and laid-back island up. style are still there in buckets. The main development on the island is on the east coast, particularly southeast But the island has cast off its grungy in the area called “Sentral”, where origins and now combines the best of a the boats dock. The tracks inland are tropical island paradise with a touch of through coconut groves and pockets of chic and all the mod cons of a top holiday development. destination. Gili T still hosts backpackers and budget travellers, but these days they are joined by expatriates and trendsetters from Java and Bali, together with singles, couples

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

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. Continued on Page 90


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There is a good surf break on the south coast with a fast right-hander that really pumps in the right conditions. Local surfers will happily lead the way and rent you a board.

Continued from Page 87 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.

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 Gili T Resort (near Sentral), in front of Vila Ombak on the east coast and further north, near Blue Beach, 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 basic 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.

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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.

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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views over Gili Air and to Mt Rinjani in 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 Boutique Resort, on the northwest coast, has the most luxurious accommodation on the island, with two exclusive beachfront villas and seven spacious Pool Suites set around a small swimming pool. The resort has been built using cuttingedge environmentally-friendly technology, including a bio sewage system for waste water, waste management and recycling policies, fresh rain water collection tanks, solar power and low wattage devices, and NASA oxygen treatment technology for the swimming pool. The restaurant earns accolades for top quality cuisine served in the shady dining area or at pretty tables on the beachfront; especially romantic at night with fabulous sunsets and views across the ocean to Gili T and beyond.

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 under the star-filled skies. There is no rowdy bar scene or 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 south-eastern coast, with beautiful

Stylish and contemporary rooms, attention to detail and personalised service make Mahamaya the top choice for honeymooners and those seeking luxe island escapes. Good mid-range options include Tropical Hideaways and Meno Dream Resort, both in the south. Tropical Hideaways, located a short stroll inland from the best beaches on the east coast (down the lane next to Blue Marlin Dive), has comfortable and modern air conditioned rooms with western bathrooms. Continued on Page 95


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Set in shady gardens, Tropical Hideaways has one of the few swimming pools on the island and a good restaurant and bar, serving delicious and well-priced meals. The food here has gained a very good reputation on the island and the restaurant welcomes outside guests.

see Green, Leatherback and Hawksbill turtles.

To swim with the turtles – these huge creatures that are so awkward and ungainly on land but move through their natural element with a breath-taking dignity and grace – is perhaps the most Further inland, Meno Dream Resort is a special underwater experience of all and a newly-opened and peaceful holiday option, major reason for visiting Gili Meno. just 3 minutes walk from the west coast There is also good snorkelling off the west and excellent snorkelling offshore from the coast near the now-defunct Bounty Resort. old Bounty Resort. Swim out to where the old pontoon has Meno Dream has six comfortable sunk and become a home for many fish. bungalows set in a pretty garden and Inland from the beaches, the island is quite includes a large two storey family dry with small homes scattered through the bungalow… perfect for mum, dad and coconut groves. the kids, or two couples sharing. All In the middle, toward the west coast, is bungalows can be configured for couples a salt lake from which the local people or groups, depending on your needs. still harvest salt on a small scale. It can be For diving enthusiasts, Blue Marlin Dive quite full in rainy season but dries up in on the east coast, and Divine Divers on the the summer. northwest coast, are the diving specialists for Gili Meno and offer diving courses and Also inland, on the main track from the east coast, Gili Meno Bird Park has dives around all three of the Gilis. some tropical birds and a few interesting There is good snorkelling along the animals. There is accommodation here northwest coast, near Mahamaya and and a great display of Beatles memorabilia Divine Divers, and it is often possible to 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 lowkey entertainment in the evenings, more so in the high seasons, 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.

Unlike the public boats from Bangsal to Gili Trawangan and Gili Air, public boats to Gili Meno do not run as frequently, but transfers are available daily at 10am, 2pm, and 5pm. Return boats from Gili Meno to Bangsal operate at 8am and 3pm (with the exception of Friday, when there is no afternoon boat from Meno to Bangsal). Apart from public boat transfers, you can charter a boat for around Rp 250,000 (one way). Share the cost with other travellers if possible.

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For exploring, there is a path running parallel to the beach and it takes around 90 minutes to circle the whole island. The interior is 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, 7Seas Dive Resort, 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. The restaurant has an excellent menu and guest facilities, as well as a friendly atmosphere and excellent swimming directly in front of the restaurant. Just to the south of Scallywags, The Beach Club Gili Air is operated by the Australian owners of the successful Senggigi business, The Beach Club, and offers 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. There are also free movies for restaurant guests on the beach every night (weather permitting).

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. Further south, near the harbour, 7Seas International is a professional dive operation, and also offers comfortable and modern air conditioned cottages right on the white sand beach. It is one of the few places on the island that offers family accommodation, in Duplex Family Cottages, only a step away from the pool. Each has two spacious rooms, a big bathroom, a large terrace and small garden, and sea views from the 2nd floor. The existing bedding is suitable for 5 people and up to 3 extra beds can be added on request. 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

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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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. Alcohol and the risk of methanol poisoning have been in the spotlight since 2009 and there have been a significant number of deaths from contaminated alcohol in Bali, Lombok and the Gilis. Avoid bars and places that serve arak or other “local spirits”, including cocktails such as “Jungle Juice” and “Arak Attack”. With imported alcohol heavily taxed in Indonesia, “Welcome drinks”, “Two for one” cocktails and cheap shots should all be viewed with suspicion. If it seems too cheap to be the real deal, it probably is. Large hotels and restaurants generally serve imported alcohol; otherwise, stick

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to beer and steer clear of places that put profits before your safety. 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 catch 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 fixed and rates 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. Walking or riding a bike is a nicer option. 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 your 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. 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:

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