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ISSUE 108

 

ROMANTIC LOMBOK

If you’re looking for somewhere special to escape the crowds and usual hype with your sweetheart, look no further than Lombok!

What could be more romantic than a walk along a deserted white sand beach, stopping to watch a magnificent sunset over the ocean with Bali floating on the horizon? Sip wine under the stars in a draped balé on the beachfront and dine on fresh seafood and top class international cuisine.

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SOUTH EAST LOMBOK… HOTPlanet country!

For over 10 years now, there has only been one resort in south-east Lombok on the eastern side of beautiful Ekas Bay. The roads are bad, there’s no water, no electricity, but Heaven on the Planet (HOTPlanet) has simply ignored and overcome the problems.

Over the years, they’ve built their own roads, power grid, water reticulation and sewerage systems on their amazing 35 hectare (more than 80 acre) pristine property of coconut plantations, forests and farms.

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Blue Water Cruises are planning another fantastic cruise on 18 February. “The Boat that Rocked 2012” kicks off the first of their 2012 events, with 4 days of live music and cruising the stunning southwest coast.

Guests will be entertained with non-stop music on board by Perth band “Desert Radio” with their special blend of “dirty blues”, guitar, didgeridoo and sax, and Paramitsha with their gypsy inspired anthems and haunting vocals. Popular international DJ’s Malik Lomax and Stevie G will keep the boat rocking into the wee hours.

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TRIPADVISOR ANNOUNCES ITS 2012 TRAVELLERS' CHOICE WINNERS

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, has announced its “2012 Travellers' Choice” winners and among the various winners are many of our top Lombok properties.

The 10th Annual Awards recognises properties around the world, in the categories of Luxury, Bargain, Service, B & B’s and Inns, All-Inclusive, Spa, and Trendiest. 

In total, 3,943 properties have been recognised this year with dedicated lists featured for 30 countries and eight regions worldwide. The TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards are based solely on the reviews and opinions submitted by its users and guests staying at the properties.

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TOP PICKS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY!

Valentine’s Day is on Tuesday, 14 February and where better to celebrate love than on the romantic island of Lombok?

Valentine’s Day is all about romantic candlelit dinners for two and magical moments…  in this issue we bring you our top picks for places to dine and romantic escapes, as well as luxurious spa treatments and special gifts for the one that you love!

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LOCAL SCENE

SENGGIGI BOARD RIDER 2012 ~ SURFING FUN DAY

Monsoon season means wind... and wind means... SURF'S UP!
Around 76 local surfers - and a large crowd of spectators - gathered at Anjungan in Senggigi for the Surfing Fun Day on 29 January organised by Erdin, Dayat, Melong, Justin, Jeremy, Sid & Andre, etc. Surfers competed in Under 14, Under 16 and Open categories, taking home prizes and trophies... and memories of some awesome pumping surf!

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QUESTION: I am addicted to gambling. I came to the idyllic shores of Lombok to escape the casinos and one armed bandits of Europe – only to find that the new ATM machine recently installed in the holiday town of Senggigi can be just as exciting!

You put your card in and get the same adrenalin rush as at the casino, as you enter your pin number while being overlooked by a queue of eager customers waiting for their turn. During the few spine-tingling seconds it takes for the machine to authorise the withdrawal, I swear the sweat is pouring down my face and my legs are beginning to buckle. It’s fantastic! 

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AIRPORT TAXIS DEMAND END TO DAMRI SERVICE

Around 150 taxis drivers held a noisy protest rally at the offices of the Department of Transportation Communication and Information (Dishubkominfo) NTB from Thursday, 26 January 2012, demanding an end to the DAMRI bus service.

DAMRI operate special buses for airport transfers, with routes between the cities and Lombok International Airport (known as BIL locally), and Senggigi and the airport.

Fares between Mataram and BIL are Rp 15 000 per person and between Senggigi and BIL are Rp 25 000 per person.

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TROPICAL CYCLONE IGGY POPS!

It is monsoon season in Indonesia and the effects of Tropical Cyclone Iggy have been making news across the archipelago for the past week.

Meteorologists upgraded Iggy to a Category One Tropical Cyclone on Thursday, 26 January 2012, as the cyclone moved slowly across the Indian Ocean, resulting in driving rains and winds of more than 60 kilometres per hour, and waves as high as 6 metres forming offshore.

Strong winds and rough seas have forced the temporary suspension of public ferry services between Lembar Harbour (Lombok) and Padangbai Harbour (Bali).

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SUNDANCER…GETTING READY TO SHINE!

Construction is progressing at Sundancer Beach Resort & Spa in Sekotong and developers expect the magnificent property to be fully operational next year.

“Sundancer is a big resort and was originally planned with the international airport in mind, as many of our investors and potential tourist markets are from overseas”, said Alfie, at the Sundancer Sales Office in Senggigi. “Now, the airport is open and with the possibility of direct international flights to Lombok commencing later this year, the timing is right.”

“Sundancer will be well positioned to handle large numbers of visitors, as well as the future growth of southwest Lombok,” he said.

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Gili Air 

Storms have continued to crash into Gili Air this month, making it an unpredictable time to be on the island. Two dive boats have capsized though –  thankfully – no one has been injured and the boats were saved.

You could, perhaps, question why would you come to the islands at this time of year?

Well, there are a couple of good reasons. This time of year is quiet, which means that you could have parts of the island to yourself. The weather isn’t bad every day; we’ve had several almost week-long stretches of bright sunshine. And the storms are good for surfers – I’ve seen several surfers here who have managed to keep themselves happily surfing the big waves generated by the storms.

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