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ISSUE 128

 

LOMBOK… SIMPLY STUNNING!

Having just returned from a trip to the south coast, The Lombok Guide team is once again in awe of the beauty and diversity of Lombok’s south coast beaches, as our cover photo of Pantai Gerupuk by local photographer Ambara Jaya shows.

From sweeping stretches of pure white sand and aquamarine waters to majestic limestone formations jutting from cobalt oceans – Lombok is simply stunning!

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SUNDA TRAILS… LUCKY PRIZE WINNERS

The Orban family from Bertrix, Belgium were the lucky winners of last year’s prize at the Brussels Holiday Fair 2012.

Their name was picked out of hundreds of entries and they won themselves a 5-day fully catered trip courtesy of Sunda Trails, a specialized Dutch-run tour operator based in Ampenan, Lombok.

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• As they do every year, Glenn and Dee will close the doors to The Beach Club in Senggigi for one week this month.

The popular bar and café will be closed from 14 to 20 November for its annual ‘spring clean’ and facelift, and to give hard-working staff a break before the Christmas and New Year rush.

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AIR ASIA PLANS LOMBOK FLIGHTS DAILY IN 2013

Air Asia has said that it plans to operate flights between Lombok and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia every day in 2013.

Commencing in December 2012, the low-cost airline will increase scheduled flights to Lombok from three times per week to four times a week.

The plans were announced at a recent media visit to Air Asia Headquarters in Malaysia, organised in conjunction with Air Asia and local government. The announcement follows the high level of interest from passengers for the Malaysia - Lombok route.

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SPECIAL ZONING FOR MANDALIKA RESORT REJECTED

As we reported in our last issue (No. 127, published on 29 October 2012), an application was lodged with the Ministry of Economic Affairs requesting special zoning for the Mandalika Resort development in South Lombok.

The Resort development comprises 1035 hectares of prime land along the south coast of Lombok and includes 7.5km of beautiful beaches, spanning from Kuta through Tanjung Aan to Gerupuk.

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MORE US CUSTOMERS SEARCHING FOR LOMBOK: WEGO

LOMBOK is currently trending across all of Wego’s travel meta-search sites around the world, but growing fastest in the US.

Wego is one of the world’s most comprehensive travel meta-search engines and now operates in over 50 markets worldwide, with localised sites in 30 languages.

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INDONESIA TO OMIT ENGLISH FROM PRIMARY SCHOOLS

The Jakarta Post reports that, as part of a curriculum overhaul that will come into effect next year, English will no longer be a subject taught in elementary schools.

According to the Deputy Education and Culture Minister, Musliar Kaslim, the omission of English is aimed to give ample time for students to master the Indonesian language first before diving into foreign languages.

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IN GOOD TASTE…

This is a recipe from Budi Man, Assistant Pastry Chef at Qunci Villas:

MISRO - SPECIAL DESSERT FROM BANDUNG

This week I’ve chosen a staple of Indonesian cooking: Nasi Goreng. Translated, the name basically means fried rice!  

Nasi Goreng has been called the ‘national dish of Indonesia’ although there are other contenders. There are many Indonesian cuisines but few national dishes.

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LOCAL SCENE

SEPTIA & ANTO @ VILLA QUSIA

Family and friends joined Septia and Anto at luxurious Villa Qusia in Mangsit to celebrate their marriage recently

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 QUESTION: My wife and I have fallen in love with the tropical paradise island of Lombok and have bought some land on a hill with a sea view with the intention of building a small house with pool.

My friends say I have guts to tackle such a project but question whether I have the balls to see it through. What’s the difference?

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