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ISSUE 131

 

HAPPY NEW LOMBOK!

For many people, the start of a new year symbolises the start of the year to come… and our ideas of the perfect beginning to a new year are as unique as our individual personalities.

It may be the exhilarating freedom of being on top of Mount Rinjani when the first new dawn breaks over the mountains, or on board a boat off the Gili Islands preparing to dive over fabulous reefs, or poised to catch the next magnificent wave off the beaches on the south coast.

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WHERE TO START THE NEW YEAR!

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 2012 and welcome in 2013.

Whether you are looking for a romantic dinner for two in a superb restaurant, dining on fine cuisine...

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• We love the new promotional video about Lombok sponsored by Garuda Indonesia being aired on AXN channel lately.

The 59 second video shows scenes of walking along the beach on the Gilis, Mt Rinjani and jungle trekking, traditional weaving, rice fields, and historical sites such as Lingsar and Batu Bolong Temples. It ends with the words “… only on the legendary island of Lombok.”

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BALI – SENGGIGI DIRECT FAST BOAT SERVICE

Exciting news for Senggigi with the announcement of the first fast boat service between Bali and Senggigi due to commence soon!

Marina Srikandi announced at the beginning of December that they would begin operating a direct service between Padang Bai Harbour (Bali) and Senggigi (Lombok) by the end of the month.

The company already operates two daily fast boats between Bali and the Gili Islands with an 80 passenger capacity.

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ARRIBA… MAGNIFICO MEXICAN!

We love the changes that have been taking place at the Sheraton in Senggigi since maestro chef, Lamberto Valdez has taken charge of the kitchens.

Lamberto is the Executive Chef for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and W SPA, and over the past few months has been busily changing and updating the menus in all of the Sheraton Senggigi Resort’s restaurants.

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SUPERB SEAFOOD AT HOLIDAY RESORT

Italian-born Lombok expat, Bruno Milito, has made his mark on many of Lombok’s best dining venues over the past couple of years. Bruno’s seafood business sources the best seafood from around Lombok and Sumbawa, and supplies hotels and restaurants with the freshest ingredients from the sea.

The latest venue to join his growing list of seafood enthusiasts is the Holiday Resort in Mangsit.

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QUESTION: With Christmas just over and all the presents distributed, does Santa Claus really exist?

MR FIXER: Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth; assuming he travels east to west (which seems logical).  

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IN GOOD TASTE…

This week’s recipe is brought to us by Lamberto Valdez who Executive Chef for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Executive Chef at W SPA, and is currently on loan to the Sheraton Senggigi Resort as a consultant before going on to his new job at the Westin in Ubud.  

Lamberto is a Mexican national with plenty of international experience and a great attitude towards this life of being a chef. I met up with Lamberto recently and I must say that his food is plentiful and wonderfully tasty!

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LOCAL SCENE

CELLAR PARTY @ SQUARE

A huge crowd turned out at Square Restaurant for the last Cellar Party of the year.

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LOMBOK COFFEE HOUSE… All Things Coffee!

“Have you tried the new Lombok Coffee House in the Mall yet?” my friend asked at the recent Cellar Party.

“The best, creamiest Cappuccino I have ever tasted!” she gushed. “Oh, and the Carrot Cake… and the Coconut Cookies… the best!”

And so I did, yesterday.

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DIGITAL TREE PLANTING HELPS REFORESTATION

Nature lovers around the world can now “adopt” a tree to be planted in Rinjani National Park, the nature reserve surrounding Mount Rinjani volcano on Lombok.

The program, MyBabyTree, has already been implemented by the World Wide Fund for Nature in Mount Rinjani National Park and was recently extended to the catchment area of the Ciliwung River in Bogor, to coincide with World Tree Day.

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SOUTH LOMBOK’S HIGH LIFE

Elevations Estate – a new development in Kuta, South Lombok – is set to take living to greater heights.

Elevations Estate is set on the hillside with stunning ocean view lots in a terraced setting designed to make the most of the panorama of Kuta and Mandalika Beaches, and the surrounding coast.

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NEW YEAR ON THE GILIS!

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

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.

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