The Gili Islands are among the biggest attractions on Lombok, with gorgeous Gili Trawangan being the most popular of the three.
However, Gili Air – the closest to the mainland – is fast becoming one to watch, with a charming blend of contemporary yet unspoilt island chic. See our updated feature on pages 91 and 92 in this issue!
Fast boats are becoming a popular option to flying, especially for people travelling between Bali and Lombok.
With the re-location of Lombok’s airport to the central south of the island, fast boats provide a convenient and often quicker alternative to flying, particularly for people visiting the Gili Islands off Lombok’s northwest coast.
• Indonesia has a new President! Tens of thousands of people turned out to see the Joko Widodo inaugurated as Indonesia’s 7th President on 20 October, 2014.
Jokowi, as he is affectionately known, is seen as the “new hope” for democracy in Indonesia – the world’s fourth most populous nation. He is the first Indonesian President not chosen from the ranks of the country’s established political, business or military elite.
The vivacious home cook has always loved cooking for her family and friends and, when people started asking to order her food and cakes for their events, she started a home industry – setting up a kitchen in her garage and sending vendors out onto the streets of Senggigi, selling to local businesses.
It’s now more than two years since The Beach Club opened on the idyllic island of Gili Air, so last week we hopped across from Lombok to see how the resort was progressing.
Australian owners, Glenn and Deidre, who previously operated the popular venue The Beach Club in Senggigi, opened their Gili Air property in July 2012 and have worked hard to make it one of the best on the island.
In the tradition of the Cabaret Shows of old Pondok Senggigi, Indigo and Sugar Cafe – Laroz Cafe in Senggigi hosted its Grand Finale between 10 of Lombok’s
best cabaret artists this month. Laroz plans to hold Cabaret Shows
every Friday night... come along and join the fun!