With only a few weeks until Christmas and New Year, time is running out to book your holiday in Lombok!
Whether you’re looking for a luxurious break in a stylish resort with world-class facilities; a seaside getaway with superb beaches, diving and water sports; or an action-packed trip with plenty of opportunities for trekking, sailing and surfing… Lombok has it all!
• Great news for Indonesia’s tourism industry with the announcement that Indonesia will waive visa requirements for visitors from Australia, China, Japan, South Korea and Russia wishing to travel to the country, starting in January 2015.
Travellers from the five countries currently have to pay for a “Visa on Arrival” (VOA) when entering Indonesia, which costs $35 for a 30-day visa.
Throughout the year, Qunci Villas in Mangsit has been hosting its “Chefs in the Wild” series – bringing acclaimed international chefs from around the world to prepare special gourmet menus at the resort.
“Chefs in the Wild” gives Lombok visitors and residents the opportunity to sample world-class dining by some of the best chefs in the world, while also introducing Lombok as a destination to high-fliers of the culinary world.
Every year a very special war takes place at Lingsar Temple in West Lombok. This isn’t a clash between warring groups and it isn’t a real war, although the name “Perang Topat” roughly translates as “Rice Cake War”.
Topat is short for “ketupat” and are small diamond-shaped parcels of rice, which have been wrapped in woven coconut leaves and boiled – a delicious local alternative to ordinary rice.
ISLAND PROPERTIES… Winning Trust and Record Sales in Lombok
Island Properties, founded by well-known Perth real estate agent Angela Olifent, first started operating in Lombok in 2011. The past three years have seen massive growth in the property arena and established Island Properties as one of the leading agencies in Lombok.
Confirming the level of interest and investment in Lombok, Island Properties have sold at least 40 properties this year, with prices for individual properties ranging between $60,000 and $1.2 million.
It was wonderful to see so many people turn out to support the first of the South Lombok Community Association “Beach Clean Up” events. School children from SD1 Kuta, local and expat businesses and even tourists joined in to help clean up the beach at Kuta! See our story on page 38 for more details.