It’s been an exciting couple of weeks for Lombok Marina as the fledgling anchorage played host to yachts participating in the World ARC rally this month.
Many of those sailing in the rally were visiting Gili Gede for the first time ever and had only intended to spend a couple of days at the marina but were swept away by the beauty of Lombok’s southwest islands and extended their visits.
• Verve Beach Club on the beach in Mangsit is offering a Seafood BBQ every Saturday for just Rp 150,000++ per person!
The chef fires up the grill from 6pm onwards and diners can enjoy Prawns with garlic herb butter, Tuna Kebab with asam manis sauce, Mahi-mahi with mustard garlic herb sauce, Baby Octopus with Balinese sambal, Chicken with peri-peri sauce and Wok-fried Clams with local spices.
We love visiting Lombok Epicentrum Mall to see which new businesses are opening each week!
In the past month, Ace Hardware and Informa Innovative Furnishings have both opened their doors, as well as a number of small retailers and cafés, including Pizza Pazza – an off-shoot of the popular Lotus Bay View Restaurant in Senggigi.
Lombok is renowned for its excellent diving locations – with miles of undeveloped coastline dotted with many small islands, our dive sites are home to an exciting range of the marine diversity of Indonesia.
While the best known diving is around the three ‘Gili Islands’ in northwest Lombok, the Southwest Gilis offer surprising and breathtaking experiences for even experienced divers.
For foreign investors, and foreigners living and working in Indonesia, the rules are becoming increasingly confusing as the Ministry of Manpower regulations appear in direct contradiction to President Jokowi’s stated aim of increasing foreign investment in the country.
President Jokowi has said this month that the government had simplified or removed regulations considered to hinder business and investment, including business licensing and trading permits.
Lombok was treated to phenomenal world-class entertainment during this year’s dance festival, hosted by Puri Mas Boutique Resorts.
Held in the ballroom at Santosa Villas and Resort, the 3 day festival featured outstanding displays of dance styles – from traditional to hip hop to Latin and ballroom – by talented international and Indonesian performers; from tiny tots to international champions.