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NYEPI IN LOMBOK

This local Lombok saying is especially true during Nyepi – the Balinese Hindu “Day of Silence” – when you really can see Bali in Lombok!

Many people assume that Balinese Hindus only live in Bali but, with the two islands being so close together, Balinese settlement in Lombok dates back for centuries. Today, Balinese communities and temples are found all around the west coast and in the cities.

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• If you’re travelling next month, don’t forget that Nyepi in Bali is on Wednesday, 9 March.

Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali will be closed and domestic flights between) Bali and Lombok will not operate on Nyepi (Lombok International Airport is open for flights to and from other destinations).

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LOMBOK… ONE OF THE MOST ROMANTIC PLACES ON EARTH

Those who know Lombok already know this but now it’s official – Lombok has been named one of the “most romantic places on earth” by Australian travel site Totaltravel.

Totaltravel published its “most romantic places on earth” list on its website on 6 February, including Lombok with other famous destinations such as Venice, Santorini and Paris and saying:

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BAU NYALE FESTIVAL – 27 & 28 FEBRUARY

One of Lombok’s most important and popular festivals is “Bau Nyale” – a unique event that attracts thousands of visitors to the south coast every year. Many visitors to Lombok plan their trip to coincide with Bau Nyale.

Bau Nyale (meaning “to catch Nyale” in the local Sasak language) is a cultural tradition said to date back to the 16th century and is centred on the seasonal appearance of Nyale (a variety of Palolo worm found in tropical waters in certain parts of the world, including Lombok).

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LOMBOK KANE… East Meets West in ‘Lombok Now’

Two Lombok artists will combine their talents for an exhibition on Sunday, 28 February entitled Lombok Kane, which translates from the Sasak as ‘Lombok Now’.

Saepul Bahri is a Jakarta-based Sasak (Lombok-born) artist and Terry Renton, a Lombok-based Australian artist. The exhibition will take place at The Studio on The Hill, Senggigi.

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SYDNEY CHEFS @ QUNCI VILLAS

Qunci Villas hosted the first of its ‘Chefs in the Wild’ dinners for 2016 in fine style on Friday, 5 February with a special dinner prepared by visiting guest chefs, Jemma Whiteman and Mike Eggert.

Jemma and Mike, together with Mike’s sister Mary, own and operate the acclaimed Pinbone Restaurant in Sydney, Australia.

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