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BATIK AIR COMMENCES LOMBOK PERTH FLIGHTS (VIA BALI)

Large banners around town displaying new “Perth - Lombok” flights had many of us excited, until we read the fine print and realised that the flights are via Bali.

However, the new route operated by Batik Air does make flight connections between Lombok and Perth very affordable, and can easily be booked online at the Batik Air website (www.batikair.com).

Batik Air, a full service Indonesian airline, will launch the twice-daily service on the highly competitive Perth - Bali route on 21 June 2017.

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Anyone who has attended the annual Lombok International Dance Sport Championships in previous years knows that this is a rare weekend of world-class entertainment!

Held at the Bima Ballroom at Santosa Villas & Resort in Senggigi, the festival will feature international and national dance champions performing in a diverse range of dance styles.

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THE ABANDONED PLANE AT LOMBOK AIRPORT

Many people have asked us about the old abandoned plane that sits near the runway at Lombok International Airport.

It seems people are intrigued; one even emailed us to ask if it had been involved in an accident and abandoned. Others have speculated that it had caught fire, or been used by airport personnel in fire training exercises, because of the dark discoloration around the front of the aircraft.

The plane has been there for years and is becoming more dilapidated as time goes by. So we set out to find answers!

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BAZAAR… CAKRA MARKETS!

Lombok isn’t known for its shopping opportunities. Shopaholics will get their fill in Bali, with its thousands of shops and stalls touting t-shirts and mass-produced souvenirs on the streets of every tourist area.

Lombok is for relaxing. It’s a place to hunt out a bargain in a dusty market, to haggle for pearls and sarongs on the beach, to explore quaint villages and pick up a genuine handicraft for a song... or to brave the local markets in search of a unique collectible or quirky item at bargain-basement prices.

A good place to start – and one not usually listed in tourism guides – is the Pasar Cakranegara, or Cakra Market.

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PLANS FOR A NEW POWER PLANT IN LOMBOK

The Jakarta Globe reports that a Polish and Indonesian partnership will build a new power plant in Lombok.

Indonesian engineering firm, Rekayasa Industri (abbreviated to Rekind), and Polish engineering, procurement and construction contractor, Rafako, signed a partnership agreement on 9 June 2017 to build a 2 x 50 megawatt power plant in Lombok for Indonesian state-owned electricity company, PLN.

The Rafako-Rekind partnership is expected to increase PLN’s power generation experience. This is in line with Rafako’s vision to connect Indonesia to the world and to help Indonesia meet its projected economic growth target, the companies said in a joint statement to the press.

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Kliff at KATAMARAN RESORT

Lombok has no shortage of fabulous restaurants but few can boast the spectacular location of the recently opened Kliff Restaurant at Katamaran Resort in Mangsit.

Katamaran itself is a five star resort with luxurious villas, suites and hotel rooms set in landscaped gardens and perched on the edge of an enviably pristine beach.

The architecture pays homage to the environment with stunning design elements featuring natural woods, stone and glass.

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A gentleman is preparing to board a plane, when he hears that the Pope is on the same flight.

“This is exciting,” thinks the gentleman. “Perhaps I'll be able to see him in person.” Imagine his surprise when the Pope sits down in the seat next to him.

Shortly after take-off, the Pope begins a crossword puzzle. Almost immediately, the Pope turns to the gentleman and says, “Excuse me, but do you know a four letter word referring to a woman that ends in ‘unt?’”

Only one word leaps to mind. “My goodness

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ARUNA SENGGIGI HOSTS FIRST OFFICIAL OPENING EVENT

It is almost a year since the old Graha Senggigi Beach Hotel on the main street in Senggigi underwent a massive revamp to be re-branded as the Aruna Senggigi Resort and Convention Centre.

The re-branding involved a total renovation of the existing hotel and the building of a five-storey extension with new rooms and facilities.

The new Aruna Senggigi is now managed by Topotels Hotels & Resorts and boasts a total of 139 rooms in standard, superior, deluxe and suite categories; as well as meeting, convention and ballroom facilities for up to 800 people.

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