It seems restaurants and cafés are popping up almost monthly in Kuta these days. The latest to add to the south coast dining scene is Kemangi Bar and Kitchen – the southern sister of the highly successful Square Restaurant in Senggigi.
The purpose-built restaurant exudes elegance, from the river rock water feature in front to the lavish use of stone and polished wood inside. Soaring cathedral ceilings wash the main dining area in light, creating a bright and airy ambience and providing space for exclusive mezzanine seating overlooking the main dining area.
Education opportunities in Lombok are always a priority for families living on the island. Parents are naturally concerned about the quality of education received at local schools and whether this is enough to set their children up for the future.
Fortunately, Lombok does have a few private schools and a new alternative – Lombok Learning Village – opened its doors to students at the beginning of August this year.
Lombok Learning Village is located in the village of Tanah Embet, around half-way between Senggigi and Ampenan. The quiet village location provides a peaceful and natural environment for learning, away from distractions.
It seems that the Lombok tourism department has virtually abandoned the once popular Senggigi Festival.
This year’s offering was conveniently combined with the department’s Closing Ceremony for the month-long Pesona Lombok Sumbawa programme, which saw a series of poorly organised and publicised events held throughout Lombok and Sumbawa during August and September.
The Opening Ceremony for the Senggigi Festival was held on vacant land near the beach at Kampung Duduk – too far from Senggigi for tourists to find easily.
The Senggigi Sunset Jazz Festival held on 22 and 23 September was without doubt the best music event of the year in Lombok!
Hundreds of people gathered on Senggigi Beach over the two nights to watch a fabulous line-up of musicians perform on two stages set up on the beachfront.
Top international and national bands kept the crowds entertained with an exciting array of music from Syaharani & Queenfireworks, Yuri Yunita, Norma Jean (USA), Cellomano (Venezuala), Tesla Manaf, Ary Juliant, Pelita Harapan Jazz Oriented, Richard Hutapea Project, Suara Mantra, Norma Jean (USA), and many more.