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ISSUE 47

SAIL INTO LOMBOK!

LOMBOK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT UPDATE

SAIL INDONESIA COMES TO MEDANA BAY, LOMBOK

WHAT'S HOT

EMAAR DEAL STILL UNCERTAIN

LANDING CRAFT FOR MARINE SOLUTIONS AND FUN

LOCAL SCENE

LEBARAN TOPAT… uniquely Lombok!

MALAYSIANS KEEN FOR LOMBOK

CHANGES AT SANTOSA

NOVOTEL MANDALIKA… STUNNING SOUTH COAST RESORT!

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SAIL INTO LOMBOK!

Welcome to The Lombok Guide – Lombok’s complete tourism paper and your guide to the best that the island has to offer. The Lombok Guide is published on Lombok every two weeks and contains valuable information for all visitors to our magical island.

It’s an exciting time in Lombok as the island hosts its first ever Sail Indonesia event. Although not scheduled to take place until 24 September, the yachts are already arriving at Medana Bay Marina on the north coast. See our special pictorial on page 20 and article on page 18.

It’s also a happy time as Ramadan comes to an end and the island celebrates Idul Fitri or Lebaran between 21 and 22 September. And on 28 September, we celebrate Lebaran Topat too, with unique Lombok style! See our article on page 32 for details.

We also have a special update on the Lombok International Airport on page 10 and some startling news about the Emaar Properties development on page 26. Remember, you read it first in The Lombok Guide… the paper with real up-to-date local knowledge!

To find out more, pick up a copy of The Lombok Guide from the locations listed on page 32 or visit www.thelombokguide.com and discover the magic of Lombok for yourself… like thousands of others, you’ll be enchanted!

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LOMBOK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT UPDATE

When the local government announced a couple of weeks ago that the runway of the new Lombok International Airport was complete, it was time for The Lombok Guide to pay another visit to the site and see for ourselves how the airport is progressing.

The first noticeable difference from our last visit several months ago is that road works in the area have taken a leap forward, with the main road to the airport now being widened considerably. Also different are the number of access roads now completed on the airport site and the installation of security booths at both entrances.
From the road, the skeleton of the terminal building is clearly visible, with a crane hovering overhead and trucks, cement mixers and construction workers buzzing around it. Huge amounts of clay and earth have been moved in the construction process and there are now a network of roads and drainage systems running over the 538.8 hectare airport zone.

When we visited the Tanak Awu site in Central Lombok during monsoon season last year, it was obvious that the water table was high in this area, being so close to the Batu Jai Dam, and drainage and landfill was going to be a major factor in the airport’s construction.

At the main entrance is a large sign directing traffic to the garage and mechanical divisions, power station, fire station, meteorological centre and more. Roads wind off in all directions to these different areas and to the terminal itself, with two large parking areas already constructed and bituminised. Construction is about to commence on the 46m high control tower.

Weaving around the heavy earthmoving equipment and trucks, we made our way to the runway, which had been around 60% complete on our last visit. Now the full 2750 metres of tarmac stretches in a wide smooth strip along the north side of the airport and is indeed complete. Even the additional 250 metres, which the operators decided to add to the originally planned 2500 metres, is finished. We had a lot of fun test-driving the surface and it is a fine runway indeed!
PT Angkasa Pura, the company which is constructing the airport and was responsible for building Bali’s airport, decided to extend the runway in June this year, as by doing so a larger range of aircraft will be able to land at the new airport. Whereas previously the runway would be suitable for Boeing 737-400 aircraft, by adding the extra 250 m, the runway will be able to accommodate Boeing 767 series, Airbus 320, MD 11 and Boeing 747-400 aircraft.
Dominating the site is the modern design of the terminal itself, which is similar to the Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport opened in Makassar in mid 2008. The construction company responsible for building the terminal, PT Slipi Raya Utama, was also responsible for the construction of the terminal at Makassar.

The three storey building will total 20 000sqm when complete, with the main floor measuring 10 000sqm and open to both passengers and general public. The second floor, at 7 000sqm, will be accessible to travelling passengers only. The decks on the third floor comprise two separate areas linked by a sky bridge. One area will serve as a viewing station or lookout, while the other side will feature a sky café.

There are currently between 200 – 250 workers involved in the terminal building, with 50% of the crew made up of local Lombok workers and the remainder from Java. Considering work on the terminal was started over a year ago, progress seems very slow. Project Manager, Ir Arief Budiman, explained that there had been problems in the past and that he was now the third Project Manager to be in charge of the terminal building, brought in by PT Slipi to move progress along.

“I took over managing the project in May this year and since then we are starting to see results, but these things can’t be rushed. This is an international airport and safety must be the first priority”, Pak Arief said. “My goal is to give the project maximum effort, while making sure that construction safety and quality isn’t compromised. In reality, I expect the terminal to be complete by the end of the year, or in January 2010.”

While PT Angkasa Pura is responsible for constructing the airport itself, including the principle terminal, runway and airport facilities, it is the Lombok government that must provide the infrastructure to meet international airport standards. The airport will require tens of thousands of watts of electricity to operate, not to mention an effective fire department and emergency services, adequate water supplies, access roads to the airport from other parts of the island, and more.

Despite announcements by the Lombok government and reports in local newspapers that airport construction would be completed by October this year, with the airport due to commence operation in mid to late 2010; it seems unlikely that the airport will be finished before the first half of 2010. However, an international airport is more than just a runway and a terminal building. A more realistic prediction would be that the airport should be ready to operate some time in 2011.

While an international airport by next year may have been an ambitious target, the most important thing is that Lombok will indeed have an international airport in the near future and that’s something we have been hoping for many years. Another year, to make sure we get it right first time, isn’t too long to wait.

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SAIL INDONESIA COMES TO MEDANA BAY, LOMBOK

Although the yachts participating in this year’s Sail Indonesia event aren’t officially scheduled to begin arriving in Lombok until 24 September, the lovely Medana Bay Marina is already filling up with yachts from around the world.
132 yachts in the Sail Indonesia Rally 2009 left Darwin on 18 July and another 25 yachts joined the fleet after the Sail Bunaken celebrations, which took place between 12 – 20 August in Bitung and Manado, in North Sulawesi. Sail Indonesia is a major annual yachting event, with boats sailing in the Darwin to Kupang Rally and then spending three months sailing through the Indonesian archipelago before heading onto sailing events in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

When we visited Medana Bay Marina on Saturday, 13 September there were nine yachts moored in the bay and owner, Ace Robin, said that there had been as many as twenty yachts moored at the Marina in the past week. Ace had just returned from visiting fleet members in Labuhan Bajo, Flores and reported that another thirty yachts were on their way to Lombok as we spoke.

Although Sail Indonesia is a major annual event on the yachting calendar and Lombok usually sees some yachts call in on route to Bali, this is the first time that our island has featured on the event programme and the success of this event is largely due to Ibu Ace and her team at Medana Bay Marina.

The creation of a marina in the calm bay of Medana in north Lombok has been a dream for Ace’s for many years and, thanks to her hard work and tireless lobbying of governments and race organisers, Lombok now has a position in the Sail Indonesia schedule.

Medana Bay Marina is still in its early stages of development, but already the team has built essential facilities to host Sail Indonesia participants. Both moorings and anchorage are available for yachts in the deep water just offshore and a 20m jetting with a floating pontoon, which sits in 6m of water even at low tide, provides easy egress for sailors coming ashore.

“This is the first place we’ve been on the Rally where we can get on and off the boat without getting wet,” said one of the happy yacht owners we met.

On land there is a purpose-built toilet and shower block for guests, spotlessly clean and modern, with fresh water showers -- proving a delight with the visitors! A mini-market is well stocked with essential needs such as bread, eggs, canned goods and toiletries, as well as a few much-missed luxuries like cold beer and chocolate biscuits. The Marina can also arrange fuel and boat supplies, including minor repairs, through local businesses.
On a more practical front, Medana Bay Marina has a CIQP (Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Port) Licence and is able to assist with necessary legal documentation such as visa extensions, sponsorship, handling licensing, immigration documents and boat clearances.

Ace and her team work closely with the local community at Medana and the Marina is already providing employment for many in the area. Cidomo (horse cart) rides are proving popular for sightseeing and short trips into Tanjung, as are motor bike and car rentals for exploring Lombok. They have also worked closely with the ladies from the local village, teaching them about hygienic food preparation and how to present the foods, which are being served on traditional woven Ingke platters, made from lidi (the centre rib of palm leaves). The ladies are now cooking up a storm and serving breakfast and dinner to the delighted visitors, while the plates themselves are creating a new market for local handicrafts!

Medana Bay Marina hope to increase their facilities with steady expansion in the future, but for now the team has their hands full hosting their first Sail Indonesia event. As a mixed group of yacht owners, crew, Medana Bay staff and smiling locals gathered in the main meeting area late that afternoon, it was obvious the guests were enjoying their first visit to Lombok. Many of those we spoke to had been staying at Medana for almost a week, making trips around the island and interacting with the friendly local people. They will be passing the message about Lombok and Medana Bay Marina onto their yachting friends.

“We’ve enjoyed staying here because, basically, these guys look after us so well!” said Dave, owner of the yacht Harmonica from Canada, “It’s lovely here!”

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Great news with our favourite massage place, Royal Spa, opening a branch in Senggigi! Although smaller than and not as luxurious as Royal Spa in Mataram, the new spa provides the same wonderful massages and treatments by their experienced and talented therapists. Royal Spa Senggigi is located upstairs in the Lombok Property office, just next to the entrance to Santosa Villas and Resort. Prices are fantastic value too -- try a relaxing aromatherapy massage at Rp 100 000 per hour or Rp 120 000 for 90 mins. The best reflexology we’ve ever had costs just Rp 65 000 for an hour of bliss in the big comfortable couches, and the divine Cream Bath will leave your hair soft and silky for just Rp 85 000. Phone: 693645 for an appointment.

Achi Acha, the wonderful boutique selling genuine “Guess” products in Senggigi Plaza has just received a new shipment of stock and is celebrating with a special discount sale! The new stock includes a fabulous range of Guess shoes and sandals, from sexy towering stilettos to fun beaded flats and slip-ons. Buy two pairs and get 20% discount! The new range of the latest Guess bags is also gorgeous… and great value at 15% off!

Talented local chef, William from Seafood Nikmat in Mataram created a special “Arabian Nights” menu for Ramadan and, if you’re fast, you can still sample the latest tasty offerings at this wonderful seafood restaurant in the city. Nasi Goreng Ramadan features fried rice flavoured with Arabian spices and mixed with pieces of tender kambing (young goat), raisins and fried shallots and is served with belinjo (bitter nut) crackers and acar (pickled vegetables) for just Rp 17 500. Or try the Tuna Curry Korma – a delicious mix of tuna pieces, potatoes and carrot in a thick coconut cream curry flavoured with spices and crushed candle nuts. Of course, Seafood Nikmat’s superb fresh seafood dishes are also available every day, including during Lebaran holidays.

Asmara Restaurant in Senggigi has just extended their bakery range with the addition of freshly baked bagels, at just Rp 4000 ea. The innovative restaurant now sells a good range of freshly baked breads and snacks, including baguettes, burger buns, hot dog rolls, white bread and Bavarian pretzels… all at good prices. We love the Multi Grain Rye Bread, which combines wheat flour, white oats, corn, soy beans and black rice – healthy and delicious! Phone one day before, to ensure your order is in stock and perfectly fresh: 693619.

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EMAAR DEAL STILL UNCERTAIN

The future of the proposed Emaar Properties development in Lombok still appears to be uncertain, despite a report published in a local newspaper recently which dates back to June 2009.

Last June the Indonesian Government did extend the joint venture between Emaar and Bali Tourism Development Corp to develop the Lombok project by six months. This was the third and final extension of the agreement, which expires on 31 December 2009.

However, since the extension was agreed to there has been no movement forward with the mega-development plans for south Lombok. The planned groundbreaking ceremony supposed to be taking place next month seems to be on hold and The Jakarta Globe (the newspaper that first published reports of the Emaar deal being dead back in March 2009 and was later forced to retract its statements) has again published articles referring to the uncertain nature of the deal.

In an article titled “Lombok Megaproject on the Line in Dubai Trip”, published on 6 September 2009, The Globe reported:

‘A representative of PT Bali Tourism Development was sent to Dubai on Sunday, 6 September to meet representatives of the troubled Dubai-based Emaar Properties regarding the long-delayed $600 million tourism mega-project planned for south Lombok, a senior West Nusa Tenggara government official said.

“A representative of PT Bali Tourism Development will go to Dubai and talk to Emaar to push them to finalise the project,” said Badrul Munir, West Nusa Tenggara’s Vice Governor. “Vice President Jusuf Kalla wants the matter resolved before October.”

The project has been plagued by land-acquisition problems and disputes over a proposed joint venture. In mid-June, Emaar gave the government a third and final extension – until the end of the year – to resolve the issues. No progress has been made in the three months since the “final” extension was signed.

“Emaar hasn’t responded at all to BTDC letters in recent months,” said Hari Susetyo, the tourism deputy at the State Enterprises Ministry.’

Then, on 8 September, the following article appeared, titled “600m Lombok Resort Plan Remains on Vacation After Meeting”:

‘The stalled $600 million Lombok tourism mega-project is still on holiday after a meeting on Sunday in Dubai between PT Bali Tourism Development Corporation and developer, Emaar Properties, failed to settle anything.

“There was no definite decision of how to finalise the discussion into real action,” I Made Mandra, president director of BTDC, the state-owned company appointed by the government to partner with Dubai-based Emaar, said on Tuesday, 8 September.

“We’re still discussing whether some alternatives on the matter can be finalised, but it’s difficult to determine how much time we have to come together with one voice on the matter,” he said.

Mandra declined to elaborate on what needed to be agreed upon before the extension for the joint-venture agreement expires on Dec. 31.

“However, I’m still confident that all matters will be resolved before the deadline,” he said.

The joint-venture project was announced with great fanfare in May 2007 by now outgoing Vice President, Jusuf Kalla.’

Despite optimism from the government and some Lombok media, the situation is not looking good for the South Lombok mega development and is perhaps influenced by the troubled Dubai company reporting large losses again this year, after suffering heavy losses in 2008.

Emaar Properties, the Middle East’s biggest listed property developer, reported second quarter losses for 2009 of AED1.29 billion (US $351.5 million,) largely because the company  decided to write down its complete book value of  its John Laing Homes division in the US, amounting to AED1,727 million (US $470 million) following the collapse of prices in the global recession.

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LANDING CRAFT FOR MARINE SOLUTIONS AND FUN

In a little inlet at Lembar Harbour on the southwest coast, a man named Bob Hayes has been quietly and competently building and restoring boats for the past eleven years.

Bob Hayes is an Australian Shipwright and engineer who designs, consults on and builds boats at his boatyard at Lembar Harbour. Lombok Marine has been operating in Lombok since 1998 and custom builds fibreglass boats from dinghies to any size. The company also repairs and modifies boats.

Bob spent 27 years in Bali, operating hotels and tourism businesses before moving to Lombok. He built and operated the first ever glass bottom boat in Bali, back in the days when tourism was just taking off on the famous island. Prior to that, Bob worked for 17 years building boats in Fremantle, the main port in West Australia.

His latest project is something quite unique for Lombok: a 16m Landing Craft, MV Kelana, which offers transport solutions in hard-to-reach locations, as well as being a vessel for exploring the waters around Lombok safely.
The Landing Craft is owned by Adrian Evetts, who originally built the craft as a barge. He later contracted Bob to modify the original design of the barge to make it suitable for carrying both cargo and passengers. The result is a 16m by 3.5m Landing Craft with 12m of flat deck space, designed to operate in as little as 12cm (30 inches) of water.

The special flat design of the hull allows the Landing Craft to enter very shallow waters where other boats can’t go, providing solutions to landing in locations during low tides or on remote island locations, reef areas, shallow inlets and more.

Fitted with a jet propelled 450hp diesel engine, Landing Craft can operate at a top speed of 22 knots, or at 12 knots when fully loaded. The vessel is also fitted with two winches and air compressors, which means it can lift heavy objects from land to the boat or vice versa; or from the water, making it ideal for salvage operations. It is also suitable for transporting bricks, cement and building materials for both private and commercial projects in remote locations and islands.

Landing Craft is capable of transporting a 7-8 tonne excavator or 6 tonne trucks for difficult to access projects. The door at the front of the vessel folds down like a ramp, which makes it easy to move vehicles or equipment on and off the boat. It is also useful for passengers who don’t like climbing on and off boats, as they can walk straight from the boat onto dry land.

As a passenger vessel, Landing Craft can hold up to 25 passengers comfortably. The vessel complies with Australian standards and has comfortable seating, life jackets and three life rafts (safe for up to 32 passengers). Landing Craft is available for private charter at competitive daily rates, making it perfect for groups interested in exploring the coast, for surfers travelling to Bangko Bangko or island hopping the Southwest Gilis and other destinations.

Landing Craft is a valuable asset for an island such as Lombok, which is surrounded by small islands and reefs. For bookings and information, please contact Bob on 0817 368 651.

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LOCAL SCENE

SAIL INDONESIA 2009

Medana Bay Marina welcomes the first arrivals from Sail Indonesia to Lombok

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LEBARAN TOPAT… uniquely Lombok!

The end of September is a time of celebration all over Indonesia, but in Lombok it is a time of double celebration.
Idul Fitri, the holiday that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan will be celebrated between 21 and 22 September, but in fact will last at least a week as public holidays start on Friday, 18 September and family and friends travel to be together during this special time.

Then, on Monday 28 September, Lombok will celebrate a second special holiday – Lebaran Topat. Lebaran Topat occurs seven days after the Idul Fitri holiday; the 7th Syawal in the Arabic Calendar.

Idul Fitri can be described as a victory celebration to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadhan. In Lombok, traditional Sasaks will often fast for another six days right after Idul Fitri, and thus Lebaran Topat becomes the celebration of a double victory.

Lebaran Topat also plays a special part in continuing the older traditions of pre-Islamic Lombok, or the time when the beliefs of the Sasak people were evolving from animist traditions to Muslim practices.

Early in the morning on Lebaran Topat, traditional Lombok people will gather at the graves of religious leaders who have played a pivotal role in bringing Islam to Lombok. In Lombok’s capital Mataram, Loang Baloq Cemetery is an important center for this celebration. This is the final resting place of Ghauz Abdul Razak, an Iraqi spiritual teacher who passed away sometime in the 17th century. During Lebaran Topat an average of 25,000 people visit his grave.

The celebration begins with the nyangkar makam, spreading flower petals and sprinkling perfumed water on the grave. Participants then approach a giant Banyan tree nearby and tie different objects to the tree, from drinking straws to colorful ribbon, while making wishes.

The highlight of the celebration is the kuris ritual, during which Muslim children have their heads shaved for the first time. At the end of the ritual, participants and observers enjoy a public feast, eating fruit and topat from the presented offerings. The presence of offerings during Lebaran Topat is evidence that the celebration contains pre-Islamic elements and forms part of the dwirgami traditions, the tradition that was followed by ancestors prior to the introduction of Islam to the island.

For other Muslims, the day will start with prayers at the mosque or musholla in their village, where they will pray for happiness and prosperity; sometimes later visiting family graves to pray there also. Batu Layar is an important traditional landmark in West Lombok; a site of ancestral graves and the final resting place of one of Lombok’s holiest men. On many weekends there are bus loads of people from East Lombok and other villages around the island visiting the graves and praying in the shade of the old musholla overlooking the ocean to Bali. At Lebaran Topat, thousands will flock to Batu Layar to pray at the graves and to wash themselves and their children in the well there, which is believed to contain holy water.

The somber part of the day is always followed by gathering together for a feast involving, of course, ketupat (or topat)! Groups of families and friends often spend the day picnicking on the nearby beaches; swimming, relaxing and eating topat – rice that has been wrapped in parcels of plaited coconut leaves and steamed. Topat are served with a variety of different dishes, especially the delicious chicken and coconut milk curry called Opor Ayam.

On 28 September, thousands of people from all over the island participating in Lebaran Topat will cause major traffic jams on the road from Ampenan to Senggigi – it’s an event you can either join in, mingling with the crowds on the beaches, or avoid altogether by not planning to travel on that day. Later in the day there is usually a live band and music at a public party held in the park near Warung Menega in Montong. Of course, all are welcome to join in at any of these festivities… let the celebrations begin!

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MALAYSIANS KEEN FOR LOMBOK

While Lombok hotels have been busy during the July and August high season, the Lombok Hotel Association has been busily promoting Lombok overseas.

Members, together with government associates, attended the NATAS Travel Fair held in Singapore between 28-30 August, where there was a lot of interest from buyers, but sales were limited due to the lack of flights available from Silk Air (the only airline that flies direct between Lombok and Singapore).

The MATTA Travel Fair, held at the Putra World Trade Centre in Malaysia between 4-6 September, was much more successful, with Merpati Airlines keen to satisfy the Malaysian market with their flights between Lombok and Kuala Lumpur.

MATTA was attended by LHA Chairman, Marcel Navest, together with Pak Awan (ASITA), Pak Misbach (LSP), Pak Yaquob (Head of the NTB Investment Board) and Pak Junaidi (Merpati KL Manager).

The MATTA FAIR is the number one consumer travel & tourism fair in Malaysia and is an established travel industry event, widely recognised and supported by exhibitors and consumers. The Fair showcases a wide range of travel and holiday products from all over the world in one venue. Travellers and travel agents are introduced to destinations and offered attractive deals in the travel products and services on offer by the exhibitors.

This year’s MATTA FAIR had over 860 booths available and was well attended by both travel industry stakeholders and private consumers interested in travel. The Lombok exhibit generated a lot of interest and sales from both groups.

Since the beginning of this year the LHA has been working closely with Merpati Airlines in both Lombok and Kuala Lumpur to promote Lombok to the Malaysian market and the hard work is paying off in sales and increased numbers of Malaysians choosing Lombok as a holiday destination.

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CHANGES AT SANTOSA

A new taste is evolving at Santosa Villas and Resort with the appointment of two industry professionals to totally revamp the popular Resort’s Food and Beverage Department.

Sundanese-born Iwan Suryawan has taken up the position of Food & Beverage Manager and has big plans for the future directions of the Resort’s restaurant, bar and room service menus.

Iwan has moved from the Swiss Bel Hotel in Papua, where he was F & B Manager for the past one and a half years, to take up the new position at Santosa. Previously he was also F & B Manager at Arjuna Boutique Hotel and Spa in Bandung, Java.

“We plan to upgrade all the food quality and standards,” Iwan said when we met last week. “We want to make Santosa well known for excellent food and beverages; for quality of both food and service.”

A lot of Iwan’s plans are being kept under wraps for now but we’re sure we will be hearing good things about the new changes in the coming months!

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NOVOTEL MANDALIKA… STUNNING SOUTH COAST RESORT!

Kuta on Lombok’s south coast is a world away from its more famous namesake in Bali. Here the beaches are clean, the sands blindingly white and the turquoise ocean stretches as far as the eye can see; this Kuta is a laid back paradise for surfers and sun-seekers.

Low-key eateries, simple restaurants and hotels clustered around beautiful beaches evoke images of Bali in the 1980’s, and have their own rustic charm for those who are willing to sacrifice luxury to explore the awe-inspiring landscapes of the south.

For those who prefer luxury and awe-inspiring landscapes, there is really only one choice of accommodation -- the Novotel Lombok Mandalika Resort. Perched on the white sands of Putri Nyale (Mandalika) Beach, one of the most stunning in a series of breathtaking beaches on the south coast, the Novotel is a sprawling resort that, rather than impacting on the environment, blends with and enhances the landscape.

Designed by American, Bensley, and Thai, Lek Bunnag, the architecture is drawn from the shapes of traditional Sasak constructions; the homes and buildings that existed on the island long before brick and tile came to be used. Soaring roofs made of thatched alang-alang grass slope gracefully low over terracotta and earth textured walls. Natural stones, weathered timbers left in natural shapes, coconut wood, bamboo, limestone, rock and the sparkling white beach sand all work together to give the impression that this resort has risen out of the natural landscape surrounding it.

Under the directorship of manager, Dominique Duvivier, this harmony with the environment has been taken to a higher level, with the resort in the process of gaining Green Globe Qualification in 2009. “Green Globe” is a global brand that includes programs for sustainability, carbon neutrality and Benchmarking, Certification and Performance Improvement based on the Agenda 21 principles for sustainable development agreed to at the United Nations Rio Earth Summit of 1992.

Agenda 21 for the Travel and Tourism Industry: Towards Environmentally Sustainable Development, named ten areas in which travel and tourism operations could take action.

With these key directives in mind, the Novotel Lombok has been working towards redefining the resort’s operations to meet the Green Globe standards of environmentally-aware and sustainable practices. Waste management and recycling programmes are in place, including sustainable water use and recycling, environmentally low-impact waste management, replanting of gardens to incorporate plants that use little water and are natural to the environment, and a level of community involvement which, although already good, is now better than ever; have all been implemented in accordance with the Green Globe vision.

All this does not, however, mean that guests are required to endure any hardships. The Novotel offers a high level of comfort and luxury, with all the facilities expected from a world-class resort. There are 52 superior rooms, 25 deluxe rooms and 23 Sasak Villas, including the recently completed Pool Villas which each feature private swimming pools. Air conditioning, mini-bars, satellite television, IDD telephones and internet access are standard in all rooms.

The resort boasts two restaurants: Kafe Chilli, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as snacks all day, sits under a high thatched roof on the beachfront and offers informal dining and live entertainment every night. Empat Ikan, the resort’s stylishly designed restaurant, is alongside the elevated swimming pool, with views across the pool to the ocean beyond. Open for dinner only, Empat Ikan specialises in seafood and offers an elegant fine dining experience to guests.

The range of services and activities on offer keep both children and adults entertained, with a different programme of free activities available every day, including aqua aerobics, archery, beach volleyball, diving and snorkelling lessons, and more. Classes in pottery making, weaving, wood carving and Bahasa Indonesia allow guests to learn and experience the local culture, and further strengthen the resort’s Green Globe commitments.
In addition to the daily activities, the Novotel offers fine spa services at the luxurious Vous Spa, two resort swimming pools, water sports, excursions and tours, the Dolfi Kids Club and an interesting shopping arcade, with boutique and art gallery.

While all this is the icing on the cake, the real draw-card of the Novotel is still the amazing location… the beach which curves at both sides, ending in small rounded hills that add counterpoint to the already sublime scenery, and the dazzling white sand flowing into the clear azure waters stretching as far as the eye can see.

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