THE LOMBOK GUIDE
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Timponan-Ind-Lombok by Iwan Haryanto

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DESA DUNIA BEDA…It’s Another World!

Desa Dunia Beda

As Gili Trawangan fills up over high season, more travellers are heading to the peaceful north coast of the island to enjoy a more natural side of island life at Desa Dunia Beda.

‘Desa Dunia Beda’ means ‘village from a different world’ and truly is a unique resort on Gili T.

Established since 2004, the resort has stood the test of time and today, still stands out amongst the crowd.

DDB Joglo

DDB 1Designed as a village, the resort sits on 15,000 m² of land and boasts an exceptional 170 metre beachfront. All buildings are traditional wooden houses – called Joglo and Rumah Kampung – transported from Java and lovingly rebuilt on this paradise island.

There are just 12 villas available at the resort – each a spacious stand-alone traditional wooden house set in lovely large gardens overlooking the beachfront, ensuring there is plenty of space and privacy for guests.

DDB 3Although the buildings are antiques, they all feature modern amenities such as air conditioning, fresh water showers, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar fridges, free WiFi and all the other comforts that today’s travellers expect.

Inside, the villas are spacious and elegant, decorated with rich, warm natural woods. Huge four poster beds with soft billowing curtained canopies stand alongside intricately carved wooden panels, day beds and other old-world furniture. Modern clean bathrooms are large and airy, with natural rock walls and wood finishes.

DDB Kampung VillaIdyllic and spectacular

Stayed for 6 nights in one of the smaller bungalows which was ideal size for a couple. The pool, beach, rooms and gardens were maintained beautifully, and the staff were really friendly. For a couple, I honestly feel we couldn’t have stayed anywhere better on Gili T.” TripAdvisor, July 2018.

At 120m2, the Family Joglo are the largest rooms with two full sized bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, and a spacious living area. Located near the pool, these Joglo are perfect for families or friends sharing.

DDB Family Joglo

The Joglo Villas range in size from 67 to 87m2 and are perfect for couples or a small family. Each offers sumptuous wooden furnishings, with cool terracotta floors, a day bed, and a spacious terrace.

DDB pool

Also ideal for couples are the Rumah Kampung, featuring the traditional architecture of village houses and 44m2 of elegantly decorated comfort.
The centre-piece of the resort is the large salt water swimming pool overlooking the beach with raised decking to allow the best views from any of the sun lounges.

Guests can dine in the lovely wooden purpose-built restaurant and bar, with fantastic views of the ocean, or at rustic tables on the beach, while enjoying delicious international and local cuisine.

Nearby are many small cafés and restaurants, although the food at Desa Dunia Beda consistently wins great reviews on travel sites such as TripAdvisor. Stunning sunsets and seafood barbecues on the beach are a specialty!

While the beaches on the north coast are more affected by the tides than the east coast, they offer a beautiful natural environment and good snorkeling just offshore. At low tide, the rocks and coral are exposed but at high tide, you only need to wade out a short distance to swim and snorkel in the clean and clear turquoise waters.

The resort provides free snorkeling gear for guests to use and bicycles can be hired for a small fee, making it easy to explore the island and reach the hustle and bustle of Sentral in around 10 minutes.

DDB 4One of Finest Places to Stay in Gili Trawangan

The Resort is on the more calmer side of Gili Trawangan, free from all the crowd on the other side of the island near the harbour.

There cannot be a more idyllic stay option available on Gili T. Almost all Villas in this property have a sea view and it's picture perfect.” TripAdvisor, May 2018.

DDB Joglo 2However, many guests only make a couple of trips into the crowded tourist centre on the east coast before retreating back to the quiet northern shores to enjoy the unspoilt atmosphere.

Relax on the sun lounges on the beachfront deck and enjoy the ocean views, snorkel out to the reef and discover the colourful fish, curl up with a book under a shady tree, take a sunset stroll along the beach.

DDB 2In the evening, sip cocktails while watching the colours of the sunset, choose your fresh seafood and smell it being grilled, sit with the sand between your toes at your table on the beach, listen to the sound of the waves and feel the gentle breezes. This is what you want when you’re on holiday!

Desa Dunia Beda really is a different world... a tranquil haven on the peaceful side of Gili T.

For details and special deals, see page 86.

 

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LOMBOK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT UPDATES

Apron construction

This year’s upgrading of Lombok International Airport is continuing and, over the past two months, a significant number of improvements have been made to the island’s only airport facility.

Construction on both the airport drop off and pick up zones is now complete. The drop off area has been extended and widened to accommodate a larger number of vehicles dropping off passengers. The walkway has also been extended and now features covered canopies providing shade and shelter from the rain.

The new arrivals hall

As part of the revamp continuing on the departure area, a nice open garden area and walkway has been created behind the existing Solaria Resto.

LIA 1The new arrivals and pickup area is the largest development and the modern curved design of the arrivals hall has changed the face of the airport.

Passengers now exit through the arrivals terminal into a spacious covered arrivals hall that leads out to the parking area.

Inside the hall are security posts, a new station for the Damri bus (the public airport transfer service) at the far left hand end and, on the right hand side, counters for the different taxi companies operating at the airport – including a Golden Bird stand, which now offers premium taxi services at the airport.

The hall leads to taxi parking at the far right hand end and Damri bus parking at the end on the left, before opening onto the public parking areas.

Inside the airport terminal, additions include a tourist information centre, a money changer, more retail shops and tenants, an upgrade to the smoking area, and a waiting area on the third floor dedicated to Batik Air passengers.

Construction on east side of terminal

Future plans include upgrades to the check-in area and Screening Check Points 1 and 2.

Even more significant are the changes taking place to the airport at airside.

The long-awaited expansion to the airport aprons is now underway and eight new aircraft parking areas are being constructed on the east and west sides of the terminal. This will allow up to 18 aircraft to park at the airport at the same time, with facilities for an additional four wide body planes.

The extended drop off area

Work is now underway on drainage and construction of the apron foundations, as well as expansion of the existing apron and taxiway.

In addition, access roads that cross the runway are being constructed to connect the Fire Station with the perimeter area north of the airport.

LIA 2

Two additional air bridges will also be installed; these are the enclosed, movable connectors which extend from an airport terminal gate to an airplane.

Refinement of airside related facilities, mechanical and electrical work is planned to continue in 2019. Additional works include increasing the carrying capacity of the main taxiway, elevation of the “alpha” taxiway, expansion of runways, extension of service roads, lighting on taxiway edges and aprons, signage and other work.

The check in area badly in need of a revamp

The project is targeted to be completed next year with a contract value of Rp 238 billion.

Work is also progressing on the construction of the new terminal expansion which, when complete, will measure 20,000m2 and is designed to handle the growing number of passengers using the airport each year. The local government has set a target of 4 million tourists in 2018.

According to the Department of Tourism, domestic and international passenger traffic at Lombok International Airport reached 3.58 million passengers in 2017 or an increase of 4.92% compared to the previous year, which reached 3.42 million passengers.


 

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What's Hot
 

Kemangi Bar and Kitchen will commence holding the popular “Cellar Partyin Kuta next month.

Similar to the Cellar Party hosted by Square Restaurant in Senggigi every month, the Cellar Party at Kemangi will feature three hours of free-flow imported red and white wines every month.

Guests can enjoy an evening of quality wines accompanied by a delicious buffet including sushi, tapas, pasta, meats, salads and desserts for just Rp 450,000 per person (including tax and service).

Non-drinking guests can choose the buffet only option for Rp 200,000 nett per person.

Cellar Parties at Kemangi will be held on the last Saturday of every month. The first event in Kuta will be on Saturday, 25 August from 7 – 10pm.

Now everyone on the south coast can enjoy the famous cellar parties at Kemangi! See page 3 for details.

Puri Mas Spa Resort is renowned for bringing new and unique products to Lombok.

This month, the beautiful Spa in Kerandangan introduces RevitaLash eyelash and brow enhancing products to their range.

RevitaLash Cosmetics, a physician-developed, award-winning line of lash, brow and hair products, are specifically designed to restore and enhance the health and natural beauty of your hair and contain natural botanicals to help protect against breakage and brittleness, and improve flexibility, moisture and shine.

The products have created a lot of buzz in the beauty world. In one 6-week independent consumer study, 98% of users enjoyed improved lash appearance, longer, stronger and healthier looking eyelashes.

The products are clinically tested, hypoallergenic, and non-irritating – plus a percentage of all proceeds benefits breast cancer research! See page 34 for more.

Fresh Market Senggigi is a new premium supermarket opening in Senggigi on 9 August 2018.

The store is located in Senggigi Square at the site of the old Tropicana Nightclub (opposite Square Restaurant).

Fresh Market is a new brand to Lombok and offers a full range of one-stop shopping from groceries to meats and fresh fruit and vegetables.

In addition to its supermarket range, Fresh Market will include both Bistro Deli and Baker’s Corner at its Senggigi outlet.

Bistro Deli specialises in convenient and budget-friendly ready to eat products made fresh daily. Customers can order dine in or take away snacks and meals.

As the name suggests, Baker’s Corner provides breads, pastries and cakes freshly baked on the premises each day.

The supermarket carries a wide range of groceries, including hard-to-find imported goods, as well as organic and gluten free products. There will also be a full selection of dairy products, as well as deli meats, fresh and frozen meats, chicken and seafood available. See advert on page 31.

 
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MEET NEW SHERATON EXECUTIVE CHEF, SYAIFUL BAHRI

Chef Syaiful BahriSheraton Senggigi Beach Resort has appointed Syaiful Bahri as Executive Chef at the resort in Senggigi.

Hailing from Jakarta, and with a culinary career spanning over 20 years, Chef Syaiful has discovered the richness of flavours from many different cultures around Indonesia and travelled the world to broaden his skills in the culinary world.

Chef Syaiful started his career with Marriott International in 2009 when he was appointed as Chef de Cuisine at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Jakarta.

His passion for the cuisine led him to become Executive Chef at JW Marriott in Medan and later as Executive Sous Chef at Sheraton Grand Gandaria, as part of the pre-opening team.

Moving up the ladder, Chef Syaiful then continued his journey as Executive Chef at Keraton at The Plaza, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in Jakarta, prior to heading up the kitchen at Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort in Lombok.

Delighted to join the dynamic team at the Sheraton, Chef Syaiful says he finds it exhilarating to bring people together through food, by creating unique and memorable dining experiences for guests.

In his role, Chef Syaiful will lead daily food and beverage operations in all outlets at the resort, from menu conceptualization and staff management through to implementing new culinary programmes and concepts in line with the latest industry trends.

Over the coming months, Chef Syaiful will incorporate his creativity and passion for Indonesian flavours, together with his knowledge of international cuisine, to further enhance the Sheraton’s menus, adding his personal and sophisticated techniques to his culinary creations.

Guests dining at the Sheraton can now sample Chef Syaiful’s cooking skills, with an emphasis on Asian Fusion cuisine, by ordering from the ala carte menu in all outlets within the resort.

 
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NAM AIR – NEW LOMBOK-BALI ROUTE

NAM AirNAM Air has launched a new flight route connecting Lombok and Bali daily.

NAM Air is an Indonesian airline based in Jakarta and a subsidiary of Sriwijaya Air. The airline is listed as a Category 1 airline by Indonesia’s Civil Aviation Authority: the highest status that can be achieved for operational safety.

The new service commenced on 27 July 2018 and will operate every day between the two popular tourism destinations.

NAM Air flights use the “IN” IATA airline code. Flight IN 682 departs from Denpasar, Bali at 18.10, arriving in Lombok at 18.50. IN 683 departs Lombok at 19.25, arriving in Bali at 20.05.

A spokesperson for the airline said that the evening flights were deliberately planned to allow passengers to connect with other flight routes owned by Sriwijaya Air Group and for travellers to make international flight connections at night.

The airline uses Boeing 737-500 Winglets on its routes with a capacity of 120 seats, consisting of 112 seats in Economy Class and 8 seats in Executive Class.

This is welcome news for Lombok travellers, many of whom prefer to fly on larger jet aircraft.

Garuda Airlines, which also operates three flights between Bali and Lombok daily, previously offered one flight per day onboard Boeing 737-800 aircraft and two flights per day on the smaller ATR 72 propeller aircraft.

However, Garuda recently stopped using the Boeing 737- 800 aircraft on the route every day, although the service does reappear intermittently on some days. When contacted, Garuda were unable to confirm a set schedule for the Boeing aircraft at present.

NAM Air ticket prices are economical in comparison to the other airlines serving the Bali-Lombok route, namely Garuda Airlines and Lion / Wings Air.

One way flights currently start from Rp 391,000 (Economy) and Rp 714,000 (Business / Executive).

NAM Air also flies between Lombok International Airport and Sultan Salahuddin Airport in Bima (on Sumbawa, the neighbouring island to the east of Lombok).

When it commenced the route on 7 February 2018, the airline made aviation history by being the first airline to use large-bodied jet aircraft on flights between Lombok and Sumbawa.

Bookings can be made online at the Sriwijaya Air website: www.sriwijayaair.co.id

 
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NUSA ALAM SCHOOL – NEW CAMPUS
©2018 Contribution by Mark Heyward

NUSA ALAM (14)

After 18 years in Montong, Sekolah Nusa Alam has moved to a bright and modern new campus in Gegutu, near Mataram.

NUSA ALAM (14)The school is now part of the new “Grand Natura” housing estate, located on the northern ring road near Giant Supermarket.

Students of Sekolah Nusa Alambegan classes in the brand new, purpose-built, international school facility after the school holidays this year, when classes commenced on 23 July.   

The new campus was built through an historic agreement with property developer, PT Varindo Lombok Inti – the group behind Epicentrum Mall, the Santika Hotel and several housing estates.

NUSA ALAM (14)Construction of the state-of-the-art facility was completed in June, just in time for the new school year. The four-story building has 17 learning spaces and a total floor space of approximately 2,500 m2. 

Facilities include modern computer technology, specialised music and early childhood spaces, a rooftop recreation area for senior students, a grassed playground area, and a covered sports area suitable for basketball, badminton and futsal. A second stage is planned for the future, to accommodate the school’s growth.

Established in January 2000, Sekolah Nusa Alam has an 'A' rating from the Indonesian government at every level: TK, SD, SMP and SMA (pre-primary through to senior high school).

It is the only SPK (Satuan Pendidikan Kerjasama) school in Lombok. This means it is the only school licensed to teach both a national and an international curriculum.

Sekolah Nusa Alam is also the only school on the island that is licensed to teach the Cambridge International curriculum, ranging from early childhood to secondary levels, and is an Accredited Testing Centre for Cambridge IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) in Year 10.

NUSA ALAM

“The new campus will take our school to a new level,” said Katherine Krom, Principal of Sekolah Nusa Alam. “Using state-of-the-art design, and green technologies, the new school is a living learning environment.”

Katherine, an expatriate Australian, is an experienced educator. In 2017 she moved to Lombok with her family from Denmark, where she held a senior position in the prestigious Copenhagen International School.

NUSA ALAM (6)“Sekolah Nusa Alam is unique in Lombok,” Katherine explained. “We have children ranging from playgroup through to Year 12, all under one roof. The school offers the academically-stimulating International Cambridge Curriculum and teaching is in English. We provide support for Indonesian children to learn in English and, as they are learning in an English language environment, the children pick it up very quickly.”

The Cambridge Programme is universally recognised and accepted at universities throughout the world. Sekolah Nusa Alam has earned a reputation for excellence over the last 18 years, and graduates have gone on to study in international universities and develop distinguished careers.

NA kidsSekolah Nusa Alamcaters for both Indonesian and expatriate children. It is a multicultural community where everyone is respected, regardless of culture, nationality or beliefs. The school celebrates diversity and children learn to understand and embrace their differences.

An open and honest relationship with parents is encouraged and parents are active in the growth of their children and the school community.

The new location is convenient for children living in Senggigi and the west coast, as well as Mataram and the cities. A daily bus service now provides transport for children from West Lombok. Depending on demand, the bus service may also extend to Kuta and South Lombok.

NUSA ALAM (4)“With the move to Mataram, we expect a growth in enrolments,” Katherine explained. “Numbers are well up on last year, but we still have places available for children in primary and secondary classes, and also in playgroup,” she said. “We encourage interested families to inquire or come and visit us to discuss their child’s future.”

More information about Sekolah Nusa Alam is available on line at www.nusaalam.sch.id or follow the school on Face Book.

Nusa Alam Team

 
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Take Some Time Out

A married Irishman went into the confessional and said to his Priest, “Forgive me father, for I have sinned. I almost had an affair with another woman.”

“What do you mean, almost?” the priest asked.

“Well, we got undressed and rubbed together,” the Irishman said, “but then we stopped.”

“Rubbing is the same as putting it in!” the priest said. “You’re not to see that woman again. For your penance, say five Hail Mary’s and put $50 in the poor box.”

The Irishman left the confessional, said his prayers and then walked over to the poor box.

 He paused for a moment and then started to leave.

The priest, who was watching, quickly ran over to him saying, “I saw that! You didn’t put any money in the poor box!”

“Yeah,” the Irishman replied. “But I rubbed the $50 on the box and according to you, that’s the same as putting it in!”

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