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ISSUE 54

HAPPY NEW YEAR LOMBOK!

WHERE TO START THE NEW YEAR!

WHAT'S HOT

LOMBOK TAKES TO THE SKY

INVESTORS EYE ISLAND IN EAST LOMBOK

MR FIXIT

LOMBOK POLICE CAPTURE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

LOCAL SCENE

REPLANTING WEST LOMBOK LAND

LOMBOK’S PEARL INDUSTRY SUFFERS

BEACH HOUSE ORPHAN’S XMAS DINNER

NEW YEAR ON GILI T!

VILA OMBAK WHITE CHRISTMAS PARTY

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 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 seems the whole island has been partying up a storm this month with a host of Christmas parties in the lead up to the festive season. The Qunci Villas Annual Christmas Party was once again a highlight of Lombok’s social calendar with Villa Qusia decked in snow, beribboned and festooned with a towering Christmas tree and glittering decorations created by talented Bali-based designer, Leo from Spoiled Designs. Local children dressed as angels and sang heavenly Christmas carols for delighted parents, in what was one of the biggest and most beautiful Christmas parties at Qunci yet!

New Year in Lombok promises to be just as exciting, with fantastic parties planned all over the mainland and the Gilis. On the south coast, the Novotel Lombok has big plans including a special boat parade, hill top bonfire and beachfront fireworks. The fireworks will be lighting up the skies in Senggigi too, with big events at the Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort, Santosa Villas and Resort and Holiday Resort. Likewise, Gili T movers and shakers, The Beach House and Tir Na Nog, are joining together for a huge fireworks display to mark the New Year, while Hotel Vila Ombak will rival the stars with their annual laser show and fireworks extravaganza.

With a full moon (actually a “Blue Moon”, as this is the second full moon in December) and a partial lunar eclipse on 31 December, the stars are sure to be shining brightly in Lombok. Wherever you choose to celebrate the start of a promising new year on Lombok, we at The Lombok Guide wish all of our advertisers and readers a magical festive season and a new year filled with bright blessings!

To find out more, pick up a copy of The Lombok Guide from the locations listed on page 44 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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WHERE TO START THE NEW YEAR!

All around the world people will be partying up a storm on the evening of 31 December 2009, as we say goodbye to another year and prepare to welcome in a new one.

For some, what you do and where you are when the New Year begins, symbolises the type of year ahead. It may be the exhilarating freedom of being on top of Mount Rinjani when the first new dawn breaks over the mountains, or on board a boat off the Gili Islands preparing to dive over a fabulous reef. For others, it may be the closeness of an intimate dinner for two in a superb restaurant, dining on fresh lobster and sharing a bottle of champagne as the clock ticks toward midnight. For many, it is dancing to great music, surrounded by other happy people and the shared fun as the countdown begins, joining in the shouts of “Happy New Year!”

However you start your new year, Lombok has the events and the venues to meet everyone’s personal desires. In this issue, we bring you the best the island has to offer to get your year off to a happy start!

New Year’s Eve at the Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort is always a special occasion and a fun night for guests with a big party on the beachfront at the luxurious resort. Enjoy delicious festive foods at the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and be entertained with traditional dancing, live music and entertainment at the Tropical Evening Party by the poolside. There are also lots of great door prizes to be won and, as the countdown begins, be entranced by the spectacular fireworks show on the beachfront.

The hotel also has a special indoor children’s’ movie programme to keep the little ones entertained while mum and dad enjoy themselves. Celebrate New Year at the Sheraton for Rp 1 199 000 ++ per person, including Gala Dinner and all entertainment.

Santosa Villas and Resort invites guests to celebrate the New Year with “The Sensational Party… giving you the different style to be funky”! Special Indonesian guest star Tia Afi will be performing and is sure to draw a crowd, plus there is live music by Yellow Jacket Band, a guest DJ performance and displays by traditional dancers. Tickets for dinner and the show are Rp 850 000 nett per person and can be purchased from the Santosa promotions desk at Mataram Mall until 27 December or contact the resort directly. It’s sure to be an exciting night with non-stop entertainment, door prizes, a midnight countdown and fireworks.

The Holiday Resort in Mangsit always kicks off the New Year with a fabulous night of wining, dining and entertainment and this year they celebrate with “New Year’s Eve in Kampung Lombok”. Dine on a huge array of local and international foods and scrumptious desserts from the talented kitchen team and enjoy a night of entertainment with Ida live band, traditional dancing and the Amos Magic Show. Price is just Rp 750 000 ++ and includes lucky draws and a fantastic fireworks show.

Square Restaurant is offering three different and tempting options for a stylish start to the New Year. Enjoy a gourmet 6 course set dinner including Lobster Salad, Australian Barramundi, Foie Gras, Grilled Beef Tenderloin and White Chocolate Moelleux for Rp 450 000++. Or for Rp 350 000++ choose the 6 course set dinner featuring Smoked Salmon Terrine, King Prawns, Scallop and Squid, Foie Gras Ravioli, Roasted Lamb Rack and Warm Apple Strudel. Purchase a voucher for either of the dinners before 31 December and receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine with your meal. Alternatively, get some friends together and join in the New Year BBQ Buffet, with a range of delicious foods for just Rp 200 000 nett per person (or Rp 175 000 if you purchase a voucher before 30 December). There will be live music at the BBQ Buffet, while set dinner guests will enjoy listening to live classic piano during their meal.

Marina Café, Senggigi’s most popular nightspot, is the place to celebrate New Year’s Eve until late. Dance the night away to live music by Hot Plate Band from Jakarta, great top 40 hits by guest DJ Nellodies from Jogjakarta, and on stage entertainment with casual dancers from Jakarta. The big New Year’s Eve Party draws crowds from around the island to dance and party til the wee hours.

If you are on the south coast, the Novotel Lombok is the perfect place to celebrate with the “Nights in White Satin” party. The evening starts off with a cocktail party, followed by a Gala Dinner on the beautiful Kuta beachfront. Enjoy a fabulous fashion show, “Collaborations Traditional Dances”, a bar tender exhibition, and the chance to win prizes in the lucky draw. Entertainment is included, with live music followed by a DJ music party until late. At midnight, join in the countdown and celebrate with a champagne toast, while watching a special Boat Parade and an amazing fireworks show over the beach. Dress code and party theme is white. This is sure to be a special evening to remember at the south coast’s most stylish resort.

Lastly, for a different and special way to start the New Year, why not escape to your own secret island? Every year Secret Island Resort on Gili Gede (just off Lombok’s beautiful southwest coast) celebrates New Year’s Eve with an exclusive and intimate party far from the madding crowd. Enjoy a traditional roast turkey dinner and drinks for just Rp 250 000 per person and afterwards gather under the stars for a fantastic fireworks display over the water. There are only two small resorts on this large, peaceful island, so it’s easy to relax into the quiet charm of this lovely place. Simple but comfortable accommodation starts from Rp 200 000 per night. In the morning, watch the sun rise over the Lombok mainland, walk along the deserted beach, or charter the Resort’s speedboat and go fishing, snorkelling and island hopping around the stunning secret islands of the southwest.

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Warung BB, irreverently called “Cow Café” or “the mad cow” by local expats, opened a few months ago on the main street of Senggigi, just north of the Bukit Hotel. The locally owned restaurant has a simple philosophy of serving good, tasty food at reasonable prices. The menu lists many favourite local dishes such as Nasi Campur Warung (rice with chicken skewers, beef empal, fried fish, vegetables, sambal and crackers) for Rp 27 000; Langkawi Fried Rice (with shredded chicken and fried egg) for Rp 25 000; and Penang Laksa (with chicken, shrimp, tofu and mixed vegetables in a coconut Laksa soup) for 26 000. There’s also a good selection of mains such as Charcoal Grilled Tenderloin Steak at Rp 46 000; Mixed Grill for Rp 44 000; Grilled Chicken for Rp 35 000 or Grilled Tuna for Rp 40 000. All mains come with complimentary soup, bread and your choice of salads, potatoes and vegetables, as well as Black Pepper, Original, Texas BBQ or Teriyaki sauces. Warung BB has a full bar, with cocktails all priced at Rp 50 000 and beers, spirits and wines at reasonable prices. Look for the big white cow sign on the main street and enjoy a good value night out!

We’re also hearing very good things about Kayu Manis Café, just opened next to Senggigi Abadi Supermarket. Home made fries, tasty “real” burgers and very good prices are winning praise in the first week of business. More to come next issue…

Out on Gili T, one of our favourite casual eating places is Warung Bule, at the front of the shopping arcade at Hotel Vila Ombak. Perfect for those spending a day at the beach and just wanting a quick, no-fuss meal or snack, Warung Bule serves up quick easy meals at incredibly low prices. A recent menu change now sees the stylish café offering delicious Asian dishes such as Hainan Fried Rice, Chicken Teriyaki and Rice, Beef Sukiyaki and other “food in a bowl” meals all for the incredible price of Rp 15 000 each. There’s also a selection of burgers and sandwiches, such as Steak and Caramelised Onion, available for less than Rp 40 000. These are served with a light soup and fresh salad with balsamic dressing. Prices are nett; doing away with the usual 21% tax and service charged by the big hotels. The Warung also sells ice creams and cold drinks, as well as some delicious cakes baked fresh at the Vila Ombak bakery every day. There’s also free WiFi and a couple of laptops available for guests, so you can keep up with business while looking out at the great beachfront views.

Lombok’s newest fast boat service between Bali and Lombok, Redline, is up and running and already earning praise from the island’s expats. Passengers love the spacious interior of the purpose-built boat, the comfortable seating and the cool air-conditioning. The facts that there is plenty of room to move around on deck, as well as ample luggage storage, are added bonuses. Best of all, unlike some of the other fast boats, Redline sits well out of the water, so passengers arrive at their destination comfortably high and dry. www.redlineXpress.com

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LOMBOK TAKES TO THE SKY

Visitors to Lombok now have the chance to take to the sky for a unique view of this amazing island. Sky Aviation recently commenced operating in Lombok and Bali and is offering a range of different flight options that allow passengers to view both islands from the air.

The Lombok-based company has recently completed construction of a new hangar and facilities at Mataram’s Selaparang Airport and is now offering charter services, round island trips in both Bali and Lombok, and full day trips to Komodo and Rinca islands to see the famed Komodo Dragons.

Sky Aviation operates two Cirrus light aircraft which have the ability to fly at very low altitudes, allowing passengers to get a bird’s eye view of the scenery below. One of the company’s most popular flights, both with tourists and Lombok residents, is a round the island tour that lasts almost two hours and takes in all of the most impressive features on Lombok. Flights depart from Selaparang Airport and travel up the west coast, flying over Senggigi and the west coast beaches on the way to the Gili Islands. Swooping low for a close up view of the three Gilis, the plane then flies across the north coast to the Rinjani mountain range, passing over the impressive volcano for an up close look at the peak and the picturesque Lake Segara Anak crater lake in the centre.

The journey continues across the mountain ranges to the east for a look at the other islands off the northeast coast, with the big island of Sumbawa rising just across the water. The plane then follows the east coast all the way down to the south coast, with fabulous views of Ekas Bay on the southeast peninsula, Kuta beach and the stunning south coast shorelines. Rounding the southwest tip of the island, passengers get a good look at the world-class surfing Mecca of Bangko Bangko and enjoy the magnificent scenery of the southwest coast on their journey back to the airport. Cost for the flight is US $960 for up to 3 passengers (total 210kg).

A shorter flight takes in Senggigi and the west coast beaches up to the Gili Islands. After getting an up close look at all three Gilis, passengers will get an aerial view of the Pusuk Pass and inland mountains on their way back to the airport. Cost for up to 3 passengers (210kg) is just US $425 or around US $142 each.

Another popular trip is the one day flight to Flores and Komodo, which allows people with limited time to visit the eastern islands and catch a glimpse of the awesome Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat. The flights are available from either Lombok or Bali and take in the views of the Gili Islands, Mt Rinjani, exclusive Moyo Island and the haunting landscape of Mt Tambora on Sumbawa en route to the harbour of Labuhan Bajo on Flores. From there, guests board a glass bottom boat for the trip to Rinca and/or Komodo Island, both prime locations for sighting Komodo Dragons. The trip then returns passengers to either Lombok or Bali.

Sky Aviation operates planes that are the latest model in their class, being less than two years old, and are fitted with top of the range safety and navigation features including GPS, Sky Watch, two LCD screens with warning systems for altitude and speed, and failsafe automated technologies. In the event of an emergency, a rocket releases a parachute which allows the plane to glide to safety, while passengers are protected with safety harnesses and specially designed airbags. The company is committed to both safety and reliability, with punctuality being a top priority. They are often called upon for charter flights and know the importance of running to a schedule, particularly when clients have limited time and are making connecting flights.

Edmond Fung operates Sky Aviation in partnership with other Indonesian pilots who are currently working abroad and who are keen to see Indonesian aviation return to its glory days of the past. Despite overwhelming bureaucratic and licensing requirements and the high costs of owning an aircraft in Indonesia (almost four times higher than in the US), Edmond is determined to make the dream a reality and is receiving good support from both the Governor and Mayor in Lombok.

“Before the 1997 economy crisis, Indonesia was the largest pilot training centre in South East Asia. Pilots were one of this country’s largest exports. After the crisis, there was no money for repairs and maintenance, the planes fell into disrepair and Indonesia’s reputation for pilot training was lost. Flying is my hobby and passion so, together with my other pilot friends, we are doing our part to re-establish the great flying tradition in Indonesia,” Pak Edmond said.

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INVESTORS EYE ISLAND IN EAST LOMBOK

The East Lombok administration has said it will relocate around 450 residents of Gili Sunut Island off the east coast of Lombok to make way for a planned tourism resort by a Singapore-based investment company.
The administration spokesperson Sujono said on Wednesday, 11 December, 2009 residents who did not have any official land ownership would be moved to Teranjah-Anjah, in Pemongkong village about 10 kilometers from the island.

“We expect they will still be able to go to sea since the would-be new location is not too far from beach,” he said.
He added that the investor from PT Blue Ocean would construct new houses and public facilities, such as a public health center and an elementary school, for the residents.

The 7.5 hectare island has lured the investors with its white sands and natural views, he said.

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(Your personal building problems answered)

QUESTION: I am a 54 year old single female about to retire from the medical profession and I have decided to build my dream retirement villa with sea view and pool right here in Senggigi. My architect has specified a septic tank and my search for one led me to a supplier of Indo Bio tanks who also specialises in Terrazzo bathroom furniture. I was very impressed with the product but was somewhat put off by the behaviour of the sales person, who insisted on doing a Michael Jackson impersonation by adjusting his privates at almost every opportunity. My background in the medical profession has trained me to ignore such compulsive behaviour but it was so obsessive on his part that it was difficult to ignore. I am very health conscious and don’t want to appear rude (unlike him) by showing disinterest. He is very handsome, but he seems to be a little too forward with his hand gestures in the general direction of his crown jewels. I think he likes me. I do like what he had to offer.

MR FIXER: Septic tanks come in all shapes and sizes (a bit like hand gestures really). The more sophisticated ones incorporate a masticator and aeration system powered by a small electrical supply. Most systems rely on the basic principal that effluent is processed  by natural bacteriological action in a captured enclosure and passed along several chambers until finally being filtered and disinfected, before being discharged into a soak-away at least 3 metres deep. The tank itself should be at least 25m away from any habitable part of the building. They are not cheap, but neither is being ill with dysentery or typhoid. I highly recommend their use and would encourage it at every opportunity. It makes my blood boil that these so called architects include a drawing of a cesspit and tell their clients it is a septic tank. Such people should be rounded up, lined against a wall and shot! When you have finished your villa with septic tank, why not have a house warming party. Don’t forget to invite Michael Jackson… he sounds like a real hoot!

QUESTION: The underwater lights in our swimming pool stopped working recently, so my husband called in an electrician who drained the pool and spent 6 days rewiring. He didn’t turn up for a further 4 days, and then someone else turned up and said he was the electrician’s brother. He was very good looking and couldn’t keep his eyes off me. After 3 more days of wiring the swimming pool water was starting to turn green. It was such a relief when the electrician announced that he had fixed the lights and proceeded to refill the pool. My husband was so pleased we had the pool back again he couldn’t wait to try on his new swimming trunks we bought from the local supermarket in Senggigi for less than 2 Euros! He jumped in for a midnight swim and asked me to turn on the newly fixed lights to add to the romantic atmosphere. At that precise moment, all hell broke loose. My husband yelled in agony as he stood grinning motionless in the pool. What went wrong?  His funeral is next Wednesday.

MR FIXER: From your account, it would be safe to assume your husband was electrocuted. Two things that don’t go together very well are water and electricity. What you describe does not surprise me. Due to lack of any control or regulation, anyone can become an electrician for the price of a neon screwdriver -- and some of them don’t even have that! It is a tale that, unfortunately, I am only too familiar with. Due to a lack of basic knowledge and understanding, such tragic accidents will continue to occur. Underwater lighting is designed to be completely waterproof from the lamp to the fuse.  Twisting wires together (even with insulation) underwater is totally unacceptable but that’s what happens. Lack of properly rated fuses and the lack of earth trip devices or RCCB’S (residual current circuit breakers) with a 30 milliamp trip, together with complete disregard for the installation of an earth, will only continue to prolong the problem. After the funeral, invite the electrician back for a swim. Turn the lights on and make sure he goes in first.

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LOMBOK POLICE CAPTURE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

The Jakarta Post reports that police in Lombok have taken dozens of Afghan asylum seekers en route to Australia into custody.

NTB Police spokesman, Adj Sr Comr Raden Sujoko, said 70 Afghan immigrants, including two women and five children, were apprehended in East and West Lombok regencies on Thursday, 10 December 2009.
“They have been located and detained in two locations in East and West Lombok regencies and are believed to be on their way to Australia,” he told The Jakarta Post.

Sujoko said 64 of the immigrants were arrested at two shelters in Kelayu and Tanjung subdistricts in the East Lombok capital of Selong, while six others were apprehended in a hotel in Senggigi, West Lombok. 41 others were arrested at a house belonging to local resident Haji Ismail.

“It seems that Ismail did not understand the regulation on sheltering foreign people, but we are investigating whether he was helping the immigrants to escape to another country,” police said.

The immigrants were taken directly to NTB Police headquarters in Mataram for identification and questioning.
“They are still being held at the Sasana Dharma building at NTB Police headquarters because police are coordinating with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Mataram Immigration Office,” said Sujoko.

Sujoko said police were still investigating whether the immigrants had come directly from Afghanistan, or had escaped detention in Jakarta. Based on preliminary investigations, Sujoko said the immigrants wished to be smuggled to Australia by chartered boats.

“We are still building a case to find those involved in smuggling out the Afghan immigrants,” he said.
Sujoko said the police had also questioned a number of witnesses over the arrests.

Earlier, West Lombok Police detained 21 Afghan immigrants at a hotel in Lingsar district, West Lombok. The Indonesian Navy also intercepted 57 Afghan immigrants being smuggled to Australia on a chartered boat off East Lombok.

The Mataram Immigration Office has recorded at least 300 immigrant smuggling cases in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) province this year. The immigrants came from a number of countries, such as Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and were using Indonesia as a transit point before attempting to illegally enter Australia.

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LOCAL SCENE

QUNCI VILLAS XMAS

An angelic choir of local children singing carols, Father Christmas,
sexy elves and a packed house of proud parents and friends
celebrated a perfect family Christmas at magnificent Villa Qusia

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REPLANTING WEST LOMBOK LAND

Thousands of people, including civil servants, students, police and military officers joined together in an effort to replant critically damaged land in West Lombok on Wednesday, 18 November 2009.
The volunteers planted 11,000 seeds of various species of trees on 10 hectares of critical land in Gunung Sasak area, in the Gerung district, West Lombok.

Regency spokesman Ispan Junaidi said the activity aimed to regenerate areas of damaged forest. Junaidi revealed 16,000 hectares of 42,000 hectares forest in the regency were classed as damaged or critical, mostly caused by rampant illegal logging.

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LOMBOK’S PEARL INDUSTRY SUFFERS

As many as 33 out of 36 pearl cultivators and exporters in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) have practically stopped operating this year, due to the plummeting price of pearls on the international market as the result of the global financial meltdown.

Pearl production has dropped drastically from the average of 1.2 tons annually to only 200 kilograms this year.
“Only three companies remain active due to plummeting pearl prices, while the other 33 companies are only operating for the sake of covering operational costs and employees’ salaries,” said Ali Sahdan, Head of NTB Maritime Affairs and Fishery Office in Mataram on Saturday, 12 December 2009.

He added the plummeting pearl prices from the start of the global economic crisis had yet to be corrected. The current price of pearls ranged between Rp 35,000 (US $3.50) and Rp 300,000 per gram, despite the fact that it could reach between Rp 135,000 and Rp 1.5 million per gram in 2007 and 2008, according to quality.
Consequently, 33 of the 36 companies have had to halt their activities due to the surplus of production and drop in prices. Some companies had to cut the salaries of their employees, or issue redundancies.

Ali said 70 percent of the 36 pearl cultivation locations in Sekotong, West Lombok and Ekas Bay in East Lombok were forced to close due to falling prices. This year, Ali added, only three companies remain operating: PT Kioko Sinju in West Lombok, PT Bima Mutiara in Bima and PT Autoray Pearl in East Lombok.

“As of November this year, three of the companies have only produced 209 kilograms of pearls for the Japanese market,” he said.

The potential of oyster pearl cultivation in NTB can be found in waters off Lombok and Sumbawa islands.
In mid-May this year, during the launch of the Visit Lombok and Sumbawa 2012, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono symbolically placed a pearl germ at the Senggigi Beach in West Lombok as part of an effort to support NTB's bid to become a national pearl production center.
Ali said his office could not do much to improve pearl prices. “We can only hope the international pearl market improves,” he said. “Pearl cultivation in NTB can run at its maximum anytime, provided the market remains available and prices return to normal.”

He added 90 percent of the pearl production in NTB was exported to various countries, such as the United States, Japan, Korea and a number of European countries, while domestic demand only stood at 10 percent.

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BEACH HOUSE ORPHAN’S XMAS DINNER

Around 38 family and friends gathered at a special “Orphan’s Xmas Dinner” hosted by Beach House partners Matthew Blundell and Diane Somerton on Friday, 18 December. Guests feasted on traditional Christmas fare, including roast turkey and baked honey ham, and partied in style ‘til the wee hours.

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NEW YEAR ON GILI T!

For many, there's no better place to be on New Year's Eve than on Gili Trawangan, the most famous island off the northwest coast of Lombok. Famous as a party island, the last night of the year sees almost the entire island become one big party, as all the crowds and parties merge together along the beachfront. Join in the fun at any of the numerous hotels, restaurants and bars or choose to celebrate in style at one of the island's top venues below:
The Beach House needs no introduction as one of the most popular beachfront restaurants and bars on the island. For New Year they are offering their famous and spectacular BBQ with fresh lobsters, imported Australian beef, fresh whole local and imported fish and complimentary salad bar. There will be imported Champagne and sparkling wines to toast in the New Year and at midnight enjoy the fireworks show in conjunction with the Irish bar, Tir Na Nog.

ko ko mo Resort offers guests an evening of fine wining and dining, with a special 4-course gourmet menu with a glass of Lychee Champagne Cocktail for Rp 500 000++ per guest. Relax at elegant tables on the beachfront and enjoy a feast of delicacies such as fresh imported oysters in a variety of styles, Foie Gras, Beef Tartare, Sashimi, Beef Wellington, Lobster, Veal and decadent desserts created by the in-house bakery. After a fine feast, join the happy crowd at The Beach House for midnight toasts and fireworks.

Stylish Scallywags Resort, between the Beach House and Vila Ombak, is offering guests a romantic seafood dinner right on the white sand beachfront. Dine by candle light on fresh scrumptious seafood with your special someone, with a million stars overhead and the music of the waves at your side. From 23 December right through to New Year, Scallywags is also offering a Roast Meat Carvery right on the beachfront, under their new “Aladdin Marquee Tents”. Top quality meats, complete with traditional accompaniments… who doesn't love a real roast dinner?

Party central, Horizontal Lounge, is sure to be packed with movers and shakers at “The Party”. Start the night with a special Gourmet Gala Dinner for Rp 200 000++ per person, then party from sunset to sunrise with non-stop music and entertainment. Dance to music by international DJ's, including a special exclusive DJ set by top International DJ Hazy (UK), be entertained by dancers, gather around the bonfire on the beach and watch the laser show and fireworks. Party animals will enjoy free cocktails, free canapés and snacks, and free shots, as well as lots of free giveaways throughout the night. In true Horizontal style, the party will continue into New Year's Day, with an all day beach party!

New Year's Eve at top Gili T resort, Hotel Vila Ombak, is legendary with the “Big Bang Party” and a full night's entertainment on the beach in front of the resort. Start with cocktails by the pool before indulging in a sumptuous banquet at the Lombok Heritage Gala Dinner, with an amazing variety of foods including lots of fresh seafood, roast carvery and delicious international dishes prepared by the award-winning kitchen team. There will be a parade of traditional instruments and music, traditional dancers, a live band, DJ performances and sexy dancers performing on the specially constructed stage. Price is US $100 nett per person and includes the chance to win fabulous door prizes. At midnight, be spellbound by the huge fireworks extravaganza Vila Ombak provides for the island every year.

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VILA OMBAK WHITE CHRISTMAS PARTY

Hotel Vila Ombak General Manager, Imam Wahyudi and hotel partner, Pak Bernhard, hosted a special “White Christmas Party” for members of the Lombok Hotels Association on Saturday, 19 December. At a beautifully decorated table on the beachfront, guests were treated to a sumptuous gourmet feast previewing selections from the Resort’s new fine dining menu, created by Executive Chef, Widi. Thank you, HVO, for a night to remember!

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