Lombok , island (4,725 sq km), E Indonesia, one of the Lesser Sundas, separated from Bali by the Strait of Lombok. The volcanic and mountainous terrain rises to 12,224 ft (3,726 m) at Mt. Rinjani (Rindjani). Its southern area is a fertile plain producing corn, rice, coffee, cotton, and tobacco. The island is inhabited mainly by Sasaks, Muslims of Malay descent; there are also Balinese and ethnic Chinese. First visited by the Dutch in 1674, Lombok became part of the Netherlands East Indies in 1894. The English naturalist A. R. Wallace noted that Lombok is on the line where the fauna of Asia and Australia meet. A state university is in Mataram.
Lombok has basically two seasons - wet and dry. The wet season generally occurs from November through to February, with heavy monsoon rainfall and cloud. During this time it can be quite humid but still hot. The dry season from March to October can still experience rain but is generally fine, clear and hot with average temperatures around 28"C. Around August and September it can also be quite breezy. The best months for good surf are June , July and August.
The national language is Bahasa Indonesia and various dialects are also spoken throughout Indonesia. English is taught as a second language in all schools. English is widely spoken in most tourist areas and generally wherever you travel no matter how remote, someone can be found who speaks English. There is usually no shortage of locals wanting to try out their English skills.
the main religion of Lombok is Muslim although there is also a Hindu population particularly in the tourist areas.
Kuta Beach in Lombok is unrelated to the Balinese namesake and although it is usually the place that most surfers choose to stay, it is nothing like the often crowded Kuta beach in Bali. Kuta beach is a long stretch of brilliant white sands that like many of the Beaches on the south coast of Lombok is phenomenally beautiful and straight out of a tropical dream. Kuta beach Lombok remains quiet and tranquil with some awesome restaurants and incredible scenery where with the slightest walk in any direction leading you into true tropical paradise. The beaches are white with crystal clear water that is flat and calm and protected by offshore reefs that provide fun for the surfers . Kuta beach can also be spelt Kute beach' or Pantai Kute' in case of confusion and here you will find some marvelous rocky outcrops and cliffs that separate the beaches and wonderful hills that are laced with tropical woodlands with breathtaking views.
The surf in the south of Lombok has it all from waves for beginners to some of the best surf in Indonesia. however Kuta is only the base for surfers, to reach the spots a small road or boat journey is in order. It is also possible to hire a surfboard or boogie board although most people choose to bring their own as often the rent boards are in very bad condition, this being said it is still possible to seek out a good one if you know what your looking for or if not, if employ the help of one of our surfguides who does. There are over 17 different surfbreaks that can be accessed from Kuta Beach with waves catering for intermediate to experienced levels of surfers also depending on the wave sizes. Lombok is well renowned as being like Bali was 20 years ago, so if you want to get away from the busy streets of Bali and enjoy some of the best locations for surfing in the world. Lombok should be high up on your Surfing Holiday Destinations list.
LOMBOK SURFARI - has something for everyone
How it works: You will be picked up from your hotel early morning and transferred to the airport for your flights to Lombok. The flight is just 20minutes in Duration. On arrival in Lombok our surfguide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to KUTA BEACH where your accommodation is.. on check in to your room - You will immediately get ready cause you will be going surfing. You will go surfing before and after lunch, everyday you are there except for your first and last day as by the time you get to your accommodation on day 1 will be around midday and on your last day you will have to be at the airport around midday...
ON A BUDGET:
HOTEL FACILITIES: Swimming Pool, Restaurant, Reception, telecommunications, Bar and Lounge, internet connection, Satelite televsion, foreign money exchange, laundry, DVD player.
ROOM FACILITIES: Standard Fan cooled - has a fan, very clean room and ensuite toilet with cold water shower.
BREAKFAST: TROPICAL BREAKFAST SUPPLIED
The Inn was built following the local architectureal style.
THE NEXT STEP UP:
KENS HOUSE HOTEL:
KENS HOTEL is luxury accommodation at Kuta Beach Lombok for any traveler both sight seeing or surfing one. All rooms equipped with hot and cold running, water, bath tub, air-conditioned.
The garden surrounded by a lush tropical garden such as frangipanis, bougainvillea, roses, orcid, cactus etc. Make it this place suitable for beach and nature seekers.
DELUXE ROOM: complete with twin beds, airconditioning, television, refrigerator, hot and cold water shower.
RESTAURANT: opened from 6.30am until 12.00 midnight
BAR: serves beer and wine and mocktails
SWIMMING POOL: is the centre of social activities.
LOCATION KENS HOTEL located at the center of Kuta Beach, around 50 meters to the beach and seven minutes to the traditional market on Sunday and Wednesday.
TATSURA BEACH RESORT HOTEL
HOTEL FACILITIES: Tastura Boutique Resort Hotel is set amongst the beautifully maintained of lush tropical garden. Located on the white sandy beaches in the center Part Kuta. Close to a good range of restaurants and small shops. Designed according to the beautifully combination of modern and sasak architecture. Convenience with private balcony in the huge around 2 hectares of lush tropical green garden on the natural environment. Make it sure to get your wonderful experience. Has 20 deluxe, 4 romantics suite room and 1 garuda bungalow only. The 3 star Hotel occupied with lagoon type swimming pool and sunken bar. Traditional and modern concept of sasak Restaurant, D’store and convention hall at maximally 150 capacity.
ROOM FACILITIES: FACILITIES Rooms are air – conditioner with private facilities and private balcony, satellite television, mini bar, IDD telephone system.Individually open air bathrooms with hot and cool running water shower, hairdryer.
BREAKFAST: AMERICAN BREAKFAST SUPPLIED
DOING IT IN STYLE
HOTEL FACILITIES: Located on the southern shores of Lombok at Kuta Beach, this resort property is one of the best locations and resorts in Indonesia. With 108 airconditioned rooms with private garden and terrace, or treat yourself to stay in one of the 23 sasak villas. With there beachside restaurant the "EMPAT IKAN" Restaurant specialising in local seafood and KAFE CHILLI serves delicious light meals and snacks. There are 4 pools, also a lounge and beach bar, health and spa pavilions, a busy daily activity program, evening entertainment and a kiddies pool and the Dolfi Kids Club. Baby sitting available, shops and beauty salon, Interconnecting rooms, internet access, fitness centre and table tennis.
ROOM FACILITIES: Superior, Deluxe and Sasak Villas have airconditioning, fridge/minibar, satellite TV, in-house movies, IDD phone, room service (24hrs), hairdryer, in-room safe and tea/coffee mading facilities.
BREAKFAST: AMERICAN BREAKFAST SUPPLIED
INCLUSIONS: Return hotel to airport transfers in Bali and Lombok, Return airfare Bali - Lombok, Accommodation at either of hotels (minimum 2 night)including breakfast, Surftrips: 1st and last day (1 surf trip) all other days 2 surf trips.
SURF SESSION: On the first day you will be met by your surfguide on arrival to set you up with your surfing program for the following day. With surfbreak reports and locations, tide report etc…For the afternoon surf………. EVERYDAY you will have a driver and vehicle and surf guide ready to take you to the best surf location depending on the conditions. All transportation is included (car and boat) as well as the surf guide to show you the way and make sure the locals don't take all the waves… On your last day you will have time for a morning surf before you check out from your room. Store your luggage in reception and then head off for another surf. Before you are transferred back to the airport.. Where you will be met by our rep on arrival into bali and transferred to your hotel
‘SURFABLE ALL YEAR AROUND’
BEST MONTHS: MARCH - NOVEMBER
DECEMBER - FEBRUARY – The weather is a bit overcast and maybe a little rain, still some great waves and uncrowded surf sessions available.
MAWI - Requires at least 2-3 feet to work There are 2 breaks - a long slow left and a very fast hollow right-hander. Both can be easily affected by wind and is best surfed at Mid-tide… Transport: Around 30minutes from Kuta Beach…
MAWUN - Requires a 3 foot wave to break properly 2 breaks - with both left and right hand peaks. Has good protection from the wind. Location is perfection with pristine beaches and natural scenery. Transport: Around 20 minutes from Kuta Beach
AIR GULING - Requires a 2 foot wave to be surfable. Best at 4-6 feet. 2 breaks - a hollow shifty left, best at mid to Hightide a nice right with a fast inside section, best at low to Midtide Has reasonable protection from the wind.
Transport: 20 minutes drive and a 20 minute walk or just 20 minutes by boat from Kuta Beach.
TANJUNG AAN - A left on the west side of the bay, can be O.K. at 3 ft and up, this wave shifts around a lot. Transport: 20 minutes walk around the beach from Kuta Indah or 5 minutes from Novotel.
SIGAR - Best in a small swell 1-3foot. A shorter right peak which can sometimes barrel, although is easily affected by wind. Best at Midtide. Transport: 10 minutes drive or a 25 minute walk
GRUPUK - Has 4 breaks (2 left and 2 right)
Smaller left on the inside east shore
Larger left on the outside east shore with shifts around
A fun right on the western shore which is the best on bigger swell, with a steep take off section that tapers out to a full shoulder. The inside section further inshore is a fun right-hander also.
All have fair wind protection and is best from 3 foot and up, but can be surfed when it is smaller, the most consistent destination as it peaks up the swell easily.
Transport: 25 minutes drive and then a 10 minute boat ride.
EKA's BAY - 2 breaks
Eka's outside works on a big swell of 3-5foot with a nice barrel.
Eka's inside has a nice easy peak and also needs around 2 -3 foot to work. It is a fun wave (good for beginners)
DESERT POINT - This wave is also known as Bangko-Bangko, it has established itself as a top surfing point. It is a full day out as it takes around 2/2.5 hrs to travel to…This Left - Hander has a fast inside section, with a shifty take-off area, it barrels and walls along the reef, a long ride….Best on Mid-tides…
PLEASE NOTE: If you go surfing at Desert Point or Eka’s Bay you will only have time for 1 surftrip in the day as it takes around 3hrs traveling time…
HEAVEN ON A PLANET - EKA's BAY
Heaven offers a range of accommodation – from our large two level villa to grass huts. All are tropical style and many are built with stunning timbers and the beautiful local volcanic stones with their rich quartz colours. The unique style and the insulating alang alang (grass) roofs blend with the environment. Commanding views of the surf and Ekas Bay are a feature of all our chalets. Reef Palace, Heaven’s unique accommodation
At the ends of the earth on a headland with vast views, “Reef Palace” is Heaven’s special hideaway accommodation. Time and space without end, the “Reef” overlooks both Inside and Outside Ekas surf breaks and the whole of Ekas Bay. The two level villa is constructed of coconut, fine timber and marble. With 2 downstairs private bedrooms, each with ensuite, and the large living space upstairs, the “Reef” is ideal for families, couples and friends. It has easy access down the adjacent trail to Inside Ekas surf break and privacy away from the main hotel. In the warm evening of the tropics watch the dancing lights of the local fishermen from the elevation of our Infinity Plunge Pool. In daylight hours the pool offers an easy alternative to a swim in the ocean. Transport back to the hotel, room service, phone, own kitchen, internet, international satellite television, DVD and a personal assistant, are all provided in this unique indoor/outdoor living space. Reef Palace is a 20 minute stroll around the cliffs and through the natural forests of Heaven to the main Hotel area. Residents have access to all facilities of the hotel and other services provided to package guests and are provided with a personal motorbike, if requested when booking.
Guests have provisions to make their own breakfast and snacks, plus a well stocked bar. All meals can be taken at Heaven’s restaurant or brought to the Reef Palace by your personal assistant who will also run any errands Some guests choose to make extra meals themselves. A Heaven’s chef can come to the house and cook for you, subject to availability.
Every day, your cleaner and assistant will check the stocks of food and drinks and make sure the food and bar don’t run out. But, you may need to ask and give warning at times as some stocks come from Mataram and may take 2 days to arrive!!
The kitchen has the following pantry stocks: 2 dozen eggs, 2 boxes of porridge (oats), 2 boxes cornflakes, skim milk, sugar, Nescafe and Lombok coffee, butter, Kraft cheddar cheese, bread, jam, Vegemite, yoghurt, seasonal tropical fruits. Orders of fresh vegetables and other perishables may be made desired. Please keep in touch with staff regularly for your orders.
The bar has Bourbon, Gin, Tonic, Vodka, Orange and other Juices, Vermouth, olives for martinis, 4 bottles of red wine, 4 bottles of white wine, Bintang beer, Coke and Sprite.
Additional food or drink requests should be made before arriving at the property.
Cliff top charm
The main hotel accommodation is on the cliff top with stunning views. Jati the “big house” is more spacious than our other accommodation with its separate lounge room. Furnishing includes marble floors, luxury Queen size bed, ornately carved wardrobe and drawers, two large day bed sofas. There is a television and DVD player. Of course, we provide table and chair for any post cards or other correspondence you wish to take care of while on holiday. The bathroom is conveniently annexed to the bedroom and comprises the usual shower, toilet and hand basin. There is an expansive deck overlooking the bay – this is accessible from your bedroom as well as the living room where you have a sun lounger and rocking chair with outdoor dining table and chairs. Fans in each of the rooms are available to complement the natural ocean breeze.
Our cliff-top chalets all have private bathroom/toilet facilities and their own decks overlooking the Bay. They are a smaller version of the big house. One unit is 2-bedroom for families.
Our Beach House is located just above the beach and near the business internet centre.
The natural accommodation is used by our volunteer interns and, when available, for non-package guests. In grass hut style, they have large windows and door in front to give our guests good vantage points of the property and the view. These rooms are set a little way back however they still command excellent views. The natural accommodation has the use of our “shared” bathroom facilities.
On 50 m high cliffs, Heaven on the Planet’s restaurant, bar and pool have stunning views of the surf break, Mt Rinjani and Ekas Bay. Drinks are served poolside.
The massage and spa centre offers treatments ranging from traditional honey and cucumber facials to Balinese full body massage with specialties such as warm stone massage and reflexology to ease your aches and pains away. Our spa menu has something for everyone and all of our products are sourced locally to complement the treatments and our commitment to provide you with the best possible wellness programme. Our aim is to offer a harmonizing antidote to any stress in your lifestyle.
For our active guests, our resort has beautiful ocean swimming, diving and snorkelling beaches. A surf boat, surfboards and diving equipment are available. Our outrigger boat is ideal for getting in touch with the warm tropical waters of Lombok, or reaching the nearby surfbreaks and dive sites.
Top class surfing at the renowned Ekas surf breaks is on your doorstep. Just paddle out into the quality surf beyond the fringing reef. At Heaven, you can now find:
• Two restaurants – cliff top dining and the “Warung” serving drinks on the beach
• Bar with cocktails
• Swimming pool
• Satellite internet and Skype
• Surf boat
• Diving and snorkeling equipment
• Surfboards, boogies and windsurfer – with optional surfing lessons
• Motor bikes
• Lombok’s only skateboard bowl
• Table tennis
• Volleyball on the beach
• International satellite television
• DVD movies (bring your own or watch ours) • Small shop with essential items
• Handicrafts from the local village
• Room service and clothes washing
• Tour services
All facilities at nearby Ocean Heaven can be used by our guests at Heaven on the Planet. A complimentary shuttle service runs between the two hotels.
The PACKAGE BENEFITS include for your comfort and enjoyment
• Best available accommodation (twin share)
• Breakfast, lunch & dinner with your selection of 3 courses from our extensive menu. We have a vegetarian and vegan menu to complement our chef’s Western and Indonesian specialties
• Return transfers to Heaven from Mataram Airport or the Lombok Ferries including the Gili Island port
• Return airfares Bali to Lombok
• Return Hotel transfers in Bali to Denpasar airport
• Night surfing under lights
• Indonesian government taxes
• Room service
• Bottled drinking water in all rooms
• Laundry (5 pieces per person per day)
• Boat travel to surf breaks within Ekas Bay
• One hour massages every second day
• Snorkelling equipment
• Snorkelling boat trip to the Ekas Bay coral garden (timing at discretion of management)
• Boogie boards
• Table tennis
• Surfboards (from 7 ft to 10 ft including 1 soft top Mal for beginners)
• Paddle skis on the beach
• Beach food and drink service
REEF PALACE PACKAGE
• Accommodation in Reef Palace includes personal chef (your request made on a daily basis)
• Return airfares Bali to Lombok
• Return Hotel transfers in Bali to Denpasar airport
• In-home massage at your request
• Personal infinity plunge pool
• Delivery of special provisions
• Optional vehicle rental @ $110/day
• Room service
• Complimentary internet (on your laptop computer)
Please note the following
• Minimum booking is 2 nights • Single person on a package in a twin share may be required to pay a surcharge of 50% during busy periods
• For all prices at Heaven, children under 2 years old are complimentary, and under 10 years old are half price.
• Package food selections exclude whole fish and king prawns. Package guests may still purchase these from the menu
• Drinks are not included, excluding water in the room
FEB 23rd 2010
Back from our holiday, thanks for arranging. We had a fabulous time. Heaven on the Planet was sooo good. Highly recomend it. Had a wonderful relax and some good waves even though it was the off season. Michael at world surfaris in Bali was also very helpful also, he organised a trip to Bali safari and marine park which was awsome. He also gave me some good advise on where to buy a new camera as my packed it in in Lombok. Guys doing transfers very good, spoke good english and punctual. The staff at Heaven even gave me a camera to use when mine stuffed up then put all my shots on a cd to bring home. Everything about Heaven was excellent we will be going back again. I've filled in questionaire and posted to you, just had to let you know how good it was.
Barbara and Phillip Jones.