Friday, December 19, 2014

Tanjung Lesung Integrated Tourist Resort Developed to become International Destination

The Tanjung Lesung fully integrated  tourism resort area on the west coast of the  Banten Province  facing Mt.Krakatau in the Sunda Strait, is currently being  developed by Jababeka Tbk, gearing up to become a truly international tourist destination. Upon completion, the resort,  dubbed as the Paradise of the West Coast,  will have the largest Marina in Indonesia with a total of 600 docks, including a corridor for luxury cruises.

Tanjung Lesung is blessed with beautiful beaches and is one of the prime beach destinations in Banten  along with the  Anyer and Carita beach. The area is earmarked  as an international tourist destination and has been continuously  developed as a  Special Economic Project area  since the 1980’s. In its masterplan,Tanjung Lesung is projected to have an airport, more star-rated  hotels, and a new direct toll road as soon as it has a total of 2,000 rooms,  said CEO of Jababeka, SD Darmono .

 “Currently, there are as yet  only 200 rooms, so we invite  investors to build hotels in Tanjung Lesung” added Darmono during the Exploring Tanjung Lesung Press Conference in Jakarta, Wednesday, 17th December 2014.

All  rooms are nornally  fully booked  during  weekends, while on week days rooms are  available. SD Darmono suggests that this is an opportunity for event organizers to arrange events,  gatherings or meetings in Tanjung Lesung during weekdays. Aside from being  less crowded,  room rates are also discounted.

Tanjung Lesung is administratively situated in the Pandeglang Regency, Banten Province, about 180km from the capital city of Jakarta. The resort can be reached in  a little over 4 hours' drive from Jakarta, however,  according to Darmono, the best way to reach Tanjung Lesung is by sea embarking at  the port of Ancol or Pantai Indah Kapuk.

“Sea transportation is the best option. Aside from being free from annoying  traffic jams, those sailing  to Tanjung Lesung can take in the fresh air. Thus passengers feel that they are already on holiday the minute they step on the boat” commented SD Darmono.

There are plentry of activities awaiting  in Tanjung Lesung. Here, tourists can enjoy diverse marine sports such as banana boat, glass bottom boat, wake board, kayaking, jetski, and more. Tourists can also enjoy the spectacular sunset on the boat while fishing for that great catch. For couples, Tanjung Lesung also provides the perfect setting and ambience for a perfect honeymoon or pre-wedding photography sessions.

Currently, accommodation options available in the resort are luxurious villas and cottages, such as the  Kalica Villa and Beranda Villa that directly face the beautiful beach. For backpackers or those who wish to experience a vacation closer to nature, there are camping tour packages with accommodation in the Green Coral Tents.

Celebrating the arrival  of the New Year, Tanjung Lesung will be highlighted with a show called “New Year 2015, A Night To Remember” which will feature various exciting shows including the traditional art of Rampak Bedug and a gala dinner serving mouthwatering Indonesian traditional cuisine. (

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Banyan Tree Bintan, 45 minutes from Singapore

Banyan Tree Bintan offers luxurious Balinese-style villas with a private spa pool and free Wi-Fi, steps from a private beachfront. This peaceful resort boasts a world-class spa and an outdoor pool.

Enjoying views of the South China Sea from a private terrace, villas are equipped with a flat-screen cable TV and a DVD player. Each is well-equipped with a comfortable seating area and tea/coffee making facilities.

 Banyan Tree Spa offers a range of relaxing massage and body treatments. Guests can also enjoy the use of tennis courts and the nearby 18-hole Laguna Bintan golf course. Other activities include cycling, canoeing and hiking.

The main Saffron Restaurant offers Thai and Indonesian favourites with Asian-themed cocktails. Guests also have the option of in-villa and beachfront dining.
Banyan Tree Bintan is a 45-minute ferry ride from Singapore.

Address: Jalan Teluk Berembang, Bintan, 29155 Lagoi, Indonesia Show map

Related: Bintan: the Indonesian paradise is an Asian holiday gem

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

An exhibition of Batik by Museum Kain at the Ganesha Gallery in Bali from December 25, 2014 – January 2, 2015

Museum Kain – established in Bali’s Kuta Beachwalk Center  – is dedicated to Indonesia’s rich textile traditions that reflect the cultural diversity of the Nation. Established by Indonesian textile legend “Obin, Museum Kain shares with its many visitors its founders passion and love for Indonesian cloth or “kain.”

“Kain” is the broad Indonesian term for traditional cloth – including ancient weaving methods such as “ikat” or the elaborate wax-dyeing methods that result in batik.

Now in its second year of operation, Museum Kain is open to the public to view its unrivaled collection of batik that honors the cloth, its makers and its unique place in Indonesian culture.

Batik’s dye resist technique has survived the industrial revolution and keeps on adapting into many forms, on various materials, while undergoing unlimited creative innovations.

For a very limited period from Christmas day, December 25, 2014 until January 2, 2015 Museum Kain will bring a rare collection of Batiks fromMuseum Kain and BINhouse to the Ganesha Gallery at the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay.

In this exhibit, titled “From the Past, into the Present, for the Future” theGanesha Gallery will share Museum Kain and BINhouse's love of Batik.

During the course of the exhibition, live demonstrations of Batik production will be show each day at the Resort’s Taman Wantilan Restaurant from 7:00 – 10:00 a.m.
From the Past, into the Present, for the Future

An Exhibition of Batik from Museum Kain and BINhouse
Ganesha Gallery at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay

December 25, 2014 – January 2, 2015
Daily 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
For more information telephone the Ganesha Gallery at ++62-(0)361-201010 or Email Luhgde Suryatini 

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Friendly Belukar near the white sandy shores of Gili Trawangan

Located just a 5-minute stroll from the white sandy shores of Gili Trawangan's North Beach, Belukar offers luxurious accommodation with an outdoor pool and free WiFi access in all areas of the property.

It takes a 15-minute cycling from the property to Gili Trawangan Harbour and Central Gili where it is littered with great bars and restaurants around a 5-minute walk to the island's amazing beaches. Getting to Lombok International Airport will take around 2.5 hours of boat ride and drive.

Each of the luxurious room at Belukar is air-conditioned and fitted with bespoke teak furniture, minibar, satellite TV, safety deposit box, as well as a daybed. There is also an en suite bathroom with shower facility and free toiletries. Complimentary drinking water and towels are also provided in the room.

The concierge service at Belukar can help organise massage treatments, laundry requests, and luggage storage. A tour desk with ticket service is also available for guests to book their travels, bicycle rental and airport shuttle, at additional charges.

As for dining option, the on-site restaurant serves western and Indonesian dishes.

Address:  Jalan Kima, 80335 Gili Trawangan, Indonesia Show map

Mt Rinjani proposed to be a UNESCO global geopark

The government of Indonesia through the Ministry of Tourism has proposed that Mount Rinjani in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, be made a Global Geopark Network (GGN).

The Head of Regional Development and Planning Agency of West Nusa Tenggara, Chairul Mahsul, said here Tuesday that the document regarding the proposal has been sent to the Ministry to be forwarded to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The document contains data related to sites located in the Mount Rinjani area such as Batu Bolong, Benang Kelambu and Benang Stokel Water Falls, and Pillow Lava found in Gili Trawangan.

"We are now waiting for a response to our proposal," he said, adding that the next site visit by the UNESCO assessor team to study the Mount Rinjani sites is expected in May 2015.

The administration of West Nusa Tenggara is hopeful that the second highest volcano in Indonesia will become a Global Geopark Network by 2015, Chairul noted.

Meanwhile, Adviser to the GGN of the Asia Pacific Region Prof. Mahito Watanabe remarked that the chance to make Mount Rinjani a GGN is wide open.

"Mount Rinjani has great potential. If the government seriously makes efforts, then it can become a world geopark," Watanabe had stated while visiting Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, in August 2014.

The Mount Rinjani Geopark Area covers five districts, namely East Lombok, Central Lombok, West Lombok, North Lombok, and Mataram city.

In November 12, 2013, the Ministry of Tourism and the National Geology Agency had declared Mount Rinjani a National Park.

The declaration was based on geological settings, biological and cultural data, and the local communities roles there. (Antara)

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