Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Lombok trip – 26 & 27 Mar 13

We took a night flight from Singapore to KL the night before and stayed one night in KL LCCT tune hotel before boarding a morning flight to Lombok.

The flight journey from KL to Lombok took 3 hours. Lombok's international airport used to be located at Mataram but it has been replaced by the new airport at Praja. The new airport is now much more further to Senggigi and car journey takes about an hour.
View of Gili islands
Bandara Internasional Lombok

After we have cleared the custom, we saw our driver Erlan waiting for us outside the arrival hall. We also saw Eko, the person whom I have liasied with was waiting for his customer too. We head to Kuta beach first which is about 20min drive from the airport.
So many cows
Vintage Volkswagen van

We had lunch at a cafe at Kuta beach. The service here is slow and we waited for 15min for our food. The food here is nothing to shout about and only satisfy our hunger pang.
Waiting for our lunch
Grilled chicken
Ayam Bakar

From the cafe, we crossed the road and Kuta beach is just directly in front  There are kids peddlers selling souvenirs but we just thanks them politely and walked away. It's extremely hot and we spend few minutes just to take photos. Although the beach has the same name as the beach in Bali, it's so quiet over here.
Kuta beach

From Kuta beach, it takes another 20min car journey to Tanjung A'an beach. The road at the last stretch of the journey is not paved and it's quite a bumpy ride.

There are more people here than the Kuta beach. What attacts me to Tanjung A'an beach is that it is the meeting spot of two different types of sands: the brown & big drop ones (local call it "pasir merica"/ pepper sands) and white & soft ones ("pasir tepung"/ flour sands). However the sands here look the same to me and I couldn't find any difference at all. We just relax at a hut watching the sea and listening to the sea waves while drinking the coconut.
Where is hubby heading to?
Tanjung A'an beach
Coconut drink

Next, we stopped at the weaving village. A guy from the village brought us one round around the weaving village where we saw the lifestyle of the people here and how the ladies handmake the fabric. According to Sasak tradition, if a girl cannot weave, she will not be allowed to marry. Hence all the ladies in this village knows how to weave from young. It's looks complicated especially those fabric with motif. It may takes two weeks to two months depending on the motif and complexity.

We have the chance to try the Sasak costumes too. The guide helped us to put on the costumes and Erlan offered to take photos for us.
Weaving village
Traditional Sasak costumes

We stopped by Pura Lingsar Temple on the way to Qunci Villas. This Hindu temple is the holiest temple in Lombok. Erlan told us that there are events held today and luckily the temple was open when we visited in the late afternoon. I read on the internet that visitors are expected to wear a sash or sarong to enter the temple but nobody stopped me when I wore a dress. The compound is huge but the temple area is relatively small. 
Pura Lingsar Temple

The car journey takes another hour and we reached Qunci Villas at Senggigi in the evening. The check-in process is a breeze and we were offered cold drinks before we were guided to our room.
Qunci Villas

We were given room 19, a garden view room. Most of the villas are two storey and our room is the lower floor room.  Our room comes with a huge outdoor bathroom and shower area. This reminds me of our room in Langkawi Bon Ton.
Our garden view room

There is a breakfast menu and guest can choose to have the breakfast delivered to the room the next morning. Guest just have to tick the menu and put it in the bamboo container which the staff will come and collect it.
Breakfast menu
A romantic candlelight setting

There are 2 restaurants in Qunci Villas - Quali Seafood restaurant and Quah Mediterranean Restaurant. We choose to have dinner at Quah restaurant tonight. Actually guests can choose to sit anywhere and ordered from both restaurants.
Quali restaurant

I ordered Chicken Florentine while hubby ordered Mediterranean lamb shank. Complimentary bread was served too. We also ordered Lassies and hubby like it very much. The price here is quite reasonable, about S$25 for a main course and drinks.

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