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Green & Chic | Jeeva Klui Resort, Lombok, Indonesia

By Dian Hasan | August 20, 2010

With Bali’s continued rise to prominence as a world-class island destination that garners accolades from global travel industry and press, there is one island destined to capitalize on Bali’s fame: Lombok, the adjacent island East of Bali.

Lombok is often referred to as Bali 30 years ago, before the arrival of global tourism, but Lombok is in fact a very different place. With a natural beauty all its own, with its famous landmark, Mount Rinjani volcano with her 3-color lakes, and pristine beaches that rival the best in the world, and a culture that is fusion of Balinese and Sasak people, Lombok has plenty to offer.

Its less developed infrastructure is probably her best-kept secret, offering solitude and unspoiled beauty that beckons any weary urban soul to her shores.

Lombok’s newest resort is a testament to the island’s rise. And unlike Bali’s unchecked development of massive resorts, Lombok has taken the road less traveled, focusing on small-scale resorts – mostly in Villa compounds – that stay true to eco-friendliness and unobtrusive views of immediate surroundings. Such are the offerings of JEEVA KLUI, a gem of a small resort on Klui Beach, just North of Senggigi beach, nearby Lombok’s famous trio of Gilis of Trawangan, Meno and Air (Gili is island in the local language)

Along an uninterrupted stretch of curving beach, Jeeva Klui, “The Soul of Klui,” blends the full spectrum of sea, tropical foliage, and local culture with the natural beauty of Klui Beach.

From dramatic sunsets etching the volcanoes of Bali to the stone and thatch beach front suites framed by swaying palms, the natural simplicity of Jeeva Klui’s traditional design and Lombok’s splendid tropical environment create an ambience of modern luxury and laid back indulgence.

Jeeva Klui’s tropical allure embraces quaint touches of traditional village life. Great care was taken to conceptualize a resort with strong emphasis on providing the ultimate holiday experience, while at the same time being socially and environmentally responsible through sensitive design and green practices.

Wood and stone pathways lead through the gardens to the beach suites spread across the two hectare grounds. The resort melds an appreciation of local architecture and tradition with the look and feel of a Robinson Crusoe idyll allowing for an intimate and stylish base from which to explore Lombok’s spectacular natural beauty. Built using sustainable local materials, such as handmade terracotta tiles, bamboo weaves, stone and recycled timber, each suite exudes an air of authentic sophistication.

Located at the edge of the Wallace Line, Jeeva Klui’s magnificent 170 meter beach front commands views across the Indian Ocean to the islands of Bali and Nusa Penida as well as Lombok’s Sekotong peninsula. The beach at Jeeva Klui is protected by an offshore reef immediately in front of the resort that creates a calm “lagoon” perfect for a leisurely swim.

Upon arrival at Jeeva Klui, guests will be escorted to their suite where check-in formalities will be completed. Jeeva Klui’s total 27 suites include 18 one and two-story beach front suites, six two-story ocean view suites and three pool villas. All rooms have a private terrace with an oversized outdoor day bed and are equipped with either 32 or 37 inch flat screen televisions. All suites are a spacious 54 m2 although the layouts of the suites vary with the type of suite. WiFi is available in the public areas and in the pool suites. Continue reading


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Eco Rustic | Manggudu Island Resort, Sumba, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia

By Dian Hasan | July 13, 2010

It’s a given that surfers will travel to the end of the earth in search of the perfect way. And in doing so, they are pioneers who trudge through jungles, traipse across barren deserts and over coral-laden coasts to find the “IT” wave. Paving the way for the rest of the world’s travelers. Well, not always, as surfers are known to keeping these secret surf spots – which always are pristine natural settings – to themselves.

The island of Sumba, east of Bali, in Indonesia is one such unique find. Discovered a few years ago by Bali- and Lombok- (Bali’s neighboring island) surfers who were in search of more challenging waves across the Lesser Sunda Islands, eat of Bali. They stumbled upon amazing lefthanders in Manggudu Island off of Sumba Island, and had these bragging rights to tell the global surfing community:

One of the most consistent spots in Indonesia with a lefthander during the dry and a righthander in the wet season. Picks up all swell in the ocean and a little more. Uncrowded, good and powerful waves.

Manggudu’s surf is very consistent and picks up all swell in the ocean and a little more. The reef is large and the wave is best described as “Sunset-like”. After peaking, it will bowl through hollow sections or just wall off right from the take-off, depending on swell direction. The peaks shift with tide movements and because of the solid size bigger boards are recommended. The Southeast trades are straight offshore and the wave works with all tides.

Finish Anssi Kauppila [L], founder of Manggudu Island Resort, living an island life on an idyllic locale.

This surfing jewel is just coming out, as the word spreads out, and better accommodation are coming on stream. One of them is Manggudu Island Resort, on an island by the same name, off the southern coast of Sumba. An otherwise deserted island that caters to surfers and fishing aficionados, offering the perfect getaway for travelers who prefer roughing it. The rewards are clear, unspoiled nature, stretches of powder white beaches with no soul in sight, all yours to take in!

Run by intrepid Finish surfer-preneur Anssi Kauppila (yes, all the way from the frigid Scandinavian shores), who’s invested in the resort venture together with long-time Sumba resident, Australian David Wylie. The resort is situated at the western tip of the Manggudu Island, with 3 bungalows, each with 2-rooms with comfortable double beds and basic furniture.

Manggudu Island Resort offers full board, with 3 meals, drinking water, coffee and tea. The meals consist mainly of fish and seafood, with a variety of vegetables, served at the main house, which is also social central, where guests mingle after a day of surfing and exploring the island.

The main house also has a well-stocked library and a TV (if ever there’s a need for this!) for DVD movies. A communal bathroom, the Mandi (traditional Indonesian bathroom), is located behind the bungalows.

Sumba’s wetseason is short, typically lasting for only the months of February and March, when the resort is closed. The best months to visit are April-December, depending on what activities you are looking for. The resort is still open in January, but the winds can be strong, ideal for windsurfers and kitesurfers.

For those who prefer to take a less strenuous break, without sweating it too much, there are plenty of slower-paced options. With a little luck you’ll come across turtle hatchlings scurrying out to sea. It’s common to find Turtle tracks, as sea turtles come here to lay eggs. There is a small dense forest in the center of the island, ideal for bird-watching. Sea eagles and other birds work the large schools of fish. Snorkeling is an easy way to appreciate the beautiful coral reefs, as well as fishing.

Manggudu Island is a delight for fishing, depending on the season, the fish invariably include is a fisherman’s delight, Fishing, that is the one of my activity. During different times at the year commonly caught fish are: giant trevally and other trevally species, Spanish mackerel, marlin, sailfish, tuna, wahoo, Mahi Mahi and numerous reef fish. Manta rays, whales and dolphins are not a rare sight as are barracudas zipping out of the sea.

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Calling all goofy-footers! Meet T-Land, G-Land’s cousin on Timor Island.

By Dian Hasan | July 6, 2010

Avid surfers the world over have managed to put a lid on the world’s best-kept surfing destination secret, Indonesia. But with the explosive spread of of social media, Indo’s secret is out on the internet.

As home to the world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia is spoilt for choice for surfing destinations, and new surf spots are still being discovered, as surfers venture further afield, exploring outer-lying islands along Indonesia’s western and southern islands.

Timor Island, east of Bali, is one of the new finds, home to the famed T-Land that is fast gaining the accolade as among the world’s best left-hander.

Goofy-footers rejoice! Your perfect wave awaits at T-Land (known to locals as Besialu)

Until recently, Timor was far too remote, with limited infrastructure and lodging. This has now changed with the opening of Australian-managed Nemberala Beach Resort has made the trek more palpable. Attracting a new crop of surfers, pioneered by the Aussies and closely followed by surfer dudes and dudettes from other countries.

Indisputably the crown jewel of Roti, Nemberala’s “T-Land” was actually named after G-Land, although T-Land is much more user-friendly than its famous Javanese cousin. T-Land is similar in that the long, flat reef is broken into four sections: the Point, the Steeple, Magic Mountain, and Inner Tubes. Because of this, T-Land has a huge take-off area, able to accommodate several surfers. When big the wave can get fairly top-to-bottom, but generally it is a very long, steep, wally face, with the barrel being more “top-to-middle” or almond-shaped or a top-to-middle wave. T-Land is just as epic as anything else in Indo. Goofy-footers rejoice!  ~ Michael Kew

Although Nemberala’s main break , “T-Land”, known by locals by the name of Besialu, has been surfed since 1979, it remains uncrowded, it is a top world class lefthander comparable to a softer G-land that holds up to a very manageable 15ft faces, and it can handle as big as gets (the bigger the more perfect it gets.)
It breaks with great shape at any size of swell and on all tides, making it very consistent and enjoyable for all levels of surfing. Continue reading


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Green & Chic | Nemberala Beach Resort, Roti Island, Timor, East Indonesia

By Dian Hasan | July 6, 2010

Timor’s famed T-Land, a haven for Goofy-footers.

If the word “Roti” makes you think of the words “round”, “flat”, and “Indian” you are two-thirds correct.

Roti is a small island in the Nusa Tengarra region of Indonesia, southwest of Timor and a very different world away from the increasingly overrun surfing areas of Bali, Sumatra and the Maldives. On the southwest side of the island, the Nemberala Beach Resort is offering thoroughly modern tropical lodging with access to a half dozen, top-quality reefs – classically Indonesian waves where, even in this crowded, modern world, the surfer can still seek the perfect wave on the perfect day and be alone with the surf and his thoughts.

Nemberala Left is the main break fronting the resort and the premier wave in this region of Indonesia.  The break is also known as T-Land by some given its similarities to the  famous wave on Java G-Land.  Nemberala is definitely a softer and more “user friendly” wave then its namesake.

The nation of Timor has a long, interesting and sometimes troubled history. Timor is where Captain Bligh ended his impossible, 3600-mile crossing in a small boat after the mutiny on the Bounty in 1789. (If the photos have already sold you and you are packing for Roti and need a good book, the Bounty Trilogy is fascinating, and appropriate to the area.)

Timor had been divided between the Dutch and the Portuguese for many centuries. Japanese forces occupied the whole island from 1942 to 1945. In 1975, the nation of Indonesia annexed East Timor and was proclaimed Indonesia’s 27th province. After a prolonged guerilla war East Timor won independence in 2002.

Trouble and strife but there is no reason to be timorous about this corner of Timor. Roti is only 20 miles from the mainland but far removed from the past violent nation-making on the main island. Roti is southwest of Timor and the Nemberala resort is on the southwest side of the island, facing into all that world-famous, well-traveled swell which starts in the turbulent storms of the Southern Ocean, organizes itself as it crosses into the Indian Ocean and arrives 4000 miles later on the reefs of Roti, falling gracefully on a half dozen perfect reef setups. Continue reading


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Eco Rustic | Awera Island Guesthouse, Awera Island, Mentawai, Indonesia

By Dian Hasan | July 6, 2010

Surrounded by world-class waves, rainforest and coral reefs, the Awera Island Guesthouse is a small, comfortable and affordable accommodation option for surfers who just can’t wait to get their hands on the waves of the Mentawai Islands.

Awera Island is located within 30 minutes longboat ride of more than 10 quality waves, including the world class Telescopes, which is only 10 minutes away.

With a maximum of 5 or 6 guests at any one time we offer an unmatched opportunity to surf these waves with the fewest possible people.

Larger groups of 4 to 6 also have the option of upgrading to a faster speedboat with a much greater range, this allows guests at Awera to access every wave in the Playgrounds region right down to Lances and beyond. With a top speed of well over 40 knots “Lina” can have you surfing anywhere from Lances to Bugerworld in as little as 45 minutes.

For those who aren’t into surfing, can always resort to fishing, snorkeling and spearfishing. Continue reading


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Calling all avid surfers ~ your perfect wave awaits in Mentawai!

By Dian Hasan | July 6, 2010

Surfers the world over consider Indonesia as among the world’s ultimate surfing destinations, on par even with Hawaii. Being home to the world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia would not disappoint, having the perfect wave for a surfer of any level.

And for the die-hard surfer junkies, the jewel in Indo’s surfing is Mentawai, bar none! A small archipelago off the west coast of Sumatra, Mentawai faces the Indian Ocean to its west. All awaiting your discovery at Awera Island Resort, an eco-rustic retreat on an idyllic island.

Here’s a look at a menu of Mentawai waves that would make any surfer salivate.

Although the Mentawai Islands are home to a few massive swells of 10-foot plus that hit the islands every season, the truth is that the waves are more likely to be in the 3- to 6-foot  range. Whether you’re seeking shallow barreling waves or more cruisy waves with long workable walls, there is a wave just for you.


Telescopes is a fun wave suitable for all standards of surfing when it is small offering little cover ups but on bigger days it offers one of the longest, straightest, barrels in the Mentawais. 10 min by boat.


“Scarecrows” or “Diablos”, is another quality left that usually has a little more size and few less people on it than “Telescopes”. While it needs a bit of east in the wind to straighten it up but it is easily one of the most rippable waves in the region. 25 min by boat. Continue reading

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Surf Chic | Java Cove Beach Hotel, Batu Karas, West Java, Indonesia

By Dian Hasan | July 6, 2010

Indonesia has been on the world’s best-kept secret surf destination for years. Today, thanks to the explosion of social media and the internet, that secret is steadily coming out of the bag. And Indonesia is being discovered like never before.

And it’s her natural beauty that is getting the most attention. Intrepid adventure travelers from far and wide in search of the perfect wave, the best diving spot, the most grueling rapids, or the most scenic hike, are coming to explore the world’s largest archipelago.

Bali, after all, is not the her only lure. For there are over 16,000 other islands (well, discount the bulk of those that are uninhabited). So, one is literally spoiled for choice. And yes, they say that seek and ye shall find, that’s should be the motto in searching for nature at its most pristine, away from the well-trodden tourist paths.

Surfers and divers know that better than anyone else! One such surfing spot is in Batu Karas, southeast of West Java province, approximately seven-hour drive from the capital Jakarta.

Surfers have been drawn to the southern coast of West Java for quite some time surfing in areas like Ujung Genteng, west of Batu Karas.

Until recently accommodation was limited to a few locally -run homestays, but that was before the arrival JavaCove Beach Hotel, a small gem of a lad-back modern-styled hotel a stone throw from the beach.

Serene scenes in and around Batu Karas, the right place to catch the perfect wave.

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