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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Kuta beach of Lombok island - Indonesia

Less than 5km (10 minutes journey) from Ashtari Restaurant and Lounge, we visited the nearby beach - Kuta beach (S8.89492 E116.28319) of south Lombok island (there's another Kuta beach in Bali which is different).
According to Pak Uji, meaning 'Kuta' is gateway at the south, therefore there's another gateway in Bali too.

But we arrived at Kuta beach in poor timing, it was cloudy and low tide...

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Kuta beach of Lombok

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Despite the weather, all of us just simply shoot surrounding to satisfied our cameras...:)

The beach is full of volcano rocks, and the major different from the others beaches we visited was the sands...it's not actually 'sands', there were formation of round tiny stones! This was really special!

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Along the Kuta bay, the area is full of hotels and resorts, there's also many activities area like cafe, restaurant and shops. I believe the night activities hear must be happening too, but I'm yet to experience it.

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Beside taking photos of the beach, one of our tour mate - Noelle who was enjoying playing with the children around and taking nice photos.

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Noelle having fun with the kids around

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Noticed there were children and women walking along the beach selling souvenirs and hand weaved cloths...I didn't ask for the price...

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Women and kid selling hand weaved cloth and souvenirs...

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Before we leave the beach, I found this nature beauty standing alone on the volcano rock...it's the only outstanding rock along the beach...

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There was nothing much, we left the beach after 30 minutes and continue our journey to the next destination...

Related post for Lombok island trip :-
Airasia media FAM trip to Lombok Island - Indonesia on July 2014

Location map of Kuta beach in Lombok island, Indonesia.



Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ashtari Restaurant and Lounge at South Lombok Island, Indonesia

After our 'suntan session' from the 2 beaches - Selong Belanak and Mawun beach, we were starving for food...traveling about 7km of winding road from the beach, we finally reached Ashtari Restaurant and Lounge (S8.88255 E116.26417).

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Entrance of Ashtari Restaurant in Lombok

While I walked into the restaurant area, noticed one tiny signage nailed on the tree...took a closer look, it stated "Yoga Platform". Oh my goodness! Great! The Yoga activities within the nature! But I didn't manage to take a shot on the platform because it was not ready yet...

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The signage to the Yoga platform, Ashtari Lombok

The restaurant is situated on a small hill, everyone of us enjoying the walk from the entrance up to the restaurant...

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Ashtari restaurant

The first stunning view attracted all of us was the balcony which overlooking the Kuta town and the beach. It was a spectacular view!

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The spectacular view from Ashtari Restaurant overlooking the Kuta town and beach

Let me show you around the restaurant...
By walking into the main dining area, the place is full of bean bags...new concept of a restaurant.

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Main dining area...

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Beside the bean bags area in the center of the restaurant, there are others different design of dining tables and chairs surrounded...

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With the sitting areas above, I believe the balcony is the popular area. And yes! We chose the balcony too!

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The balcony dining area of Ashtari Restaurant

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The balcony area has the perfect panoramic view of the beautiful surrounding.

The friendly owner is Mr Priss, who born in Paris.

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Mr Priss - the owner of the restaurant

Mr Priss was an architect and a designer who had few hobbies in cooking and music. He was a director of a restaurant and club in Paris, and also owner of a restaurants in France. Before he came to Indonesia, he did the architecture and design for the Arabian Palace in Dubai and Saudi Arabia. Mr Priss and his wife suddenly think of change their life style and decided to started a restaurant in Bali called La Plage in Legian area, the restaurant continued to operated for 5 years. Beside the restaurant in Bali, he also managed to designed and constructed 5 villas in Bali island of Indonesia. Now, Mr Priss became one of the partners of Ashtari Restaurant and he been running it now for a year.

Before our food serve on table, everyone was busy taking photo around the restaurant...some just mesmerized by the breathtaking scenery of Ashrati Restaurant...her name is Karen.

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Mesmerized by the sunning view around - Karen

At first, we had some starter...

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The starter before the main course...

Then followed by the main courses...
Most of us decided to try out their local dishes, so I had the seafood Nasi Goreng Kampung and other tour mates ordered the local seafood mee goreng, some tasted the beef burger...

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Seafood nasi goreng kampung

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Seafood mee goreng

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Beef burger with side dish

Beside the main courses above, it's strongly recommended you ordered the extra local sambal (chili) for those who can take spicy chili, it was hot and marvelous! We all like it very much!

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The recommended local sambal which went well with most of the dishes

The foods were really surprised us with the local and original taste! Provided with the different recipe which we had it in our country, and the portion was big enough to satisfied our hunger, delicious!

Dessert came after our meals, I tried the pancakes with Nutella and banana...oh man! Nice and not overly sweet.

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The pancakes with Nutella and banana

The restaurant is also a perfect chilled out place for a ice cold beer while watching the sunset...

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After we finished our wonderful meals, everyone was relax on the bean bags and enjoyed their drinks...

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Because of our schedule, we cannot laying on the bean bags for too long...too bad...
We started our journey to the next destination...

* Strongly recommended restaurant, must visit at least once if you are travel to Lombok island.

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Related post for Lombok island trip :-
Airasia media FAM trip to Lombok Island - Indonesia on July 2014

Ashtari Restaurant and Lounge
Address : Ashtari Estate, Jalan Raya ke Mawun Prabu, Pujut, Lombok, Indonesia.
Contact:+62-877-6549-7625

Location map of Ashtari Restaurant and Lounge at Lombok Island



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Discovered another beautiful beach at south Lombok island - Mawun beach.

Mawun beach (S8.90072 E116.22682) is located approximately 10km from Selong Belanak beach and the journey was only took 20 minutes from the previous location. The sandy white beach stretch about 1.5km, the sands are very fine and soft...it took around 15-20 minutes to stroll from point to point. The emerald lagoon is protected by two rocky headlands, and made the calm and peaceful water of the beach.

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Mawun beach and our tour mates

The beach was not crowded at all, it was so relax while laying on the beach. The crystal clear water really made us want to jump into the sea immediately! Too bad we didn't prepare for the swim, it was a miss!

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I found the right view of the beach look better maybe just because of the company of the rocky mountain...

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The right view of Mawun beach

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There were group of women selling souvenirs over there, but they were friendly and not really hard sell type...

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There is no resort or hotel in the vicinity, the closer resorts you can get are from Kuta beach, Lombok.
Due to everyone was hungry, we left the beach after laying around for 20 minutes...and heading to the restaurant in our itinerary...

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Cynthia and Hui Ying (Lombok tour mates)

Next destination will be our first meal in Lombok - Ashtari restaurant and longe...

Related post for Lombok island trip :-
Airasia media FAM trip to Lombok Island - Indonesia on July 2014

Location map of Mawun beach of south Lombok island, Indonesia.