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Lombok’s Pink Sand Beach

in Recreation by
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The dreamy beaches on the Indonesian island of Lombok are on every visitor’s ‘Things to Do’ list. One of them presents a rare natural phenomenon you need to see for yourself.

Tangsi Beach, better known as Pink Beach is on the island’s far south-eastern shore, and it’s one of only 10 pink sand beaches in the world. Indonesia boasts two beautiful pink beaches – the other is on Lombok’s neighbour island, Flores.

Woman walking on Pink Sand Beach Lombok

WHAT MAKES THE SAND PINK?

The waves bring millions of dead red coral fragments to the beach, blending them with the white sand and giving it its glorious pink tint.

A hidden gem untouched by mass tourism due to its secluded location, Tangsi Beach is a perfect destination as part of a memorable day out exploring the unique natural beauty of Lombok. And the calm waters of Pink Beach are perfect for swimming.

Lombok Pink Beach

THINGS TO DO AT PINK BEACH

Enjoy the view and the sea breeze in the sun or shade while sipping a coconut. Right on the beachfront are simple sunbeds and loungers with shade umbrellas for day use at a small fee.

Vendors selling bottled water and cold drinks are common, but visitors should always carry drinking water and sun protection for a day trip to the beach.

Cool off in the ocean. Play in the gentle waves. The water here is safe for swimming with friends (no lifeguards on duty).

For a breathtaking vista from above the beach, take an easy 30-minute hike up the hillside to the shaded berugak (a simple hut with roof and pillars, a traditional chill-out spot).

HOW TO GET TO PINK BEACH

Pink Beach is a 2-hour drive from Mataram city (3 hours from Tanjung). The best way to get there is by private car hire with a driver-guide. Alternatively you can get there by hiring a fishing boat from Tanjung Luar Port. The journey by sea takes around 3 hours, but you will see the wonderful scenery of southern Lombok en route.

Lombok public beach with plumeria flowers

OTHER PUBLIC BEACHES IN LOMBOK

Many of Lombok’s beaches have pristine powder-soft white sand or light golden-coloured sand lapped by gentle waves from the dreamy turquoise sea.

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Obama in Bali: All the Pictures

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Obama Bali Holiday Labaran June 2017

How does the former First Family handle a holiday in Bali? By touring the island’s delights, that’s how. 

See all the photos of Barack, Michelle, Sasha and Malia, The Obamas during their recent visit to The Island of the Gods, where they caused quite a stir of excitement and brought about many “thumbs-up.”

 

Obama Jet Arrive Bali

(1) The 44th U.S. President and family arrived in Bali, Indonesia on 23rd June 2017 aboard a private jet and were warmly greeted by a well organised line of people and two large cars.

One of the ladies wore a comfortable-looking white-coloured pull-over as she disembarked the aircraft, which is excellent flight attire.

 

Obamas Jet at Bali Airport

(2) Mr. Obama received a welcome handshake from Bali Governor, Made Mangku Pastika.

It is not known what was in the lonesome bag or why it had such prominence in this blurry photo.

 

Barack Obama at Tirta Empul Bali Temple

(3) For a visit to the Tirta Empul Temple outside of Ubud, a relaxed and informal Mr. Obama had the “Dad abroad look” nailed as he gestured to something in the distance.

Meanwhile, the man in the light-blue shirt stood with a wonderfully authoritative pose. It’s nothing short of majestic.

 

Obama Handshake Bali Temple

(4) Dressed in his favourite dark blue jeans and conventional white polo,  Mr. O warmly greeted hosts with his double-handed handshake and famous golden smile.

 

Sasha Obama and Malia Obama sightseeing in Bali

(5) Wearing the traditional garment known as sarong or selendang, Sasha and Malia Obama made sure they didn’t miss a shot with both a phone and chunky DSLR on hand.

 

Michelle Obama in Bali

(6) Michelle Obama confidently led the way in her brand-new sneakers as the family explored the site.

 

Obama waving in Bali

(7) Barack Obama waved to the many onlookers vying for his attention.

Better than nothing.

 

Obama at Bali Temple 2017

(8) Apparently it was tricky to get a good photo.

 

Obama tall tourist visiting Bali

(9) The presence of a shorter man in the posse almost cleared the way for an unobstructed view of Mr. Obama playing tourist. 

 

Barack and Michelle in Bali

(10)  As it turned out, his edgy specs and over-shoulder straps would catch your eye in any photo.

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Famous Massages

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Massage at Villa Amazi in Bali

Some of the world’s most popular massage therapies originated in our island destinations – gentle Balinese massage, vigorous Thai massage, Ayurvedic massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, acupressure, muscle kneading and body scrubs relax your muscles and soothe your skin. Experience authentic full body massages from skilled therapists in the privacy and comfort of your luxury villa.

 

Puri Bawana Bali massage baleBalinese and Javanese massages in Bali

Balinese massage therapists use a firm, kneading massage style to stimulate blood flow, along with pressure point techniques and reflexology to help soothe muscle tension, and the aromatherapy of essential oils to ease you into blissful relaxation. +READ MORE

 

Thai massage at Villa Amanzi in PhuketThai massages in Phuket

Thai massage (also called assisted yoga massage) is a vigorous treatment by which your body is moved and manipulated in a series of bends, stretches, lifts and acupressure compressions to stimulate energy flow and restore balance. +READ MORE

 

Villa Pooja Kanda setting for ayurvedic massageAyurvedic massages in Sri Lanka

Ayurvedic massage is a great introduction to the ancient practice of Ayurveda. Aficionados believe massage plays an important role in healthcare, helping to detoxify the skin and body, and improve digestion. +READ MORE

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Phuket it is. Where to exactly?

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Phuket beaches

Well, I thought I’d leave that up to you. In terms of “which beach is best” you couldn’t say, and the same is true of the villas. All of the rentals with Elite Havens are to the max. Fully staffed, swimming pools, massages on order, if you catch my drift. A real treat for everyone, Carol and the girls will go bananas.

Malaiwana Estate is spotless, right above Nai Thon Beach, everything we need right there, resort amenities, grocery service and personal chefs. Kata Beach is another good one for kids, and over there Villa Amanzi is way cool. Fitness centre and tennis just next door. More in the heart of the action are the villas around Surin Beach and Kamala Beach. Surfing for Greg. Shopping for Marsha. Some good spots to boogie. Or we can veg out on Phuket’s east coast and go boating. Our boys sure are looking forward to snorkelling trips with Peter and Bobby. That Villa Sawarin in Cape Yamu is more than spacious enough for all of us.

Remember Phuket is a relatively small island, so all these villas along the coast are close enough to the Phuket airport, sightseeing and the links. Any questions, you ought to contact the Villa Specialists at Elite Havens, and they’ll sort you out.

Looking forward to it, Mike!

Phuket beach villas map

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Elite Havens PHUKET BEACH VILLAS
Amazing Thailand TOURISM AUTHORITY OF THAILAND
Trip Advisor PHUKET ACTIVITIES
Conde Nast Traveller PHUKET BEACH GUIDE

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Tropical Wedding Venue Checklist

in Weddings by

Essential questions to ask yourself when choosing an island wedding venue

courtesy of our elite events experts 

Villa Semarapura Cemagi Beach Bali wedding venue

Can the venue accommodate the number of guests expected?

 

Villa Semarapura Bali wedding venue with steps

Which areas are best for your entrance and ceremony?

 

Have you tried on your wedding makeup in the tropical climate?

 

Villa Semarapura beachfront wedding

Which areas can be used for the reception, formal dinner, dance floor?

 

Can your friends and family stay at the wedding villa with you?

 

What kind of mosquito repellent will you provide? Got that covered?

 

Villa Semarapura Bali wedding ceremony

Have you chosen an experienced event organiser?

 

Villa Semarapura Bali wedding decoration

What kind of food do you want at the reception?

 

Villa Semarapura Bali wedding fire dancer

What entertainment do you have in mind? Is it allowed?

 

Villa Semarapura Bali wedding lights

 Who will provide your beverages? Can you bring your own?

 

Congratulations and special thanks to Sam & Cath 31/3/2017 WEDDING VENUE: Villa Semarapura LOCATION: Cemagi Beach, Bali, Indonesia EVENT PLANNER: Hitch’d FLOWERS & CANDLES: Gloriosa CATERING: Dijon  PHOTOGRAPHY: Terralogical

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