A Walk Through The Rice Fields With Andy
Andy will pick you up in the morning with his car and takes you to his ‘dream’ house. He will tell you about this place and why he build his house on that particular spot. You will enjoy some coffee or tea before the rice field walk wil start.Andy will lead you through his ‘back garden’ where the rice fields will start. Not only can he tell you everything about the growing process of rice, he also knows all about the other plants, herbs and trees you will discover in this entertaining walk. The walk will give you amazing rice field views and lots of interesting information. Andy will lead you through a little river (bring shoes with you that can get wet) and will show you some spots where only locals come and live. At the end of the walk you will be brought back to Andy’s home with a local horse and carriage, the local way of transport. At his home again, the wife of Andy has prepared a nice local meal for you which you will enjoy. After that he will bring you back to the villa. Ask our manager to make reservations for this rice field walk with Andy.
Sports Intensive Or Relaxing Massage
If you want to forget your daily worries and feel totally relaxed, you should try a massage at Bale Solah. Our manager can make an appointment for you with Farida, our masseur. Farida learned her traditional massage techniques from her grandmother and uses her traditionally skilled techniques to make your body ‘loosen’ up from daily or working stress and makes your body feel totally relaxed.Just tell her if you have any problems with tense muscles in your neck or back and she will loosen them up. You can decide yourself if you want a sports intensive massage or a relaxing one and totally enjoy your massage. Ask our manager to arrange an oppointment. Farida will come to Bale Solah and you will have the massage at your room. We’ll provide clean towels and a sarung on your bed.
Gili Gede, Gili Layar Snorkling
This is one of the highlights and a "must do" on the island. You travel with our manager Arga to South-West of Lombok where Arga was born. He will guide you in a private car to the island Gili Gede. In our private boat, with cold drinks on board, you visit the unspoiled island Gili Gede and the snorkelling island Gili Layar. On Gili Layar you still can snorkel from the beach and you will be surprised about the unspoiled nature. Having lunch in one of the quiet restaurants you feel like in paradise. Our self owned snorkelling equipment is for you available. If you want we have new swimming vest at your disposal.
Sasak Village and Kuta Beach
Sasak people are the native inhabitants of Lombok and this tour highlights the best of Sasak culture. We begin by driving to Banyumulek Village to see traditional earthenware pottery being made and from there we travel to a weaving village, Sukarare, to learn how ‘songket’ and textiles with intricate designs are skilfully woven old ‘back-strap’ looms. Heading south, we visit Rambitan to see traditional architecture, old-style housing compounds and Sasak houses with dried water buffalo dung floors. After meeting local people there, we continue on to the south coast area of Kuta, famous for its white sand beaches and world-class surfing breaks - there is also a great variety of restaurants and cafes. You can enjoy a refreshing swim in stunning Tanjung AanBay then stop at beautiful Seger Beach to learn the story of the fabled Sasak princess, Mandalika, before heading back to your hotel.
This is a spectacular and adventurous full day tour to stunning waterfalls in the north. On the way, enjoy amazing coastal and agricultural views, not to mention those of Lombok’s famous volcano, Mt Rinjani and its lush foothills. While we are in Rinjani National Park, we will visit the towering Sendang Gile Waterfall, located 600m above sea level at the base of the volcano. Then, for the adventurous, we will continue our trek, across a fast flowing stream on to the second huge waterfall, Tiou Kelep. After lunch at a restaurant offering incredible views over the valley, we will visit Senaru, a traditional Sasak village, to see and learn about Lombok’s original inhabitants, and then Bayan Beleq Mosque, which is a revered historical Islamic heritage site. We return to Senggigi via the stunning coastal road looking out over the three ‘Gilis’ and spectacular bays.
Classic Lombok Culture Trip
From Bale Solah we will leave at 10 o’ clock and drive to Bunian Bukit where you can have a stunning view from this hill. Subsequently we go to Karang Bayan where we will visit ‘Rumah Adat’ a traditional culture Lombok house. You will find out how people lived at Lombok in the early days. After this we travel through Sesaot, famous for its beautiful rice field terraces as we are heading for the historic Suranadi, nestled in the cool foothills above the city. Suranadi is famous for its complex of three temples, built in the 16th century by a Javanese priest, which are the oldest and holiest Hindu temples in Lombok. After this visit you can ask the driver to look for a stop if you want to have a lunch break. We then drive to Sukarara weaving village where women demonstrate their skills and techniques in traditional weaving. You can also visit the store where you can buy the beautiful woven fabrics. After this we drive to our final destination at PuraBatu Bolong, a Balinese Hindu temple built on an outcrop of black volcanic rock, facing Bali across the Lombok strait. Assured that you enjoyed this cultural trip we are heading home.
Mataram Cultural City Tour
This tour highlights some of the sights close to Lombok’s capital city, Mataram. We‘ll begin by driving to a place where you can see how tahu (tofu) is produced. A very interesting process. After that we will visit a local high school to learn about traditional Sasak batik. Leaving the school we are heading for the historical Narmada, built in 1727 as the summer palace of a former Balinese King of Lombok and then continue to Mayura Water Palace which was part of the Royal Court of the former Balinese Kingdom in Lombok. After that we visit PuraMeru, the biggest Hindu temple on Lombok. To take a nice lunch break we recommend Dapoer Sasak. A very nice and green rice field area in the middle of the big city of Mataram. You can choose a nice place to have lunch and have the beautiful views of the green rice field surroundings. When lunch is over we head for our final destination to one of the ‘must see’ buildings of Lombok: the new Islamic Centre in the heart of Mataram. After the earthquake in August 2018 it was under construction, but now it is open to the public again. A member of the Islamic Centre will guide you through the enormous building and show you the nicest spots to make pictures. You will enjoy tremendous views from its 114m high minaret. The Islamic Centre does not ask an entrance fee, but ask for a donation so they can keep this beautiful place open for ‘tourist’ public. Convinced it was a beautiful day, you will be brought home to Bale Solah.
Lombok Shopping Tour
This tour is very suitable for anyone who has not yet bought his souvenirs for the home front. But the tour is also very enjoyable for everyone who already did, because you will discover both traditional local and international shopping opportunities, which will start at the Ampenan market. This daily market starts every day at 5 o’clock with fresh food of all kinds. At this market only local people buy there food. Keep your nose closed and enjoy the beautiful colours of all the nice well known but also unknown fruits and vegetables, meat and fish. On the first floor you will also find a big product range of clothing, shoes, bra’s and so on. A real ‘must do’ to learn how Indonesian people buy their food and other stuff. After the market we will drive to the Mataram mall. This is a local Indonesian shopping mall with interesting items to buy. If you like to see a typically Indonesian warehouse, you have to walk 3 minutes to Ruby and give your eyes a look at a great product range of household items. If not, the driver will take you directly to Epicentrum, the new big shopping mall with four floors and a mixture of international and local items to discover. If you wish you can enjoy lunch in one of the many local or international restaurants. Then it’s time to do some serious souvenir shopping in Sasaku and/or Lombok Exotic Sentral, You will find here everything beach sellers will sell you at the beach; T’shirts, Sarongs, Bracelets, Pearls, Wooden art and so on. You do not need to bargain, the price is fixed and low. Also you can shop here quietly because you will not get annoyed by the personnel trying to sell things to you. After the buying you will be brought home to Bale Solah again.
The 3 Gili Islands
No visit to Lombok would be complete without a trip to the three stunning coral islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. They are some of Lombok’s most popular tourist attractions, with their crystal-clear azure waters, white sand beaches, laid back charm and terrific diving and snorkelling opportunities.
Start this magical day driving through the Monkey Forest and hilly jungle scenery of Pusuk Pass to a small harbour village, Teluk Nare, where we transfer to a traditional outrigger boat for the short sea-crossing to Gili Trawangan. Spend some time swimming and lazing on the white, fine sand beaches and snorkel the fabulous reefs to see stunning underwater scenery - colourful corals teeming with tropical fish and some giant turtles. There is great a variety of restaurants here, offering something for everyone, and after lunch we can snorkel from the boat to explore other coral reefs nearer to Gili Meno and Gili Air. On our return journey along the amazing coastal road, we will stop at the viewpoints from Nipah and Malimbu for magnificent views of Bali across the Lombok Strait.