Archipelago Diaries

Revisiting Lombok

Archipelago Diaries | Jul 23, 2019

Travel brochures advertise Lombok as “the way Bali was 30 years ago,” untouched and unspoiled. In other words, those venturing the island east of Bali will find equally enchanting beaches, surf, and culture.  I remember arriving in Lombok five years ago at Teluk Kodek, an area in the northern part of the island surrounded by swaying […]

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Heritage, Culture and History in Kotagede

Archipelago Diaries | Dec 24, 2018

Kotagede is an old city that has many treasures, including the tombs of the founding kings of the Mataram kingdom. Among Kotagede’s many riches is the Dalem Natan Royal Heritage building, a Javanese-style house.  Kotagede is at the centre of an upmarket suburb and the hub of Yogyakarta’s centre of silver jewellery and handicrafts. Located […]

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Untouched: Discovering West Sumba

Archipelago Diaries | Dec 21, 2018

Bali is the past. Labuan Bajo is the present. And this land, Sumba , home to ancient villages, is on its way to be the future of tourism in the Indonesian archipelago.   There’s no doubt that Bali is the most popular island destination in Indonesia, but those venturing a bit further east to the […]

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Check-In Lombok: Sheraton Senggigi Reopens

Archipelago Diaries | Dec 13, 2018

Following months of restoration due to the impact of Lombok Earthquake, one of the leading beachfront resorts in Lombok, Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort, is excited to welcome back guests after a rapid resort recovery this 1st of December 2018. Associates at Sheraton Senggigi have been working hand-in-hand with the remediation company and other local vendors […]

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Experiencing Labuan Bajo with Ayana Komodo Resort

Archipelago Diaries | Nov 27, 2018

This tropical jewel box remained a secret for years, only explored by those willing to go off the popular travel map to discover hidden gems away from the tourist masses. Now that infrastructure has been improved and the tourism industry is maturing, Labuan Bajo has gained a reputation as a must-visit destination with many predicting […]

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The Arts of Malang

Archipelago Diaries | Sep 24, 2018

The east Java town of Malang is soaked in history and surrounded by nature. With that being said, for this issue’s Archipelago Diaries, NOW! Bali’s Alistair Speirs indulged himself in a Malang establishment, where arts take centerstage.  Imagine a hotel whose purpose is to preserve and glorify art. Imagine a hotel where every room is […]

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The Gems of Riau

Archipelago Diaries | Aug 17, 2018

The Riau Islands is home to what is decidedly one of Indonesia’s favoured destinations – Batam and Bintan. Bridging the heart of Singapore with the lush scenery of Indonesia, the islands have seen growth in both business and tourism. The main islands are Batam, Rempang, Galang, Bintan, Bintan, Kundur, and Karimun. Batam and Bintan are among […]

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Belitung: Beaches, Boulders and Books

Archipelago Diaries | Jul 28, 2018

Belitung Island emerges gracefully from the Java Sea inviting exploration. It does not disappoint. It is unquestionably a place of extraordinary and untouched beauty. The beaches, with their chalky white sand, are some of the most exquisite in South East Asia. Granite boulders rise out of the sea like giant megaliths. My exploration started with […]

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Bijoux Bajo: Exploring Flores in Style

Archipelago Diaries | Jun 21, 2018

Once a regency of sleepy fishing villages with empty white sand beaches and bay islands, Manggarai on the island of Flores in East Nusa Tenggara is now on the verge of becoming the next “it” tourism destination in Indonesia. Its extraordinary marine life is definitely an attraction, but more so are its unspoiled, off-the-beaten-track natural […]

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The Green Belts of North Sumatra

Archipelago Diaries | May 28, 2018

Indonesia’s third largest province, North Sumatra is where Toba, Earth’s biggest volcanic caldera, formed around 1.3 million years ago. Incredibly diverse and still relatively untouched by tourism, it is a place with awe-inspiring wonders that one must visit at some point in their lives. We put together a curated list of three natural attractions in […]

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