New Years on Gili Islands
With another globally eventful year coming to an end and the hope of the coming year bright with possibilities, Lombok and the Gili islands is a great place to welcome the beginning of 2016. In this “whats news” we give you the scoop on the best parties and the best places to celebrate the New Year in Lombok and the Gilis!
In Senggigi, most of the larger hotels have special events planned for New Year’s Eve. These are perfect for families and guests wanting to celebrate with a special meal and live entertainment in a festive atmosphere.
The Holiday Resort in Mangsit celebrates with a “The Lombok Tempo Doeloe”, (old fashioned) New Year’s Eve Party. Enjoy an International Deluxe Gala Dinner Buffet and be entertained by the live Master Peace Band, and a spectacular modern dance performance, plus win great prizes in the lucky draw. Starting at 7.30pm, tickets are US $65++ per person.
The Senggigi Beach Hotel is having a huge Gala Party on their Sunset Beach. Party on the beachfront with a delicious “East meets West” international buffet dinner and live entertainment. Dance the night away to the live band and witness the fireworks show over the water. There are lots of exciting door prizes to be won, including Garuda airline tickets, accommodation and meals vouchers, and more. Ticket price on application (usually around Rp400,000 to Rp500,000.
The Sheraton Senggigi Resort also has a special Gala Dinner on the beachfront, with live entertainment, a band and dancing. There are raffles with prizes to be won and a fantastic fireworks show. Price is Rp 1, 250 000++ per person.
For those who want to party until dawn, Senggigi’s most popular clubs have huge New Year’s Eve parties planned.
Marina Café celebrates New Year with their usual themed Party”, featuring special guest star DJ’s usually from Jakarta. A well-known personality on the Jakarta club scene, DJ Bone may attend again and will bring the house down with his popular blend of electro, progressive and tech trance. Together with Sexy Naughty Band from Jogjakarta, plus Marina’s resident local DJ and sexy dancers live on stage, Marina is set to party all night! Show starts at 9.30pm until 4.00am.
Sahara Club in Senggigi Plaza has a great line up for their New Year’s Eve Party, with special guests Zoullata Band from Jakarta and DJ Agus NRG from Surabaya playing great music all night. There’s a live floor show by some very sexy dancers from Bali, as well as lots of games to play and prizes to be won. The action starts at 10pm – dance and party ’til you drop!
Gili Trawangan becomes one big party on New Year’s Eve and you can easily wander between venues, catching the best of the action at places like Blue Marlin,and Tir Na Nog.
Villa Ombak, the island’s largest resort, is celebrating with a “Trawangan Beach Party” on the beachfront. Dine on fresh seafood and delicious creations from their award-winning Executive Chefs, while being entertained by fire dancing, belly dancers and live music. The event culminates with a breath-taking fireworks display.
Tir Na Nog or “The Irish Bar” is always a popular place and is where most of the expats tend to congregate, playing mixed 80’s music throughout the night with some techno thrown in.
Blue Marlin rave will be the hot sweaty place playing crazy techno / electro, hard house with all the latest hard core with possibly the best upbeat music on the island. Don’t be surprised if there is an entrance fee as this is usually where it all takes place
The Beach House has a “Gourmet Festive New Year’s Eve Dinner”, featuring exotic seafood creations, including lobsters, jumbo prawns and fresh oysters specially flown in from Sydney, as well as Rum-soaked Roast Turkey and other delicious selections. Of course there’ll be plenty of champagne, wines and cold beers on offer. Wine and dine in style before hitting the late night parties!
Horizontal Lounge usually hosts a pretty large event, slowly starting on 30 December and continuing until 1 January, to celebrate in the New Year. Be entertained by top Indonesian DJ’s spinning the best mixes on the island and dance on the beach, under the stars! There’ll be plenty of action at Horizontal and on the beachfront – this is an event not to be missed.
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