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Fancy galloping in paradise? Head to Lombok, Indonesia

August 29, 2010

If you’re game for an entirely different experience while traveling in tropical Indonesia, horseback riding on white sandy beaches and enjoy breathtaking vista while meeting locals in traditional villages?

That place is in Lombok, East of Bali. And the horse-involving escapade is on offer through Villa Eudaimôn, in Kuta Beach. Guests staying at the Eudaimôn can choose  from four horses. The Villa’s founder, French movie producer Pierre-Emmanuel Barthes, is an avid equestrian.


Just like an idyllic scene from the American Midwest, a few stallions in a paddock. Except that this is in Lombok Island, East of Bali.


The trip will take you to diverse vistas, from deserted beaches, mangrove forests, and traditional villages.

Various trips are available, tailored to special interests. Ranging from a few hours in the surrounding area, to half day trips to other parts of the island with a combination of drive and horse-back riding. This unique eco-adventure allows you to see sunrise, sunset, visit a traditional village and experience the Sasak people’s way of life and their farming communities.

For more information, please contact Villa Eudaimôn, or alternatively, for French-speakers, click http://chevalkutalombok.canalblog.com/ (email: kutahorses@hotmail.com, tel: +62 81 915 999 436.


Pierre-Emmanuel Barthes, founder of Villa Eudaimôn, passing through a traditional Sasak village.


One of the delights of the equestrian adventure is watching horses take their bath


Reminiscent of and Irish or Scottish landscape, but over here sunshine is almost always guaranteed


The diverse landscape, void of people and a pace all your own, are the main draws

Ethics and Tourism:

According to the concepts of the Ecotourism Charter, Eudaimôn has made the ethical choice to equip its bungalows with solar energy, to fuel its taps with spring water and to grow vegetable without pesticides.

The kind of architecture that has been chosen utilizes natural materials found in abundance on the island : wood and stone.

In this project, we tried to always involve the local population in all phases of the construction or operation rather than using outside firms as happens too often. Our approach brings greater benefits to the local population. Villa Eudaimôn will afford you a real immersion in the Sasak culture.

About Lombok:

Lombok is located 20 minutes by plane from the east of Bali. There are direct flights linking Singapore to Mataram 3 times a week (Silkair), and 8 times a day for Bali. The island has not seen the development of tourism in Bali and maintains more authenticity as its neighbor.

The property is located close the village of Kuta. The Villas are build tall, well sheltered from unlikely tsunamis (the area is protected by a natural barrier reef). The site is secured 24 hours a day.

The south coast of Lombok is the only part of the island (and may be in all Indonesia) to have a series of large unspoiled white sand beaches, completely deserted (the area has been protected by the authorities and construction is prohibited for instance). Offshore, on the reef, waves broke in rolls popular among surfers. Within the reef one can fish or bathe safely in turquoise calm waters.

The area is more dry than the North of the island, and much more sunny than Bali. So even in rainy season (December to March) it rains only one or two hours a day. Nature is very green, rice fields full of people.

The island lives essentially from its tobacco, rice, soja, peanuts and fish.
The Sasaks are skilled craftsmen, with creations in the three main areas of: weaving, pottery, and woodwork.

Night life in Kuta Lombok is fairly limited, with a few decent restaurants and bars. The attraction really is in its rustic and calm pace.

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