It is a long weekend here in Lombok as Thursday and Friday are national public holidays and Saturday and Sunday are normal weekend. Domestic tourists from big cities such Surabaya and Jakarta are flocking Lombok already occupying major hotels in Mataram and Senggigi area.
Online news portal Lomboknews.com reported that major hotels in Mataram such as Santika and Lombok Raya were fully occupied. Tour operators were reported also finding difficulties to find rooms for their visitors who mostly came from major cities in Java, Lomboknews.com reported.
Whilst hotels in Mataram are fully occupied, there are still vacant rooms in many hotels in Senaru Resort, in North Lombok district that is famous for its Rinjani trekking and Sindang Gile waterfall. Although some homestays are also fully occupied but they are filled by overseas travelers.
“Our hotel our fully occupied. We have 9 rooms and all are occupied with tourists from Jakarta, Malaysia and Mataram,” said Rusman, Manager Sinar Rinjani hotel in Senaru.
Rinjani Lodge that has four rooms are also fully occupied. While Segara Anak homestay still have four rooms available and so is Horizon Senaru homestay. The largest hotel in Senaru Resort is Pondok Senaru with 17 rooms and Guru Bakti Hotel with 9 rooms.
“Most of our guests are coming here to go climbing Mount Rinjani. They also enjoy their time here going to Sendang Gile waterfall and visit traditional houses,” said Rusman.
Sainah, trek organizer, said that visitors also like to take a short trek to rice fields, waterfall and traditional house. “From March to April this year, there are many tourists from Malaysia and Singapore. While European visitors are mostly from French and Germany,” said Sainah who has spent ten years working as trek organizer.
Most visitors spend two nights in Senaru resort. If they go trekking to Mount Rinjani they will spend one night or two in the mountain, said Sainah. (LI/KM).