“After the success of the first one, they built a road into the break (at Uluwatu). I used to love walking in along the track – this narrow goat track with cactus either side, and stiles you had to climb over. I always regretted that we inadvertently caused that.”
Thousands of people flock daily to the centuries-old, sacred Hindu temple at Tanah Lot, a rock formation that juts into the Indian Ocean. An island at high tide and flanked by sheer cliffs, it’s among Bali’s most photographed sites, particularly for the mesmerizing sunsets that transform the waters into a shimmering orange vista.
Shrouded in mist and cloud, the twin volcanoes of the lushly forested Gunung Gede Pangrango national park are the brooding guardians of nature’s last stand on teeming Java island. Indonesia’s overflowing, polluted capital is a couple of hours north, and with Trump-branded properties being built next to this protected area, Jakarta may soon feel even closer.
The Indonesian business partner of the Trump group has pledged to respect Hindu traditions and follow building height restrictions at a luxury hotel and golf resort it is developing near a temple on the island of Bali, as quoted from Reuters.
The erection of illegal building in no-build green zones in Bali has become more rampant in its disregard for the law, as quoted from Bali Discovery.
Hary Tanoesodibjo’s MNC group has been buying up land around the existing Nirwana resort at Tanah Lot, a relatively undeveloped area about an hour’s drive north of the main tourist strip at Kuta, as quoted from ABC News.
The current low occupancy rates of Bali Hotel has resulted in what PHRI-Bali officials term as “unhealthy competition” and is attracting low quality tourists to the Island.
Besides a moratorium on new hotel construction, the alliance also urged the government to consistently enforce Bali’s spatial planning and culture tourism bylaws, which were aimed to protect the region’s culture and nature from uncontrolled development.
With an estimated 130,000 rooms for rent every night in Bali, many of which remain empty, it should be apparent to even the most casual observer that Bali is in a critical oversupply situation.
Trump Hotels plans to start work on the resort next year and it will be built on a clifftop overlooking the famous 16th century Hindu temple, Tanah Lot.