2010-02-27: Gold rush at the other Kuta

It’s seen as a potential new tourist Bali and a chance to get development right this time

In a remote stretch of untamed Indonesian forest along a spectacular coastline where collapsed roads might deter even intrepid travellers, a sign of things to come incongruously advertises “land for sale”. A real estate agency has marked out an area amid thick, tropical vegetation where investors can still claim a piece of Kuta.

Kuta Lombok, that is, not its neighbour across the Lombok Strait, Kuta Bali. It’s serendipity: the name plonks southern Lombok on the tourist map by drawing on people’s memories of the more familiar Kuta, a name that means fortress.

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