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Luxury highland resort planned in Belitung

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, February 6, 2014 | 06:33 am

Belitung Island, which has risen in popularity in recent years thanks to best-selling novel Laskar Pelangi and the growing prominence of its hometown hero, Basuki Tjahaja '€œAhok'€ Purnama, deputy governor of Jakarta, plans to develop its own luxury highland resort by the middle of 2015.

 PT Bintang Berlian Belitung announced on Wednesday that the '€œresortainment'€ would have 181 deluxe rooms, 21 villas and Indonesia'€™s first floating sea waterpark when it opened in June 2015.

 Construction of the Rp 300 billion (US$27.3 million) project on 7.8 hectares of land would begin this month, president director Teguh Harapan told reporters.

 Belitung, the smaller of the twin island Bangka province, accommodates daily 45-minute flights to Jakarta

Local novelist Andrea Hirata in 2008 published Laskar Pelangi, which was later adapted into a movie. Ahok made a big impression by helping Jakarta Governor Joko '€œJokowi'€ Widodo win the gubernatorial election in 2012. With Jokowi now being touted as a possible 2014 presidential candidate, Ahok will be a shoe in for the governorship.

More recently, the island has been used as the shooting location of After the Dark, a science fiction Hollywood movie starring Indonesia'€™s own Cinta Laura that will premier in April. /alz