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Wilson's Retreat
North Beach Gili Trawangan, Desa Gili Indah | Pemenang, Lombok Utara, West Nusa Tenggara 83611, Indonesia   |  
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2 reviews
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“Perfect experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Just came back from Wilson's and ALL was great! I was traveling with my family and a big group of friends and we actually didn't move away from Wilson's. It has everything you need: nice swimming pool, good beach and sunset, good food...
The rooms are very charming, brand new, spacious and clean.
Staff is very attentive and helpful.
Waiting time for food is a bit long but still OK for Indonesian standards...
Totally recommended for families with young children .

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Location is far from the main strip but if you are looking for piece and quiet and don't mind a good walk, then this is the place to stay. A horse carriage will cost 75.000 rp from where the boats come in to Wilson's Retreat. They are currently expanding the hotel so there was a bit of noise going on during the daytime. Friendly staff and good food however cocktails were not worth the money as they were priced a bit high and very low on the alcohol so if you need a drink, walk towards the busy area and you'll find several bars along the way. Beach area isn't very good at the north coast...

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

We were on the island in august and everything was fully booked when we arrived. After a whole day of hotelhopping to find a place to stay, we stumbled on Wilsons retreat. There was a big sign "opening soon" and the staff was still bringing on the brand new matresses and furniture. After explaining to alfredo we had no place to stay, he agreed we could stay as a try-out. We dediced to stay 4 nights and this was absolutely the best experience we had in indonesia. At the end of our stay there was water in the pool and the staff knew what to do when guests showed up for breakfast. :-) A special thanks to francois and all the delicious meals he made for us, the noodle breakfast still brings up memories, as do the desserts. Alfredo, we are sure you are still doing a great job there, hopefully there s now some more time to relax than in august!
The hotel is 20min walk from the center, perfect if you want to be on this island but do not want to be in the middle of the backpackersparties. A bike would come in handy, we took a few times a horesecarriage to the part where the road is broken down, then it takes only a 5min (dark) walk over the beach back to the hotel.
When you re lucky, you can spot turtles in front of the hotel.
The rooms are superb, the outdoor shower is fantastic.
Don t hesitate, this is without a doubt the place where you want to stay!!

Room Tip: All rooms looked the same, all are excellent. We did not have a chance to check out the villa, but p...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We had a look at a lot of hotels and places to stay and Wilsons felt like the best place to stay - the whole package.
From start to finish we were extremely impressed with everything about Wilsons. The rooms were brand new and perfect for the family. The staff were friendly and helpful. And the manager was like a friend after 2 days - he went out of his way to make sure we were totally looked after. Wilson's location is also perfect. It's the best part of the island, calmer and quieter but only 20 mins walk from 'down town'. The restart was also very good - even the kids were happy.

Room Tip: We stayed in one of the walled villas with adjoining rooms with the private pool. Perfect for 3 kids...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We just spend 3 days at Wilson's retreat and i have to say that this place is a little paradise. The hotel is located on gili trawagan but on the quiet part of the island so you are really able to relax. However you are still 20 min walk from the busy area if you feel the need to party.
Also the rooms and hotel in general are so elegant and well designed. The hotel have also a french chef and it's really amazing what he manage to do on such a small island!
Finally i have to thank all the staff and especially Alfredo, Tabea, Francois etc... as we were there with a lot of kids and they took care of us like nobody. I definitely recommend this hotel!

Room Tip: The private 2 rooms villas are really nice!
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

This little hotel gets everything right from the start. After around 90 minutes leisurely drive to the port, followed by a swift 15 minutes boat ride and then by a short but super bumpy cidomo (horse carriage), we arrived at this little gorgeous place. It is located at the quiet northwest side of the island, away from all the hustle bustle of the party central along the east side.

Alfredo, the manager from Spain, warmly greeted us, showed us to our villa and and briefed us about the hotel and the island. The villa is elegantly designed. The rooms are nice, clean, bright and nicely decorated. Outdoor shower, wooden deck patio, little private pool....just great.

The restaurant, run by a French chef, Francois, offers excellent quality food. The menu is short, we pretty much tried almost everything throughout our stay, and liked them all.The a la carte breakfast was good, try the nasi goreng (fried rice)..it's good!! Cocktail selection is good, mojito was fantastic, not so much on the margarita though.

The beach in front of the hotel is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the three-colored hue of the sea, or for some nice snorkeling. Later we found out that this is the best place to enjoy the sunset..over the majestic Balinese Mt. Agung across the strait.

Bikes, good way to explore the island, though some part of the island is too sandy for cycling, it is still more enjoyable than cidomo ride. If you want to go to the central from the hotel, take the long route to the left of the hotel...you will pass some gorgeous spots along the way, and the route is less sandy so you will not end up pushing your bike most of the time.

Overall, we really enjoyed our short stay at this hotel, the location and the property is great, the service is excellent, Alfredo (and also Tabea whom we met only on the last day) were two of the most friendliest hosts I have ever met, food and drinks were excellent...this is definitely in our must come-back list. Don't bother to stay elsewhere!!!!

Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We were staying on the other side of the island but came across to check out the quieter side. Had lunch here which was absolutely lovely and chatted to the chef Francois at the end of our meal. We were shown the hotel rooms which looked so inviting we will be going back here later this year. Fairly new hotel and the standard seems very high. The comfiest day lounges for book reading and relaxing (and we took advantage of this). Can't wait for September.

Room Tip: There were eight individual rooms and then two, two room villas with their own private pools - a gre...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: North Beach Gili Trawangan, Desa Gili Indah | Pemenang, Lombok Utara, West Nusa Tenggara 83611, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > West Nusa Tenggara > Lombok > Gili Islands > Gili Trawangan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 105 Specialty Lodging in Gili Trawangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wilson's Retreat is a small boutique hotel set on a gorgeous strand of white sandy beach on the quiet north coast of Gili Trawangan. The location at the far end of the island lends itself to peaceful, lazy days lounging in the sun waiting for the most amazing sunsets over Bali's volcano and quiet nights under the starlit sky. ... more   less 
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Wilson's Retreat Gili Islands/Gili Trawangan

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