As we are no backpackers we were looking for a comfortable place to stay which was not that easy to find.
First of all note that you don't and shouldn't book more than the first night in advance if you are travelling off season as we did.
You get much better prices by just showing up at the hotel and asking for a room.
Also be sure that you book your speedboat ticket with someone you trust as public prices are way more you have to pay.
A return ticket should not cost more than 65$ with Speedboat from Padang Bai to any of the Gilis including pickup from all know tourist areas.
Back to topic:
The Hotel which consists of several really big Villas is on one of the biggest areas I have seen on the island. Very well maintained and owned by a German.
The standard of the Villa resort is like a good 3* Hotel which is top line on this Island.
Service and Staff is very good, everyone was really nice and took care of anything we need.
It was a pity that the owner didn't even say Hello although we were in contact by Email beforehand and he passed by us 2 times in the restaurant before we knew it was him.
I think it makes a difference if the owner just shows some interests in in guests especially as we were only 1 of 2 guest couples...
Anyway the bungalow (No. 3) had a beautiful outdoor bathroom. The bungalow itself was so big that you felt almost a bit lost. Strange enough that there was no table with chairs in there or on the terrace where you could sit down and eat something (like breakfast which they offer to bring to your room). And its almost impossible to cool down the room to a nice temperature without having the AC running 24h.
Its very quiet there, you won’t hear anything but nature and of course the prayer at 5 am which I even couldn’t “switch off” using ear plugs. Well you get used to it.
Small things like giving the staff new company t-shirts (the looked awful) would be a nice moce from the management.
Overall we would probably come back here if we would come back to Gili Air which we won’t I think. Its nice to be here, very chilled out and relaxed. Snorkeling of the beach was very disappointing which one of the reasons we came here. Maybe its because of last weeks of rainy season. Asked other beach snorkelers but it seems like most of the corals in a reasonable distance from beach are dead.
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