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Secret Island Resort
Ranked #170 of 437 Lombok B&B and Inns
Malaga, Spain
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25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Surprise”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2014

We took a blue taxi from Mangsit for IRP 350000 and a boat for IRP 15000 to arrive at Gili Gede where we reserved a room for 250000 in the secret Island Resort.
The place has a nice but somewhat negected athmosphere.and the resort has probably buils a number of years ago.
The room needed refreshing but everything functioned, the beach is small, the people are nice and the rstaurant is OK.
After one day there however we preferred to go elsewhere anyway.
The Island has no electricity during the day but it is beautiful an relatively untouched so far

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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Kiel, Germany
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2014

We visited Gili Gede in the end of January 2014. It was really spontaneous (as backpackers normally are): we phoned the owner Peter on the very day as we arrived and he greeted us very warmly on his resort. After checking all the facilities, we decided to take one of the houses which are located on the water. For everybody who is interested in that resort: it is simple, not luxurious, but nice and cosy and has its special charm. You can easily jump into the water after getting up and have a little refreshment before going to breakfast. The staff is very nice, the location marvellous and the food in the restaurant is excellent. After 3 overnight stays, you get a kajak for free and can explore the sourroundings of the island. We were 4 people, unfortunately one kajak was broken. But still, we cannot complain about anything! Also snorkeling trips were offered, but hence the time we were there it was very rainy we skipped that. The island itself is very charming. If you walk along the shore, you get to a rural village and it is really a nice change after the touristic spots on Bali. I really recommend this resort to everybody...also to low budget-travelers (I was also one). If you are looking for a place with loads of tranquility and want some time for yourself and to relax, visit this place :)

Room Tip: Take the houses on the water....a long walk but really worth it :)
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Singaraja, Indonesia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2014

We had a wonderful three days at secret island recently. The warmth of the owners and their care for every aspect of our stay really made secret garden stand out from other places. The half day snorkelling trip was fantastic, skippered by the owner himself, with a great knowledge of the best snorkelling in the area! Wow, you have to experience it to know! We enjoyed dancing to the music in the evening and listening to lovely flute playing. I would recommend the ikan red saus rice for dinner and the pisang goreng with chocolate were great too. The rooms were reasonably priced with a wide range of options. Clean towels every day was very nice too. As was free transport back to the mainland.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ohio City, Colorado
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2013

I recently stayed at S.I.R, over the reef bungalow with a few friends of mine, and we enjoyed the whole week in this Resort. The food was great, Chicken curry is my favorite !
We spent our first day snorkeling , and we highly recommend this trip ! i agree that the 12 Gilli's reef is one of the best snorkeling area in Lombok/Bali. We also did a few other activity such as walking trip around the island, it was exhausting but worth doing. On the trip we met a few friendly local peoples, and we also collect a few unique shells on the beaches around the island. The rest of the days, we mostly spend on relaxing, enjoying the breathtaking views from our bungalow. I would classified this resort like a home stay semi hotel since most of the night we spent our time playing a few music instrument with the owner. Thank you for the great experience peter, looking forward to visit S.I.R again.

Diane

Room Tip: Bungalow over the reef and bungalow hill side is highly recommended !!
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2013 via mobile

Stayed two nights in the over water bungalows which were terrific. You will not ever get anything like this for the price! I was quite impressed with the bathroom - salty water wasn't an issue.

We went on a snorkeling tour with Peter and it was great. Peter was a very helpful and obliging host.

Secret Island Resort is a great little spot to relax for a few days.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Biarritz, France
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013

we had a wonderful stay in this hotel.
Great atmosphere, and the whole staff was so nice.
I Highly recommend this place to everybody
The bugallow over the sea is the best one with the best view you will never have, specially for sunset.
Excellent place for snorking too.
Chris

Room Tip: The best bungallow is over the sea!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Christian V
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San Diego, California, United States
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

We enjoyed our stay in the romantic reef bungalow. We could see fish and swim from our room. Very rustic but romantic ambiance. We spent the first day kayaking around the island, it takes about 3-4 hours. Then we did a great snorkel trip to 3 islands. Fantastic corral and fish, the best we have seen in Lombok or Bali. Peter, our host, was very friendly and accommodating and gave us some great history of life in Lombok. We look forward to visiting again. Much more relaxing than the "Gili Islands"

Room Tip: Take the reef Bungalows
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Secret Island Resort
Address: Gili Gede, Lombok, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > West Nusa Tenggara > Lombok
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #170 of 437 B&Bs / Inns in Lombok
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Secret Island Resort is a Eco friendly small resort with a very good small beach in front. We are slowly rising up to a 3 star quality hotel in a 5 star location. There are now 7 units with solar hot water and now there are 2 'Bungalows over the reef' available. These are stable units attached to a dock within easy walking distance to the Restaurant and lounge. These two bungalows over the water are the only ones in either Lombok or Bali. The snorkeling is great nearby and the fishing is still good to. SIR operates a 9 meter sport fishing boat called 'Scorpio' that is very good for touring the 12 South west gilis and snorkeling to. ... more   less 
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