We stayed at Biba for a full week as part of our honeymoon in June.
The room (the more "expensive" of the the two different types) had ocean view, a nice veranda and was clean and spacious. The decor was simple, but really pretty with nice, colorful Italian quality linen (yes, details matter)
The location was perfect, just in front of the best snorkeling spot of the island, and not too close to the main tourist "strip". (not far either, the island is tiny and so is the main strip).
During our stay, we were content with everything, but what really made this stand out is the staff. The owners are outgoing, laid-back, humourstic and eager to give their guests a great stay.
The staffers were unbelievably charming (not in the cheesy waiting-to-be-tipped-way. In fact, we tried to tip everybody, a lot, which was kind of difficult, because they were so humble and modest). Throughout our stay we received great service, smiles all around and willingness to chat which was cosy.
The food at Biba is splendid Italian food, prepared 'con amor'. At our last night, my husband had asked the owners (a charming Italian couple) to prepare a romantic surprise dinner. So, in the pavilion facing the beach, a six course menu was served, including antipasti, pasta, pizza, seafood and fresh tropical fruits - bliss!
We would definitletly recommend this place. Not only will you get bang for your buck, you will also get personal and dedicated service in a nice setting.
Just one thing: Don't go if you're not a fan of cats. We like them, which is good, because there are cats all over the place. Not only at Biba, but all over the island :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Local Stile, Italian Management. Cats Friendly Place. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Biba Beach Hotel Gili Air
- Biba Beach Gili Air, Gili Islands