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Scallywags Mango Retreat
Ranked #2 of 58 Gili Air B&B and Inns
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Lennox Head
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71 reviews
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“Too far to walk.”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

We had just stayed at the Trawangan resort which we couldnt fault. The same kind of goes for this place, except that it wasnt at the water. The restaurant ( which you had to walk 10 mins too) was at the beach. It was lovely. and busy. Funny, it was never ready for breakfast at 7am like Trawangan was. The staff actually asked people to move from their table ( at 7.30 ) as they were still sweeping the floor. Both mornings this was the same thing. 8am start for breakfast. Annoying if you have just walked here for it. The pool and rooms were nice, but you couldnt swim/snorkle then jump into your hotel pool. The path to the hotel is like a broken back alley. The hotel is also noisier than Trawangan as it's in the middle of the villages. So .... no, I wouldnt go back. I would eat there, but stay elsewhere. sorry

Room Tip: too noisy with the campungs around you.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

If you can afford it don't waste your money elsewhere! We walked around the whole island and realised that the beaches on Air are not that great, the best bit is where Scallywags beach restaurant is. If you stay at Mango you get a free sun lounge. Everything else is great as other people wrote.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here for 3 nights in late September 2013. We read lots of good reviews about them, so booked them via email. They were very helpful and always replied straight away, and easily assisted us with booking our fast boat transfer to and from the island.

The retreat is about a 5 min walk from the main strip of restaurants, but you can easily ask the hotel to organise a bike for you so you can ride around the island.

The room was very clean and tidy, and the outdoor bathroom was a nice touch. The shower was either too hot or too cold, but luckily it was in the sun so it didn't really matter. The bedroom didn't get much sunlight, but that might depend on where the room is facing (we stayed in 4a). We didn't end up using the pool, because we preferred to go to the beach instead, although it did look great.

I highly recommend Scallywags for a secluded getaway, as it's very peaceful and quiet. The staff were extremely friendly, although the front desk is not always manned so best to visit it in the morning if you have any queries.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Very high standard for this island. We stayed at the Mango retreat for the first three days on Gili Air. We then moved to another hotel that is/was ranked higher here on Tripadvisor and were so disappointed that we cancelled after two days and moved back to Scallywags but this time we stayed at the Smuglers Hideaway for four days. Do not underestimate the value of proper sound isolation when staying on an island where roosters and chickens run free in the streets.

The manager Mira was very helpful and competent and I can understand why the staff at the Mango, Smuggler's and the Organic restaurant are so smiling and happy. She is doing an awesome job as a manager for the Scallywags on Gili Air and the staff are very well trained.

If you value silence and expect at least four star standard from a hotel this is the only place to stay on the island. We loved both the Mango and the Smuggler's and would stay on either location when we visit the island again… which we most certainly will do :)

Room Tip: All rooms are quiet and equally great.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Surrey
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

Recently stayed for three nights at the new Smugglers Hideaway on the opposite side of the island. A short walk gets you there through local communities which is fascinating. If you feel lazy then grab a horse & cart (taxi) Lovely rooms with a nice plunge pool as you enter the secure resort - extremely well decorated with stocked mini bar - TV & WIFI - Nice touch is they put a couple of torches in the room so you have them when you go out at night....I like it! We had an extra bed in the room for a child which was no trouble at all.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Sydney
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

I Would like to thank Nigel & Jacky Ames (owners of Scallywags Resorts) for their generosity and hospitality on Gili Air. Mango Retreat was everything we needed for our island getaway and the location amidst the locals was wonderful and authentic. Clean and bright accommodation with a gorgeous pool. The staff were friendly, efficient and accommodating and the short walk to Scallywags Beach Club for our daily dose of beachfront and Bintangs was ideal. See you again very soon.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

After all the noise & bustle of Gili T we LOVED Gili Air. Stayed at the new Smugglers Scallywags Resort. Great that you have breakfast & can use the facilities (lounges etc) of Scallyways beach Club right on the beach. You can snorkel right from the beach - coral a bit dead but lots of colourful fish.
Its quite different being located in the village & its a pleasant 10min walk. Lots of local restaurants to choose from. Smugglers was just opened in Jun 2013 so everything is new with some beautiful contemporary Indonesian artwork & statues. Loved the bathroom which is half outside - gives that great tropical feeling.
A free transfer was organised from Gili T & we organised the Scallyways speedboat to take us to the mainland (Rp300K quite expensive) & got a metered taxi to meet us to go to Sengiggi (Rp65K).
We will definitely return. (stayed in July 2013)

Room Tip: Only about 10 rooms & most seemed similar. Probably away from the pool & entrance area bette...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Scallywags Mango Retreat
Address: Jl. Scallywags no. 1-2, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > West Nusa Tenggara > Lombok > Gili Islands > Gili Air
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 58 B&Bs / Inns in Gili Air
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Scallywags Mango Retreat 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mango Retreat. Situated in the heart of the village of Gili Air and its 5-7 minute walks from the beach, harbour and our famous beach club. Each of the 6 rooms open onto the free form swimming pool that is built around the shady mango trees. ... more   less 
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