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“Blissful retreat” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Island View Bungalows
Ranked #39 of 129 Specialty Lodging in Gili Air
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
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“Blissful retreat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

We stayed at Island View Bungalows for four days before transferring closer to 'town' in Gili Air to do our diving. This is the cutest little oasis ever! It is basic though, with fresh but cold showers. There are a couple of more modern bungalows with air-conditioning. We stayed in the standard lumbung with fan and did, at times, get quite hot under the mosquito net. Also, there was a very loud gecko in the roof of our bungalow who kept us awake a couple of nights - but I don't think that is something that can be solved! There is also a bar called Space Bar further down the track that likes to play Trance music into the wee hours of the morning. It didn't happen every night, but when it did I got my earplugs ready to stop the bass beat thumping through my head. Legends bar is not a far walk either and has a great atmosphere.

The view out to Gili Meno from the bar area is beautiful. The staff are so chilled and relaxed. The food is excellent. We really did like eating there. Gado Gado salad and Ulap Ulap were awesome. And the cocktail list extensive and affordable.
One thing to note is that Island View is a fair way away from the main part of Gili Air with its restaurants and dive shops. We rented a bike and took an inland path, as opposed to the sand path following the coast, it usually took us 10 minutes and was a lovely ride. The staff there will show you which way to go.
This is a little bit of gentle paradise that, if you are a couple looking for a nice spot away from the 'main strip' is perfect. If however, you want to be closer to restaurants and the good snorkelling, Island View may not be your cup of tea. But it doesn't take long to get in and out of town.
I would certainly go back there to escape the worries of daily life :)
Robyne Low

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

We arrived to island view by horse carriage from the port because it is a bit to far to walk.
Friendly staff, great food, and the perfect setting for a quiet holiday. Nice gazebos on the beach, and beautiful sunset. The rooms were big, clean and with a nice outdoor/open air bathroom.
The perfect place for a relaxing holiday, would recommend it to everybody

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

We booked this in Australia and didn't have any expectations. It was amazing! The staff are lovely, the chalet villas nice and the location AMAZING!
Right on the beach, you are on the quieter side of the island with amazing views.
This is a pocket of paradise. We loved it!!!

Room Tip: Go with the air con version
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
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73 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

Okey bungalows located right by the beach. Very basic and nothing extra. You can by light lunch, dinner and drinks by the bar. The luch and dinner tastes good.
This place is very basic, no refrigerator in the room. The bar close unregularly so make sure that you keep some water in your room incase you get thirsty late. The place is located 2on it´s own2 so if you would like to go somewhere else to eat (the menue is also very basic) prepare for a long walk and do bring a tortie cause its very dark. You can also expect to hear the party music from the other two islands - until 7 am if you´re unlucky. The breakfast is very poor, tea/coffé and one other thing of your choice ex eggs. No jouice or fruit - for that you have to pay extra. Also minus for that they charge you for using the hotels wifi.

Room Tip: Do pay the extra to get a room with A/C
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Bali, Indonesia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2012

We stayed for two nights in one of the superior bungalows which included air con, inside bathroom and hot water, they did not have a fridge or safe and the rooms are only serviced on request. The surroundings are very peaceful and relaxing as it is located on the West side of Gili Air away from everything else. The rooms were nicely presented with flowers scattered on the bed on our arrival with a very good mosquito net. The air con lacked power struggling to cool the room down, the water pressure at times was terrible and was rarely hot. When we booked we were informed that there was wifi avaliable at an extra cost of $2 USD/hour. On our arrival and every day we stayed we were told that the wifi wasn't working and they gave us no indication that it would be fixed. The beach has a small shallow area surrounded by reef so is not the best for swimming. The menu was very limited and its at least a half hour walk to the other side of the island.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts
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71 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Island View Bungalows for three weeks while on Gili Air and loved it. The resort is on the west side of the island in a very remote area. It gets fabulous views of the sunset and is right on the beach - It is unbelievably quiet and peaceful and perfect for honeymooners looking to escape it all! The walk into town (restaurants, dive shops, etc) is 15 minutes by beach. The staff is extremely friendly and they serve a delicious breakfast on the beach in the morning of omelets, eggs, pancakes. Laundry is also available on-site, which is nice. WiFi was not working at the resort during our time there, but that was most of the resorts on Gili Air, with the exception of Scallywags. Overall, we had a great time at Island View Bungalows and would highly recommend it to others traveling to the stunning island of Gili Air

Room Tip: Air conditioning might be worthwhile to pay a little extra for, as the evenings do get hot
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights, got upgraded to the bigger bungalow as there was a miscommunication with the bookings (not that we minded at all!) the bungalow was big but could have done with a really good clean down as everything looked a little worse for wear. the bed was comfortable and the location was away from the livelier side of Gili Air, around a 20 minute walk through the village. I would say to bring a torch if you are going to walk around at night as the staff didn't have any spares and we spent most of our using my phone as a make shift light! The food at drinks at the bar are reasonably priced and the view you get is beautiful. Would most definitely reccomend,

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Island View Bungalows
Address: West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > West Nusa Tenggara > Lombok > Gili Islands > Gili Air
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Ranked #39 of 129 Specialty Lodging in Gili Air
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Number of rooms: 2
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