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Chill Out Bungalows
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Reviewed December 8, 2012

Stayed here in late June. Overall, the stay was not exactly pleasant. We were not prepared for the atmosphere of the island. It is very wild and not something we are used to. I do think the Chillout Bungalows are some of the best accomodations on the island. Comfortable bed, hot water, good breakfast, satellite TV. We just couldn't handle the gecko crap on our bed or the giant lizard in the bathroom. We chose to move on to Lombok and the Novotel after only 2 nights. If you are prepared to get away from it all, the Chillout seems to be the best place to stay on Gili.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank misawa393
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Vinny T, Husband at Chill Out Bungalows, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2012

Hi Misawa
Thank you for your review but i am a little confused about your comments and
review , you say that our bungalows are some of the best on the island with a good bed,
breakfast etc but then put 3 stars for all of the questions.
i will go thru them.
Value 3* , you should have put quite high as you had booked for 8 days and only stayed for 2 nights and just about paid the bill(to the nearest Rupiah) when you left without telling us you was leaving,without giving us a good reason only saying to the staff you were used to city life.
Because of this we now charge people a 50% deposit when booking because if you book something usually you have to pay for what you have booked unless their is something seriously wrong with the accommodation.
Rooms only 3* when you say they are some of the best on the Island.Having A/C and Fan, Hot Fresh Water,Sat TV, Wi-Fi etc.
Location 3* we are are situated next to the best beach area on Gili Air and about a 20 second walk away.
Cleanliness 3* these bungalows are brand new and very clean , the staff clean the rooms twice daily and all bedding and towels changed every 2 days, apart from the Gekko crap ( which is a small hard pellet) the Gekko's also eat the insects and mosquitoes,you might be pleased
to know all the rooms have Mosquito nets fitted now so no more crap on the beds.
Sleep Quality 3* i can't say about your sleep pattern but you do say we have comfortable beds !
Service 3* again this is your opinion but we feel you are being rather harsh especially as you we're here only 2 nights.
Also here on tripadvisor you are supposed to be reviewing our Bungalow and not the whole Island (which you have done aswell)
What you thought of the Island we have no control over or input and has no bearing on our accommodation.
I don't feel Gili Air is so "Wild" having all the modern facilities of most places even if a little slow sometimes.
So in my opinion your review is not the most accurate or actually accurate.

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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Staff and owners very helpful and friendly. great breakfast in the morning. looking forward on a return visit. The bungalows where cleaned twice a day. Chill out bar had the best beach on the island. Best part is how quite the island.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Vinny T, Husband at Chill Out Bungalows, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2012

Hi CA WPG
Thank you for taking the time to review our bungalows , we are very glad you enjoyed the accommodation, breakfast and Gili Air. We look forward to seeing you back here again some time .

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Reviewed October 5, 2012

We stayed at Chill Out bungalows for 10 nights in September and could quite easily have stayed for another 10. We stayed in the bungalows just off the beach behind the Chill Out bar. The room was nicely presented with a lovely open air bathroom with fresh water shower. The rooms are cleaned daily by 2 young ladies, always smiling. Nothing was too much trouble for the wonderful team of staff. There were one or two issues, no hot water one day & air con not working properly when we arrived but Made, the new Trainee Manager sorted them out in next to now time.
Breakfast and dinner on the beach daily, fantastic.
All the staff at the bar were really friendly and we had some great fun with them, Teenie big, Teenie small, Ing, Manic, Made, and all the other team member who's names we didn't get to learn thanks for making our holiday so special. A special mention to Suzi the owner and little 9 week old Maya, she's so cute.
Food was great, we ate here most nights and can honestly say we didn't have a bad meal. The fish was great, we had barracuda, snapper, grouper, marlin, marlin kebabs. brilliant. Just be careful where the bar goes onto the beach. A bad storm in March did considerable damage and has left some uneven surfaces, we saw a couple of people fall, even the staff had some mishaps.
We agree with Sue B about the party night at Zipp Bar, apparently this is just once a month but it was loud, would it put us off returning, no.
Snorkelling on the reef infront of the hotel was superb, plenty of turtles first thing in the morning and later in the afternoon once the boats had stopped. Just be careful of the jelly fish first thing in the morning, if you do get stung a bit of lime from the bar does the trick.
Get up to see sunrise at least once while you are there, see the sun come up over Mount Rinjani, its magical.
We would we go back? too right we would.
Thanks to all of you for a fantastic time.

Room Tip: The bungalows behind the bar are well worth the little extra.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank bristolcitymightyred
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Vinny T, husband at Chill Out Bungalows, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2012

Hi bristolcitymightyred
We are very pleased you enjoyed you stay at our bungalows and liked the food prepared at the bar.
Like you say we have some very good staff and hope they are still here if you return to gili air sometime.
We are hoping to grow some plants during rainy season to help with the sound from the party nights, i don't know how much this will help but every little helps.
And you are right the bungalows by the beach are worth the extra so you have the 3 B's ( Beach Bar & Bungalows) and not far between them all.
Maya is growing quick and is nearly 3 months now and charming all the customers just like her mum.

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Reviewed September 25, 2012

We stayed at the Chill Out bungalows in a Lumbung Sepi for two nights in late September.
The bungalows are immaculate, very clean, comfortable and well maintained. We had our two children staying with us (11and 6) and they made up a lovely double bed on the floor for them.
Plenty of hot water, dry towels, air con, fans, wi-fi to keep us all comfortable and happy.
The bungalows are in busiest part of town and we arrived on party night -the music was unbearably loud the first night until 5am ... ( of course not the fault of chill out-but may suggest a lumbung out the back instead? In saying that there was no party the second night and the location was ideal! )
In general the lumbung sepi location is unbeatable as you can wander out to breakfast which is in the shoreline and then duck back to the bungalow if you need anything! Just check its not party night down the road.
Snorkeling is great right out the front of chill out and you can hire the gear for 1500IDR for the day from the guy across the street.
Management and staff super friendly -apart from the party an awesome stay -thanks

Room Tip: Check to see if it is party night before booking the beach bungalows!
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Sue B
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Vinny T, husband at Chill Out Bungalows, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2012

Hi Sue B
Thank you for reviewing our bungalows and we are glad you enjoyed your stay , it was a bit unfortunate arriving on a party night and this was a bigger party night than the usual one and ending up still going early in the morning and like you say not a lot we can do.
Just a small note if people are reading your review your stay was in the Chill Out Lumbungs near the beach and the Lumbung Sepi Bungalows are set away from the beach approx 200mts in a quieter area and like you say better to stay there if you want to avoid the noise from the bars
We hope you will come back some day and stay for a little longer

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Reviewed September 22, 2012

Had a great time here, clean, comfortable, great staff, great owners. Although not on the beach , you are only a 10 second walk. The port end of Gili Air has the best stretch of beach - this is awaiting you right out the front of Chill Out. The snorkeling out the front ok - but being Australian we are spoilt with our reefs. It was a really relaxing place to hang out. Water clean, beach cleanish - one day the message of clean beaches will get through to the Indonesians!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank DiByr
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Vinny T, husband at Chill Out Bungalows, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2012

Hi DiByr
We very pleased you enjoyed your stay on Gili Air and hope to see you back here again one day.

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