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Chill Out Bungalows
Ranked #15 of 136 Specialty Lodging in Gili Air
Certificate of Excellence
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Perfect stay for two families”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Just back from 5 great nights staying at the Chill Out Bungalows. We are a family of 4 and we travelled with another family of 5. We stayed at the bungalows which are tucked in behind the restaurant/bar area. These bungalows are great - clean and extremely convenient. We stayed in 4 of the 5 bungalows that are available, so it felt like our own space. From the time you wake for a leisurely breakfast to the time you turn in after some après dinner drinks, it is very hard to leave the chill out area. We kept saying that we should try a meal elsewhere, but we never did. The food served was always plentiful and of good quality. Even the Bingtang seems to taste better at Chill Out. The days drift by very easily. The staff are amazing. Always working with huge smiles on their faces. Their friendliness (especially to our children) was very genuine.
As for Gili Air itself, it is still a great place for a holiday. I came to the island 20 years ago and I was expecting huge changes. It does have many more places to stay and eat, but the vibe is still the same.
Thoroughly recommend Gili Air as a destination and Chill Out as the a place to stay/eat on the island.
David, Irene, Jack and Josh.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Vinny T, at Chill Out Bungalows, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
dbrereto thank you for the great review but most of we are happy your enjoyed your time staying with us here on gili air , your comments about the staff are great and that they were so helpful with you and your children is always so nice to hearwe hope to see you all next year
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Bogor, Indonesia
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

This is one of the best guesthouses I've stayed at in Indonesia. We stayed in the Lumbung Sepi and couldn't have been more impressed. The rooms were spotless, the beds comfortable but the outdoor shower and bathroom were a highlight. With a fan and air-conditioning and away from the noise it's not often you find such a great bungalow at this price.

The staff are super helpful and their restaurant is located on the beach which has impressive breakfast options, the pancakes especially. The owners have a high attention to detail and western standards for both the food and the rooms. They take time to get to know their guests and answer any questions they have. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Vinny T, husband at Chill Out Bungalows, responded to this review, July 4, 2013
Hi Jessica L
Thank you for taking the time to review our Lumbung Sepi Bungalows and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay in them and our food at the bar . Especially as you found our staff very helpful which is always good to know, without them all the it would be very difficult so its good to have the feed back
We hope you come back some day
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

We stayed in the Family Room at Chill Out Bungalows in April 2013. The 5 of us (2 adults and 3 children, aged 10, 8 &6 ) fitted in the bungalow very comfortably and absolutely loved our time on Gili Air. When we arrived, it was so relaxed and welcoming. We stayed for 7 nights and ate all of our meals at Chill Out Bar and Rest. Our days consisted of a wonderful breakfast (included in the $80 per night), move back to the bungalow(30 seconds walk) for sunscreen and swimmers, back to Chill Out Bar to claim our day bed for the day. We snorkled throughout the day, saw turtles most of the time and watched the kids playing with coconut shells and whatever washed up on the beach. We then had our lunch from out day bed, a few bintangs, more swimming and snorkling, happy hour at 4.30pm (the cocktails are safe and delicious), quick shower then back for dinner. The fish BBQ was an absolute hit with our family and the family we were travelling with. The kids ate whole snapper, jack fish and/ or barracuta almost every night. TO sum it up, we never had a bad meal at Chill Out and when we did venture to scallywags for something different, we wished we had eaten at Chill Out afterwards. The staff are absolutely beautiful and we felt at home. I could not recommend it enough and would tell you to just go!!! The bungalows are very clean and have everything you need including Wifi and the best outdoor shower that the kids loved! The hubbys organised a few fishing trips through Vinnie with Suzi's brother and had a ball. If you want a holiday where you don't have to cook a thing, lay around most days watching the kids have a ball or wonder around the island meeting the locals and eat wonderful, healthy food from Chill Out, then Gili Air is for you. We hope to go back as soon as we can!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Vinny T, at Chill Out Bungalows, responded to this review, July 4, 2013
Hi Kirsty
Thank you so much for your wonderful review , we are very happy you and your family enjoyed your stay here at chill out bungalows, if we need any advertisement doing i will give you a call ! I hope your friends enjoyed their stay her as well , hopefully we will see you here again for some more cocktails and fresh fish BBQ, hopefully the boys can catch some fish next time they go fishing to put on the BBQ ,but the lobster they caught was a bonus. Hopefully evrything went well with the house back in OZ.
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Klang, Malaysia
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

We stayed at the Lumbung Sepi Bungalows which are a few hundred metres away from the Chill Out Bar. We had booked this in advance for fear of being too close to the Beaches in case of Party music. The good thing about these Bungalows were the very spacious gardens they are located in, And they were very nice and quiet with a most relaxing atmosphere. The only disturbance (unfortunately, and this is not anything the Resort can do about) is from the nearby Mosque which calls at early dawn daily. These cottages are just 120 metres away from the beach, and is just an easy stroll away.
The Chill Out Bar serves the daily breakfast which is super nice, delicious and plentiful. We had dinner there too, and it was very good and reasonably priced.
But the one factor which captured us was the tremendous effort put in by the staff to attend to any our our requests and comments. Whatever we asked for which was not a standard provision, was solved by them by providing the next best alternative. No kettle in the room? Ok, they gave us a Thermos Flask. No place to rinse our dive wetsuits? They lent us a large plastic basin. A problem with the electrics? They fixed it within 2 hours. You need a quick meal? OK, they suggest something and get it for you real fast. And they lent us umbrellas when it rained, and a bicycle to zip back to the room to get something! Nothing was ever impossible!!
And all these happened when the owners were out of town. I know because I asked to meet them to say our thanks.
Anyway, I did not meet them. So here are OUR HEARTFELT THANKS!!

Room Tip: You have a choice of being close to the Beach and the Bar or away ( like us!) The prices differ!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Vinny T, Husband at Chill Out Bungalows, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Hi MahTO
Thank you very much for the great review , we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at our place and liked the food , sorry we didn't get to meet you , maybe next time..
We would like to say thank you for telling us and the readers about our staff and it is really great to hear they do such a good job and are helpful to our customers when we are not here.
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channelislands
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

We stayed in the chill out lumbung cottages as the cheaper lumbung set back of the strip were full. We were really happy with paying the extra, fresh water showers, quiet air con and we were not bothered by noise from other bars - though we were in low season. All in all a great stay, I reviewed the restaurant last year as pretty perfect and the standards have remained really high, great fish BBQ and loads of choice. Lovely staff too!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Vinny T, at Chill Out Bungalows, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Hi guernseyone
I am glad you enjoyed your stay with us and enjoyed the BBQ , thank you for the comments about our staff and that hopefully we can keep our standards up.
I am glad there were no parties whilst you were here , there are usually only a couple of parties a month but other reviews on this site make it seem there are parties all the time , these people were just unlucky to be staying here when there was a party.
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

Had a 5 day stay at Chill Out Bar & Bungalows on Gili Air and loved it! Best food on the island, without a doubt, and more smiles than I could imagine.. Comfortable rooms and clean bathrooms, a lovely little piece of property with one of the best locations, and an impeccably trained staff - you may not want to leave!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Vinny T, husband at Chill Out Bungalows, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Hi worldtrot
Thank you so much for your kind words about our food , accommodation and especially the staff.
Hopefully we will see you back again here
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Reviewed January 10, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I did not research a place to stay before getting to Gili Air like we usually do but as soon as we found this place we felt like we lucked out!

The room (hut) is gorgeous with really nice furnishings, secure walls and floor, and a wonderful bed. Everything was exceptionally immaculate and it's true that the staff never seem to stop cleaning! The hotel itself is right off the beach and it is located in the thick of things near restaurants etc. As a result though I had the worst sleep due to pounding music coming from an adjacent bar and I was really disappointed (my husband slept fine though so it may only bother finicky sleepers like myself) although I feel bad for the hotel as it is out of their control.

The food at the hotel was excellent as was the complimentary breakfast. We were only there for one day but felt that the service could improve. Several people were working but no one seemed to know who should be taking our order and eventually it turned out the man playing our eukele should have been serving us instead and we felt irritated at being ignored. Also, as paying guests at the hotel, I really didn't like having to compete for one of their nine wifi access codes as we couldn't access the wifi we were promised half the time. I think if you are a guest you should be given a guaranteed wifi access.

All in all, this place was really great and we wished we could have stayed another night!

  • Stayed December 2012
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Vinny T, husband at Chill Out Bungalows, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Hi NikiandJosh
Thank you for your review , we are glad you enjoyed our accommodation , like you say parties at other bars are out of our control and you was very unlucky that the night you stayed there was one , usually there is only one or two a month , on full moons or somebodies birthday.
We are glad you enjoyed the food at our place , the guy that served you is no longer with us , we had a few staff leave at the time you came, getting married and having babies so we had to start with new staff . Here in Lombok it is hard to find staff who speak good english and understand the western needs and it takes time to train people .
Regarding the wi-fi all the chill out lumbungs have their own codes but as you did not book in advance and was only there one day the staff probably did not realise you were staying there.
We keep the slots open for the bar low so that the bungalows connection is better .
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Property: Chill Out Bungalows
Address: Main Street, West Nusa Tenggara 81339, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > West Nusa Tenggara > Lombok > Gili Islands > Gili Air
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 136 Specialty Lodging in Gili Air
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located on the tropical island of Gili Air and offer various types of accommodation on this beautiful and tranquil piece of paradise set in the heart of Indonesia just off the North Western tip of Lombok.Whether you are looking for modern and clean Air Conditioned Fresh hot water showers with western bathroom accommodation set next to the best swimming and sunbathing beach area on Gili Air or Fan only Bungalows set away from the beach in a quiet peaceful area then we can offer you various types of accommodation on Gili Air. ... more   less 
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