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“Cool spot to hangout in Gili Air”

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Chill Out Bungalows
Ranked #14 of 140 Specialty Lodging in Gili Air
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London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
“Cool spot to hangout in Gili Air”
Reviewed April 24, 2014

Hi there, me and my friend stayed in Chill Out Bungallows for a couple of nights beginning of April, it has the perfect location, pretty central in the island, the bungallows are just perfect, they have lovely open tropical bathrooms, amazing shower under the stars :) The bar is pretty nice, always lively and the food is just great, the pineapple and chicken salad and the pizzas are really yummy...
Apparently this same guys are opening a new resort just next door soon and will have a pool, I guess it'll be worth having a look (however with those beaches, you really don't need a pool...).
The owners and staff are helpful and very nice... The only downside is that one day a week there is a party next door and it's pretty noisy at night time, other than that, I wouldn't doubt it and would stay there, I will come back for sure!
Well done to the owners! lovely lovely place! :) Thanks for a wonderful stay!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 23, 2014

My partner and I stayed at chill out bungalows for 15 nights in February and were looking for somewhere to switch off and relax. We could not have asked for anymore! Our Flight was delayed and we missed a night there but we finally made it! When we finally arrived on the island it was only a short walk to the bar and bungalows. Horse and cart are available if you didn't want to walk! We were welcomed by susi and vinnie (the owners) and offered a welcome fresh fruit juice drink. Our bungalow was amazing, everything from the comfy beds to the stylish bathrooms and they also have lounger type seats set outside your room to relax on too. The rooms were always pristine, the cleaners were so friendly and cleaned your room twice a day! The bar really was one of a kind. We ate here EVERY SINGLE DAY for (complimentary) breakfast, and lunch and dinner. There is so much to choose from we still didn't manage to get through the menu. The burgers were amazing and obviously homemade, as were the pizzas! It was hard not to order them every day! The local cuisines were also delicious. Food and drinks were very very reasonable, everything was good value for money. All in all it was an amazing 2 weeks away and each and every member of the staff could not do enough for you. We will definitely be back as soon as we can! Cheers guys!! Caroline and James

  • Stayed February 2014
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

We stayed for a week at Chill Out and were very impressed with the staff and the cleanliness of the bungalows. The resident cat meowed a few times but not long enough to bother us at all. There are many cats on the island. We stayed in one bungalow the first night however it had a musty odour and this affected both our sinuses. The next morning we were moved to another bungalow which was a much larger family bungalow. We don't know what this mustiness was but a couple of the other guests mentioned it too so maybe the airconditioners need a service as even our family bungalow would have a bit of a musty odour if the airconditioner was on for a while. We were going to mention this to the owners as an observation but they were away for a couple of days (well earned we would say). Other than that it was a lovely stay and we would stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Vinny T, at Chill Out Bungalows, responded to this review, March 23, 2014
Thank you atodmccarthy for taking the time to review our bungalows and glad you enjoyed the stay overall , the A/C units are pretty new and regularly regassed and cleaned , maybe the musky smell was just because it was rainy season when you visited ,it is hard to get things to dry here then.
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Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

We stayed at Chill Out for 2 nights. From the moment we arrived we loved the place. We came straight from Lombok and had been corresponding with Susi about a transfer. It was all arranged perfectly and we arrived right out the front with no hassels at all. Staff came right down onto the beach and carried our (heavy) cases up which was much appreciated and a really nice welcome! Straight away you are made to feel welcome by being asked to sit down and relax with a cold welcome drink. This was a really nice touch, rather than having to do some long check in process when you are hot and a bit disorientated! You could then just go up to your bungalow whenever you were ready.
We stayed in one of the bungalows just behind the restaurant/bar area. This location was great for us. It was quite at night but right next to everywhere you wanted to be.
The bungalow itself was so lovely with a big outdoor bathroom. It was great to shower in the warm air under the stars. The room was clean and bed comfy. There is a nice area out the front with two day beds that you can lie on too. The only one thing we thought would be handy would be to have a fridge in the room so that you could keep drinks cool (though as we only had a short stay this wasn't an issue, but we were thinking if you were there for a week or so it might be a nice addition). In the lovely hot temperatures drinks don't stay cool too long!
We had booked to stay for 2 nights but as soon as we arrived we were saying we wanted to stay longer and even considered extending our stay and missing out on the other Gili Islands!
In our opinion this appeared to be the best place to stay on Gili Air!
The restaurant was great and all the food we had was really good. Especially the spring rolls (best ones we had our whole time in Indonesia). The breakfast was amazing and included in the price. You got fresh juice, fresh fruit, eggs any way you liked and also a pancake! The first day we had this we had to have a nap after breakfast because we were so full and relaxed.
Swimming directly in front of the Chill Out restaurant is perfect. Just paradise. And you can snorkel there too (a bit down to the left seemed to be the best spot). Fantastic variety of coral and beautiful fish.
All the staff were really efficient and friendly. They were lovely and patient.
Overall we would definitely recommend Chill Out as the place to stay on Gili Air (value for money, location, food and staff). We walked all the way around the island and didn't see anywhere else that we thought looked as nice.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Vinny T, husband at Chill Out Bungalows, responded to this review, March 23, 2014
Hi SnorkelyCouple and thankyou for such a nice review , if i needed one to publish or print i don't think i could ask for a better one, thank you very much for the comments about the staff that is always nice to hear , i agree that we need to put fridges in the rooms which we have started with the family room first. we always have the ones at the bar if anybody needs to put something in. Well i would like to thank you for all the comments you have made and we hope you come back but stay a bit longer next time.Thank you for the recommendation.
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

These bungalows are set back from the beach, 50 metres with the bar directly in front of the beach. the bed is comfy, it is clean and cleaned daily. liked the outdoor shower but think the toiletshoud be sectioned off for more privacy, also being outdoors the bathroom is very humid
vinny was very helpful with questions and directionsetc although would have liked more of a welcome with information about the island, things to do, how to negotiate on things especially if its your first time to Indo.
there was also a very loud crying cat that visited us every night, a baby crying at 7am promptly every morning and a loud party on saturday night at 1am (not owners fault just advising)
overalls great bungalows and good value as the islands are expensive if you want to stay near the beach. would recommend

Room Tip: bungalow 2 is atthe end so no one walking past you, but is very close to the next one so not good if...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Vinny T, at Chill Out Bungalows, responded to this review, March 23, 2014
Thankyou damore06-233 for taking the time to review us and we are glad you would recommend us .
Regarding the welcome, on arrival when offered a welcome drink you said you wanted to go straight to the room and was there some time,we tend to leave people to themselves unless they ask for help which like you said i had answered your questions .
There are not many tourist attractions to promote on Gili Air mostly here there is diving,snorkeling and relaxing on the beach.I did phone the snorkel company you booked further up the island to get them to pick you up at the bar rather than have to go half way up the island and i booked you a taxi when you left , i am sorry i did not explain about negotiating but i presume most people know about haggling, if you asked i could try to explain.
Like you say not a lot we could do about the cat, party and next doors baby
We are glad you found it overall good value thou.
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

We were unsure where to eat during our short overnight stay on Gilli Air, we stumbled across the chill out restaurant and I can honestly say it was fantastic. Fresh fish is a must, we said it is the best fish we have ever eaten.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Vinny T, husband at Chill Out Bungalows, responded to this review, March 23, 2014
Hi sofi128 thank you for taking the time to review us and we are glad you stumbled upon us and found the fish so good , jack fish is one of my favourites too
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

Stayed here with my two children aged 2&1/2 and 4 &1/2 for 3 nights and loved every minute of it, took a private speed boat from Lombok which landed us straight on the beach of the chill out bar which is the bungalows restaurant.
This is not 5 star luxury but it is most definately 5 star, the staff are great, the food at the restaurant (chill out bar) is top quality and we never felt the need to eat anywhere else during our stay and every night we saw the same faces eating there which is always a good sign.
the rooms are directly opposite the bar down a 30m paved alley, they are modern, clean , have mossie nets over the beds with a fan inside the net, air con as well, sat tv ,room safe, outside shower, gas hot water shower.
we took a trip around the whole island and the beach is definately one of the best sections, my kids spent the whole time swimming in the sea and playing in the sand.
plenty of fish just off the beach to snorkel with.
Susi and Vinny (UK) are wonderful hosts, even if Vinny is a rotton Tottenham supporter :)
hope to get back there one day soon

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Vinny T, husband at Chill Out Bungalows, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Hi sipdemruby thank you for reviewing our bungalows and we are glad you and the kids enjoyed your stay even if it was for only a few days , i know the kids enjoyed the ice creams whilst they were here, thankyou for the kind words about the food but especially about the staff . we hope to see you back here again , even thou you support west ham !
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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
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Ranked #14 of 140 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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