December 2017 - Slow
Gili Air Island, Lombok, Indonesia
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24 Hours in Gili for New Years

What happens in Gili for New Year’s? The people of Gili are naturally party people. The Gili islands are known to be THE party destination of Indonesia. Are you spending your holidays in Gili? Are you still wondering where to spend your holidays? Search no more, the answer is Gili! To start New Years Eve celebrations, for sunset, at Lucky’s Bar. Its one of the best places, this time of the year, to watch the sunset in Gili Air. Every year the beach is packed with party people, families, local people, all gather together on the beach to watch the last sunset of the year. It has a bit the same vibe as Ibiza, a few years ago. We are all smiling, looking in eachothers eyes and watching the sun set, in the ocean, for the last time in 2017. Puts a smile on my face, just thinking about it, doesn’t it? Once the sun sets, after the colours have gone from red, to orang, purple, blue, to announce the arrival of the night. I’d hop on a bycicle and cycle to Camila Beach Club. They have prepared an exquisite menu for the New Year.

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Why NOT to visit the Gili islands, especially now?!

I understand the fear the media can awaken in you. Personally, since the beginning of Mt Agung’s eruption, I flew in and out 3 times. The first time, I think I stopped breathing during the entire flight. I’m more the adventurous type. I really felt like I was crazy to have boarded that flight. The last flight I boarded, was actually the same day as the eruption. I had planned a cruise to Raja Ampat, on a new liveaboard. My flight with Garuda Indonesia was cancelled, for cause of vulcano eruption, fair enough. Yes, they are safe and prepared for vulcano eruptions. As Indonesia counts 76 vulcanoes. Yes the vulcano might erupt. Yes the airport might be closed. Yes there might be ashes. I’m in Bali now. I’ll communicate on what is happening at this very moment. BUT I can assure you, we know exactly what to do and we’ve got you.  What happened to me when the vulcano erupted and my flight was cancelled? I checked into South-Lombok’s Novotel for a night, fabulous place by the way. Garuda refunded my ticket, and I flew out the next day with Lion Air. I hopped on the liveaboard and had thje best holidays […]

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The idea Bruno Ferret and Stéphane Junca are the founders of Secret Retreats‘ community. They had the brilliant idea, to create a community of independantly owned luxury boutique hotels, lodges, cruises and restaurants in Asia. Properties with a soul, that offer much more then just a common luxury holiday getaway. Secret Retreats create experiences. They make these moments count. Just like Slow. Photocredit: @SergeAnton The criterias The properties need to be truely Asian in essence Have tasteful architecture, design and furnishings Be located in exceptional environments Be discreet and intimate with no more then 50 bedrooms Have service worthy of a luxury hotel Offer guests authentic interactions with local people, culture and traditions in the area Have a commitment to sustainable practices Pay attention to detail and give them a warm welcome The members At most of the properties, you’ll meet one of the owners, service is personalised and real. Photocredit: Eglantine Becquet The founders Bruno and Stéphane have been in Asia’s travel business since forever. While managing, developing and marketing tour operations and luxury hotels in Asia, they noticed that the market is dominated by large luxury hotel chains, with no authenticity or individuality, the latter is exactly what the modern traveller today is looking for. […]

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