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Slow Retreats with Sharni Quinn

Wondering which yoga reatreat to join? In Bali? In Gili? Which yoga instructor? Easy! Ask Julie! Sharni offers several lovely yoga retreats in different parts of the world. Follow the Sun with sharni and find your inner light.  Sharni realized she had hit rock bottom. Her husband's Bipolar disorder disease had taken control of both of their lives and her body began to shut down in response to the havac it was inflicting on her soul.  Follow the Sun is Sharni's personal memoir of descending into darkness, facing her fears, and then mustering up the courage to heal and findher inner light again through yoga travel, and gratitude. In 2010 Sharni decided to travel and dedicated nine months to the porcuit of rediscovering her inner light. Chasing the sunshine and teaching yoga for charity along the way, Sharni soaked up knowledge from Indian yoga teachers during sunrise on the beaches of Goa and experienced Mumbai – Bollywood style – while living with an Indian family. She enjoyed eco- cycle tours through rice paddies with singing yogic mantras in Bali, and finally, learned how to dive on the Great Barrier Reef and taught yoga and 'Follow the Sun' Workshops in Australia.  […]

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Surprise him for Valentine’s Day!

Are you looking for the sexiest and sweetest Valentine's Day adventure?  Upgrade from the bouquet of roses or the standard box of chocolates, to a romantic getaway, a valentine's day getaway, to sweep your special person, of his or her feet! Make it tropical, have dinner in the water, a bottle of Moet & Chandon and a grilled Lobster each. On a tiny island, where you get dropped of by horse- drawn carriages.  Our Valentine's Day special is equal parts sexy and sweet featuring tropical flowers  chocolate covered seasonal fruits champagne and island discoveries, like horse riding for sunset a golf story snorkeling with turtles scuba diving for the first time or Dolce Farniente ​Take advantage of our late check-out time to sleep in or spend your morning together in your private plunge pool.  What have you planned for your other half for Valentine's day? Surprise him for Valentine's Day 🍾 🥂 🎉 ❤️🌴🌞 50% Valentine’s Day Slow Special, untill 15th of March at Slow Villas & Spa! 🍀💍💋 On their 5 favorite pool villas. Promocode: 50Iloveyou Book on https://www.channelmanager.com.au/…/BookAndPayNowRooms.aspx…

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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.  They make their own home-made limoncello! […]

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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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We are proud to be a member of Secret Retreats

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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Floating Champagne for The Holidays

At Slow Villas in Gili Air, We like to create unforgettable moments. Its time to get into the holiday spirit! Our local craftsmen have been creative this year and have put together a fancy floating champagne tray per villas to make these moments count. How do you feel about sharing a bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne in your own private pool villa for Christmas with your loved ones? Plus Gili is the ideal location to celebrate New Years! Fire works and beach parties, dance with your feet in the sand, under the stars, welcoming the new year!   Book now 3 nights min. Before Dec 1st and receive a free bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne, served on our villas' floating trays, traveling between 15 Dec and 15 Feb.  Book now

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A beautifully chic boutique….

Spending a couple of days, weeks…or even your life on Gili Air means a lot of different beautiful things to each individual. One of the most precious feelings that you get here is the deep connection to her grounds, nature, rhythm, beaches, local people and culture…And one of the most important things you can do on Gili is give back everything the island gives to you. If you wonder how, it’s quite simple: respect her and take care of her… just as she takes care of you. At Slow Villas and Spa, we constantly aspire to follow these values, in every action we take, every service we offer and every magical holiday experience that we help create. That’s why we are so proud and excited to announce the recent opening of our own little shopping corner: Slow Shop. If you visit us you will discover our ecofriendly, locally produced, artistically inspired, lovely selection of unique gifts and memorabilia; clothes, accessories, artworks, sasak weaving, kitchenware, jewellery and swimwear. Each piece represents our ethos and spirit, each piece is created by people and brands that we connect with personally. Some items are truly indigenous crafts from Lombok and Bali, made by local people using […]

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Blooming Island Festival at Lucky’s Bar Gili Air

Hey guys! We have big news! Jack Sparrow’s spirit will be with us really soon! The most crazy, funny, artistic pirates of our movies’ culture will take our island for 30 hours, after taking power in one of Lombok’s most incredible island: Gili Nanggu. The Pirates Spinning and Circus Retreat is coming to an end in Gili Nanggu, teaching to the best Circus professionals how to improve their skills in what they do the best: Poi, Trapeze, Meteor, Hula-Hoop, acrobalance, juggling, water acrobatics…and so much more. Learning and sharing will have been their daily routine for days…and they are now ready to celebrate…and dance!!! Gili Air will welcome them on April, 15th, for a 30 hours amazing party. The spot is almost ready, waiting for them…and waiting for you, obviously! Are you ready? If the answer is ‘Yes!’ (and we hope and are convinced that it is!), let’s put a big blossoming mark on your agenda for the 15th. Let’s all meet together at Lucky’s Bar, where Gili Family, Space Bar Crew have prepared an amazing party for all of us! Local and international djs will be pumping the main stage from sunset to the next sunset and beyond, delighting […]

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Life is a Circus

A retreat with a difference… The time has come to erase all the things you thought you knew about the ‘Circus’. It’s time to redefine the concept you had about Bali and Gili Air. Now is the time to dream about a place where peace, nature, purity and sharing are the only clues. A place where enjoying yourself as you learn new fitness concepts, and learning to be proud of your own body and it's limitless power, are the only rules. Are you ready for that? Forget about what you thought the ‘Circus’ was. Forget about sad clowns, unhealthy and caged animals…and think about brightness, colour, laughter, acrobats, juggling artists, yogis, and the most lovely and wonderful people you could imagine. Forget about the crowded, sad, modern, over developed and touristy parts of Bali. Forget about noise, motorbikes, gas and pollution. Think about white sand, barefoot walks, sunsets and sunshine on paradise-like beaches while you listen to a music that will connect your soul to your body like it never has before. Have you ever dreamed about becoming an acrobat, or learning to do Hoola Hoop or Juggling? Would you love to know how to give the best massages, how make your Pilates routine more effective, or how to dance like crazy during an ‘Ecstatic dance’ after fuelling your body with the best organic […]

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Bali Spirit Festival

Set Your Spirit Free This is not a blog post. It’s an invitation…. to a magical moment, a unique event and a once of a kind experience.   Indonesia lovers, nomads, travellers, yoga teachers and students, dancers, helpful sisters, curious minds and ecofriendly brothers! It’s time to celebrate! It’s time to meet a beautiful and loving community who will be together for a week in one of the most beautiful place on earth. It’s time for The BaliSpirit Festival   To help you feel the spirit, put your headphones in, turn up the volume and listen to the following video while you read this post….   Xavier Rudd – Follow the Sun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E1bNmyPWww   Xavier Rudd is an amazing Australian Roots Musician who has stolen our hearts and energized millions of dancers around the world! We are completely in love with his message: global togetherness, acceptance and respect. His 700k online followers have elevated him to now being of Australia’s greatest artists, activists and spirits.   The festival celebrates its 10th anniversary from 19th march to 26th 2017 in picturesque Ubud. The plan? To dance, practice yoga, feel the music, and enjoy the island of Bali with all the respect […]

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