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Good to know before traveling to The Gili Islands

Are you on your way to our tropical paradise with white sandy beaches and palm tree plantations? If yes, you are certainly in for a wonderful treat. We are happy to welcome you to our favorite place in the world! To give you the best possible experience, we have written down a few things for you, which are good to know before traveling to Gili Air. Feel free to ask for more information, if needed. When visiting Gili Air, we also recommend you to read through our Gili Air E-book – A guide to travel like a local. Here you will find tips and tricks about Gili Air, where to eat, where to drink, and how to get the best possible experience during your stay on the island. Gili Air is a Muslim Island The majority of the Indonesian people are Muslim. In fact, Indonesia is the country in the world, holding the largest population of Muslim people. However, all religions are spread throughout the country, and the main religion of the different islands varies. On Bali, most people are Hindu, whereas on Lombok, most people are Muslim. This means, that the three Gili Islands are also Muslim islands.  When […]

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10 Tips to Enjoy Gili Air Like a Local

I came to Gili Air nearly 10 years ago, and I immediately fell in love with this stunning and peaceful island. With white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, palm tree plantations, and the view of the majestic Mount Rinjani in Lombok, Gili Air had my heart from day one. These are just some of the reasons why I have settled here, and why every day I keep falling in love with this place. My wish is for you to explore the best of what Gili Air has to offer, so you can see the magic that I found in this place. Download our Travel Like a Local - Ebook 2020 by Gili Travel Agency here, to explore the best of what Gili Air has to offer! 1. NIGHT ACTION FAVORITES One of my favorite things to do when the sun has set in Gili Air is to visit the amazing Pura Vida. On Sundays they have Live Reggae Music, which you can enjoy on their beachfront restaurant just next to the ocean. Let the moonlight shine while this wonderful Reggae band light up your night. See if you can sit still or if the great vibe brings you to dance in the [...]

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Slow Spa Yoga

We are proud to introduce our brand new concept of Slow Spa Yoga. At Slow, we think of yoga as a way to freedom: to free your body, to free your mind, and to free your soul. This is why Slow Villas & Spa is the perfect place for practicing yoga, as feeling free comes naturally in our paradise surroundings. When checking in to our Slow Luxury Villas, you will immediately feel at home. You will get you own luxury villa with private pool, coconut tree garden, dining area, kitchen and a lovely outdoor bathroom. Head to the in-house spa to check out our luxury spa treatments and book yourself into one of the daily yoga classes. If you’re not a guest at Slow Villas, you are still welcome to join our yoga classes! Yoga styles At Slow Spa we offer different types of yoga classes. It’s our wish to create a safe space, where the focus is on each individual. This is why we allow a maximum number of 10 participants in each class, to keep the classes small and intimate. Vinyasa Flow – 75min Start your day with Vinyasa Flow to gain energy and reconnect with your body. […]

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It’s Festival Time!

Calling all festival lovers! High season is here and exciting events are taking place at Gili Air. Are you ready for some festivals in paradise?  Gili Bangkit Festival: June 15 – July 15, 2019! Slow Food & Yoga Festival: June 20 – 24, 2019!  This is Life Festival: July 20 – 21, 2019! GILI BANGKIT FESTIVAL Gili Bangkit is a one month festival taking place on Gili Air. ‘Bangkit’ means ‘rise’ in the local language, and the festival is a joined collaboration of local and foreign stakeholders; Pak Subur (Kepala Desa & Biba Beach), Julie (Slow Villas), Emily (Flowers & Fire Yoga Garden) and Chef Hero (Sunny Warung). The festival will take place on Gili Air from June 15 – July 15. During the month different activities and events will take place to showcase the best of what Gili Air has to offer. Gili Bangkit Festival will offer visitors the freedom to take off their shoes, live vehicle-free and explore Gili Air’s fascinating culture, through art and food. Fun activities include a triathlon, traditional stick fighting, workshops by local artisans, musical performances and dancing. While spending time on Gili Air, visitors will have the rare opportunity to immerse themselves in […]

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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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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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Slow Retreats – Gili Cooking Classes

Indonesian cuisine is one of the most vibrant and colourful cuisines in the world, full of intense flavour. It is diverse, in part because Indonesia is composed of approximately 6,000 populated islands of the total 18,000 in the world’s largest archipelago, with more than 300 ethnic groups calling Indonesia their home. Many regional cuisines exist, often based upon indigenous culture and foreign influences. Indonesia has around 5,350 traditional recipes, with 30 of them considered the most important.[3] Indonesia cuisine may include rice, noodle and soup dishes in warungs (local modest shops) to street-side snacks and top-dollar plates. During our Slow Retreats, we like to offer some afternoon included but not mandatory Gili activities. We believe getting to know the locals and there culture is important. At Slow we want to introduce you to the Indonesian locals, they’re calm and have a generous heart. ⭐️ The cooking class is next to Gili Air’s harbour. There are a variety of menu’s you can choose from. After cooking, lets eat! Another great activity ❤️ Bon appetit!

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