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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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Zero Waste & Sustainability

A JOURNEY TOWARDS A ZERO WASTE GILI AIR!  Follow your dreams – cause they know the way! Our dream is to live on a Zero Waste Island. But we all know, that it’s a long journey, and that we all need to make an effort! At Slow we believe that small things do matter. This is why, we are taking the first steps towards becoming a Zero Waste Gili Air! It is no secret, that our planet really needs our help. We are going in the wrong direction, and we all need to open our eyes and face the problems. Plastic pollution is ruling the world these days, and we are killing our beloved nature with trash. Many people have already opened their eyes towards recycling. This is wonderful! BUT – it’s still just turning plastic into plastic…. At Slow we have this thought: What about cutting down our plastic production in general? Isn’t it clear, that this where we need to begin our journey? We have consulted several specialists to improve our footprints to the world and to find an affordable way to improve them! We are proud to announce, that we are now taking the first steps towards becoming […]

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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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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. [metaslider id=”2238″] 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.

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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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