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Gili Air Island, Lombok, Indonesia
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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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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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Member of Secret Retreats

Slow Villas is proud to announce that we are a member of Secret Retreats, in the Secret Inn cathegory. We are a community built by independent owners and chefs to offer authentic travel experiences to the very heart of Asian culture and traditions. Built by passionate individuals, art and antique aficionados and lovers of authentic food, an engaging asian collection ranges from discreet Boutique Hotels and tranquil luxury resorts in Asia, to intimate asian Inns and camps, beautifully designed full service Villa Rentals to asian exotic Cruises, onboard magnificent sailing boats, and also creative contemporary restaurants highlighting the flavours of Asia with exclusive use of local produce and ingredients. More info on Secret Retreats

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