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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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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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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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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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