“Gili air paradise”
We visited gili air in August to spend our last three days in Indonesia , by chance we found those amazing villas where comfort and service are priority of the owner Julie .
We liked the concept of slow as Designe of villas and we enjoyed the privacy and the private pool and of course the breakfast . Julie thanks for making our stay very special
“Our stay at Slow was fantastic!”
The facilities were great and everything was topped up with a personal touch – Julie greeted us when we arrived and gave us an introduction to Gili Air and throughout our stay she and her delightful staff did everything they could to make our stay worthwhile. The location of Slow may not have been the most central on the island, however it is very close to one of the more remote and pristine beaches, and with the bicycle rental offered at the hotel nearly all places on the island can be reached within 5-10 minutes. Slow Vilas and Gili Air were truly amazing and we hope to be back some time soon!
So good, so Slow…
Coming back soon
Very quiet place, very friendly, very good time, everything was perfect
& well organised in the beautiful private pool villa we were staying.so confortable & good rest Riding bicycle to go around, easy & fun.
One of our fav villas! Thanks Julie for making us have this wonderful experience. The rooms were tastefully designed, with kitchen, fridge & private pool. My fav part was the amazingly comfy bed. Also, Thanks to Dadi & the staff for taking such good care of us. Breakfast was served to us every morning & the Mee goreng was delish.
The location is not the best, as the nearby beach isn’t that great. (IMO, the best beachfront is at Zipp Bar) However, we got used to the walk and it is pretty safe at night. You could always rent a bicycle 🙂
mellyooi, Trip Advisor Level 5 Contributor
“A little piece of heaven”
Where should I start? Because just saying this place is amazing is not enough. Slow Villas is a secret hidden place on a beautiful paradise island. From the moment you walk in, your body and your mind literally slows down. I felt at home straight away and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the room. You can tell Julie, the owner, really thought the concept trough and has an excellent eye for details. I stayed in many hotels and villas around the world and I can honestly say that I had on of the best nights sleep ever in Slow Villas. Thank you so much to Julie and her wonderful staff for the Slow experience and for the huge smile I had on my face during my stay.
“Staying at Slow is not just another ordinary stay in a hotel/resort. It is a life experience than I highly recommend”
Julie and her staff will smoothly calm you down from the rush you currently live through modern society. What I love about it, is that Julie will personalize your stay to what you really want. The villas themselves are just wonderful. Beautiful executed architecture with eye for ecologic local qualitative materials. I highly recommend Slow Private Pool Villas, whether you want to empty your head or just have a nice holiday with the family, Slow PPV is The place you want to stay at Gili Air.
Room Tip: All villas have a private pool with a private lounge terrace. All villas are evenly quiet.
“Oasis of tranquility, comfort and hospatality”
After reading the reviews here, I booked the hotel and what an experience I had. Julie and her great team had everything covered, even the transportation from Bali to Gili Air. When I arrived, Julie took all the time in the world to go through all details of the island. Where to go, eat, enjoy the sunset and setup my PADI diving course.
Everything is just spot-on. The villa’s are spacious, have nice individually themed interiors, very clean, have a great bed and the fridge is filled with cold drinks.
Bicycles are provided free-of-charge, so is a fast Wifi connection.
And again, it was the staff that made my stay extra special. Attention to details and overall very welcoming and helpful. I will be back!
“Luxurious, classy & very sexy space”
I had such a beautiful experience and week at Slow. It was such a pleasure meeting you and thank you so much for truly making me feel as if I was home and left with a forever friend. You have what it takes to make slow feel like a cozy healing lovely place to be. It was truly an oasis and the details and style of the villas were exceptional and inspiring. It was a pleasure and treat to make that home for a week. That bed was so comfortable and that was the sexiest bathroom of my whole 33 day trip. Gili Air is a fantastic place to relax and enjoy island living. I’ll be back here as it was discovering a slice of heaven. Thank you for everything Jukie you were a fantastic hostess at a magical place.
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I loved the attention to detail at Slow. Everything was just right and well done. Room was lovely and the open bathroom just mind blowing.
We only stayed for one night with my girlfriend. We spend the whole day in the villa ordered food from a local restaurant that the staff delivered us, and just enjoyed the pool and the amazing atmosphere.
Breakfast was amazing!
“Amazing hospitality. Amazing attention to detail. Just Magic!”
Our stay at Slow Villas was a magical experience. The attention to detail in all areas was of a standard unparalleled on the island. From the moment you arrive you feel like you are being spoiled rotten- every consideration is taken to make your stay feel as special and relaxing as possible. From the stunning rooms with the beautiful private pool, gorgeous bathroom and stylish kitchen to the eco-friendly touches and amazing staff. Slow is like coming home to the home you always wished you had!
“Above all expectations, a wonderful place!”
I took my mother to Gili Air for the first time, and we were very fortunate to find Slow Villas amongst quiet surroundings and wonderful service. from the minute we entered the villas, we felt a sense of peace and comfort which lasted the entire stay. The local staff was so welcoming and wonderful at all times, helpful to make our stay as comfortable as possible. I will highly recommend Slow Villas for those who want a peaceful place to stay, bursting beautifully made villas and the loveliest staff you can think of. Thank you so much for making our stay unforgettable!
“Spoiled in Indo”
Woke up, walked both two meters to the pool in front of the bed for a skinny dip, then had a delicious breakfast that was served in the shade in the villa garden, while I was waiting for my friends. What an amazing way to start the day!
Slow is such a beautiful place, with a very friendly and helpful staff. The villas with the pool 2 m from the bed are….wow! And, the villa garden is totally private, so you can do what ever you like.
I had planned to stay 4 nights, but ended up spending all of my 3 weeks holiday here. It really say’s it all.
“Superb place, lovely staff, all perfect”
When we left this little paradise Julie, the owner, asked us if we had any thoughts on what could be improved. We couldn’t think of anything really. We stayed for three nights during our honeymoon and felt like in heaven. Beautiful architecture, unbelievably lovely staff and a lot of love to detail. You can tell this has been done by people who understand what guests love and appreciate. Highly recommended.
“A paradise in paradise 😎”
I was looking to relax and slow down in Slow Villas and this is exactly what I got and a lot more!!
On our arrival, we got greeted by the very helpful and smiley staff and taken to our luxurious villa. Julie keeps the team trained up and the customers simply happy.
The villa itself is made of a kitchenette, a bedroom facing the outdoor swimming pool and a bathroom with an outdoor hot strong shower. The architecture is very well thought of all has its place. The outside has a roofed deck where breakfast is served and an outdoor deck to relax under the stars. All material is of high quality and the 4 poster bed very exquisite and so comfortable!
From the bedroom, we had view on the pool and the palm trees! There is nothing like opening your windows in the morning and jumping straight in the pool! All the necessities are included, air con, tv, beautiful mozzie net, blinds for a dark room. I was particularly impressed by the details of the place. Straw hats, yoga mat, bags and refills of water are there to avoid using any plastic whatsoever as the resort is highly ecologically conscious which is very refreshing. The bed was so comfortable I could have slept all day!
The bathroom, again dotted of details (shower gel, body lotion, mozzie lotion etc…) is simply beautiful and clean. The shower is outside which is a very Indonesian trait, the rest is covered. The towels are fluffy…
The kitchenette has all that you need, a very well stocked up fridge, gas cooker, beautiful cutlery from Thailand and original crockery from Vietnam. Again the details are mind blowing: head lamps (needed when walking around the island at night), all sorts of teas, coffees, water jugs that you can get refilled for free at reception and a plugged in torch.
The breakfast was also amazing. It came at the time we ordered it, was very complete, well cooked and served in this amazing Vietnamese crockery. We opted for an Australian and an English breakfast which I would recommend. Fruits, spreads, real butter and plenty of tea and offer came with it. We were full until dinner time!
The only sad thing was that we had to leave . We thanked the staff and Julie saw us off with her beautiful smile.
I highly recommend Slow Villas to anyone who wants to relax and slow down, and will visit again on my next visit to this beautiful part of the island.
Fluffymagics, Trip Advisor Level 2 Contributor, Stayed November 2015, traveled as a couple
“Design, privacy and hospitality at it’s best”
Initially, it appeared that we could not travel to Gili, due to the Lombok Airport being shut down for days due to volicanic activity. Julie, one of the owners, was very helpful in finding alternative ways to travel and helped to eventually arrive with 2 days delay (in paradise).
We deeply enjoyed every single minute at Slow villas.
The personal touch and dedication of the entire team is simply amazing. The rooms and entire setting is beautiful – a perfect combination of modern luxury with natural and local designs and materials.
The breakfast is served in your own villa every morning – when you wake up and are ready, you just give a call to the kitchen and breakfast is served… and it’s delicious. We also made use of the villa’s chef one night, who prepared a fantastic BBQ for us and served it in our villa.
We spent most of our days exploring different beaches and spots on the island, using the bikes rented from the villas Next to diving, we also went for snorkling one day (organized by Julie) and it was also great.
It’s also worth mentioning that there is a clear dedication to ecological and sustainable tourism – for example by proving all guests with portobale water bottles and free refills to avoid the use of plastic bottles. Very much appreciated.
Overall a great experience!
Globesser, Trip Advisor Level 3 Contributor
“WOWWW!! Serene, Peacefull , Privacy , Elegant , perfect.”
It was just the apt place i was looking for in a holiday for a long time. I hardly review on sites and I mostly do when the are bad . But this place deserves a special treatment. AS i said its really SLoW as its name says .. And a wonderful place to get lost with yourself or your loved one. Amazing care and hospitality . Special recognition to Dedi and his team( Very helpful guys with all smiles day and night). The beautiful owner and a nice person Julie, she was a great host and very friendly and helpful person. And also very receptive towards any suggestions given and prompt towards them. I highly recommend this place.
Manthango, Trip Advisor Level 1 Contributor, Stayed November 2015, traveled as a couple
“Can’t get it much better then here 😉”
Gili Air is an amazing island and if you want to treat yourself with something special, visit Slow Villas!
High quality down to the smallest details, I have to mention the wonderful pillows and the nice bed. Privat pool, big garden and fully equipped kitchen (at least for an amateur cook). A big beautiful bathroom, where you can watch the stars showering at night.
The manager (Julie) has a lot of experience handling customers and she possess useful knowledge about the island and erea around. Together with the owners, they are doing a great job to improve their business for future visitors.
Slow Villas is situated in the north-west of Gili Air, about 200 meters from the beach. You have several restaurants in walking distance or you can order food at the villa.
Rent a bike if you want to explore the island, the Slow Villa crew will take care of you when you’re back.
Recommend by JJ
Jan, Trip Advisor Level 2 Contributor
“Your chance to visit paradise!”
It was a last minute decision for us to travel to Gili air, but after finding Gili Trawangan a bit too hectic we decided we were craving somewhere more peaceful. When I looked at the Slow Villas website it really spoke to my heart. It’s so hard these days to find time to slow down & really appreciate life but that’s exactly what Slow villas entices you to do.
We arrived by boat during the day & organised a horse & cart to take us to the villas. As the horses took us right into the middle of the island we were a bit worried that the villas weren’t very close to the beach, but we soon realised how small the island was & the beach was just a 5 minute bike ride away.
At the villas we were met by Julie who was unbelievably welcoming & lovely. She spoke to us for over 30 minutes explaining how she came up with the concept of Slow Villas, & she also took the time to tell us every great spot & restaurant to go visit on the island. The thing that really stood out was her passion for the island & passion for giving anyone who visits the most amazing & relaxing experience!
We were blown away by how nice the Villas were & how much attention to detail there had been put towards every single item throughout the huts. They were very well designed, full of beautiful furniture & art work & also had their own pools, kitchen, & stunning semi/outdoor shower. Everything inside the entire villa was also eco friendly to protect the pristine condition of the island.
There was a bowl of delicious local fruit provided each day as well as breakfast (the pancakes are a MUST!!), & the staff were so friendly & helpful.
The beds were probably the highlight for us, after sleeping in cheap hotels for about a week we felt like we were sleeping on clouds. The mattress and the sheets were just perfection, & it’s not hard to have a very relaxing & peaceful sleep when you’re in the middle of a tropical island.
The island itself was amazing with many highlights. Julie organised a snorkeling trip one morning where we got to swim with turtles & local fish & coral. Watching the sunset with a cocktail each day is a must!! One of the most beautiful things you’ll ever see. The food at the local restaurants is also epic and so cheap. We would often order multiple meals each & spend less than $20 Australian.
The wifi was also very good, which you’ll hard to get anywhere else on the island as Slow put a lot of money into acquiring it. We run business’s on our laptops so this was very handy.
We also got into the local spirit on our last night & danced until 3am at one of the locally run techno parties. Wearing nothing but our shorts, bear feet stomping on the sand, under a full moon, people from all around the world dancing and setting themselves free was an an experience I’ll never forget.
Overall I couldn’t recommend Gilli air & Slow Villas any more highly.
We had the most incredible stay at Slow Villas! Really friendly people who looked after absolutely anything we needed. The villas are simply amazing, luxury without taking away from the vibe of the island. Highly recommended!
We stayed 4 nights a Slow private pool villas during our honeymoon. We had an amazing stay there. Julie and her staff were very friendly and gave us excellent advice for visits and activities on the island. The rooms are beautiful and the private pool is just great. We truly hope to go back one day!
villas and property are beautifully and quiet… Private pool, private garden and own kitchen . it s really blown us out. Direction and crew super nice. The mornings breakfast delicious…..
Sincerely one of the best place I have been!
I highly recommend Slow Villas. I have stayed in a few places in Gilli Air but these villas are amazing for style, privacy and a truly relaxing experience. There is excellent attention to detail from provision of beautiful pool towels, to rental bikes and an amazing massage experience (the best on the island). A highlight for me was the amazing staff that make you feel so welcome. They provide helpful advice and greet you constantly with a warm welcoming smile making your stay memorable. Wake up out of a super comfortable bed, step into your own private swimming pool, and then be served a delicious breakfast on your balcony. Perfect.
Christy, stayed November 2015, traveled solo
Terrific, the place was clean, new and relaxing. By far the best accommodation on Gili Air Totally eco friendly,all villas came with their own pool European owned and managed which makes the world of difference
“The Perfect Gili Stay!”
I was in Gili Air with my partner and we stayed at Slow for 5 nights. The villas are located in a central part of the island – not on the beach. And this is ideal! You are away from all the more touristy venues and still an easy 5 minute walk or bike ride to the waters. You travel on a tree lined path to arrive at Slow, passing by local residences and pastures which give you a more authentic feeling of the serene, local culture of Gili’s natives.
Each villa has its own dedicated swimming pool, with a large garden. Feels like a home away from home looking out at Palm trees and a yard while having breakfast or lounging. Our 5 year old loved playing in the pool all day.
The design of the villas is close to perfect in terms of combining local traditional architecture with sleek modern lines and amenities. Nothing seemed out of place and wholly integrated with the Indonesian vibes – from the pebbled ground of the fantastic outdoor shower (take one at night staring up at the stars) to the wide glass doors opening from the house into nature, the pool, and breakfast table. Speaking of which, the fresh breakfast might be the best on the island!
We also appreciated the eco-enviro-first mentality of Slow – takes away the guuit of languishing in bliss on those ultra comfortable beds.
They were close to finishing the spa building when we were there. From the looks of it, one may never want to leave when that is completed. We received a complimentary 30 minute massage session (and paid for an additional 30) in a temporary villa, and it was great.
Julie, the property manager, was also wonderful and helpful with everything! She recommended top eating spots, provided child friendly bikes, and organized boat and ground transport as needed.
Only thing I would change is taking away those flat screen tvs in the villa! No need to be reminded of what we left behind… For those too attached to their boob tube, well, go get a boob job!;-)
Stayed December 2015, traveled as a couple
“This incredible villa was our home away from home for four nights, until we decided to extend our stay for an extra four nights. The villa itself was beautifully decorated and extremely comfortable. There is a variety of breakfasts you can choose from which are all delicious. Whilst staying here, you will be warmly welcomed and greeted by the friendly staff. Julie was an amazing host. We look forward to coming back here again! ”
“For two glorious weeks over Christmas and New Year my family – myself my husband and our two boys ages six and three – stayed here. Like many people I have spent ages researching exactly what I thought we would need for a holiday. A quiet island, a perfect retreat, a private pool, stylish surroundings and own space. We found it all, And then some. We aren’t the easiest family to please, but Julie and her team did everything us throughout our stay; horse riding on the beach for the boys, private fishing trips my husband, many massages for us both, and even providing all the help we could have asked for when we needed to go to Lombok to the hospital for my son. Nothing was too much trouble. Breakfasts are sublime and served in the comfort of the villa. For a family of four the villa was perfect size with room for a spare bed and beautiful hand built cot for our three year old who has refused to sleep in one for over two years until he saw the one here. But I’d highly recommend going for the two bedroom two kids older than 2, or in a larger group. We don’t travel light and with all the Christmas presents we still had enough space as storage is ample and beautifully designed The pool was just right sized and within minutes of waking all of us would be swimming. The best part really was the staff and Julie herself. She is a powerhouse of happiness and a perfect can-do spirit. She really helped make us feel at home and the boys were always a little sad when we didn’t see her smiling face coming back to the villas at night! They even bought a new kids bike so my son could ride himself and for future kids to rent. Brilliant! Perfection truly on an amazing island. I never go on holiday to the same places again as there is too much to see in the world. But we are already thinking of breaking this rule to come back to Slow Villas. Super thanks to an amazing team for a prefect two weeks.”
Husband and I traveling around the world for a year and we both easily agree that this is the nicest place we’ve stayed in. The private pool is great and the villa itself is gorgeous — light and airy and bright and open during the day, cozy at night and perfect for two. The bathroom is dreamy. I’ve made it my life goal to have one like it in my home in the future. The breakfast is fantastic and served right in your villa and the staff is ready to do anything to help you. Julie knows everything to do on the island and everyone knows her, so she is ready to answer your zillions of questions. And Gili Air is brilliant. Just book this already. I’m already figuring out how to go back!!
Perfect break for our honeymoon! Julie and all of the lovely team at Slow Villas were so helpful friendly and always had bug smiles on their faces. If we needed anything they were there however we were left to feel like it was our own house in paradise for a few nights. The villa was secluded relaxing easy yet still with a high attention to detail in the stylish furnishings, beautiful crockery, bedding etc. The choice of breakfast was extensive and high quality. We will highly recommend this to everyone we know and can’t wait to go back again and visit when the gardens are more developed. Wish we could go back today!
We sadly only had 2 nights to spend on Gili Air but no expense has been spared in these beautifully decorated private pool villas! Everything was perfect from the bedding to the delicious included breakfast! The experience was rounded off by the friendly, knowledgable and enthusiastic host Julie and her staff – thanks so much guys – Gili Air was our favourite Gili Island, would have stayed longer if I could!
A wouuuaaaa experience! Slow is a home fare away from home and you can really freel all the love Julie and her team has put into it to make it unique! The breakfast choise is incredible!!! I can only tell you one thing: Slow is the place to stay in Gili Air 😉 thanks Julie and all the best
Wij hebben 3 onvergetelijke dagen gehad bij SLOW. Er was werkelijk waar oog voor elk detail en daarnaast ook nog eens een uitmuntend ontbijt, perfect bed en zwembad. Echt een aanrader als je even wilt opladen!
We had an amazing time with Julie and her team – thanks again! The villas are brand new, well located a bit more in the center of the island and therefore also great when looking for a bit of relaxing time. Nevertheless, the beach is 5min away and also THE beach with the nicest sunset. Restaurants are in walking distance as well; otherwise the island can easily be discovered via the bikes available. The team was so kind and obliging – what ever you need, they will be there for you. You will feel like him and never really get away from this heavenly place – we will definitely come back! P.S. Try the aloe vera massage after a day at the beach – awesome.
The Villas are just as described on the pictures, perfect heaven! Julie makes a big difference, she has millions activities to offer, ask about tips and organization: she is a voulcain!
Slow villas were absolutely stunning. Julie & her very friendly, caring and discrete team made our experience there excellent. The interiors and the design elements were such a pleasure at Slow. It may cost a little more than some other places on Gili Air, but it’s worth every penny for such an incredible villa, such great quality and such attentive staff. We will most definitely be back – but will have to rush before this place gets booked out solidly!
Our experience with Slow Villas and Julie was overall excellent. From the minute we booked, she was warmly welcoming us and arranging our arrival (which was the morning right after). And she did. We arrived to Gili Air unexpectedly late because of the fastboat, and we found someone waiting for us with a sign and a horse cart. Slow Villas is in a great location on the island, very close to everything you could possibly need. The design of the place and the attention to detail is impressive. It’s like there is nothing you could need that they haven’t thought of for you. Things like space (the villas are surprisingly equipped with huge gardens!) and a decent size swimming pool and beautiful interiors were not just what impressed us so much with Slow Villas, but it’s the thoughtful things like the handmade notebooks in every villa with beautiful quotes and notes, embedding the concept of “slow living”. You really get to slow down and relax. It’s quiet, you can hear the sound of the waves when you sit out in the garden. We had the pleasure of meeting Julie, we saw how passionate she is about her concept, and all the small details it takes to bring it to life. We felt at home and we will definitely be back.
Julie is a great host. She is very welcoming and made us feel at home. Love what she has done to the villa’s. The interior design of the villa is amazing. Complements to the staff, they are very professional and friendly. Looking forward to come back when all the finishing touches are made to the villa’s.
Julie is a lovely host, she is helpful and extremely available for any need or suggestion. The villa is amazing, extremely relaxing and peaceful. The staff is made up by the kindest guys I’ve ever met, both the one who work for Julie and those who organize the lovely snorkeling trip for her (absolutely recommended). Probably the best place in Gili Air
Our stay at Slow was fantastic! The facilities were great and everything was topped up with a personal touch – Julie greeted us when we arrived and gave us an introduction to Gili Air and throughout our stay she and her delightful staff did everything they could to make our stay worthwhile. The location of Slow may not have been the most central on the island, however it is very close to one of the more remote and pristine beaches, and with the bicycle rental offered at the hotel nearly all places on the island can be reached within 5-10 minutes. Slow Vilas and Gili Air were truly amazing and we hope to be back some time soon!
Thank you Julie for your kind hospitality and your helpful advices. We found everything perfect:the villa,the pool,the furniture,the equipment,the breakfast and the atmosphere. We are so glad to have ended our holidays in Gili Air at slow villas! Definitely recommended !
Super place super staff well located on the island.
Slow Villa is a wonderful Place with warm and relaxing atmosphere!! Julie, the host is just lovely and arranges everything for her guests. We will miss her, the great bungalows, the SUPER breakfast, the always smiling staff and just everything in this beautiful oasis… Thank you very much!!!
We arrived at Slow to a warm welcome from the staff…..we were escorted to our Villa which did not disappoint. Slow has been tastefully and sympathetically constructed to fuse the Islands habitat with sophisticated cool and charm providing us with all the comforts of home. The beds and bedding were a joy to sleep in . Breakfast was served everyday by a team of happy staff ,nothing was too much trouble. Julie herself is very charming and I wish her and her team all the best for the future. I would recommend Slow to anyone who is looking to holiday on Gili Air.
My wife and I spent two weeks in Bali, Lombok and the Gilis on our honeymoon and I can honestly say that our stay in Slow Villas on Gili Air was the highlight. Stylish design, flawless furnishings and really friendly staff make Julie’s villas a perfect place to stay. Besides the obvious stuff – amazing swimming pool, palm trees rustling overhead, the beach only a five minute walk away – it was the little touches that made our stay so special. We were picked up from the harbour when we arrived; bikes were available for us to use and head torches left out for riding at night time; the quality of everything from the crockery to the soap was exceptional; wifi was fast and reliable and we were served the most delicious breakfasts imaginable in our villa every morning. There really was little else we could have asked for so I would definitely recommend Slow Villas to anyone thinking of staying on Gili Air.
Julie’s Slow Private Pool Villa really made our stay in Gili Air wonderful! The villa is terrific and brand new with big swimming pool, wide bedroom with comfortable beds and quality linen. Loved the style, interior design and the outdoor bathroom! The shower works perfectly and there always is hot water. There are 7 choice of breakfast, plentiful and freshly made to enjoy in your villa outside table. The beach is only 5 min walk and there are bikes available to rent daily. This luxury villas really do have all the comforts! Julie was so nice with us and gave many recommendations on good restaurants and things to do in Gili. We really hope to come back soon!