“A beautiful, very private hideaway on Gili Air Island, with luxurious villas and a warm welcome”
The 10 villas hide behind traditional hand-carved wooden doors, off a central pebbled walkway. Identical in size and layout (but for the 2-bedroom villa), each has a deck and rippling plunge pool, beyond which lies your enormous, private lawned garden with loungers. Inside, interiors are airy and beautiful; snowy-linen topped four-poster beds, waffle robes and wall-mounted flatscreens for music and movies. Gallery-white walls display captivating original photography by Serge Anton, depicting local tradesmen during Slow Gili Air’s construction.
Furniture includes solid wood tables built from old fishing boats, rugs sourced in Marrakech, and artisan ceramic vessels re-purposed as lamp bases. It’s an eclectic, autobiographical mix that reflects Slow Gili Air’s inclusive and creative ethos.
Bathrooms are open to the heavens and feel pristine and indulgent. We loved our drench shower, the solid stone basins and the locally produced organic products.
Each villa has a well-equipped kitchenette that's perfect for light lunches and snacks (there are local grocery stores), but it would be just as easy to skip the self-catering altogether.
Breakfast is brought to your private terrace at a time of your choosing and we were blown away by the delicious offerings. Fresh juices, sweet tropical fruit salads and sunshine-yellow avocados atop perfectly poached eggs. The menu is creative and original, so there’s no danger of getting culinary fatigue during longer stays.
In the evenings, romantic Balinese barbecues can be served in the privacy of your villa, but Gili Air has a wealth of cool beach bars and eateries to explore. Julie has the inside track on the island’s best hangouts. Thanks to her we spent an awesome evening at sunset hotspot Mowies, where the food is fantastic and the cocktails are even better. Get there by 5pm, grab a beanbag and watch the sky turn pink to the sound of chilled Balearic beats.
Families are welcome at Slow Gili Air and the island is entirely motorised vehicle free, perfect for a free-range family holiday. Kids will love playing in their villa's huge garden and plunge pool, snorkelling on the beach, and making friends with the locals.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
All villas can hold an extra bed and baby cot. The Two-Bedroom Villa is made up of 2 separate buildings which book-end a private pool; each bedroom can be set-up with double or twin beds. Every villa also has a kitchenette and a large lawned garden; note there are no bathtubs, only showers.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Swimming pools aren't fenced and the reception is accessed via a stepping stones over a decorative pond