27 October 2022
If you haven’t discovered Gili Island, now is the time, with couples-only Meno House offering six new luxury villas.
Stashed on the quieter side of the island, guests are treated to a coral reef bursting with colour. Beware the inquisitive turtle paparazzi who may swim alongside you on your one-minute pathway to the reef.
When it comes to food, expect traditional delicacies like gado gado as well as classic options from the Water’s Edge menu. They also serve happy-hour cocktails to a happy crowd.
If you’ve chilled enough to go out and explore, Meno House’s team will arrange island-hopping, sunrise or sunset horse riding, diving and other adventures. Make like a local and dive at Meno Wall, Sea Point Turtle or Point Coral Blue.
Gili is free of motorised vehicles, so transport is by bike or on a cidomo, a horse-drawn cart. The horses are well looked after and considered prized possessions by the families who own them.
Gili Meno offers the chance to indulge in even more serene nature experiences, with superb diving opportunities.
Meno is the smallest island with the least inhabitants, located in the centre of the three-island cluster. Here, you will find white-sand beaches and shady palm trees interspersed with cattle-grazing grassland.
In terms of sustainability, Meno recycles plastic and glass, and locally sourced products such as shampoo and conditioner made from plant-based ingredients grown in Lombok.
The small port at Gili Meno is called Bangsal Port. If you’re in a hurry, you can rent speedboats.
When arriving by plane at the Lombok International Airport, you can take a taxi to Senggigi. You can also take the DAMRI bus to Mataram, the capital city of Lombok and continue by taxi.
Eka Jaya Fast Ferry travels daily to Gili Meno and departs from Padang Bai an hour or so from Denpasar. Or you can book a private taxi from Lombok or Gili Air or Gili Trawangan.