The Reef on Gili Meno, a luxurious getaway on a tranquil island

Written by AWI. Posted in Hotels Update

The Reef Gili Meno

A resort where you can leave the world behind, go barefoot in the sand, and celebrate incredible sunsets.

A touch of barefoot luxury was introduced to The Gillis, the idyllic trio of islands clustered near the north-western corner of Lombok, by Karma Royal Group when it opened The Reef in October last year.

Located on Gili Meno, the smallest of the three Gilis, the luxury boutique resort operates under Karma Royal Group’s Chakra Resorts brand and brings to 24 the group’s total number of resorts across Southeast Asia, India, Australia and Europe.

The Reef is for the sophisticated leisure traveller who appreciates the fun of laidback luxury, exploring local culture and emerging destinations where, like Robinson Crusoe, they simply get lost and be one with the serene environment.

The resort sits on a sprawling four hectares, but it has been developed only on one hectare. Built mainly with bamboo and other ethnic local materials, The Reef blends harmoniously with the island’s pristine grassland dotted with palm trees and local flora and fauna, long stretches of secluded white sandy beaches, and crystal blue waters of the Bali Sea.

The resort’s charming lumbung bungalows are all sea-facing with expansive private balconies. Each lumbung accommodates a maximum of four people, and is fully appointed for optimum comfort and relaxation with a private kitchen and ensuite bathroom, flat-screen television and DVD player, tea- and coffee-making amenities, telephone and air-conditioning.

The Reef’s Karma Beach Club, which offers unobstructed views of shimmering azure waters, seats 70 diners for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mediterranean-meets-New-World cuisine takes centre stage, with an emphasis on locally caught seafood and a modern twist on traditional Indonesian dishes. Customised Chakra signature cocktails complement the resort’s concept of casual-chic dining.

Concierge services at The Reef provide a guide to the island’s and the neighbouring Gillis’ snorkelling and scuba diving sites, as well as adventurous marine life-gazing excursions in the resort’s glass-bottomed boat.

There are various ways to get to Gili Meno – direct public boat transfers from Bangsal Harbour on Lombok Island, about 30 minutes away, or Padang Bai Harbour in Bali, about 75 minutes away. Travel between the three Gilis takes between five to 10 minutes via regular daily island-hopping boats. Helicopter transfers are also available.

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