Cast away at this rustic boutique hotel on idyllic Gili Meno.
Mahamaya means 'ultimate paradise', and it certainly does this hotel justice on the gloriously quiet, rustic island of Gili Meno. The hotel is beautiful and understated – it’s small and simple enough in its design that it doesn’t jar amongst the more traditional thatched huts of the island, and the English managers lead an excellent team of staff.
The hotel has a distinct character. On the walls you’ll find quotes from the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Mohammed Ali. There’s also a strong focus on sustainability, with water recycling, desalination technology and a reduced plastic policy. Enjoy the tranquillity of the adults-only pool or stay cool while sipping cocktails at the swim-up bar. At the heart of the hotel is the stylish Asian-fusion restaurant and bar, serving up fresh – and where possible, organic – dishes, and you can watch as the talented chef prepares your food in his open kitchen. Come the evening, opt for a table on the beach at the water’s edge and dine by candlelight, courtesy of the pretty hanging lanterns.
There are just 18 fairly simple but modern rooms, most with a private outdoor shower. Poolview Suites are set around the two swimming pools, with views across the pool and deck, while the two lovely Beachfront Villas sit directly on the coral sand beach, facing the sea.
Set on the beachfront of tranquil Gili Meno, this is the perfect hideaway to escape the busier resorts close by. From the moment I arrived, I just loved this little retreat – family-run with only 18 suites and villas and welcoming staff. The suites are bright, simple and contemporary, with outdoor showers and eco-friendly credentials. There are two gorgeous pools, one with a cool swim-up bar, plus a small spa and gym – but it’s the location that’s really special. The most you’ll do here is try out one of the kayaks, snorkel straight from the beach or venture out by bicycle to explore the island. It’s all about peace and quiet, and the perfect white sands and blue sea!”
Sheena Paton, Kuoni's Commercial & Product Manager
At Turtle Point on the north-west coast of Gili Meno, facing towards Gili Trawangan
Good to know
2 villas and 16 suites
• Snorkel alongside turtles directly from the beach • Take part in an Indonesian cooking class* • Go sea kayaking.
Breakfast at the restaurant.
*Denotes local charge