Surya, the owner of The Mandana Suites and Villa arrived in Gili Air, March 2017. He had been living in Indonesia for seven months. All this time he was looking to buy land so he could start his dream: opening a small boutique hotel on a tropical island.
Coming across Gili Air’s serene and chill atmosphere, he knew it was the right place to get settled. Gili Air is one of the three Gili islands located in the north-western side of Lombok in Indonesia. Find out more about Gili Air and how to get there here!
The Mandana Suites and Villa is in the central village of Gili Air, and just a 10-minute walk from the beach. A perfect central spot with a variety of different activities like yoga, snorkeling and diving nearby.
A paradise on a paradise island
We didn’t think creating a paradise on a paradise island was possible…however Surya managed to do exactly this! As soon as you walk in you feel the calm and sincerity of this amazing place. Each suite has its own private terrace. If you’re a traveling digital nomad, this is perfect for you! You can work in silence and not feel obligated to order a coffee or tea to sit and work somewhere for several hours at a time!
Their private terraces offer great comfort and privacy to work. If you’re planning to stay longer than two weeks in the Gili islands, check out our blog post, 4 Tips for Living On a Budget in the Gili islands!
A hidden gem surrounded by nature
Every suite is special in its own way and provides a different ambiance of your liking. Surya did this by placing different furniture and architecture in each suite. He didn’t want to cut down nature or affect the natural development of the trees on his land, so he decided to integrate it with the furniture. You will be blown away by the result, all suites are built around trees and plants to create unity between nature and his architecture.
Before entering your suite, you’ll notice the crafted door handles on the main doors. They are made out of brass metal with a typical Javanse design.
All suites are equipped with air conditioning, fans, hot showers, closet space, bottled water, tea boiler and you’re own blow dryer! What else could you wish for?
Their outdoor showers are a typical Indonesian treat. We recommend you take a shower during sunset. The sun rays will shine through the plants while you shower and it’s a mystical experience!
The bathrooms are beautifully designed with tiles bought from Surabaya in Indonesia.
The wood carvings on their doors were bought in Bali and inspired by unique and typical Balinese architecture.
In every suite, there’s a small bell at the main door for room service to bring you breakfast in the morning. The usage of the bell is a cute addition to the entire ambiance and allows you to feel like royalty!
Now we come to our favorite part, breakfast!
This wonderful (and very filling) breakfast is included in your stay. They offer a list of different breakfast options to keep you motivated and healthy throughout the day!
They bring it to your private terrace so you can eat your breakfast in the comfort and privacy of your own suite.
You can confirm the night before what time you would like breakfast to be delivered! Making things easy and convenient for you!
The Mandana Suites and Villas is surrounded by many cute cafes and nice restaurants. Just next door is Musa Cookery, a famous vegan restaurant and a favorite amongst travelers! There are also two amazing yoga studios nearby; H2O and Flowers & Fire.
We loved staying in The Mandana Suites and Villas and will definitely be back. Thank you, Surya for creating such a magical place! We love your taste and you can definitely see you put a lot of love and energy in your place. The Zen-like atmosphere in The Mandana Suites and Villas makes it the perfect Gili Getaway.
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