This is going to be a two part review. The first part is a grumble about their booking process and partially my fault! Having been to Smuggles Retreat and Mango a number of times, I made a mistake with my booking for this trip. I booked via Booking.com and selected the 'Standard' room, not the Deluxe one. Unbeknown to me, Scallywags lists the single room at the Beach Club (their property at the beach that you go to for breakfast to dinner and beach/diving etc) as the 'Standard' one on this booking website. Unfortunately it is not obvious that you are not staying at the Mango Retreat when you make this booking. It is not mentioned on the confirmation email the booking.com website issues when the booking is made. Checking my booking after we got back from holidays to see how I had made this mistake, I would caution other travelers if making the booking via Booking.com, check very carefully to make sure you do not make this mistake. If a booking is made via Scallywags website you will not have this issue - it is very clear which room is where. The room at the Beach club is pretty ordinary, it has no windows, access is off an alley, via the bathroom/toilet. Lots of noise from parties in the nearby clubs at night as well as early kitchen noise when the kitchen is preparing for breakfast and also from the recharged diving cylinders being dropped off early every morning for the dive club next door. OK, that was the not so great bit. On to the good stuff!
We had 4 nights there, before the staff were able to get us in into Mango Retreat for the remaining 4 nights of our stay. As always, Mango Retreat is a cut above. Private, superb room and semi covered bathroom, private garden and simply superb pool shaded by huge mango trees. It is a highlight of every stay we have on Gili Air and our hotel of choice for each trip. As mentioned, breakfast and beach activities are included at the sister property at the Scallywags Beach Club. A great feel, nice and basic, with great friendly staff. Breakfast is an all you can eat affair, with the highlights for me being Lombok coffee I can make myself nice and strong, a fresh omelette with a small pork sausage i have not seen anywhere else in Bali/Lombok that has a great sweet spice base and Perkadel fritters - heaven. You can reserve a beach chair with towel whilst at breakfast. They have young fresh coconuts that have been in the fridge - so nice and cool - delivered to your chair - bliss. The water was really clear this trip so swimming off the front of the beach club was great. A lazy 50 metre swim and you are right over a small reef with a great selection of vivid small tropical fish.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mango Retreat. Situated in the heart of the village of Gili Air and its 5-7 minute walks from the beach, harbour and our famous beach club. Each of the 6 rooms open onto the free form swimming pool that is built around the shady mango trees. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Scallywags Mango Retreat Gili Air, Gili Islands