Of the three Gili Islands off the coast of Lombok, Gili Meno is the smallest of the pearls. With a population of just 400, it is also the most peaceful, with a castaway island vibe. Immediately the downtempo of the island becomes apparent, even quieter and more bucolic than Gili Air
The beaches are clean, picture-perfect, and deserted. A coastal path leads all the way around the island, and can be covered at a very leisurely pace in 90 minutes. While visitors aren't permitted to rent bicycles here, you won't want to anyway, as the beach path is mostly deep sand. Most of the tourist facilities, including the harbor (although this too is seasonal) are on the southern part of the east coast. Yogi Times walked the land to find the short list of highlights on this lovely beach hideaway.
Mahamaya Boutique Resort
- Luxurious and romantic with beach-front villas, Mahamaya is a hip, eco-friendly resort, and a standout on the backpacker-bungalow Gili islands. The property features an outdoor, fresh water swimming pool, bar/lounge, cafe, restaurant, wifi, AC, and a fabulous location with ocean-front views of the volcanoes of Lombok. They also provide guests with canoes and snorkel gear.
Mahamaya - Turtle Point, Gili Meno +62 888 71 55 828
- The owner's vision for Mao Meno is to "provide a space for people to relax, create, and familiarize with their inner landscape." The property is green, lush and spacious, with several large houses and a bungalow for guests. The style is rustic spanish finca meets beach house. Guests can take advantage of a tranquil yoga shala, meditation platform, massages and treatments, and a juice bar/lounge area to hang out and chat.
Meno Dream Resort
- Located a five minute walk away from the beach on the southwest of the island's interior, guests rave about the landscaped gardens, tranquility and great food at this small B&B. Five different types of bungalows, with fresh and hot water, fan cooled, open air bathrooms. Family rooms also available. Cooking classes and massage on offer.
Daily yoga classes at maoMeno. in a range of styles and levels, including hatha, hatha flow, yin and vinyasa flow. Mats and props provided. Also offering Traditional Thai Yoga Massage, Eastern Fusion Massage, and Cranio-Sacral Therapy.
There are several good spots for snorkeling, and gear can be hired at almost any cafe or hotel for about Rp 30,000/day ($3). The beach in front of Good Heart Cafe
on the northwest shore is decent and you might just spot turtles in the shallow water.
On the west coast, try the area close to the disused, derelict Bounty Resort.
The jetty here was sunk and has a healthy reef life. When snorkeling off the East coast, be careful of boat traffic.
A gentle stroll around the beach path of Gili Meno is a must-do, as it is arguably the nicest walk anywhere on the three Gili islands. Get started early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the blazing heat of the sun. Treat yourself to a gorgeous sunset over Gili Trawagan on the West coast.
Most of the cafes are clustered in the southern half of the east coast, and many are attached to hotels. After you order, sit back and relax: nothing happens in a hurry on Gili Meno, and once you can surrender into the downtempo, you'll enjoy your stay even more.
Yaya Warung -
(100 m north of the boat landing). If you're a budget traveller, or just don't want to over pay for meh western food, this is the place to eat on Meno. Located on the beach, modestly priced, very popular, with most Indonesian food around 10,000 - 15,000 IDR.
- beach-front cafe on the West side of the island, with hearty portions of tasty local food, fresh young coconuts, and good tunes.
Aroma Cafe -
for delicious wood-fired pizzas when you need a break from rice and veg - +62 370 622 007
Rust Warung -
One of the best known eatery on the island. Offers wood-fired pizza which has become one of Gili Meno'speciality. - 20,000 - 100,000 IDR. +62 370 642 324.