I booked Flowers and Fire Yoga Garden at the last minute as I saw a deal arise, and I couldn’t have been happier. This place is still very new on Gili Air, however, this wasn’t reflected in the service. They seemed to have ironed out any teething problems they may have had before I arrived.
As the name suggests, the premise of this place is a serene yoga setting, offering a treehouse style studio to those wanting to practice whilst on the island. Whilst not an avid yogi myself, this even inspired me to give it a shot. However, don’t get me wrong, this place may have been inspired by the love of yoga, but their accommodation and whole foods offering goes above and beyond a simple yoga setting.
Set just a 5 minute walk up from the main jetty in Gili Air, this place really couldn’t be located much better. It’s set back from the road to allow you a feeling of peace and serenity, yet close enough to walk anywhere on the island with ease.
NB. There is a mosque nearby, and they seem to pray 24/7, I tend to be able to sleep with any distraction so it didn’t cause me too much of an issue. However, I imagine for most this could be a concern. On the other hand – I was offered ear plugs upon arrival – so this could be easily resolved.
There are 4 types of room in the hotel, two that offer just one double bed (Deluxe Room, and Deluxe Garden Bungalow) and two that offer two double beds – perfect for families (Family Bungalow and Deluxe Double Queen).
I opted for the Deluxe Garden Bungalow and was blown away. A large double bed.. with a duvet! (Yes – I do still love a duvet in 30 degree heat, nothing a bit of AC can’t resolve). The outdoor bathroom was an added bonus, and provides another element of the island environment. I truly believe, no matter which room you opt for you won’t be disappointed. The decor is chic, simple and in line with Balinese culture, and quite honestly – cannot be faulted.
The kitchen was in operation all day, with a delicious breakfast served in the morning where you could opt for any type of eggs, fruit, muesli (all 3 if you were feeling it), fresh fruit juice, Lombok coffee. Plenty to go around. There was no strict timing on this, with a rough outline of 7 – 10am.
The food offering continues throughout the day with a range of sweet and savoury options. From nourish bowls (salad base with your choice of toppings), smoothie bowls, ‘healthy vegan’ ice cream. There was certainly enough to keeps any hunger pangs at bay, and I’d have happily enjoyed every meal here during the course of my stay.
Clearly the aforementioned Yoga studio is the show stealer here, with multiple classes on throughout the day, however for those not wanting to practice, theres also a great living space where you can simply chill out and read a book (they have a great little library to choose from should you have run out of your own), or sit by the pool (albeit a simple plunge pool).
Unfortunately I wasn’t there on a Monday, when the offer a curry and movie night, which seems to be incredibly popular. So I’d definitely get down for that if you’re staying on the island at the beginning of the week, I heard nothing but good things about this during my stay.
With the beach on your doorstep, the likelihood is you’re not going to be short of things to do.
From the communication I had with Emily prior to arrival, to the excellent staff working throughout the hotel, the service here cannot be faulted. The staff were more than pleasant willing to leave you alone should you want to chill but happy to engage if you’re looking for some tips, or just a conversation, whilst there. All in all, the staff are a true asset to this complete serenity of a hotel, and I have no doubt that it’ll continue to flourish on the island and will become a top spot of visitors as time goes by.
The Habit Hunter x