The Island of the Soul - Gili Air

Make yourself free from any appointments and connections.

Put your phone somewhere far away from reach and enter a place you feel the most calm at. You dim the lights and you position yourself in a comfortable reclining position. This is your time - a time of total relaxation, inner stillness and self reflection.

You start relaxing your muscles one by one, slowly breathing in and out. You allow the tension to melt away feeling a peaceful sensation flowing through your entire body.

You close your eyes and imagine yourself on a deserted island in Indonesia far away from any form of civilization. An island that is famed for being the Maldives of this Asian Continent.

It's early in the morning, and you are standing on a white sandy beach admiring the sun slowly rising. Mount Rinjani is silhouetted in the distance. You feel the tropical orange light warm your face and your body. Soft lapping waves gently break on the shore line. You are feeling content, relaxed and at ease. A light breeze caresses your face and you realize you have this island all to yourself. far away from any form of civilization.

You walk along the beach watching the veil of sun rays dissolve, clearly revealing the neighbouring islands of Bali and Lombok. You gaze off towards a small boat smoothly drifting along the sparkling ocean water coming to rest on a shore which somewhat resembles a port.

Tropical palm trees gently sway in the breeze as a horse drawn cart called a ‘Cidomos’ awaits the arrival of the guests enthusiastically wanting to explore the paradise you found yourself on. The horse stood firm proudly showing off its show jumping memento and decorations covered in bells and brightly coloured tassels. You reach the realization that the silence of the island can be attributed to the lack of motorized vehicles and you stare at this Cidomos in amazement at the traditional way of life.

The guests step off the boat not perturbed by the fact that the warm waters is lapping at their feet. They pause for a brief moment to appreciate this place of sublime beauty and simplicity. The peaceful looks on the faces are evident that they feel the same energy you felt on your arrival.

You continue walking along a narrow path meandering through native plant species feeling nurtured and still. You suddenly get distracted by the sudden movement of wild animals making its way through the bush. Confused you wonder if this is a deer or a cow. Approaching with caution, you walk closer to have a look - Its seems like these are evidence of the cross breading between both. The body is shaped like a cow, but the head and other bodily features resemble the deers commonly found in