WHERE IS IT?
If a Southeast Asian destination could truly be described as “hot” right now it would probably be the Gili Islands. Posited languidly in the blue seas to the north of Lombok, the three Gili islands – Meno, Air and Trawangan – are car-free visions of paradise. Gili Meno is regarded as the most laid back of the three and offers exceptional value for money.
WHAT’S THE STORY?
Although not due for completion until 2016, Bask has already picked up several awards. Billing itself as a “new concept in contemporary island living”, the resort/beach club/villa development was spearheaded by George Gorrow, an award winning creative director who has previously worked with clients such as DJ Steve Aoiki and Black Eyed Peas main-man will.i.am. He has created a contemporary aesthetic that takes inspiration from local fishing villas with their thatched roofs and bamboo frames.
Open plan architecture and use of sustainable materials is a feature of the resort. The interior design combines a neutral palette with streamlined, contemporary fixtures with design features including retractable glass walls and flat garden roofs.
BASK boasts a restaurant led by five-star chef Dan Moran and a 93-seat beach bar with daybeds and private and communal beach beds. The resort also has a 35-metre-long central infinity pool, lakeside spa, gym and wellness centre as well as glass-bottomed paddleboards.
The resort’s most remarkable feature is Nest – an underwater art installation by Jason deClaires designed to attract and foster marine life.
Prices on Gili Meno are up to three times cheaper than on neighbouring Gili Trawangan, while 100–year-leases are available for foreigners. The resort is currently offering early bird discounts on selected villas and guaranteed net returns of 7.5 percent for the first two years.