"Don’t talk about heaven if you’ve never been to Bali" –Toba Beta
Aptly called the "Island of the Gods," Bali is one of the smallest and most famous islands of the Indonesian archipelago. With such notable cities as Kuta, Nusa Dua, and the capital, Denpasar, Bali features sun-kissed beaches, volcanic landforms covered by forests, terraced rice fields, and vibrant arts and nightlife. The island also houses an inspiring range of world-class meeting venues and hotels, which attract numerous meeting and event planners from around the world. Ngurah Rai International Airport is the only airport in Bali, as well as Indonesia's third-busiest international airport. Located 13 kilometers south of Denpasar, it is served by a number of international airlines and tourist charters, connecting Bali with Australia, several Asian capitals and the rest of Indonesia.
Bali at a glance
Characterized by turquoise water and white sandy beaches fringed with palm trees, the Gili Islands are some of the most picturesque and idyllic islands in Indonesia and are the region’s leading tourist destination. As the pull of the Islands continues to draw a more affluent demographic, the Islands are reacting by building higher quality accommodation and more upmarket restaurants and bars.
The Indonesian government is keen to promote tourism in the area and foreign and domestic investors are being enticed by the growing number of opportunities. We spoke with BASK’s CEO Greg Meyer and Bill Barnett of C9 Hotelworks to see why now is the time for the Gilis to shine and how it is leading the charge in delivering an upmarket resort unlike anything seen before.
“Gili Islands much like Thailand’s Koh Samui started out as a backpacker’s destination, it is rapidly evolving into a luxury getaway destination while still retaining their authentic nature,” commented Bill.
In recent years, access to the Gili Islands has improved greatly and this is one of the primary reasons the Gilis’ real estate market is so sought-after. You can cross the waters directly from Bali in 90 minutes and it takes only 10 minutes to travel the 1.5 nautical miles from Lombok. With more direct flights to Lombok, transport has been a catalyst for growth in tourism in recent years as visitors shift from Bali to the Gilis and Lombok to escape the rapid pace of day-to-day life.
Gili Meno is a secluded natural paradise, hosting an abundance of tropical wonders. BASK is located on an expansive white sand beach, just meters from the water’s edge, providing opportunity for guests to swim and snorkel in clear blue waters that are home to picturesque coral reefs, diverse varieties of marine life and a sanctuary for ancient species of turtles.
BASK’s architecture encapsulates a harmony of mid-century, open plan living and a contemporary spin on indigenous structures, inspired by neighbouring fishing hamlets.