The digital doors have finally been opened to what will soon be one of Asia’s most luxurious resorts. As sleek and sophisticated as the project itself, the website of Bask Gili Meno offers a window into the making of a new kind of island lifestyle.
The resort’s location
BASK Gili Meno is strategically situated in the relatively untouched Gili Islands of Indonesia. Sure to be the ultimate escape for any traveller seeking a luxury getaway, Gili Meno sits in the middle of the three Gili Islands expanding across 300 meters of prime beach front land. Just two kilometres long and one kilometre wide, this pint-sized place of nirvana can be explored in its entirety in under two hours.
Gili Meno is renowned for having the most beautiful and pristine beaches. The powdery white sand feels soft beneath your feet and the water is blissfully temperate all year round. You can see deep into the clear turquoise blue waters that swim with diverse and colourful sea life. BASK sits on the western side of Gili Meno, nestled between the ocean and a natural salt lake.
By fast boat, the island is around 90-minutes from Bali and less than 15 minutes from Lombok. There are a number of different carriers that leave from five different ports around Bali that will get you to the sandy doorstep of BASK in under two hours. Many airlines now also fly straight into Lombok for those looking to avoid Bali all together. For the more extravagant traveller, a private helicopter can be charted to the island through Air Bali and BASK will also be providing a small fleet of water transport that will provide guests with an easy and comfortable route to the resort.
The resort’s design and experience
In their quest to redefine luxury, it appears BASK has made no compromises. They want those who visit this humble island to have a unique experience, one that makes BASK Gili Meno the go to escape for people wanting to flee the humdrum of everyday life.
There is a clear commitment by BASK to ensure their resort emulates its natural surrounds, and with award winning architect Gary Fell in charge, it’s no surprise this marriage has been pulled off so well.
Fell has an impressive backlog of projects both within and outside the Asia Pacific Region. Most notably he is recognized for his work on the Four Seasons Sayan that sits stunningly within the rice patty fields of Ubud and the Samunjana Villas in Koh Samui, Thailand. Fell has a knack for creating designs that absorb and enhance the beauty of island living.
BASK is inspired by the surrounding local fishing villages. The 82 individual villas situated on the land bring together modern and traditional designs in an open plan layout, making the villas feel far more spacious than the dimensions appear on paper.
The choice of accommodation is varied, offering studios, lofts, one, two and three bedroom suites. Clean lines, polished concrete floors and wooden finishes are consistent features throughout.
The innovative brainchild behind the interior design and overall aesthetic of the resort is Creative Director, George Gorrow. “The resort will showcase a contemporary spin on the local landscape and culture through music, dining, architecture, art and lifestyle. We are creating an experience that is going to be fresh,” he says.
Along with Fell and Gorrow, Director Greg Meyer has drawn together some of the best creative talents in the industry to create BASK Gili Meno. You’ll notice that every detail of the resort, from the architecture and interior to the landscape design, has been built to compliment each other.
While most of the villas boast private pools, those that don’t have decks that lead to the ocean, the natural salt lake or a the landscaped gardens. One of the cool, techy offerings at BASK is a personalised music playlist to wind up, wind down or wind somewhere in between. Naturally, the entire resort also boasts high-speed Internet access.
If you’re looking for complete Robinson Crusoe experience of near isolation from the outside world, the villas are largely self-contained. Cook for yourself or have a chef come and dish up inside your private oasis. For those who don’t want to leave the kids at home, nanny and babysitting services are also offered when a little break is in order.
The resort’s eating and drinking scene
But there’s more going on at BASK than just sleek accommodation and smart features. Also on site is The Beach Club, with not one, but two bars (move over Finn’s and Potato Head). Day visitors and guests can sit back and enjoy some mixology magic by Mark Ward, then take a dip in the central infinity pool that stares out over the Bali Sea.
The underwater sculpture park is one of the most unique design elements of the resort. Jason deCaires Taylor an internationally renowned eco-sculptor has been commissioned to create the piece of art, named Nest. It sits just meters from the shore in the crystal clear water. The underwater sculpture park won’t just provide guests with breathtaking snorkelling opportunities but the way it has been designed encourages the natural marine ecosystem to flourish.
When it comes to food fare, there will be multiple restaurants with individual menus, created by internationally renowned chef, Dan Moran. From casual to fine dining, every dish will feature local produce combining Western and Indonesian influences.
The resort’s stance on environmental sustainability
One of the most important and unique features of the island itself and of the BASK project is the commitment to environmental sustainability. No cars or motorbikes are allowed on Gili Meno, a relief from the “toot, toot” that deafens you every two seconds in Bali. In an attempt to avoid the overuse of the modern day necessity of air con, the lobby, villas and beach bar at BASK are designed to capture the natural wind, so a light breeze flows consistently throughout the resort.
Furthermore, BASK will implement a Carbon Neutral Program and establish a committee dedicated to keeping the Gili Islands clean. Reef restoration will also be at the forefront of sustainability efforts, utilising the art based projects that are currently reshaping the way we approach environmental concerns.
The resort’s activities and adventures
Wondering what else is on offer at the BASK euphoria besides chilling, eating, drinking and more chilling? Well we promise you won’t be short of things to do. Relax and pamper yourself at the lakeside spa and wellness centre, or if you’re the more adventurous type, the Gili Islands boast some of the best diving and snorkeling experiences around. It’s a divers paradise, with more than twenty world class dive sites scattered throughout the immediate waters.
Home to the Gili Meno Wall also known as “Turtle Heaven”, which is filled with (yes, you guessed it) turtles as well as eels and lionfish, swimming freely amongst the vibrant coral. Simon’s reef is another popular diving destination and reaches forty meters into the depths of the ocean. So whether you’re a beginner or seasoned diver, there is something here for everyone.
Surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding and chartered fishing are also available through the resort’s activities menu. But those wanting to find their mainland legs can dash over to Lombok for a round of golf or spend the day hiking through local villages, exploring the base of Mount Rinjani volcano and swimming in spectacular waterfalls.
Each of the Gili islands offer a truly unique experience, so you don’t have to go far if you’re in search of something a little different. Gili Trawangan is the more populous of the three. It’s has a great nightlife with countless beachside bars and restaurants lining the sands. Gili Air is the perfect mix between the two, less secluded than Meno and an escape from movers and shakers of Trawangan. The most appealing and common trait of the Gili cluster is their laid back and friendly attitude. You can mingle with the locals who are either spear fishing in the waters or sitting on the sand strumming their guitars. It’s easy to become immersed in this slow-moving island life.
The resort’s deal
BASK Gili Meno is offering the opportunity for investors to snap up a piece of this prime real estate with prices starting from around US$255K. A pretty reasonable price considering the luxe lifestyle on offer at BASK Gili Meno.