Barefoot luxury returns at Karma Reef

Indonesia's island paradise, Gili Meno

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Located on the tiny, traffic-free island of Gili Meno, Karma Reef offers sanctuary: a world away from the noise and demands of everyday life. Guests at the resort enjoy exclusive access to a secret beach, where they indulge in blissful spa treatments, feast on freshly caught seafood or kick back with a cocktail before strolling barefoot to their beachfront bungalow or glamping tent.

An ode to authentic, sustainable architecture that is consciously designed to leave the lightest possible footprint on the environment, all of Karma Reef’s beachfront lumbung-style bungalows are stylishly appointed with comfort in mind. Perfect for couples and families, each two-storey bungalow features rustic stone and tropical hardwoods, contemporary furnishings and an upstairs air-conditioned double bedroom with a private balcony overlooking clear, turquoise waters.

Ten metres away, guests have the Indian Ocean at their beck and call, inviting them to explore the island’s world-class coral reef, teeming with colourful tropical fish and curious green sea turtles. Guests can indulge in a leisurely grazing lunch or romantic dinner at Karma Beach Gili Meno’s Restaurant, where Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, wood-fired pizzas and succulent tapas-style dishes as well as seductive signature cocktails (custom designed by internationally renowned mixologist Grant Collins) complement captivating ocean views. Bicycles and non-motorised water sports are free for guests to enjoy at their leisure.

Glamping room

Each of Karma Reef’s One Bedroom Sea Front Bungalows offer guests a unique ambience. Elegant sasak motifs, bamboo accents and alang-alang thatched roofs honour the region’s traditional sense of design in ample 46-metre-square interiors. A natural sea breeze keeps guests refreshed, while lying on a beachfront day bed is an idyllic way to enjoy tranquil ocean views. On the first level, guests enjoy a cosy and comfortable living room-lounge area, with a well-stocked minibar, unlimited mineral water and tea or coffee. A flatscreen television, cable TV and a DVD player are on offer for in-room entertainment. A second-level master bedroom features vaulted ceilings, a king-size bed, silk mosquito netting and a private balcony.

Guests can also enjoy a taste of barefoot luxury on the beach in one of Karma Reef’s One Bedroom Sea View or Sea Front Tents, with spacious 37-square-metre interiors. Inside is a plush king-size bed, air conditioning or fan cool, ensuite bathroom with hot-water rain shower, wooden floors throughout and a private open-air terrace with ocean views.

Karma Beach Gili Meno presents luxurious beachfront dining with a Mediterranean flavour and an emphasis on abundant, locally caught seafood. There is a range of Asian dishes available, including the Indonesian favourites Tuna Sambal Matah, Bebek Betutu, Ayam Taliwang and Rijstafel food tasting, as well as fresh sushi and sashimi sharing plates. Room-service breakfast is included in the room rate.

Every night, Karma Beach Gili Meno’s beach lounge comes alive. Guests can relax and enjoy theme nights such as live acoustic music, seafood barbecues, movie nights under the stars and traditional Indonesian-themed nights. A Tiki Bar on the beach offers a range of cocktails and healthy juices.

Karma Reef’s breezy Sea Spa offers holistic therapies, massage curatives and personalised experiences to the natural sound of lapping waves. Karma’s spa team of bodyworkers train under the guidance of certified massage experts, health practitioners and healers and deliver deeply therapeutic experiences. Karma’s treatments are curated from ingredients sourced from ethical and sustainable farmers and growers. All treatments are performed slowly to ease guests into a state of deep healing.

One Bedroom Sea View Bungalow

Karma Reef is located within a conveniently fast boat ride from Bali, Lombok and the Gili Islands. With a prominent position on one of Indonesia’s most recently discovered holiday destinations, the tiny island of Gili Meno epitomises true relaxation and offers direct access to one of Indonesia’s most beautiful coral reefs. For guests that dream about waking up to the most stunning sunrises imaginable, Karma Reef will surely fulfil their holiday fantasies. Several boat companies operate from various ports in Bali and provide transfers from hotels to the harbour. Karma can organise transfers from Karma Jimbaran or Karma Kandara as well as fast boat tickets. The journey from Lombok airport to Karma Reef is only two hours from door to door.

Karma Reef has been undergoing renovations since the earthquake that struck in August 2018 and will reopen before Nyepi, on 4 March 2019 with a brand-new Karma Beach restaurant accompanied by Tiki Bar, a beautiful Karma Spa Tent, One Bedroom Sea Front and Sea View Tents and One Bedroom Sea Front Bungalows.

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