Banana Leaf Resort

Your Magazine Guide to Gili Islands

Take a leaf out of their book…

Banana Leaf Resort is instantly a surprise! An oasis of luxury on the much-loved party island, Gili Trawangan. Shaded by majestic coconut trees, an inviting blue pool sits proudly in the middle of six Joglo styled modern bungalows, offering moments of calm amongst the traveller’s hub of the Gili Islands.

Clementine, the Manager, is excited to explain why she loves it so much, ‘The location is close enough to the festivities, but quiet enough to offer privacy to our guests’. She is right. These little bijoux are set back from the main strip of the island, sheltered from the hustle and bustle. While many people visit Gili Trawangan to enjoy its renowned nightlife, it is always desirable to enjoy some downtime. Luckily, a quick walk has you on the beach for sunset…

‘We host many couples here for romantic holidays’, she says, not surprising given the trails of brightly coloured flowers and stunning scenery around the pretty bungalows. Banana Leaf Resort may only have been open for 2 years, but it’s proving very popular with honeymooners, as well as young travellers. ‘Backpackers generally don’t have the budget for luxury, but they also don’t want to stay in hostels’, Clementine explains, ‘and we offer a solution. Opulence without the hefty price tag’. For travellers who prefer something more elegant than a hostel, this resort ticks every box.

Guests can relax in the tranquil settings, with friendly staff available to help with whatever is needed. Day trips can be booked easily, with snorkelling being one of the most popular activities around the islands. With many turtle-spotting points to explore, most visitors to the island cannot resist grabbing a mask and diving into the crystal-clear waters. Banana Leaf Resort’s proximity to some of the best beaches on the island make it even more appealing.

The resort has a modern feel to it due to the facilities available – free WiFi, TVs in the bedrooms for those who really want to chill out, air conditioning and, a true luxury in the Gilis, hot water! Touches of traditional Balinese-style interiors in each bungalow add to the relaxing ambience. Banana Leaf Resort draws upon tourists’ love of all things local, with classic native plants dotted around, as well as local-style artwork in each home away from home.

So, what does the future hold for Banana Leaf Resort? Well, a restaurant for starters! Excuse the pun! The restaurant is set to open this April and will offer a menu packed with local favourites like Mie Goreng (fried noodles). Western cuisine will be added, based on what guests enjoy the most.

Overall, Banana Leaf Resort offers an escape amidst the secluded, tropical garden as well as an opportunity to head down and enjoy the party. Either way, guests will be welcomed with open arms and big smiles! Oh….did we mention the pool?