Villa Sayang Gili Meno island

Villa Sayang is the small private villa where we spent our first 5 nights on Gili Meno island.  I chose Gili Meno out of the three Gili Islands because it is the smallest, quietest and least developed.  Also the fact that there were no cars or motorcycles but only horse drawn carts around the island was very appealing to me.  I was also looking for an accommodation with a decent kitchen where we could prepare meals together.  In order to accomplish this about half of my luggage was filled with food and cooking items. There are no modern grocery stores on Gili Meno.

I brought: pre-made gluten free bread loaf (which my mom made for us), gluten free pumpkin pancake mix, maple syrup, peanut butter, corn tortillas and taco seasoning, quinoa and brown rice, seasoning, hot sauce, cans of tuna, cheese (which I froze prior to our trip), rice crackers and trail mix.   Yes that seems like a lot for one suitcase but over 5 days we pretty much polished off all the food that I brought.

About an 8 minute walk inland from our villa there was a very small open air shop that sold a few vegetables and fruits where we were able to pick up some- ok looking- tomatoes, carrots, eggs, bananas, mangos and pineapples.  Though Kingsley complained bitterly about the size and weight of my check-in bag, I have to say we ate so well on the trip and had a great time preparing meals together in the simple but adequate kitchen.  After spending two weeks camping and cooking out of the back of a camper van in New Zealand this kitchen actually felt very luxurious to me.  My Mom and Dad were slightly less impressed but we still managed to make some amazing meals together and have a lot of fun doing it!

The Villa was was originally built from antique and reclaimed wood in a tra­di­tion­al Lom­bok open air style. The ground floor has an open living and din­ing room, kit­chen and a large open air bath­room. Upstairs there are two double bedrooms equipped with mos­quito nets and fans and a second liv­ing room with a bal­cony.

Sylvia and Saleh who own and run the property were very helpful and kind, even bringing pineapple fritters by every afternoon.  The accommodation was simple but I felt it was perfect for what we were looking for.  The few negatives would be the close proximity to the island mosque down the road which loudly plays the call to prayer 5 times a day.  The 4am one somehow seemed to be the longest and loudest followed promptly by the roosters!  Also it is an open air cottage so there is really no place to go to escape the mosquitos.  The mosquito nets around the beds are a lifesaver but even with the best mosquito repellants and coils the number of bug bites we walked away with after 5 days was a bit scary! Lastly there is no aircon in the villa and though the heat didn't bother me too much, it was a little much for Kingsley and my parents. I would just keep all of those things in mind if we were to stay there again, but other than that we truly enjoyed our time at Villa Sayang.

Kingsley and I brought our trusty travel hammock which I used each afternoon for a quick nap and a relaxing place to read. 

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