Our Story

Once upon a time, 2012 to be exact, a girl named Rose arrived on Gili Air and instantly fall in love with this magical island. She found a job as a scubadive instructor and started calling the ocean her office. She found an secret getaway in the middle of the island called Villa Nangka and started calling it her home. And there, under the Nangka tree, she fell in love again.

“ I didn’t plan on falling in love with him. And I’m pretty sure he didn’t plan on falling in love with me. But one day it was pretty clear that neither of us could control what was happening to us.”

The name of the man that stole her heart was Andreas. A freedive instructor that came to the island in the same year as she did.In September 2015 we found out that Villa Nangka, the place that we both call home, the place where we fell in love, was for sale. We looked at each other and started dreaming about how amazing it would be if they could buy the place. But with hardly any savings, no fix contracts and no assets, which bank would be so nice to give them a loan?

First rule in life: If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. We went from daydreaming to actively making plans and after two months of hard work we got the money together to buy our dream.

Falling in Love under the Nangka Tree on Gili Air

Living the dream

We opened the doors of our little paradise on the 30th of December 2015 and started living our dream.

At the same time we started our beloved Gili Shark Conservation Project. Our mission is to promote shark conservation efforts through education and research. We collect abundance data from around the three Gili Islands to build a case strong enough to propose to the government to make the Gili Matra Marine Reserve the first recognized shark nursery ground in Indonesia

Besides spending a lot of time in the magical underwater world, we also love to be in the field and give back to the wonderful community of Gili Air by running a Plastic Free Paradise campaign to create awareness and reduce the use of single-use-plastic.

A devastating earthquake

On the 5th of August 2018 just before 7PM a big Earthquake 7.0 happened in the north of Lombok. There are no words to describe this experience. We lost our house, our business our dream. Everything we worked so incredible hard for got destroyed in less than a minute.

Villa Nangka hit by earthquake in August 2018
Villa Nangka hit by earthquake in August 2018

Rebuilding our Dreams

Coming soon…. still busy taking down the damaged buildings….

If you would like more information or share some good vibes with us, don’t hesitate to send us an email at info@villanangkagiliair.com.

With love,

Rose & Andreas and the boys
Puja, Ivan, Jack, Iling, Marco and Herman


Best friends hugging each other


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