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Once upon a time, 2012 to be exact, a girl named Rose arrived on Gili Air in Indonesia 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. Our big adventure started. For more than three years, we continuously tried to improve Villa Nangka and did countless renovations projects. Every time we thought we were almost done, we discovered something else that needed fixing and a new project was born.

As we only had just enough money to buy Villa Nangka we had to be very creative with the interior design of the villas. Almost every piece of furniture in Villa Nangka we sandpapered by hand and we spent hours and hours whitewashing. At one point our friends didn’t even look surprised anymore when we would rock up at their place still covered in paint.

But we loved (almost) every minute of it! It’s a great feeling to wake up every day and to do what you love most. Together with our boys we lived on the premises of Villa Nangka and welcomed guests from all over the world to our family. We can honestly say:

” It’s a fantastic experience to open the doors of your home to the World.  To offer people a fun and memorable experience is priceless. It makes us incredible happy to know that so many beautiful memories have been created in our little paradise.”

Villa Nangka Team

And living another dream 

Around the same time we bought Villa Nangka we started together with a friend our beloved Gili Shark Conservation Project. As we are both big oceans lovers we made it our mission to promote shark conservation efforts through education and research. 

We spend a lot of time in the magical underwater world, but we also love to be in the field and give back to the wonderful community of Gili Air. We started a Plastic Free Paradise campaign to create awareness and reduce the use of single-use-plastic.  Our goal is to educate locals as well as tourists and provide information about how you can leave nothing but footprints on our beautiful island.

Re-usable bottles in Indonesia

What Can You Expect When Staying In Villa Nangka?

The complete package! Villa Nangka is a place where you will immediately feel at home and where we – together with our wonderful staff – will make sure your stay will be a memorable and unforgettable one!

For more information, pictures and direct booking, click here.

With love,

Rose & Andreas and the boys
Angling, Ifan, Jack, Venan, Herman, Suhir and Adot

p.s.1: 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.

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Follow here our journey of building a small boutique on a small tropical island in Indonesia.

Free conservation classes for the children of the Gili Islands

# DAY 280 OF PROJECT CINLOC

I’ve got some really exciting news to share with you! We hired two more teachers to teach the children of Gili Air about the magical world of conservation. This means we have now four teachers that visit the school every Saturday and more than 120 kids are part of our ...
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# DAY 268 OF PROJECT CINLOC

A big shout out the Villa Nangka Crew! I can’t remember the last time when I saw all of them wearing a clean t-shirt ; - ) It makes me so proud, like if I’m walking on clouds and stardust at the same time. These guys have been with us ...
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# DAY 264 OF PROJECT CINLOC

We are in the final phase of project CINLOC. There is still a lot of work to be done but in the far far distance, we can see the finish line. Just a few weeks more. I was thinking about the word determination last night. I strongly believe that success ...
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# DAY 256 OF PROJECT CINLOC

With proud, we present you a little sneak preview of the New Villa Nangka! We are not there yet but every day we are getting one step closer. The moment is now. It’s a powerful time. If we open ourselves to the moment, our opportunities are endless. Let’s celebrate those new ...
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two steps back, one step forward

# DAY 245 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Sometimes in life you need to take two steps back. But sometimes when I take two steps back, I feel like a failure. I feel like I’ve let myself down. I feel like project CINLOC will never be finished. But in these moments, I try to tell myself: Dear Rose, ...
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# DAY 236 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Every four weeks I go up a bra size…it’s worth being pregnant just for the breasts. Pregnancy is also a lot of other things. It is the gift of life. It is a miracle. It is exciting…to create a life. To carry that life within your body for nine months ...
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# DAY 232 OF PROJECT CINLOC

This morning our beloved and crazy chicken Alice passed away. Alice walked into Villa Nangka around three years ago. And decided to stay. Alice was not just an ordinary chicken. She was blind on one eye and we all thought she was immortal. She disappeared for a little bit after ...
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International marine research center in Indonesia

# DAY 229 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Slowly but steady the new headquarters of the Gili Shark Conservation Project is rising. It’s my dream that one day, this beautiful bamboo building will be an international marine research center that host researchers, scientist and oceans lovers from all over the world. A place in the heart of our ...
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Bamboo kitchen design made by Asali Bali

# DAY 223 OF PROJECT CINLOC

With proud we present you the new kitchen of the new Villa Nangka! Can’t wait for the day this places is filled again with the love and laughter of our boys and our guests. Love Rose P.s. A big thank you to Monokromo for making this stunning design and to ...
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To all the people who find Mother's Day hard to celebrate, this is for you

# DAY 222 OF PROJECT CINLOC

In more than 50 countries people are celebrating Mother’s Day today. Many people might claim that it has now become far too commercialized and yet another chance for retailers to try and sell us flowers, cards, and gifts that we don’t necessarily need, but for me, this day is something ...
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We are here to any answer question you might have about our little hidden paradise. Reach out to us and we’ll respond to you as soon as we can.

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E-mail: info@villanangkagiliair.com
Reviews and bookings:  AirBnb
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Address Villa Nangka

Villa Nangka
Gili Air, Gili Indah
Nusa Tenggara Barat – 83352
Lombok – Indonesia

Location

As we don’t have any street names on Gili Air we will explain you how to get to Villa Nangka from them harbor. You can either take a horse cart for around IDR 150,000 or walk around 800 meters.

When walking take the main road leading from the pier into the island. Walk to the end, turn right and after 20 meters left again. Keep walking straight for around 5 minutes, Villa Nangka will be on your right hand side. Click here for a Google maps link with the directions from the harbor.

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