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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

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Girl watching the ocean

# DAY 16 OF PROJECT CINLOC

A few days ago I decided to take a day off. I needed a lazy day to allow my mind to recharge. My mind is been working over hours since the earthquake, constantly solving problems, thinking of what to do next, it’s even processing how to react to the environment ...
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Building a new boutique hotel on Gili Air

# DAY 12 OF PROJECT CINLOC

The one thing that I have that nobody else has is me. My voice, my mind, my story, my vision. So I write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only I can do. Love Rose Feel free to share  ...
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Couple in Love

# DAY 10 OF PROJECT CINLOC

If you have a wonderful man, who helps balance your whole world. Who isn’t perfect, but is perfect for you. Someone who makes you laugh and sometimes drives you crazy. Who is your best friend and sometimes your only friend. Someone who sticks around when things get rough and hold ...
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Building a new hotel on a tropical island

# DAY 9 OF PROJECT CINLOC

The roof of the headquarters of our beloved Gili Shark Conservation Project is now completely gone. I have so much respect for our boys and our workers. Demolishing a building like this is not easy, especially not if you have to do it in this extreme heat. It's a very ...
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Re-usable bottles in Indonesia

# DAY 7 OF PROJECT CINLOC

I love projects! I especially love to start new projects. There is just something magical about creating something new out of nothing. Today it’s one year ago that we – together with our amazing team – started our Plastic Free Paradise Project. It was my dream to create a campaign ...
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Pink flamingo swimming in the pool

#DAY 6 OF PROJECT CINLOC

And another roof gone! Now we have three beautiful destroyed villas with no roofs and a pink flamingo in the pool. To be honest I’ve seen better days but… I’ve also seen worse. I might not have everything I want, but I do have all I need. My life is ...
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Girl signing a contract

# DAY 5 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Big things are happening! A design can be so simple but that’s what makes it so complicate. Today we said yes to a proposal of an architect. Together with her team she will help us to design the new Villa Nangka. Very scary and exciting at the same time. Can’t ...
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Villa Nangka is Tripadvisor number 1

# DAY 4 OF PROJECT CINLOC

I woke up this morning with and saw the following notification on my phone: “Congratulations Villa Nangka, you are number 1 on Tripadvisor!” I can’t believe it. The situation is so complete surreal, I can’t stop laughing. Our little paradise that is completely destroyed is now – according to Tripadvisor ...
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The word Love on a Wall

# DAY 3 OF PROJECT CINLOC

My heart stopped beating for a second when I heard the news yesterday; a 7.7 earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. It doesn’t only hit me because it happened in Indonesia, it hits me because I understand now what the word earthquake means. I can picture it in my ...
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A daily blog about building a new boutique hotel on Gili Air

# DAY 2 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Let’s embrace the journey, one step at a time. A couple of days ago we started to demolish our house. Our boys and the workers are moving quickly and the roof is almost completely gone. I admire them for their courage. Although it’s not an easy job they are smiling ...
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