Project CINLOC

What is Project CINLOC?

My Sunshine and I literally met under the big Nangka (jackfruit) tree which is standing in the middle of Villa Nangka. One year after we met we had the opportunity to buy this amazing place and we started our big adventure.

Our dream was to create a unique place on a tropical island. A place where every room is unique and designed with love. The beds of our villas were made out of recycled boat wood, in the bathrooms, you would find handmade ceramic tiles, each room had unique pieces of art on the wall and of course, we made sure you’re sheets & towels felt like small pieces of heaven.

Villa Nangka - Best Place To Stay on Gili Air
pool villa nangka gili air

In Less Than A Minute Everything Changed…

On the 5th of August 2018, a 7.0 earthquake hit Lombok and the Gili islands. There are no words to describe this experience. We lost our house, our business, our dream. Everything we worked so incredibly hard for, got destroyed in less than a minute.

What happened was a tragic anomaly but we were determined to rebuild our little paradise and come back better and stronger than ever. With the help of our friends, family, and complete strangers we raised enough money to keep providing a salary for our boys during the time we were closed. 

Earthquake Gili Islands - August 2018
Villa Nangka destroyed by 7.0 earthquake in Lombok

Saying Goodbye To The Old Villa Nangka

It was not easy to say goodbye to the Villa Nangka as we knew it. The villa’s and her belongings tell the story of who we are, where we’ve been, and the guests we hosted. To see how our workers took down our buildings broke our hearts. But we had to keep on going, one day at a time and one foot in front of the other.

And one day we woke up and could really feel it; it was time to leave behind what we knew and believe something even better will be waiting for us. Because with every ending, something new comes along. And with every great ending, comes an even greater beginning.

Building a new boutique hotel on a tropical island
Demolishing Villa Nangka

Rebuilding Our Dream

A few weeks after the earthquake we had a meeting with an architect from Jakarta to discuss the future of Villa Nangka. At one point she asked me: “Where did you two meet each other?” I pointed out the big Nangka tree in the middle of our property and said with a smile on my face: “We met right here.” She started laughing and said: “CINLOC!” I looked at her confused as I never heard of this word before. She started to explain it:

“The word ‘Cinta’ means love in Bahasa Indonesia and the word ‘Locasi’ means location. When you put these two words together you get ‘Cinloc’ which literally means ‘love on location’.”

We looked at each other and immediately agreed that this is the perfect project name for (re)building our little boutique hotel on Gili Air.

Building a new boutique hotel on Gili Air
Best team ever!

We Are Back In Business!

We re-opened the doors of our little paradise on the 1st of August 2019. Curious how it’s like to build a boutique hotel on a tropical island? Below you find an overview of our incredible journey.

Would you like to know more about our little hidden paradise? Reach out to us and we’ll respond to you as soon as we can.

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Island Clean Up


When a big natural disaster happens hits a small island a lot of things stop working. Luckily by now we have almost everything up and running again. The whole island has electricity, we have fresh water and more than 70% - 80% of the businesses are open again.One of the ...
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damaged house after earthquake on Gili Air


I thought everything would be over and go back to ‘normal’ as soon as the earthquakes would stop. Little did I know that the real fight would start as soon as the ground would stop shaking. After the initial shock wears off, and you're left with almost nothing - where ...
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girls on the beach having fun


It’s kind of shocking when your world falls to pieces and everything and everyone around you carries on with life. How is it possible that the birds continue to sing? How can people carry on loving life? The days after my miscarriage I felt like I became frozen in time ...
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Why did I turn quiet and stopped writing? As I sit here typing this I am wondering if this is something that I actually want to share. Will people judge me for sharing my story because they believe that this is something that should be kept private? But this thought ...
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Best friends hugging each other


The last 2 days have been really hard. I feel sad and lost and have no motivation to do anything. The sun is shining but the world feels like a dark place. And the most frustrating things is it doesn’t matter what I do, the feeling doesn’t go away. I ...
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How to recover from trauma


Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to share their knowledge and experience about trauma with me. It’s been very helpful and enlightened me in many ways. I’m very proud & excited to share with you that we will host our first trauma healing class for the ...
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Guy kisses girl on her forehead


No earthquake, no tsunami and the world didn’t end ; - ). The craziest rumors went around Lombok and the Gili Island the last days. Many people got incredible scared and flee into the hills. I’m so happy and grateful that Sunday the 26th of August passed by as an ...
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Trash collection on the Gili Islands


I can’t believe I just typed that sentence. How is it possible that already 3 weeks passed by since that devastating evening? If there is one thing I learned in the last 3 weeks it’s that when you can’t find sunshine you only have one option and that is to ...
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Testing the water on the Gili Islands after the earthquake


Since the first earthquake we’ve been talking about how the research team of our beloved Gili Shark Conservation Project can help the community of Gili Air to rebuild their paradise. We decided to focus on the three following points: 1. Healing the trauma of the children Every Saturday we visit ...
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Happy Couple in Love


I’m on the toilet when my phone starts beeping. I quickly have a look and see a notification: “Dear Rose, you reached the target of your crowd funding campaign”. I’m confused and almost fall down in the toilet (for your information I’m on a traditional Indonesian toilet, which basically means ...
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