The Relaxing Karma Reef on Gili Meno

Published 01 March 2017   

On FRV’s second trip to Gili Meno in a year, I’m pleased to announce nothing much has changed. Text: DAVID TRAUTS

Glamping on the beach. Complete with all modern amenities.

The island is still very clean, little populated and tranquil as any place you could find. This trip we booked into Karma Reef; a barefoot, sand between your toes style resort right on the beach looking east on the Island of Love, Meno the middle of the three Gili islands off the north east coast of Lombok.

Karma Reef, Gili Meno was opened about three years ago with ten, two storey timber and alang-alang bungalows, designed akin to traditional Lombok Sasak houses, and then last year they extended along the beach with six new luxury canvas and coconut wood built tents; a form of accommodation now referred to as glamping. Both are comfortable accommodations with all the trimmings of the luxury world; comfy double beds, cable TV, luxurious bathroom amenities, air-conditioning and they are fully serviced. Karma Reef is an ideal resort for a beachside, white sand getaway.

The wooden bungalows feature a comfy downstairs living room and timber indoor/outdoor bathroom, while upstairs is the air-conditioned double bedroom. The timber, bamboo and alang-alang style offers guests a cozy and warm natural feel, like a cubby house for grown-ups. They face the beach, and depending on which bungalow you are in, are not too far from the beach club. The boats coming and going on the beach out the front adds to the Gili’s charm.

The luxurious glamping tents are on a single level and are a little more spacious than the bungalows. They also face and have direct access to the beach. There’s a feel of camping while staying here, luxurious camping and the tents are well appointed living spaces. You could feel you are on safari, but rest assured the bar and also the excellent Karma spa is not far away.

Delicious dining at the beach club.

The rustic charm of the bungalow upstairs bedroom.

Dining is under control at Karma Reef, with a full resort menu of all your favorite local and Mediterranean fare. There’s also a regular BBQ grill set up on the beach every second night with freshly caught seafood and other meats of your choice.

The breakfast in the beach club or delivered to your room is really top notch too. Movie nights on the beach are also popular and you can’t beat chilling by the bar at sunset time at a table or cabana with the DJ sounds while you overlook the beautiful vistas across the sea to Gili Air and Lombok. Plunging into the crystal clear water for a snorkel amongst the resplendent coral reefs is also a must. Activities like kayaking, diving and snorkeling are offered free of charge in the resort.

During our stay we had the pleasure of tuning into the sounds of Ibiza DJ, and legend in electronic chilled-out sounds, Jon Sa Trinxa at the beach club while feasting on the barbeque. He was there spinning the weekend music at the Beach Club. Some guests came from Trawangan for the rather busy, Saturday evening event and having the chance to chat with Jon about his many exploits around the world was nothing less than illuminating.

Under a blue sky. Karma Reef, Gili Meno is an idyllic getaway.

A visit to Karma Reef and Gili Meno is truly a wonderful experience where you can get right away from it all and relax like you are without a care in the world. Take an afternoon walk around the not so large island or just laze on the beach, the decision is yours. However, the number one past-time is definitely chilling out with your loved one – as they say, you are on the Island of Love.

Fast boats leave from Bali or Lombok to Gili Meno. Most arrive at Gili Trawangan first, with a connection to Meno. Flying to Lombok International airport then a two hour taxi ride to Bangsal port is also an option. Regular island hopper boats leave from Bangsal port to Gili Meno. More information can be found on the Karma Reef, Gili Meno website.


  1. 1. There is no “white sand”. Washed away years ago.
    2. No amplified music allowed on Meno, so dj must have been, well, quiet.
    3. The public walks in front of the tents so it’s a bit public .

    Posted by Graham james on 04 March 17 at 3:01pm [Comment]
  2. Why viewers still use to read news papers when in this technological globe everything is presented on web?

    Posted by education for all on 21 March 17 at 5:54am [Comment]

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