Karma Royal opens luxurious island resort in Indonesia

The Reef on Gili Meno

The Reef on Gili Meno

Karma Royal Group has opened a new resort on Gili Meno, one of a trio of idyllic islands that make up The Gillis, near Lombok in Indonesia.

Luxury boutique resort The Reef will operate under Karma Royal Group’s Chakra Resorts brand and brings the group’s total number of resorts across Southeast Asia, India, Australia and Europe to 24.

John Spence, chairman and CEO of Karma Royal Group, said: “The Reef embodies the fulfilment of everyone’s Robinson Crusoe fantasy of being stranded on an exotic tropical island.

“If your idea of a perfect holiday is to literally leave the world behind, go barefoot in the sand, celebrate incredible sunsets, then it’s time to discover The Reef at Gili Meno.

“A Chakra Resort for the sophisticated leisure traveller who appreciates the fun of laidback luxury, exploring local culture and emerging destinations, where you can simply get lost and maybe – in the process – find yourself all over again. At Chakra Resorts life’s an adventure!”

Inside one of the lumbungs

Inside one of the lumbungs

The Reef sits on a sprawling four hectares, only one of which has been developed for the resort. With an architectural reliance on bamboo and other ethnic local materials, The Reef blends in seamlessly with pristine island grassland dotted with palm trees and a myriad of local flora and fauna, fringed with long stretches of secluded white sandy beaches and laced by the gently lapping waves of the crystal blue Bali Sea.

Guests at the resort can experience laidback sophistication with an authentic indigenous touch for the resort’s collection of charming sea-facing lumbung bungalows, all with expansive private balconies to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living.

The lumbung or ‘rice granary’ is an intrinsic part of the local architectural heritage of The Gillis, as well as of surrounding islands Lombok and Bali. Constructed with bamboo and other locally sourced materials and traditionally used to store rice under the protection of the Indonesian goddess Dewi Sri, with the modernisation of farming methods, lumbungs are now seldom used for storage and have instead been resurrected as dwellings.

Each lumbung at The Reef sleeps a maximum of four people and is fully appointed for optimum comfort and relaxation, with a private kitchen and en-suite bathroom, flat-screen television and DVD player, tea and coffee making amenities, telephone and air-conditioning.

The Reef’s Karma Beach Club has seating for 70 diners, who can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with unobstructed views of shimmering azure waters, or bask in the sun on daybeds at the resort’s white sandy beachfront.

Concierge services at The Reef provide a knowledgeable guide to the island’s and the neighbouring Gillis’ comprehensive snorkeling and scuba diving sites, including a peek at the sea turtles often seen nestling at the beach in front of the resort as well as more adventurous marine life-gazing excursions in the resort’s glass-bottomed boat.

For more information visit www.karmaroyalgroup.com.