We enjoyed our stay at Mandalika Cottage! The girls were very nice and helpful. They made us a wonderful breakfast every morning and answers any and all questions with a smile. The room was clean spacious and COOL! THE AC was the best we had in two weeks. We were a decent distance from the main strip but the complimentary bikes with locks made it a nice 5 min bike ride. We did find a few dead cockroaches in the room over our stay but roaches are part of the climate and better dead than alive. All in all great place, only wish was a bit closer to the beach
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Mandalika is locked and feels secure. Its host Gaspar is its USP, he prepares a quaint breakfast to your little veranda which looks inwards towards the garden.
He stocks your fridge and provides you with complimentary bicycles to roam around the island on which are VERY handy.
It is tucked away about 10 minutes walk from the main strip and 30 minutes walk from the west coast. By bicycle you can cut this by half.
He offers to sort out washing for a reasonable price and is extremely approachable and also speaks french for those who are missing the mother tongue!
Would highly recommend for any couples, but singles also.
Where to start? Gaspar is one of the nicest persons i met during my journeys. Even if his wife was at lombok, expecting their first baby (congrats and only the best wishes for the three of you) he was always available per mobile and often arround. It is a small complex of 4 bungalows, very quiet area in the village and safe. You get a huge, tidy room with comfy bed, big fridge filled with a few very fair priced drinks enough space to store your clothes, good shower, big terrace. What i liked most was the free refill of water and the ac tucked away in a corner so the whole room gets nicely cooled and you dont get frozen in your bed. Every room has to new bycicles included. Towel and linen exchange is on request, sweet water is precious on such a small island.
The stuff is supersweet! Habib and his coleague are so lovely and even if their english is not so good (think this will change through practise) they go out of their way to fullfill all your needs.
We did a lot of laundry their and everything came back clean and not coloured (happens a lot of times in SEA laundrys). Altough laundry prices are very cheap they arranged a far better rate for us.
During our stay wifi was only available when gaspar was arrou d (hotspot) but you have lots of places where you get good wifi. Was no issue for us but if its important for you check it before booking.
Breakfast is included and served with a big smile every morning.
In a nutshell: strongly recommended! safe also for solo female travellers (the gilis in general are very safe), clean, friendly, excellent value for money.
Hope to be back very soon.
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Mandalika Cottage is an incredible place to enjoy the best holidays in Gili Trawangan with all the amenities at a price / quality unbeatable. I was more than a week, which was incredible. Rooms-salon very spacious, clean and nicely decorated.
The garden and the bar area creates a very intimate atmosphere, in addition to being located in a quiet area away from the mosque chants starting at 5am.
The employees are very friendly and helpful people. Extra points for including new bicycles to explore the island and different games to enjoy a nice day at the beach.
Definitely, I will go back to Mandalika Cottage for my next vacation in Gili Trawangan. It was the best choice I could have made.