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The principles of Vastu have been a guiding concept in the design of the bungalows at H2O Yoga & Meditation Center. 'Vastu' is India's ancient Vedic tradition of design, architecture, and sacred space, often called 'the yoga of design'. It is believed to create harmony and health in one's living space. The bungalows are built from local natural materials and have beautiful thatched roofing. They are simple yet comfortable and offer a peaceful retiring space. H2O provides yogi junkies participants with a shared bungalow (six beds), with a shared bathroom. All rooms are equipped with fans, and clean sheets and towels are provided.
At the heart of H2O is an inspiring open-aired, circular yoga shala with a high-domed natural thatch roof. Classes are intimately set amongst natural beauty and thus offer a deep sense of earth connection, healing, and freedom.
The practice of Yin and Restorative yoga has been scientifically proven to be better than sleep for releasing tense muscles, relieving joint aches, and transitioning the mind and body quickly from stress to calm. Not to mention the fact that you will feel fabulous afterwards!
H2O Yoga & Meditation Center is located on the tranquil island of Gili Air, just two hours from Bali. It is the ultimate island escape. Located only 300 meters from the beach front, it’s abundant with nature and nestled amongst timeless local lifestyles. It is a wonderfully unique resting place and sanctuary for travelers and yogis alike. Gili Air's exquisite coastline also offers beautiful white sandy beaches and numerous sea view restaurants serving fresh fish. The tranquil waters are perfect for snorkeling, diving, and swimming with turtles. H2O provides the opportunity to seek balance in body and mind in a superb natural outdoor setting.
The retreat includes daily delicious breakfast meals.
Food on Gili Air is unpretentious and is made with predominantly locally sourced ingredients. Some of the most appetizing options are the local Indonesian specialties such as Gado Gado (steamed veggies with a delicious peanut sauce) or Nasi Campur (white rice with a selection of vegetables, tofu, tempe, chicken, or fish). Chicken or freshly caught fish sate are also popular choices, as well as 'Urap Urap' (veggies with grated coconut). Ask for the local Sambal (chili sauce) to give your dish an extra zing. Vegetarians will find the local dishes with their prolific use of tempe a viable meal option.
Restaurants tend to specialize in freshly grilled seafood and Indonesian dishes. Cheap beach side establishments cater for western palates (not so spicy), and often serve Thai, Italian, and Chinese food also. Be sure to head inland to try the authentic local cuisine!
Fruit juices are ubiquitous throughout the islands eateries. The water of fresh young coconuts is a real treat and incredibly refreshing. There are also many 'warungs' on the island - small kitchens, usually attached to someone's home, that serve good quality Indonesian dishes.
There is one main supermarket where most food staples can be purchased, including natural yoghurt. Bear in mind that being an island, Gili Air is subject to fresh goods arriving by boat, hence fruit selection varies from day to day. Papayas, bananas, avocados, and pineapples are always in abundance, as well as mangos in season. Exotic local fruits such as mangosteens, rambutan (local lychees), and dragon fruit are also widely available when in season.
The island's most favored activity is to simply rest back and delight in the sheer pleasure of being here. Most visitors swiftly slip into the slower pace of island life and find Gili Air a perfect setting in which to unwind and just be. Whether at a beach side restaurant on a sun lounger or a secluded spot on the sandy shores, visitors frequently find themselves drinking up the stunning views, getting lost in a book, or even writing their own.
There are however plenty of activities to keep you busy if you so desire. One of Gili Air's main attractions is its coral reef and wonderfully diverse ocean life.
Visit local pearl farms, waterfalls, the resort town of Senggigi, or take a drive along forested roads with amazing coastal views and monkeys abound. Relish the epic, untamed coastline of Kuta-Lombok, which offers great surfing and exciting diving options. With the new international airport in Kuta, Lombok this stunningly wild landscape is expected to develop quickly, so go see it now to enjoy its full natural spectacle.
Diving is inexpensive in Indonesia and a great way to appreciate the magnificent underwater world. Gili Air boasts nine dive centers; many tourists come to the island specifically to make use of them. The schools offer a quick course and dive in one day, 'Discover Scuba Diving' , or you can try the 'Open Water' three or four day certification program.
For those wishing to further their training, advanced and instructor level courses are also offered. There are approximately 18 unique dive sites around the island featuring coral seascapes, wrecks, sharks, and a plentitude of brilliantly colored fish. Oceans 5 Dive Center has professional staff, modern and up to date equipment, and top-class service.
There are a number of regular and impromptu music events and parties that take place on Gili Air. These are typically advertised on flyers circulated around the island. Many of the locals have remarkable musical talent. Live singing and guitar playing can often be enjoyed when walking past the many restaurants in the evening. There are several bars that regularly host live bands and DJ's, whose audiences dance the night away on the beaches beneath the stars. There is also the occasional bonfire on the beach as part of spontaneous gatherings of guitarists, singers, percussionists, and whatever musical talent may be present on the island - a magical way to spend the evening.
Also on Lombok is the picturesque Volcano Mount Rinjani. Though the two to four day hike to the summit is challenging (at a height of 3010 meters), you are well rewarded with spectacular views of the nearby Crater Lake. Tours that include a guide and camping equipment usually range between 140 to 200 USD. The village at the base of Rinjani, Senaru, has a variety of accommodation options and also offers several easier walks to local waterfalls.
To visit Gili Meno or Gili Trawangan for the day, take the 'Island Hopper' boat for around 2 USD each way. Explore the deserted beaches of Gili Meno or the high vibe and many restaurants of Trawangan before returning to Gili Air in the late afternoon. Or salute the sunset with a cocktail as you watch its golden rays slip behind the sacred volcano Agung on Bali - a perfect way to end another day in paradise.
H2O has a selection of wonderful books which can be enjoyed whilst relaxing on the Zen veranda. With a wide range of titles on yoga, alternative healing, meditation, Buddhism, and other spiritual topics, you'll never be short of inspiration. There are also 'second hand' book shops on the island where books (mainly fiction) can be both exchanged or purchased.
All around the island and just a stone's throw from the shore, an abundance of vibrant sea life awaits your exploration! Snorkel alongside the critically endangered Hawksbill turtle and encounter the colorful clown fish. Enjoy shoal upon shoal of tropical fish and sea anemones, as they weave their way through the striking coral. Equipment is widely available to rent or can be purchased from most of the dive shops. For 3 USD you'll get a snorkel, mask, and fins for the day. Take a day trip on a local 'glass-bottom' boat to snorkel some of the island's most highly regarded spots and see Gili Air from a whole other perspective!
On the south west side of the island there is a reef break approximately 200 meters from the shore. This is a popular spot to catch great waves and it attracts many surfers during the big swells. Surfboards can be rented from Seven Seas. The local surfers are generally very open in sharing their hot tips.
In front of Scallywag's restaurant is a natural pool. These brilliantly blue waters with their flawless sandy floor make a perfect spot to bathe.
A gentle stroll or power walk around the island is a must and a great way to experience island life. A casual walk takes just short of 90 minutes. For those that like to get their energy zap, there is a track for running that offers spectacular views of the island.
Indulge yourself with a unique blend of therapeutic grade essential oils chosen specifically to cater to your requirements by a qualified therapeutic aroma therapist. The treatment combines a multitude of massage and healing modalities to create a profoundly nourishing experience. A 60 minute sessions costs 190000 IDR and an 80 minute session is 270000 IDR.
The massage of the head, neck, shoulders, and arms has been practiced for centuries in India. Dr. Badat, an Indian doctor of Unani medicine, an ancient medical system from the Middle East, taught H2O yoga teacher and therapist Natascha Fischer these age-old practices. She has combined them with more modern Western massage techniques to create this simple and highly effective massage. Dr Badat's ethos is 'balance the brain, balance the body'. The use of coconut oil along with a personally tailored selection of essential oils is a recommended option with this treatment. A 45 minute sessions costs 200000 IDR, a 60 minute session is 250000 IDR, and a 90 minute session is 350000 IDR.
Enjoy a beautiful combination of massage techniques that releases stress and muscular tension in the shoulders. Perfect for backpackers! A 60 minute sessions costs 170000 IDR and an 80 minute session is 250000 IDR.
A unique and individualized massage treatment that combines numerous healing modalities including Swedish massage, aromatherapy, acupressure, Reiki, polarity therapy, and crystal therapy. A 45 minute sessions costs 125000 IDR.
A unique and individualized massage treatment combining multiple healing modalities including Swedish massage, aromatherapy, acupressure, and energy work such as Reiki, polarity therapy, and crystal therapy. A 60 minute sessions costs 170000 IDR and an 80 minute session is 250000 IDR.
Pressure is applied to reflex points on the feet which correspond to all the various parts of your body, including your organs and glands. Reflexology helps stimulate healthy functioning of the organs, clears congestion, and brings about physical and mental wellbeing. A blissfully relaxing experience! A 60 minute sessions costs 170000 IDR and an 80 minute session is 250000 IDR.
Specific points along the body's meridian lines (energetic pathways) are pressed in order to relieve blockages and promote balance - a deeply calming and rejuvenating treatment. A 60 minute sessions costs 170000 IDR and an 80 minute session is 250000 IDR.
Take a 30-minute flight from Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), also known as Denpasar International Airport, to the new Lombok International Airport (LOP) near Kuta, Lombok. After your arrival, take a two-hour taxi ride to Bhangsal Harbor in the north and a 15 minutes’ boat ride from there across to Gili Air.
The most common option is traveling by fast boat. All travel agents offer combined tickets which include a pick up from your accommodation at around 07:00 and a one and a half-hour mini bus ride to Padang Bai Harbor. Finally, take a one and a half-hour ride via fast boat to Gili Air and arrive at around 11:30.
If you take a slow boat, this involves two minivan rides, a five-hour ferry ride, and a final short public boat ride. This option takes 12 hours and gets you to Gili Air at around 18:00.
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