Welcome to “Gili Air”. In Indonesian this means: The “Little Island of Water”. Gili Air is a pristine jewel set in the Bali Sea, situated in one of the most picturesque locations on Earth. To the East, the majestic crater rim of Lombok’s Mount Rinjani, provides a picturesque backdrop to a stunning sunrise. To the West, the sun sinks behind the perfect cone of Bali’s Mt Agung. As it releases all the colours of the rainbow.
Sunrise Resort is situated on Gili Air’s East Beach. We have the best location – fine, white coral sand gives way to breathtaking snorkeling directly off-shore, accessible at both high and low tides which is unique on Gili Air. Within 30 metres of the beach, lies a reef teaming with colourful fish and turtles in crystal clear water. Perfect for swimming, snorkeling or diving and always at idyllic temperatures (25-32°C).
The story of Sunrise started with a phrase, “Don’t Dream it…Do it” in 1990.
Whilst travelling around the Indonesian archipelago in January 1992 a young Scottish lad set foot upon Gili Air. The island’s magic was over-whelming and after two weeks of indulging in its raw and powerful nature, he knew he would return…3 months later, at the age of 22, previous local friendships helped kick start Sunrise’s creation.
..what followed was an eclectic development driven by the progressive acquisition of local licences. A small bungalow was handcrafted by a local builder. Staff quarters were added, with a more permanent restaurant to follow. A “Pondok Licence” for five bungalows was granted. Looking to Lombok for inspiration the Local Rice barn (Lumbung) tradition was converted and transformed into a tourist initiative. The first room was completed in 1995, and still stands today having been re-thatched and renovated when required. Over the next 4 years four more rooms, in the same relaxed “Lumbung” style were added.
Sunrise has “organically” grown since its inception, 25 years ago.
Along the way, the Scottish lad became a Dad with his German Frau. Having left Sunrise in the hands of unfortunate mismanagement, this creative family team returned in 2014 to bring Sunrise into a new, adventurous, family-friendly future. With a choice of two-storey suites and comfortable, private, single-storey, adjoining rooms with A/C and hot, fresh water. Perfect for singles, couples, families and small groups.
In 2009, what was our restaurant became the 3 bedroom Villa Taba. Our pools were added in 2013.
Our restaurant moved beachfront and in October 2015 we added our speciality BBQ of a variety of fresh local seafood and quality, imported meat fayre that’s hard to beat. Running alongside our finely tuned A La Carte menu (for Kids and adults alike), a Patisserie to die for, and a fine selection of imported wines at affordable prices. All to be served on the Beach, Sundeck, Lobby, Restaurant or Poolside, wherever you choose to relax and enjoy.