Best-kept se­cret

BASK Gili Meno, In­done­sia

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Pos­si­bly one of the world’s most re­mote lux­ury lo­ca­tions, bask’s new vil­las, on the tiny, un­spoilt, car-free is­land of Gili Meno, a short he­li­copter ride from lom­bok and bali, have started to find a fol­low­ing among those search­ing for what in­done­sia used to be.

Re­spect for the en­vi­ron­ment and lo­cal cul­ture is at the core of the devel­op­ment, which in­cludes 87 stylish new prop­er­ties, de­signed by bal­ibased, multi-award-win­ning bri­tish ar­chi­tect Gary Fell, whose cel­e­brated theme is ‘blur­ring the dis­tinc­tion be­tween ar­chi­tec­ture and land­scape’. once com­plete, they will form a con­tem­po­rary spin on neigh­bour­ing fish­ing ham­lets, com­bin­ing a mid-cen­tury mod­ern look with ba­li­nese ethos and will be vir­tu­ally sur­rounded by water, fac­ing the bali sea and backed by a nat­u­ral salt lake. What’s more, Gili Meno is ex­traor­di­nar­ily pri­vate—the is­land is less than a square mile in size, de­spite hav­ing the best beach in in­done­sia (as voted on Tripad­vi­sor), and the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion is only 500.

At its heart, bask Gili Meno is a re­sort (set to open in 2019), of­fer­ing trop­i­cal sanc­tu­ary, as well as a spa, restau­rant, cock­tail bars, beach club and an enor­mous 43m beach­front in­fin­ity pool. There is world-class div­ing, fish­ing and water­sports and the wa­ters are home to an ar­ray of ex­otic species and rare tur­tles, as well as an in­trigu­ing un­der­wa­ter sculp­ture, Nest, from ac­claimed Jason De­caires Tay­lor. The scheme of­fers own­ers—david Has­sel­hoff is among the first buy­ers—30 days at their villa per an­num, with ini­tial guar­an­teed rental re­turns of 7.5% for the rest of the year.

Con­sid­er­ing that lux­ury in the Gili is­lands is scarce, and in­done­sia boasts one of the world’s fastest grow­ing tourism in­dus­tries, prices are re­mark­ably rea­son­able—from $200,000 (£145,000) for a stu­dio and, up to $1 mil­lion (£724,495) for a three-bed­room beach­front villa. Visit www.baskgili­meno.com for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion. AE

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