Party

Apr24

It marked the final party for them at the party island during this visit, albeit it was different this time as it was held at the alley in front of the house. It was held in the Gili T atmosphere of a tiny island where everyone on the whole island knows each other. Guests from other small accommodations met for the first time and have fun as if they had known each other for a long time.
The young guys spent 5 nights at the private villa and did not want to waste any minute of it, having fun at the party spots which are within walking distance from the house.
Both like going out, with Andrew seemed never to leave the house without his camera and Jens never do so without his guitar.
The staff told me they enjoyed hearing Andrew singing hip hop songs with his beautiful voice and recalled that Jens like playing blues.

 

From the first moment when he made the reservation and when I saw a photograph of him playing guitar, my initial response was he would be a good guest and so would his friend be.
Back to the party scene, Gili Trawangan is well known as a party island, in addition to its well known snorkeling and diving sites. Some bars stay open until 2 am.
One big party is allowed to last until 4 am, which is rotated so that there is only one such party on one particular night.
Currently the schedule is Blue Marlin rave party on Monday nights, Wednesday nights at ‘Shipwrecked Bar’ at the ‘Tir na Nog’ Irish bar with a mix of funky house music,
Friday night parties at New Rudy’s Bar, and Reggae music on Thursday nights at Sama Sama bar and Quiz night at Trawangan Dive (Bar) also on Thursdays.These bars are mostly within 5 – 10 minute walking distance from Ambary House. Dark moon party and full moon party. Saturday nights at Sama-Sama and Sunday nights at Evolution.

Jan05

Young Australians Paul and Alex often spent partying until the wee hours of the day during their recent one-week stay at Ambary House on the party island of Indonesia’s Gili Trawangan, amid a steady interest among your travelers in one of Southeast Asia’s most famous party islands.

The full moon party in the island may not be as crazy as that of the full moon party at Thailand’s Koh Phangan island but still Gili Trawangan, which also offers top snorkeling and diving sites around it, is filled with top notch party places where you can have some drinks, meet new friends and dance all night.

“It’s not unusual for us to wake up at two or three o’clock in the morning, hearing our guests unlock the entrance gate and walk into the inner area of the villa,” said Rian, an Ambary House staff who has been working for the villa since it was still in construction period. The staff live in an annexed building near the villas’ entrance gate.

Ambary House, which is located in a quiet lane several blocks behind the party area in the southern part of the island, recently received a steady stream of guests mostly young men and women in their twenties with many staying more than three days, spending their nights out in the bars such as Irish Bar Tir Na Nog and the New Rudy’s that line up the main street about five minutes away.

It was a pity I was away from Gili Trawangan when both Paul and Alex were staying in the island but they must have made many new friends during their stay on the island, including with Ambary House staff especially Arief with whom they had had beers and done a snorkeling trip together around the three Gilis : Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air.

Paul later wrote in a review about his stay at Ambary House on booking.com : “We got along with Arief so well we insisted he leave the villa and come snorkeling with us one day which was lovely ….We will never forget him or the kindest he gave to us.”

Back to the party scene, some bars may stay open until 2 am on the island but only one big party is allowed to last until 4 am, which is rotated so that there is only one such party on one particular night.
Currently the schedule is Blue Marlin rave party on Monday nights, Wednesday nights at ‘Shipwrecked Bar’ at the ‘Tir na Nog’ Irish bar with a mix of funky house music, Friday night parties at New Rudy’s Bar, and Reggae music on Thursday nights at Sama Sama bar. These bars are mostly within 5 – 10 minute walking distance from Ambary House.

Sep10

Indonesia’s Gili Trawangan still retains its well-earned reputation as a wild party destination with cheap accommodation. Whilst that is partially still true, the tiny island has matured into a destination that is increasingly becoming popular for travelling families staying in expensive hotels and villas.

Snorkeling, diving, beautiful beaches, close proximity to Bali – takes only about two hours from Padang Bai in East Bali – and of course the absence of motorized vehicles in the tiny island are among the factors that have made Gili Trawangan an increasingly popular tourist spot for families and for wedding. For pictures of activities on Gili see pinterest.com/ambaryhouse

Brazilian Armando Bevilacqua Junior spent a week with his two adult daughters and wife in Gili Trawangan in late August, staying at Ambary House. A director at a construction company in Sao Paulo, south Brazil, Armando liked spending time on the beach with his daughters, snorkeling or diving or just relaxing during the day.

“Nothing, just relaxing in the beach,” Armando liked to say with his broad smile when asked what’s his plans for the day during his stay in Ambary House. His wife, daughters Sabrina who is a journalist with an interest in environmental issues, and younger sister Isabella would usually stand behind him agreeing.

Armando and his family, unlike many other families who have stayed in Ambary House, did not rent a bike even for a single day during their one-week stay, preferring a long walk instead. The family, among few Brazilian tourists in Gili Trawangan, have travelled to many Muslim countries in the Middle East along with countries in Europe and America. This was their first visit to a Southeast Asian country and expected to go to other countries in the region next time.

I asked Armando how he manage to have the whole family travelling together in various countries every year given the daughters are already grown up and may have their own interest which could be different from that of his, the soft spoken director who has been working for the same company for decades said the daughters could have their own time, pursuing own interest such as going to parties on their own.

He, however, said it would be harder to go together as a family once the daughters got married.

@Matthias Garke, a German businessman in the wood processing business, also stayed for about a week in Ambary House, spending time on Gili’s beaches with his wife and two boys.

I was not in Gili when he was staying in the villa but we spoke on the phone and at one time explored ideas about the possibility of importing furniture from Indonesia. Travelling with the family while exploring possible business opportunities might be a good idea though doing so may risk protest from family members.