Where’s best place to stay on Gili Meno? Keep reading to find out whether Seri Resort & Yoga Centre sounds like the perfect place for you.
After spending 5 weeks in Ubud (doing my yoga teacher training), I was craving a life of turquoise water, swims with the turtles and a few cocktails. After much research, we chose Seri Resort and Yoga Centre on Gili Meno. Here’s my full review:
Overall experience: 3.5/5
Highlights of our experience at Seri Resort included the friendly and professional customer service, crystal clear ocean, yoga in the bamboo shala, mango daiquiris in the eve and banana pancakes at breakfast.
The resort: 3/5
From the bungalows to the beachfront, the resort is bright, airy and oozes a relaxing, luxe vibe that inspires you to completely unwind.
Laid-back lounge tunes play throughout the communal areas. Sandy pathways throughout the resort remind you of your whereabouts with every step. Sweet signs inviting you to rinse your feet before entering areas such as the restaurant, room and pool etc.
Seri Resort is located at the peaceful and secluded end of Gili Meno, away from the ferry dock, main beach, turtle sanctuary and few warungs on the island. If you have luggage that doesn’t need wheeling, you can walk there from the ferry dock. Alternatively you can get a horse and cart if that’s your thing.
A coral reef abundant in colourful sea life, and ‘Turtle Haven’ (a popular diving spot) are just out the front of the resort, making Seri Resort a great base for swimming and snorkelling (you can hire snorkelling equipment form the resort).
Wondering how to get to Gili Meno from Bali? The fast boats from the ports at Padangbai seem to be the most popular route. You can buy your ticket at the ports, which should be max 300,000 IR.
I absolutely adored practicing in the big bamboo yoga hut at the back of resort.
The slow-flowing classes started with a short meditation and pranayama which helped me swiftly drop into a moving meditation, before eventually slipping into savasana. Hearing and seeing the wildlife around me while practicing and feeling connected to nature was incredibly soothing, and a revitalising change to the studio rooms that we often experience when living in a concrete jungle.
Classes are also open to non-residential guests, so even if you stay elsewhere, while you’re on Gili Meno, I’d recommend attending. A 75 minute hatha yoga class costs 150,000 IR.
As I said – the staff at the resort were friendly, helpful and efficient (rare combination to come across on the islands).
Food & Drink: 3/5
Overall, the food on the Gili Islands isn’t the same quality that Bali now boasts. That being said, Seri Resort was able to keep my hunger at bay with yummy banana pancakes for breakfast and a seafood barbecue for dinner.
We enjoyed the seafood barbecue (dinner) at Seri Resort. The salad bar was delicious, with lots of sauces and condiments on offer also. I highly recommend the a mix of the fish on offer, as well as the skewers. Though our squid was overcooked, so make any requests to the chef before making your way to your table.
Tip: When ordering other meals from the menu, I recommend opting for classic options such as the burgers and club-style sandwiches which looked great. The fancier options we ate were missable.
Value for money: 3/5
Naturally you’ll pay ‘resort taxes’, on food and drink, which is about double to what you’d pay once you step outside. That being said, the environment and service is great, so you get what you pay for (imagine your food and drinks delivered to you at your day bed by the ocean). For something cheaper, venture out and head to a warung.
Tip: Buy a few large bottles of water at the supermarket near the ferry port before heading to the resort (and take them with you). These are much better value and an easy saving to make.
Who I’d recommend Seri Resort & Yoga Centre to:
I’d recommend Seri Resort to anyone who wants to unwind by the sea and enjoys a Western, resort-style experience. And you don’t have to be a yogi to enjoy this place. Whilst the yoga centre was an appealing feature for me, others can enjoy the snorkelling or simply lay by the water with a cocktail in hand.
Read more reviews for Seri Resort on TripAdvisor.
Do you have a question about the Gili Islands or yoga in Bali? Pop it in the comments section below and I’ll get back to you right away.
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