The Pearl Beach Resort Gili Asahan is our top recommendation if you are looking for the perfect place to relax on your Lombok holiday. This eco boutique resort on a tiny island in Indonesia offers everything you might need to fully recharge your batteries far away from the busy everyday life. Romantic bungalows, idyllic environment, various activities including snorkeling and kayaking and of course, excellent food. Want to know more? Get all your questions answered from our Pearl Beach Resort review!
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Pearl Beach Resort Gili Asahan overall review
There aren’t too many hotels in Gili Asahan Lombok, altogether 4. The reason why we think recommend Pearl Beach Resort over Gili Asahan Eco Lodge, Avatar Raja Bungalows and Matahari Villas because based on our personal experience, this resort has the best location on the island for relaxation and snorkeling! Moreover, we experienced excellent hospitality during our stay!
- best snorkeling area of the island lies just in front of the hotel
- well-maintained, private garden with bean bags, sunbeds and umbrellas
- free kayak, canoe, stand up paddleboard, yoga mat, life vest and snorkel gear
- free drinking water
- fabulous buffet breakfast
- complementary tea and coffee in the afternoons
- internet only in the restaurant (weak signal)
- restaurant is not open all day
- some items in the bungalows need to be fixed/updated
If you want some general information on the island itself, read our Gili Asahan travel guide.
Snorkeling Pearl Beach Resort Gili Asahan
Pearl Beach Resort Lombok is proud to have the best house reef for snorkeling in Gili Asahan. Just get into the water from the beach and you will find yourself in a real aquarium! You can swim both directions, the shallow reef runs along the coast. The sea is usually calm and current-free on this side, there is very few boats around, therefore the reef is safe for novice snorkelers too.
Besides the vibrant corals and various fish species, you can spot here sea turtles, moray eels, sea stars, sea horses as well as macro creatures like sea slugs and nudibranch. The rumor has that even a harmless thresher shark lives here, but unfortunately, we were not lucky to find her.
On the top of these, there is an artificial reef on the right side where you can observe how planted corals grow on man-made metal structures.
Tip: Read our complete Lombok snorkeling guide to learn what other Gili Islands you should visit when traveling in this part of Indonesia!
Things to do on Gili Asahan
Besides snorkeling and lying on the beach and enjoying the slow life, there are several activity options to keep yourself busy while on your Pearl Beach Resort Gili Asahan holiday, including
- stand up paddleboarding
- walking and hiking
We believe that snorkeling the Pearl Beach Resort house reef will be the highlight of your days, but don’t miss out paddling around the island and visiting the nearby uninhabited Gili Goleng too. Pearl Beach Resort provides you with free kayak, canoe, SUPs.
If you enjoy walking and easy hiking, make sure to climb up to the view point and enjoy the sunrise or sunset! Or just simply take a long walk around the island by following the beach. You will get the opportunity not only exploring wonderful nature, but also discovering the locals’ life in the Gili Asahan village. To explore more of the area, sign up for a Gili Rengit – Gili Layar snorkeling trip!
Resort facilities and services
The Pearl Beach Resort Gili Asahan is a luxurious boutique resort in harmony with nature. They operate a green business applying eco-friendly solutions like:
- solar panels supplied electricity
- natural materials used for the buildings
- sustainable seafood in the restaurant
- donating part of the profit for local conservation projects
Please do appreciate these effort and contribute to preserving the resources by switching off electronics, A/C and battery charges when not in the room and pay attention to your water consumption. I think there is no need to explain how bad is the plastic pollution in the ocean worldwide and sadly, Indonesia is one of the most affected regions. Help to keep the island clean! Never leave any rubbish behind and collect trash from the beach!
Transfer to Pearl Beach Resort
To get to Gili Asahan, you can arrange your transfer directly through the resort. If you are arriving by plane to Lombok Airport, calculate with a 2 hours long drive to Tembowong local port and a 20 minutes boat trip to Gili Asahan.
If you are coming from Bali by Gili Getaway Speedboat, you need to get off in Gili Gede where the Pearl Beach Resort transfer boat will be waiting for you and take to the island in about 20-25 minutes. Of course the resort’s boat is available for island hopping trips too, ask the staff about the tours!
The resort offers spacious beach bungalows and ocean-view villas with semi-outdoor bathroom that have stylish stone decor and bamboo elements. There is hot water in the shower. Each buildings feature outdoor relaxing area too with swing-beds and hammocks. The bungalows are equipped with fan, while some villas have air condition.
The natural wooden structure, thatched-roof buildings surrounded by tropical plants are perfect for a romantic holiday or an unforgettable family vacation. Sunbeds, umbrellas and bean bags are free to use on the beach.
The cozy open-air restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, although cocktails and drinks can be ordered throughout the day. To be able to get the freshest ingredients, the staff advise guests to pre-order the food in the morning.
The menu includes local dishes and some international meals like hamburger. Romantic beach dinners can also be arranged! There is complimentary coffee and tea between 4 and 5 pm.
A fabulous buffet breakfast is served daily from 7 am to 9:30am in the restaurant. Besides the basic breakfast items like toast, butter, jam, cheese, salami and some fruits it includes freshly made juices, homemade yogurt, waffles/pancakes and of course you can order eggs prepared to your choice. Local Lombok coffee, Nescafe and tea are of course also served.
Free internet is available in the restaurant area but the service is very slow and sometimes there is no reception at all. Think about the lack of internet as an advantage and enjoy being disconnected while you stay at the Pearl Beach Resort Gili Asahan. Talk to your family, socialize with other guests or just enjoy the days spent in such a paradise environment.
If you really need to be connected because of your work or any other reasons, buy a local Indonesian SIM card.
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