What can we say about this place but it's the best kept secret on Gili T! Rien was our point of contact booking on TripAdvisor. She answered all my questions and was more than accommodating on my requests. I inquired about a romantic dinner and she gave me a quote and explained how good of a cook Yanti was and that everyone raved about her cooking when they stayed there; what an understatement! :)
We stayed for the week and it was amazing. Yanti greeted us with mogu mogu and a cold wash cloth when we arrived. She kept the house and was your cook for our entire stay.
We came for our honeymoon on a recommendation and after some research we decided to book Bhuvana for the week. It wasn't on the main strip but closer to the sunset side of the island. Nothing it too far when you have a bike on Gili T. We were given 2 bicycles with a lock to use at our convenience when we wanted to go explore, which we did often.
Breakfast was amazing. We were given a choice between traditional breakfast or pancakes/eggs. We mixed it up a few times. Yanti always had fresh fruit to add along with fresh made coffee and a fruit smoothie that was delicious. If you weren't quite full and wanted more, she would happily make you an extra helping! Her omlets were delicious.
We requested a romantic seafood dinner since it was our honeymoon and we were extremely satisfied with Yanti's cooking as she surpassed our expectations by a long shot! Her first meal was pretty mild in spice but delicious in seasoning. She soon found out we both liked spicy food and knew she could make traditional spicy Indonesian meals. We had requested so much food for her to have ordered from Lombok that we ended up having enough for fish curry the next days which was one of the best fish curry I've ever had! Her lobster the night before was spot on and all the dishes had so much flavor. Lobster was on the more expensive side but the other fish was very reasonably priced. She also made seared red snapper which was so flavorful and tender. I really don't know why she doesn't have her own restaurant on Gili T! Overall, we had 4-5 meals, aside from breakfast, cooked by Yanti and it was the best food we had on the island!
We stayed at the villa during one of the major holidays and while we found out we decided not to request her to make a meal that night for us as we know how important holidays are but when we talked to her the next day she offered to make us a seared beef meal from all the beef they had leftover from their holiday meal. It was so flavorful and delicious as we had no doubt it would be!
As a thank you for staying at Bhuvana, Yanti setup a romantic beachside candle lit dinner at Ko Ko Mo restaurant for my new wife and I. The food was great and the view was amazing. They had flowers setup around the table and they were expecting us. The waiter at Ko Ko Mo was super friendly as he struck up conversation with us about America as he moved to America for a short while and then back to Lombok. She and Bhuvana truly were the best highlights of Gili T and took amazing care of us while we were there! Everything Yanti had a hand in made us feel so welcome and at home in Indonesia!! She was eager to help or answer a question in any way she could and her son also was a great help with cleaning the pool daily, cooking, as well as picking up the yard.
The landscape at Bhuvana was truly breathtaking. It is such a quiet place that sometimes we didn't realize there was an entire island to explore. Bhuvana made our honeymoon and Yanti was an incredible luxury we never thought we'd run into on Gili T. We would catch ourselves hanging out by the pool listening to the birds chirp and the waterfall running with all the tropical flowers around it was truly heaven!
The picture are exactly what you get from Bhuvana. I thought, there's no way this place could be this nice. WRONG! It truly is a paradise.
Rien setup fastboat transportation as well as gave us information about getting a Cidomo (horse cart) from the fast boat drop off to the villa. We were greeted by the staff who was making a last minute sweep of the villa for cleanliness upon arrival. They did so much for us while we were here I will definitely forget to mention it all but they were always eager to help and Yanti was simply a WhatsApp text away from answering whatever question you had.
There is a Bluetooth JBL speaker you can listen to music from using the passcode 0000 I believe. They had adult coloring books we enjoyed doing while waiting for breakfast. This was truly the best vacation spot on the island of Gili T and if we were to go back we wouldn't hesitate to stay the entire trip at Bhuvana! If we could rate this place more than 5 stars we wouldn't hesitate. Thank you so much to the staff at Bhuvana villas as you made our honeymoon one we will always remember!
We stayed at another place on Gili T and had it not been refundable we would have spent out entire vacation at Bhuvana.
Bhuvana was easily reached by finding the Kona Villas signs on the island. We biked everywhere once we got to Bhuvana and it was about a 3 minute bike ride to the beach and a 8-10 minute bike ride to the east side of the island which was the busiest side of the island. There were many restaurants within 5 minutes but aside from Yanti's cooking Ko Ko Mo was by far the best meal we had on the island as suggested and setup by Yanti.
Everything about this place was incredible. The pictures don't do it justice; this place is a paradise.
The service and assistance we received was amazing. We were so well looked after, and even though our Indonesian wasn't the best, we were able to partake in all the activities we wanted because of the help of the Bhuvana staff. A special mention goes to Yanti, who could not have been more wonderful throughout our entire trip.
We're heartbroken to leave this place, but also glad that we were lucky enough to experience it. We'll absolutely be back and would recommend this place in a heartbeat.
A truly perfect gem perfect for a getaway in charming Gilli T. I came with my wife and although it ended up thunderstorming for most of our stay, the villa had everything we needed and provided such a beautifully hybrid indoor/outdoor living style. We felt like we never needed to leave (and barely did!). It was an ideal stay to escape from reality for a few days and reset. The villa also provides bicycles to make getting around easy. The staff was so sweet and accommodating as well. We can't wait to return!!
My favourite word for it is EXCELLENT. We felt like royalties from the moment we booked it till the time we left. The interior is very unique, hand crafted and artistically designed. The staff was incredible throughout our stay. Very friendly and accommodating. We loved how we could wake up late and still get breakfast.
The villa is extremely private, so you can really enjoy your time around pool and garden. There is a sound system with pretty large selection of fav tunes. Villa is very close to the beach, so we could enjoy walks and swimming in nature but evenings we loved spending on our own in this private nest. Such a memorable experience for our short holiday but will forever be remembered! Thanks so much to the people from VILLA BHUVANA. We highly recommend this villa to couples and individuals that seek for privacy in the quiet area.