Belukar is the brainchild of a small group of family and friends, covering a wide age range and with holiday experiences in all the world's continents. Having spent holidays in Indonesia, we all became captivated by Gili Trawangan in particular, with its sometimes unique offerings, away from the relative hustle and bustle of Bali and Lombok. We decided to build Belukar with an aim to take full advantage of all that a tropical Indonesian island can offer whilst being determined to provide the best hotel quality and value for money.
In recent years numerous travel books, guides and newspaper supplements have sung Gili Trawangan’s praises, regarding it as Indonesia’s best kept secret...a paradise only a short distance from the more strident and crowded Bali. The writers all acknowledge the charming appeal of an archetypal tropical coral island with bath-warm seas, teeming with turtles and a fabulous array of colourful tropical fish.
Gili Trawangan is small: 3 square miles (7 square kilometres); 1.25miles (2kms) from north to South; and, 1 mile (1.5kms) from east to west. You can walk around it on the coastal path in under 2 hours, stopping, of course, for a glass of local Bintang beer or other cold refreshment en-route.
The south and east of the island are the main centres of most activity, dive shops, bars and restaurants and are the busiest and noisiest. The north and west are the most tranquil and unspoilt. Visitors therefore have a choice but nowhere is too far or inaccessible by foot, bicycle or “cidomo”, the island’s horse-drawn carts.
Belukar is on the northwest corner of Gili Trawangan, only a few minutes walk from the quieter beaches famed for their sunsets. Nearby bars and restaurants cater for all needs, particularly for those who don’t always want to venture further afield. To cycle to the main harbour takes approx 15 minutes.
On Gili Trawangan the new now sits easily alongside the traditional. Unchanged Indonesian village life, local markets, and cattle grazing in shaded palm groves coexist with international restaurants, cafes and bars with vibrant nightlife, ATMs, craft shops and the watersports and other activities which give Gili Trawangan its extra dimension and attraction. Gili Trawangan may be known as a “party island” but retains the opportunity for nature and tranquillity too.
Successful tourism has, of course, brought opportunities, prosperity and other advantages to the small island but has also set environmental, ecological and other challenges. At Belukar, we believe that our business gives us responsibilities, not only to our customers but also to the island itself. Belukar plays a financial and practical part in all Gili Trawangan's diverse initiatives: anti-environmental pollution, particularly in the war against plastic litter; waste collection and disposal; reef restoration and the logistic burden imposed on horse drawn transport - many of these initiatives are led by the Gili Eco Trust - www.giliecotrust.com. So, your stay at Belukar, as well as providing a wonderful holiday break in our luxury hotel rooms, allows us to help protect a very small but we think important part of the planet