Gili Islands & their Resorts – True Experience of Relaxation!
If you want an escape for some days from the city crowds, pollution, noises of traffic and hasty life and wish to spend some days in a truly laid back hotel or resort, Gili Islands may be an apt destination for you! These are three tiny islands forming an archipelago in the northwest of Lombok in Indonesia. They are named as Gili Air, Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno.
Gili Islands are perfect to give you true island experience far from crowds. Motorized traffic is prohibited on the islands. Therefore you can imagine the peaceful atmosphere. Two modes of transport are bicycle and carriages drawn by horses, which are called cidomo in local language.
Hotels on Gilis
Each of the three islands has very tiny resorts, luxury hotels, bungalow-style accommodations, as well as boutique villas on it. The resorts generally contain a group of small huts for accommodation and a restaurant. Restaurants or cafés too are in form of tiny open huts which are ideal for two to four people to just sit lazily sipping a tropical fruity drink or eating lip smacking meal. The bungalows and villas have verandas to lay back and watch the beauty of the ocean’s gardens! In between, if you wish you can wear your swimsuit and just take a dive in the ocean! Gili Trawangan is the largest of the three Gilis and has some of the best hotels. Moreover they are very reasonably priced and provide excellent facilities like air-conditioning, DVD players and truly comfortable beds.
Gili Islands are world famous for their diving opportunities as well as training of diving and snorkeling. Their surrounding is rich with fish and colorful coral formations. Various marine creatures like hawksbill and green turtles, bumphead parrotfish, manta rays and white-tip reef sharks will please your eyes loitering in their natural habitat. However what is more outstanding about the Gilis is the ability to do nothing! There are no cars or any other motorized vehicle on the islands and therefore strolling leisurely is a truly relaxing experience. The specialty of the Gilis is wherever you go, you are not far from the diving spots and the numerous cafés and restaurants. So you can dive at your wish or spend some relaxing hours in a café whenever you want.
Gili Meno has the most wonderful beaches of the three Gilis. The west side beaches of Meno and Air are the best and south side is rough and windy, while east and north have plenty of corals on the beaches which make the sand rough. Gili Air has only one excellent beach which is in front of the Sunrise Resort and Chill-out Café on the main strip.
Gilis’ nightlife is quite active with many bars, and mini clubs some of which arrange weekly three night parties. Several chilled out bars and cafés arrange movie shows in private booths with good facilities.
How to Reach
Gilis have no airport. You can fly to Bali and take a boat to Gili from there. You can also fly to Lombok and get a boat from there.
All in all, Gili Islands and their hotels and resorts give you the most relaxing feel of the vacation and you should enjoy it at least once in life!