Gili Eco Lodge , Gili Trawangan Indonesia, Lombok
Get back to nature with an exciting stay at the simplistic and eco-friendly Gili Villas. The resort is located on Gili Trawagan, the largest of the three islands that make up the Gili archipelago off the northwest coast of Lombok. The island is intimate and unspoiled, with a no car, no motorbike and, apparently, no dog policy on the island. The beaches are absolutely breath-taking, with clean white sand and brilliant blue waters, with excellent snorkelling opportunities. An ideal location for those looking to really get away from it all.
The villas themselves are very spacious and built from locally sourced, sustainable materials. All are individually decorated and nicely spaced out amidst open lawns and palm trees. The indoor bedroom and lounge areas are standard but very comfortable, with charming beach-hut décor. The kitchenette, dining and bathrooms are all open-style so you can prepare lunch facing out to the ocean; amazing! There are also sofas and hammocks available in the outdoor areas that are perfect for relaxing with a book by the sea. The villas are all air conditioned and have plenty of hot freshwater for the shower.
There are plenty of activities on offer, including diving, snorkelling, massage, biking, horse cart tour and boat trips, and you can explore the resort’s own greenhouse and organic vegetable garden where they grow most of their food fresh. The swimming pool is small but functional and has a lovely surrounding decking area. Overall, this resort provides a beautiful desert island escape with an exciting eco-twist.
Eco/Adventure - This category covers gorgeous lodges in the jungle, comfortable safari camps and dreamy, but simple, beach cabanas. These places defy conventional categorisation: what is communing with nature to one person may be terrifying bugs to another! Many of these places are very comfortable and the service generally of a very high level - but please read the website review carefully and/or talk to us and be sure to have understood what you are letting yourselves in for!
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Six great and amazingly different hotels - we would happily recommend any of them. We had three excellent guides as well. And we lost track of the number of "Wow" moments. In addition to the obvious, including Paramban, Borobodur and Bromo, we would add our tour of the markets + rickshaw ride in Malang, and having coffee with Mr Rai at the Agung Rai Gallery in Bali. Our guide in Bali, Otok (?) was excellent at explaining local culture, and we left an offering at his family shrine.