we have been avoiding the gili islands like the plague these past six years as the tales we hear from fellow travellers about the infamous gili-t and the shenanigans that go on have well and truely spooked us.
that being the case, we have had a few long weekends the past few weeks and i wanted to get away. laze on beautiful turquoise beaches and well and truely relax. and well and behold, the gili islands seemed a good choice. close. cheap. relatively easy to get to. but how to avoid gili-t...?
i did some research and gili air seemed the natural choice. a spilt between the mayhem and party vibe of gili-t but with the quaintness and chilled out vibe of gili meno. so i booked us a place to stay and off we went, to gili air.
after a few hiccups and delays with our fast boat (tossing up between flying from bali to lombok or fast boast is always a cause for concern) and we were in island paradise. where the turquoise water beckoned and the dramatic rainforest covered wild mountains of senggigi continually threatened rain just over the small body of water dividing the islands and lombok.
we stayed at the divine slow villas on gili air and julie and her team made our long weekend just perfect. the villas were idyllic. every little detail was though of and we really couldnt have chosen a better spot. we hended up most days at a divine beach club on the south eastern corner and drank cold bintangs, swam and ate delicious organic salads (kurt opted for the burgers).
there is certainly somthing to be said for taking some time out to simply just slow down. the main method of transport on the island is either horse and cart or bicycle. we opted for the latter and ended up riding the circumference of the island while we were there. we headed back to bali a little sad as our three days left us feeling like we had had a week off. so where to next? with a visa run on the cards in the coming months, perhaps we venture further afield to somewhere new, or somewhere old. vietnam. thailand. laos. who knows...
if you are heading to gili air, i can recommend the following spots from our personal experience - accommodation: slow villas (who can also arrange private transfers from your villa or hotel in bali right to their door on gili air), food: the mexican kitchen, scallywags beach club for their evening beach bbq, mowies for food and drinks, sunset drinks: scratch beach club and mirage sunset bar, coffee: coffee and thyme, beach club: scallywags beach club.