gili trawangan, indonesia

gili trawangan is the largest of three small and fairly undeveloped islands off the west coast of lombok. gili trawangan is the most developed of the gili islands and was made popular by all night beach parties. the island has no motorized vehicles so people get around by foot, bicycle or horse-cart; and you can pretty much get around the entire island in less than hour.

we stayed at an incredible villa called hari puri, at the southern end of the main strip of restaurants, bars and lodging. the perfect location really, close enough to the action, yet still quiet and not in the thick of it. the villa has 5  bedrooms, four open-air bathrooms, and easily sleeps 10-14 people. apart from the bedrooms the entire villa is open, with along deck lining side facing the beach. the deck has two sitting areas, plus a long table in the center. there are also three single room guesthouses behind the villas, perfect for a couple.

the groundskeeper, nans, is incredibly sweet. he had the fridge stocked with beer and drinks for us when we arrived. sets up an incredible breakfast spread with french press coffee, tea, fruit, and eggs or crepes to order. he did all the coordinating for us to go snorkeling, rent bikes, and horse-carts. and if you give him a day’s notice he’ll cook you grilled fish, satay, gado-gado and other indonesian staples for dinner.

at low tide the beach is quite rocky and full of coral but there are tons of hotels around the island that have pools. we stumbled upon the ombak sunset hotel, on the west side of the island, and spent hours in the pool enjoying happy hour and watching the sunset! the island also has a sea turtle hatchery where you can go look at the baby turtles.

you can get to the gilis easily from bali by fast boat. there is no shortage of companies, just be sure to do your research and make sure they’re not overfilling the boats and have life jackets for everyone. we went with an australian company called blue water express and had a great experience.

its my goal to get back here to celebrate my 30th!


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