AFTER A 4-DAY climb of Mt Rinjani, we took to Gili Trawangan to unwind ourselves.
Gili Trawangan is the largest of 3 Gili islands off Lombok, and it felt like being on Bali’s Kuta beach just on a much smaller scale (the number of white tourists streaming in). The speedboat was a mere 15-minute ride from the jetty where we alighted from. There are virtually no vehicles on the islands. People travel on horse-drawn carts called a cidomo.
We spent our days snorkelling, round-island cycling, lounging about catching local reggae bands, chasing sunrise and sampling local dishes. A paradise of sorts, with its beautiful waters and spectacular views of island life.
Coconut Dream Bungalows http://www.villas.com/indonesia/west-nusa-tenggara/gili-trawangan/coconut-dream-bungalow.html
Lombok, 83554 Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
Visited August 2015, stayed in a family room for IDR800,000/night
Stayed in a family room with 2 double beds, for 3 nights. A decent stay with hot showers, daily breakfast (love their banana honey pancakes!) and free wifi available. The only setbacks were the stained towels and that the wifi was down for 2 whole days during our stay.
The location is superb – just a 5-minute walk from the jetty and the main market; yet quiet enough for a good night’s sleep. My favourite feature is its sofa bed on the veranda which makes great late-night talks with my friends. The staff are absolutely friendly, with many thanks to Izzy for kindly arranging all our transportation needs on our last day. -My TripAdvisor review (NaniSG)