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Gili Islands (Gili Air, Meno and Trawangan) are a group of three small islands in Indonesia. We described them as a group of islands as part of an island (Lombok), which is part of a country which is a group of islands (Indonesia). Thus, they are three islands, of an island of some islands! How smaller could it get?

The 3 islands

The three of them are Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan.

Interestingly, they are different from one another, not in terms of landscape but more of the public. In Gili Meno, for instance, there are not many clubs and parties, and resorts are more focused for couples. We heard it is the place for honeymoons. Gili Trawangan, however, is the opposite. Over there, you will find parties every day with a lot more tourists. It is also the biggest island among them.

Now, Gili Air, our favourite, is a mix of both. It is very chill. There are parties and clubs but also with places where you can get your privacy too. You can walk around the island in about 40 minutes easily and the locals are incredibly nice (actually there are no vehicles in the island, only bicycle and carriage).

Now, once you are there, why not looking for the best hotel?

When we decided we were going to the Gili Air, we started looking for accommodation. We emailed the Grand Sunset Hotel, which is by the sea. After exchanging a few emails with Toni, the manager of the hotel since it opened its doors this February, we agreed to stay one night over there to check it out.

Gili Air

The first impression could not have been any better, particularly because the hotel is in front of a great spot to sunbathe and/or jump in the sea, which is perfect as you can go back and forth from the sea to the swimming pool. It’s hard not to lose the notion of time when you are leaning at the edge of the pool while gazing at the palm trees or the sea.

Gili Air

They have 25 rooms, 20 are Deluxe and 5 Standard. The difference between them is just the air-con though. The shower is great as it is open air with views to the palm trees, yet very private still. They also have a pool and a tennis table free to use and very close to the swimming pool.

Gili Air

The restaurant is crossing the street, with an amazing view to the sea and Lombok Island. Around the bar, instead of seats you will find swings!

Gili Air

Upon our arrival, we met Toni who took us to our room. Everything they said it had, it was there. The TV, air-con, water, all working perfectly well (the TV had all the international channels) and really clean. Within 5 minutes, someone comes to our room bringing the welcoming drinks.

The staff is super nice – we even exchanged contacts with a few of them and we look forward to meeting with them again. They are always careful on making sure you are ok or need something else.

Gili Air

The breakfast is also included and you take it at the restaurant enjoying the amazing view. You have a few different options to choose from. At least our – french toast and eggs on toast – was delicious. They have some different natural jams which seems to be really good. It also comes with fresh juice and fruit salad.

Gili Air

The price of the rooms vary according to the season. During high season – mid-December to mid-January; and June to August – the Deluxe room goes for 1.500.000 Rupiahs (US$108) and the Standard for 750.000 to 950.000 Rupiahs (US$ 54 to US$69). During low season, the Deluxe room goes for 1.200.000 Rupiahs (US$ 87) and the Standard for 700.000 to 800.000 Rupiahs (US$50 to US$ 58). When we said good-bye, they told us they were already fully booked until mid-January. So better book in advance if you are planning to go.

Gili Air

See how to get there and more information about the Gilis on our post The paradisiacal Gili Islands in Indonesia.