The tranquil and tiny Gili islands are the ideal paradise getaway, walkable in an hour, no traffic other than push bikes and horses on the sandy roads. Beaches, palm trees, turquoise waters, rustic cottages and sipping from coconuts whilst relaxing on a hammock… you get the idea!! So when we finally headed to the largest of the three island, still, it only measures 3 km long and 2 km wide, we knew we had to stay somewhere extra special before saying goodbye to these magical island. Here’s to our own private pool at Santan Gili Cottages!
Located on the most perfect island between Lombok and Bali
The Gili islands are made up of three islands, Air, Meno and Trawangan which are between the islands of Lombok and Bali but technically considered part of Lombok. Here the atmosphere is as laid back as you can get it, the tiny islands have no cars or motorbikes, just push bikes and horses to get around, but they are all small enough to walk around in an hour! The small bars and restaurants that line the sand roads are often cottages made from wood and bamboo and the water off the amazing beaches is filled with amazing sea life such as turtles and tropical fish that inhabit the corals here.
It really is paradise! What also makes these islands so special is their unique climate too, when Bali and Lombok are covered in cloud due to their huge volcanic peaks, this leaves the islands still bright and sunny! Santan Gili is located on the biggest of the three islands and the most developed, it means a perfect place to stay on the most perfect islands in the world!
A private pool, what could be better!
On a hot and humid day all you want is to jump into a refreshing pool, sit back and take in the rays in peace! But the pool in the hotel is crowded or the beach is full of kids!! No problem at Santan Gili Cottages, each place has its own garden complete with personal pool and sun loungers. Now you can really kick back and relax in this tranquil environment knowing no one is going to disturb you. Even switch the lights on in the evening and have a soak under the stars!
The most amazing facilities available inside your very own cottage
One of the other tings we loved about the cottages were the facilities each one had. The pool itself was of course the highlight but other amenities including a fully stocked outdoor kitchen with seating and dining area really made the different. It really does feel like your own little self sufficient cottage, you could stay here and buy fresh food from the market and cook it yourself.
If you have some work to do like ourselves or just want to catch up on some reading the inside and outdoor sofas are the most comfortable I’ve ever sat on and the outdoor fan ensures you stay cool even in the hot Gili T days! There are even laundry facilities here too if you are staying a while or backpacking like us this is really useful!
Breakfast served by the pool
Another of the wonderful services offered by the property is breakfast served on your doorstep! Order the night before from a range of options including traditional Indonesian Breakfasts, western style, cereals and fresh fruit. Open your gate as you wake and you will be served right by your pool in the morning sunshine!
This is perfect for those who want a lazy morning relaxing by poolside and catching a few extra zzz! Or even those that want to be up early to explore the island or head out on a boat meaning you waste no time having to head out for some brekkie! Either way its the perfect start to yet another amazing day on the Gili islands!
Explore the island on bikes at your own pace
Each cottage comes with two bikes each to take out and explore the island. Being small enough to get around in a day but also jam packed full of things to keep stopping for the bikes are the ideal method of transport and often favoured by the locals too. Jumping on the bikes means you can see everything at your own pace, head out for some food across the other side if you so wish or just have a gentle ride down to the beach, lock them up and go swimming with the resident turtles! They really did think of everything here to make your stay as enjoyable and personal as possible!
The most perfect paradise to relax and enjoy amazing Indonesia
In truth we fell in love with Indonesia, it’s many islands offering such a vast, varied and rich culture. From being beach bums out here on the Gili Islands, to climbing volcanos on Java, mixing with locals in Yogyakarta, exploring the rice terraces and temples of Bali and discovering the tribes of Lombok. But on the Gili Islands we really did find a place where we left our hearts, such a beautiful, relaxing vibe, stunning beaches and amazing sea life. We can’t wait to return some day!
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