White powdery sand and sparkling turquoise water, absolute paradise! I loved every minute on the beautiful little island of Gili Trawangan. So laid-back and relaxed, there are cute little ocean side cafes and quirky bars full of positive quotes that make you smile. From Bali islanders playing guitar sat next to colourful fruit stalls, to the sound of bike bells ringing every three minutes, the idyllic Gili Islands are truly amazing.
I stayed on Gili Trawangan island which is the largest of the three, yet still very small. The islands have no form of transport such as cars or motorbikes, instead just bicycles and horse carts. I didn’t realise how peaceful life can actually be without cars and motorbikes, I loved nothing more than cycling from one side of the island to the other to watch the most amazing sunsets I have ever seen.The people here again are really friendly, kind and down to earth. One of the first things that a member of staff at our hotel said to Gary was “Remember the most important thing to do, is to always respect a woman”. Such a cutie! It was also quite nice to come from tropical rain to scorching hot sun, too.
I wish I was sat on the beachfront of our hotel now listening to a band sing Bob Marley classics at sunset or even watching a film on the projector at the beach, sat on big cushions eating nachos. I also took a sunrise yoga and meditation class on the beach at Pearl of Trawangan hotel, the view was beautiful, looking out onto the glittering calm waves was a perfect start to my day.We went snorkeling too which was the best thing I have ever done, they took us to the three islands and I have never seen anything so phenomenal. The water was astonishingly clear yet so deep, the coral was so colourful and the different types of fish where simply amazing to swim with. The turtle hatchery on the island was also adorable.
We came across the cutest, bohemian cafe and bar located on the sunset side of the island where we stayed called Casa Vintage – actually incredible. It is was also a vintage clothing boutique too. Relaxed vibes, beautiful sunsets, wonderful staff and delicious homemade, healthy food – my favourite spot on the island. There were swings, hammocks, pineapples and fairy lights tied to the trees with feel good welcoming quotes plotted about in chalk. The decor seriously gave me life, who would have thought dried up fruit hanging from branches would look so pretty? (Note: This would be my idea of the perfect wedding reception spot, if only it wasn’t 20 something hours away!).The staff where just so lovely, smiley and full of life – also passionately good cooks. That homemade oreo cheesecake was the best cheesecake I’ve ever had and it’s kinda the first thing I think about when I think about Gili Trawangan.
Casa Vintage is the epitome of island life. If there is one place to recommend eating – it’s definitely here, I’m obsessed with the place! (The homemade chilli and wedges where just too good). Ko Ko Mo restaurant is also very lovely, too. Perfect settings, lovely staff, amazing food and a pretty beach view.
I would love to come back to the Gili Islands again just to relive those heavenly sunsets, but the night sky was probably, even more fascinating. I have never seen a pitch-black sky covered with as many stars upon stars as that – I wish I could have pictured it. Literally breath-taking.I love you, Gili T!