Travel Anecdotes – Lombok Memories

Yet another one of those snapshot of memories from five years ago. At the time I was living in Jakarta and wanted to try some local islands with friends. They had overdosed on Bali trips and Lombok had become the latest haunt. I didn’t really know what to expect apart from a tropical beach but a friend highly recommended one of the Gili islands so we headed for Gili Trawangan. The water was so beautiful – apart from maybe one of the little Nusa islands off Bali, we thought that Lombok waters were superior. So pure still. Probably what Bali was more than 30 years ago.

Gili Trawangan is a speedboat away from Lombok island. There are two other Gili islands – Gili Meno and Gili Air. We picked this because it seemed to have the better infrastructure regarding to hotels and restaurants. There are no vehicles once you get onto the island. It’s either walk or donkeys and the latter is a rather cruel option (which I was less sensitive to in the past). We stayed in a two-bedroom cottage with a private pool at Les Villa Ottalia but I will absolutely not recommend it to anyone unless you want to walk inland for 1.5 km from the beach every day, and at night, it gets quite creepy. If I ever returned I would love to try the beachfront properties with a more modern feel and close to good restaurants such as Villa Ombak or Kokomo.

Overall though Gili Trawangan was a very beautiful slice of an Indonesian island. Am not sure what it’s like these days but back then it was a good combination of being tourist friendly without the toxicity. There are countless spas by the beach and we ate so well at Kokomo restaurant.

Some poor quality photos I managed to salvage from an icloud that still contained my 2015 data.

Path to our village in Les Villa Ottalia
The masterbedroom of the villa
1 of the 2 bedrooms of our villa
A 1.5km walk from the resort to the beach





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