Bali is an island of contradiction. The island’s many tourist hotspots each offer something different to the next. You have the slightly seedy, singlet wearing surfer hotspot of Kuta; the impossibly hip Canggu; the shopping and restaurant mecca of Seminyak; and the centre of zen that is Ubud. Round off the list with the laid-back black sand beaches and volcanoes of the North and the powder-white beaches of the East, and throw in a little black magic and endless rice paddy fields and you have Bali in a nutshell. What an island!
The Gili Islands sit just off the northwest coast of Lombok. These three little islands are just a short boat hop from each other and each is individually enchanting. The largest of the three islands, Gili Trawangan, is the most developed, with a substantial choice of hotels, bars and restaurants - mostly catering to backpackers. Gili Meno is the quietest of the three, boasting some stunning, almost deserted beaches. Finally, Gili Air is a charming mix of the other two islands - slightly more developed than Gili Meno, but in a more upscale way than Gili Trawangan. We feature a couple of gorgeous properties on Gili Air which we highly recommend for a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of Bali.
Best Time to Visit
April - October, when rainfall is at its lowest in Bali. When it rainfall increases during the months of November - March however, it is usually only for an hour a day so there is no real bad time to visit Bali.