Gili Air is a very small island that is a part of Indonesia. We took a 2 hour taxi ride from Kuta to the marina and then an hour and half water taxi to Gili Air. This was our 4 night reprieve from the busy city of Kuta. There were only horse and buggies, bicycles and your feet to get around Gili Island. It takes about 40 minutes to walk around the island. The blue water and white sand are very much like the Carribean. The sad part is that parts of the beach and ocean were flooded with human garbage. The locals at Gili said it came from the island of Lombok which was a short boat ride across from Gili. Rumors also suggested that the garbage may have come from the Japan Tsunami. Nothing like good old corn on the cob!
The Beach Club Accommodations: This very tropical setting was just what we needed to get away from the city for a few days. Our deck was surrounded by lush vegetation. The bathroom was unique. The outdoor shower was connected to the bathroom but only had a screen for the ceiling. It was built with all natural stone. We did get quite a bit of rain because we were in the jungle and it was rainy season. I was lucky enough to have a rain shower in the shower. Soooo refreshing!
The Beach Club Lounge and Restaurant: The Australian owner was visiting when we were there. We got to know him and other patrons. It was a fun place to hang out and the food was excellent. In the evenings they played a couple of movies on the beach. The big screen was sheltered and we lounged in the beach chairs while watching movies under the stars. I was happy to see that there was no trash on The Beach Club property and beach. I highly recommend Gili Air Island for a taste of “back in time”! I would most definitely stay at The Beach Club again.
While taking this young boy’s picture, I had this “Aha Moment” that a smile is Universal even though we do not speak the same languages. He was thrilled to see his picture.