A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of a whirlwind visit to the incredibly beautiful island, Gili Air: one of the three Gili Islands west of Lombok, Indonesia.
Gili Air is a place like no other - days turn into weeks and you could end up never wanting to leave. Think: Bean bags on the beach, bonfires, magic mushroom shakes (yeah, I tried it - you only live once), no cars (just bicycles and horse carriages), snorkelling, beautiful sunsets, amazing (fresh, local) food, the friendliest locals, a positive hippie vibe, and everyone just having a chilled out time. There's a beauty and rawness here that gets under your skin. It was like being on another planet. In a nutshell, if Bob Marley was an island this would be it for sure.
Welcome to my paradise:
Favourite place to stay: Adinda Bungalows (best place to see the sunset)
Favourite place to eat: Boogils Restaurant and Bar, Gili Bliss, Captain Coconuts, Adinda Bungalows
Favourite place for sunset cocktails: Boogils Restaurant and Bar
Favourite place to chill: Mowie's, Lumbung, Saparis Bar, 10 Bar (get the best bubble tea from across the street)
Favourite place to snorkel: Turtle Heaven, Gili Meno and out the front of the Blue Marlin, Gili Air
Favourite place to visit: Gili Meno (a 20 minute boat ride away) - This is the best place to snorkel and I loved spending the day at the Ana Warung Bungalows (great food - best pumpkin soup I've ever tasted - and vibe). Don't forget to visit the Turtle Sanctuary and donate some coin.
Favourite place to yoga: H20 Yoga
Favourite place to meditate: Anywhere