We are a family of 4 (2 school aged kids) starting to plan our trip to Bali in December, and am thinking of spending 5 of our 9 days in Lombok/Gili and half in Bali. We could stay for free on points at the Sheraton Senggigi, or pay to stay at the Gili Islands. Everyone raves about the Gili islands, but I saw one posting that someone snorkelled in front of Sheraton? Has anyone done this before, and can comment on the conditions at the Sheraton?
Is it vastly better to stay at the Gili islands than in Lombok? If not, then we may go the easy route and just stay at Sheraton Senggigi and take a day trip to the Gili Islands.
Also, how long do you travel by boat to get to the Gili Islands to snorkel?