In my opinion, the northern beaches offer the best location for accommodation on the island, and Alam Gili, appearing like an oasis, is one of the few spots with shady trees providing all day cover from the sun, for lazy days spent snorkelling, snoozing and eating, and just a 10 minute stroll to the bars and restaurants along the 'party' strip.
We stayed in Suite Fish - a special treat - a grand 2 storey, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom palace - exceptional value for 95 USD ++ per night. I was able to take a peek at the other rooms, all of which were beautiful, spacious, with that outdoorsy style bathroom. Breakfast, included in the rate, was very generous, we also tried lunch and dinner - everything was fresh and delicious. Afternoon tea, usually chocolate cake, is also included in the rate. Alam Gili scores extra points in my book for the staff - a lovely bunch of guys, always ready with a smile and happy to chat. There is a great reef right there for snorkelling with an abundance of coral and big fish - we came across turtles several times. If you are travelling with kids in the 5-7 age group i suggest you bring their own snorkelling gear as we found smaller kids sizes are not readily available. If you have soft 'office feet' you might also want to consider reef shoes. Other recommendations for food - Blu D'mare served the best italian food we have EVER had - Karma Kayak has a lovely beachside setting for delicious tapas and Scallywags has a most impressive menu. This was our first time to Trawangan and i have to say, the island and Alam Gili were definitely highlights of our trip. The so called party strip was certainly a bit tacky and crowded, with boats and backpackers, but not at all off putting should you want some music and a drink in the evenings.
- Also Known As:
- Alam Gili Hotel Gili Trawangan
- Alam Gili Trawangan
- Alam Gili Hotel Trawangan
- Alam Gili Gili Trawangan, Gili Islands