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“Lovely place to dine” 5 of 5 stars
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Alam Gili
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #6 of 19 hotels in Gili Trawangan
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“Lovely place to dine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

We didn't stay at the hotel, but did eat at the restaurant a number of times and it was great! The staff were friendly and helpful and the food was delicious. The setting, among the scrub trees on the beach, was beautiful especially at night when they put lights in the trees. Well worth the walk away from town for a romantic dinner.

Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

We booked Alam Gili as a second venue having booked into Alam Shanti for the first days of our stay in/around Bali.

Alam Shanti (see separate review) was fabulous, but you'd never guess this hotel is part of the same Group.

The service was friendly but amateur and with little apparent training. As such your patience would be tested at times beyond what you'd normally tolerate.The room had a minibar with no stock, which was also a slight irritant. Mmmmm - ok you might say - so what... well the service was overfriendly, which at times also was very irritating.

What caused us to check out early, however, was the aircon. As the hotel did not have it's own generator (at May 2009) the daily powercuts (sometimes several/day) meant that the aircon stopped working. In this hot and sticky climate that meant that.we couldn't sleep thus losing any tranquility we had built in the day and totally ruining this as a venue for us.

Being able to sleep is a key basic facility of any hotel hence the 1 rating.

Locationwise this is at the quieter end of the island, which was part of why we chose it, but be aware that the beach at this end is corally and thus painful to sensitive feet : it is much sandier/smoother further south.

Facility wise the property was good - and similar in many ways to Alam Shanti. Room sizes are huuuuuuuuuuge and spacious, the lack of tv etc helps add to the quiet and calm which is why most will want to get away to Bali/The Gilis; but may not be for everyone. That said the pool is tiny and cold...

The food was good - though the beach special was overpriced and far from the best meal we had in our stay.

When we left we decamped to Vila Ombak - and though some of that facility would not be our usual choice (potentially noisy with the large pool area and bars) we had a Lumbung Seaside Room : which was heavenly and nicely secluded with a private pool.

PS We are late posting this : we stayed in May 2009. (Oops!)

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lisbon, Portugal
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115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2011

I loved this hotel!
The rooms are beautiful, spacious and airy. I loved the outdoor shower!
The food is delicious! We took our breakfast on the beach! It was divine!
The staff was extremely helpful and friendly! The best I've ever met!

I advise everyone and it is indeed a special place and that makes me great one!

The snorkel near the hotel is brutal and free :)!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011

Alam Gili is at the quieter northern end of the island - about 20mins walk from the main strip. It's a great spot on the island if you are wanting to keep yourself seperate from the partygoers. It's also away from the mosque and roosters that others complain about being noisy.

The facilities are lovely. Nice room with a big bathroom and lovely daybed out the front. The bed is quite firm though. The staff are just wonderful - all so friendly and helpful! Great restaurant too. Others were making the trip to the top of the island just to eat there.

Right out the front of the hotel is a coral reef - magical! Walk out over the coral and there you are - hundreds of beautiful bright coloured fish!

Room Tip: We had the Kura Kura bungalow - very nice.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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El Arish, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

Pros: A cool green place on an island that's fairly dry and hot.
The rechargeable torches in rooms were a great idea.
downstairs queen bed and own bathroom which our 2 kids shared
upstairs queen bed and our own bathroom. Towels and sarongs provided.
Staff were friendly grounds kept very neat and tidy.
Much better value than Gili Eco resort we also stayed there
Cons: Restaurant was expensive with small portions compared to other restaurants on island. Bit too far from town and horse and carts were 50,000 rupiah to go one way, expensive transport for indo standards. Not the place to go to party. But great to go and relax.

Room Tip: sweet fish room is next to pool can watch kids play from room or balcony
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

We spent 4 nights here with our 2 year old son and friends with 2 young sons and had a wonderful time. Our friends had an entire Balinese style house and we had the bottom floor of one, both had a lovely patio to sit on with table and also a sofa which was good for afternoon snoozes! The 'hotel' - just doesn't feel like one - is right on the beach off of which was the best snorkeling on the island. The rooms are all situated around a lovely garden which is no mean feat on an island where there is no fresh water source and it all had to be brought in from Lombok. Liked the fact that its away from the party side of the island though it means you miss out on the views of Lombok which you get from the Eastern side of the island and you do have to pay for a horse cart into town though we didn't go into town much so it didn't matter. We were impressed that Alam Gili offered half price refills of water bottles as a 'green' initiative. The staff were young guys who were all so friendly and laid back, lovely bunch. Massive breakfast. Kids loved the fact that they could be on the beach right from breakfast time right in front of us so was very stress free. If you want a quiet stay on Gili T this is a good option though I do wonder if we shouldn't have chosen Gili Meno instead. Read another review about the pool being too cold, I thought it was wonderfully refreshing especially as the sea was really, really warm! Our room also had air conditioning as did our friends' room but not sure whether they all do.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toulouse, France
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

stayed here for my husbands birthday during our trip to indonesia in July 2011 - had specifically chosen it as we wanted a small/personal hotel. Duyong Room was overlooking beach - had a massive balcony, great for relaxing at end of day. Afternoon tea and breakfast served on the beach was lovely. Great snorkeling right outside hotel, can hire equipment from hotel for small charge.

Staff very friendly however i was really disappointed with the service we received. I e mailied hotel a few times before my stay and requested a special cake for my husbands birthday which they said would be fine, the day before his birthday i asked reception if it was still ok and they wanted to charge me £15GBP which i thought was too much so i declined the offer. On his birthday no-one wished him happy birthday (our room was covered with cards) and i was a little disappointed.

Our room was cleaned everyday and was spotless however it was extremely hot, the fan did little to offer any respite from the july heat and was unbearable at times. The small pool was freezing - it had no sun on it all day but was welcome and refreshing for a quick dip after sunbathing.

Location of Alam Gili was right at north of island - a good 25 minutes and in my opinion too far from the other bars/restaurants. I felt very unsafe walking in the dark (definitlely need a torch) as the north of the island was very isolated.

I dont want to be too negative about Alam Gili because it was a peaceful, well kept, intimate hotel but i would stay nearer to the harbour if i was to visit the island again. Overall i was disappointed in gili T - it was a cheap, tacky party island and I much prefered our stay on Gili Meno - in contrast this was a quiet, relaxing and beautiful place - paradise!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Alam Gili

Address: West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > West Nusa Tenggara > Lombok > Gili Islands > Gili Trawangan
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 19 hotels in Gili Trawangan
Hotel Class:3 star — Alam Gili 3*
Also Known As:
Alam Gili Hotel Gili Trawangan
Alam Gili Trawangan
Alam Gili Hotel Trawangan
Alam Gili Gili Islands/Gili Trawangan

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