I agree wholeheartedly with the previous review.
Alam Gili is a very nice small hotel with a very friendly team of staff. We stayed in the 'Mermaid' or 'Duyung' room which is gorgeous. It has the most fantastic balcony, overlooking the sea and is perfect for enjoying your breakfast or relaxing on with a 'sundowner' drink.
The beach in front of the hotel is well shaded and has plenty of sunbeds. The hotel uses the beach for its restaurant creating a romantic setting in the evening or a delightful place for meals during the day.
We did not use the hotel pool as the water was a lot colder than the sea. This is because it is positioned in the shade all day.
The hotel offers free internet use in its office and has a small massage room. It is situated at the quieter end of what is a rather overdeveloped and shabby island.
We were disappointed with the Gilis. We stayed on Gili Meno first and had a bad hotel experience there (see Tropical Hideaways Resort). This caused us to leave Gili Meno early and travel to Trawangan. We had a booking to stay at a private villa on Gili Trawangan but arrived too early. We walked around the whole island and looked at almost every hotel. In our opinion Alam Gili was by far the best. It has a great setting, the staff is good and our room was fab. We enjoyed our three day stay before moving to our villa - almost next door.
As regards to the Gili Islands. The development has been undertaken insensitivley, they are scruffy and dirty. We walked to the lookout point on the island through fields of household rubbish. The treatment of the 'cimodo' (horses) is downright cruel as they are overloaded, whipped and stand for hours in the sun with no shade or water. I would urge everyone not to use them. Nowhere is too far to walk on the island.
At night there is very loud disco music being emitted from the numerous bars on the more popular side of the island. It was certalinly not paradise in my opinion.
To make matters worse, we went for the supposedly great diving. My husband was very disappointed. Most of the coral has been dynamited. It was some of the worst diving he has ever experienced.
We enjoyed Alam Gili very much but would never return to the Gilis. There are much nicer places to stay.
- Also Known As:
- Alam Gili Hotel Gili Trawangan
- Alam Gili Trawangan
- Alam Gili Hotel Trawangan
- Alam Gili Gili Islands/Gili Trawangan