My husband and I spent a few days on Gili T in alternate accommodation, when we decided to look elsewhere for something a bit more comfortable. We looked at the traditional 'Lombok style' huts, beautiful to look at but really hot during the day, and very expensive. Then, we met Mr Nino at Trinacria Village, just off the beach road... and our holiday became a slice of heaven in paradise. We extended our stay by an extra week, staying a fortnight at Trinacria, it was nearly impossible to leave!
The rooms were the cleanest I had seen on my entire 3 month honeymoon, with everything you could wish for. We were so happy that we had a constant supply of hot, fresh water! This is indeed very rare to find on Gili Trawangan, and usually comes with a whopping price to match, but not here. Air con, a safe in the room, flat screen tv with DVD player, clean sheets and towels daily... all of this was provided, with a smile, by the lovely and attentive staff. Our rooms were cleaned at whatever time of day suited us, with no pressure, only a smile.
Breakfast is served 7.30am to 11.30am, perfect for us whether getting up early for a dive, or enjoying a lie-in. Eggs/toast/pancakes/fruit are prepared for you as you request, and there is any drink you could wish for. Something really worth considering is the saving you make on the breakfast... before we moved into Nino's, my husband and I were paying around 100,000 rupia per day for breakfast for 2, which we then saved, so if you take this amount off the price of the room, you see just what a bargain Trinacria Village really is.
Nino and his wife Sri are the heart and soul of this lovely oasis... and the real star of the show is their daughter, who is without a doubt the most happy and lovely child. They extend the warmth of their family to their guests, and I really felt sad to say goodbye. As mentioned in other reviews, Nino cooks spaghetti every other night, and invites all his guests, which allowed us the chance to meet people we wouldn't have met otherwise. We really enjoyed our 'pasta nights', chatting with other guests, enjoying amazing pasta (he is a talented cook!) and relaxing with abundant desserts of fresh fruit and banana fritters!
Is Trinacria worth the money? YES! For what you get, it is a steal. We spoke to many people at our dive shop, most of whom are on the island long term, and they couldn't believe how lucky we were to find Trinacria.
Is it clean, with all mod cons and amenities you need? YES! Heaven to have a hot shower after diving, and to have electricity 24 hours (again, a real rarity on the island).
Would I go back? YES! I simply cannot recommend this place enough, and it is really down to the warm welcome we had from Nino and Sri. They will make your holiday in paradise even more perfect, and you will be glad you went there. Tell them we said hello!
Kate & Ado
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