We loved our stay on Gili Air, but not the cold saltwater showers of the Manta Dive bunglalows! The bungalows themselves are very sweet and the staff snoozing in hammocks and ultra laid back, so laid back that you are handed a key but provided with zero information. This meant that on our first day we were a) Eaten alive by mosquitoes when they could easily have mentioned that you could borrow a can of spray from reception. b) locked our belongings in the safe, since there are no instructions and it has an idiosyncratic system. c) Almost boiled to death in the night because no one mentioned that the air conditioning unit takes about three hours to cool the room. Once we'd mastered these things on our own, we loved our stay. Other things they don't tell you are: the snorkelling off the beach in front of Manta Dive is some of the best in the world; the Chill Out Bar is the best place to hang out and eat; the coffee shop charges London prices. The banana pancakes at breakfast are the best you'll ever eat, but if you have an extra coffee or if you ask for, say, a capuccino instead of the standard coffee they give you, you'll pay handsomely. Oh, and the pillows are the worst I've ever slept on. I jokingly asked my partner if she thought they had a pillow menu. 'Sure,' she said. 'The choices will be hard and lumpy or lump it.' Which I thought was quite funny.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Manta Dive Resort, 11 beautiful rooms, all air con, hot water, safety box, swimming pool, generator (many power cuts on island), all dive courses and fun dives available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Manta Dive Gili Air Hotel Gili Air
- Manta Dive Gili Air Resort Gili Islands