We stayed at Island View Bungalows for four days before transferring closer to 'town' in Gili Air to do our diving. This is the cutest little oasis ever! It is basic though, with fresh but cold showers. There are a couple of more modern bungalows with air-conditioning. We stayed in the standard lumbung with fan and did, at times, get quite hot under the mosquito net. Also, there was a very loud gecko in the roof of our bungalow who kept us awake a couple of nights - but I don't think that is something that can be solved! There is also a bar called Space Bar further down the track that likes to play Trance music into the wee hours of the morning. It didn't happen every night, but when it did I got my earplugs ready to stop the bass beat thumping through my head. Legends bar is not a far walk either and has a great atmosphere.
The view out to Gili Meno from the bar area is beautiful. The staff are so chilled and relaxed. The food is excellent. We really did like eating there. Gado Gado salad and Ulap Ulap were awesome. And the cocktail list extensive and affordable.
One thing to note is that Island View is a fair way away from the main part of Gili Air with its restaurants and dive shops. We rented a bike and took an inland path, as opposed to the sand path following the coast, it usually took us 10 minutes and was a lovely ride. The staff there will show you which way to go.
This is a little bit of gentle paradise that, if you are a couple looking for a nice spot away from the 'main strip' is perfect. If however, you want to be closer to restaurants and the good snorkelling, Island View may not be your cup of tea. But it doesn't take long to get in and out of town.
I would certainly go back there to escape the worries of daily life :)
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