Gili Meno, Gili Trawangan , and Les Villas Ottalia
Chris and I hoped on a shuttle bus in Ubud without much pretense for what to expect on the Gili Islands. It was about an hour and a half drive to the coast where we were given orange stickers to put on our chest and herded into a boat. We ended up being the last ones and it was quite crowded so there was only room either close to the engine or on the roof. We chose the roof and were pleasantly surprised by the fact that there was music playing and it was actually pretty comfy once the boat took off and there was a breeze going. Still, the entire journey took about four hours so we were pretty exhausted when we finally arrived on Gili Island T.
Cars aren't allowed on the island and so we were greeted by several horse drawn carts narrowly missing each other and people and bikes swerving every which way. It definitely felt a bit overwhelming upon first arrival, especially with the heat, but once we gathered our bearings and made it to Les Villa Ottalia we felt like we had come upon an oasis. The decor was a sort of bleached, beachy paradise meets The Secret Garden with hanging flowers and washed-out hut-like villas. Each one had its own salt-water pool and honestly didn't want to leave.
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Of course we did eventually leave our little oasis to check out the surrounding area and the staff at LVT were kind enough to loan us bikes free of charge. This made the small distance between the beach and the villas a piece of cake.
For those of you who don't know, there are three islands--Gili T, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Gili T is known to be the more lively, party-centric of the three, whereas Gili Meno is the quiet, honeymoon island and Gili Air is in between the two. After a few nights in the lively, Gili T we were happy to check out the quiet, Gili Meno. I was astonished by the water when we arrived. It was literally 5 or 6 different shades of blue in a sort of ombré melange.
We had a great time at Les Villas Ottalia in Gilli T so it just made sense to check out their Gili Meno location. It was decked out in a similar style so we felt right at home in luxury. I wish we could have stayed longer in Meno, as it truly had some of the most amazing views and I could have stayed in our LVO Villa forever.