I have always heard so much about the islands off Bali, Indonesia, that while I was in Bali, I decided that I must make it a point to visit these much talked about islands. I decided to go to the beautiful Gili Trawangan which is part of the Gili Islands (Kepulauan Gili) and situated about 106km from Bali.
I decided to stay at the Les Villas Ottalia, the luxurious resort situated in this very eco-friendly island of Gili Trawangan. Nestled in the middle of this paradise island, surrounded by a still productive coconut plantation, Les Villas Ottalia is a unique resort, situated about 4 minutes by bicycle from a dreamy white sandy beach ideal for tranquil dip in the warm blue sea and a relaxing time spent in the refreshing breeze. The west coast of the island is only 1 min from the villas, which will allow you to savour the amazing breath taking sunset.
Gili Trawangan is famous all around the world for its beautiful and preserved nature. Cars and motorbikes are not allowed on the island and Gili Trawangan is a natural protected reserve for submarine turtle. Les Villas Ottalia has been built in the same philosophy, as in the entire material are natural and not one coconut tree have been cut to create the villas. The challenge was to create an eco friendly villa complex with all the luxury and the comfort of the modern life.
Les Villas Ottalia comprises of eleven superior one bedroom villas, seven deluxe one bedroom villas and eight deluxe two bedroom villas. Each villa has its own private swimming pool and a tropical garden. The villas are fully equipped with all the facilities such as internet, hot water, cable TV, air-conditioning to ensure that the guests have a perfect stay. The resort also has a restaurant, a public pool, a spa, and a boutique.
I personally made used of the resort’s free bicycles to explore this paradise like island. It was indeed a very pleasant experience on going back to basics and being away from cars and other sort of motorised vehicles. The entire island can be explored by foot or by bicycle in a day. Other exciting activities that you can indulge with are snorkelling, scuba diving, boat tours, wonderful cafes and restaurants, yoga and many more.
My stay at this resort was made extra special with the warmth and friendliness I received from the crew members of Les Villas Ottalia and as well as the locals of this fabulous island. Truly a memorable vacation for me for this year and I most definitely recommend a visit to this glorious island and a stay at the serene Les Villas Ottalia.
Review of Les Villas Ottalia, Gili Trawangan
By: Ranjinder Hans